Jury Slaps AOC With $10M Punitive On Top Of $22M Verdict

Law360, Los Angeles (April 26, 2016, 11:49 PM EDT) -- A California jury on Tuesday slammed American Optical Corporation with $10 million in punitive damages for marketing a faulty respirator that exposed a former machinist to cancer-causing asbestos, adding that to $22 million in compensatory damages awarded to the man and his wife days earlier.

After a one-month trial, the 12-member jury deliberated for one day before reaching a verdict last week in favor of plaintiff Louis William Tyler, determining the respiratory equipment manufacturer knew its product couldn't prevent dangerous asbestos exposure and hid that fact from purchasers. On Tuesday, Tyler's attorney, Joseph Satterley of Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood, told...

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