Del. Justices Fault $8M Award Against Ford In Asbestos Death

Law360 (December 2, 2019, 8:01 PM EST) -- Delaware's Supreme Court on Monday sent back for retrial or pruning a lower court's finding that Ford Motor Co. owes an $8.1 million share of asbestos injury liability to a mechanic’s widow, saying the award failed to consider whether an overall $40.6 million damages finding was excessive.

Writing for a three-member panel, Justice James T. Vaughn Jr. found that Superior Court Judge Ferris W. Wharton erred by failing to judge whether the total compensatory damages finding —  of which Ford was assigned 20% — was excessive.

Instead, Justice Vaughn wrote, Judge Wharton incorrectly found that the total award “does not matter”...

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