Ford Dealership Worker's $1M Asbestos Verdict Upheld

Law360, New York (May 20, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court agreed Monday that there was sufficient evidence to uphold a $1 million jury award handed to a former Ford Motor Co. dealership worker who claimed that he developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos fibers in brake pads.

Ford argued in its appeal for the Superior Court to apply the state Supreme Court's recent decision in Betz v. Pneumo Abex LLC to the case, which prohibited the testimony of an expert that relied on the premise that “any exposure” to asbestos fibers can lead to asbestos-related disease.

The auto manufacturer filed its appeal after a...

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