Union Carbide Stuck With $18M Punitive Asbestos Suit Award

By Jeff Sistrunk (October 22, 2014, 10:54 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court on Wednesday rejected Union Carbide Corp.'s bid to reverse a jury's $18 million punitive damages award to the family of a man who contracted mesothelioma after exposure to the company's asbestos, ruling that Union Carbide's "highly reprehensible" conduct warranted the award.

A divided panel from the Second Appellate District rebuffed Union Carbide's argument that the jury's initial award of $30 million in compensatory damages, which a judge found to be excessive and reduced to $6 million, cast doubt on its punitive damages figure.

"[W]e must agree with the apparent findings of the jury and trial court that...

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