Hillshire Owes $13M To Calif. Family Over Asbestos Death

Law360, Los Angeles (August 17, 2017, 6:03 PM EDT) -- Tyson Foods Inc. unit Hillshire Brands Co. was slapped with a $13 million verdict on Wednesday after a California federal jury found the company had negligently allowed a resident of a company town to be exposed to asbestos for years, eventually leading to his death.

Mark Lopez had grown up in Betteravia, California, a so-called company town, a village set up in the late 1890s by the Union Sugar Refining Co., in housing owned by Hillshire near the sugar refinery, court records show. The company didn’t take safety precautions to protect its workers or town residents from asbestos exposure, his family...

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