SC Jury Slaps Celanese With $14M Asbestos Verdict

Law360, New York (October 9, 2015, 6:27 PM EDT) -- A South Carolina jury found Celanese liable for a worker's exposure to asbestos at one of the industrial chemical company's facilities that resulted a fatal case of mesothelioma, awarding his family $14 million damages on Thursday.

At the end of a two-week trial, the jury unanimously handed Dennis Seay's family $12 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages, finding Celanese Corp. negligent in its operation of the plant where Seay worked from about 1971 to 1980. The jury found John Crane, the maker of the some of the asbestos-containing gaskets that Seay said he worked with, was not...

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