John Crane Fights $14M Punitive Award In Asbestos Case

Law360, Los Angeles (September 19, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT) -- John Crane Inc. urged a California appeals court Thursday to toss a $14.5 million punitive damages award to a former Navy technician who developed an asbestos-related cancer, saying it did not know he would be exposed to dangerous asbestos levels while working with its products.

The company argued that the trial of William Pfeifer's personal injury suit was "empty of any evidence" meeting the legal standard for punitive damages, which required him to show John Crane acted with conscious disregard of his safety. Pfeifer, who has mesothelioma, handled asbestos-containing gaskets and packing while working on boilers for the military between 1963...

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