Los Angeles Jury Awards $200 Million in Punitive Damages for Secondhand Asbestos Exposure

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) A Los Angeles jury on April 29 awarded $200 million in punitive damages to go along with $8.8 million in compensatory damages to a woman who contracted mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos on her husband’s clothing ( Rhoda Evans, et al. v. A.W. Chesterton...

William A. Ruskin: The New York City Asbestos Litigation Just Became More Complicated

By William A. Ruskin | Pursuant to the Decision and Order of the Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler, dated April 8, 2014, asbestos plaintiffs for the first time since 1996 may seek permission from the New York City trial judges to charge the jury on the issue of punitive damages. Until Judge Heitler’s...