Bloomberg Law
Feb. 1, 2019, 9:55 PM

Ford Can’t Topple $9.1M Asbestos Jury Award

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes

Ford Motor Co. will remain on the hook for a $9.1 million jury award in favor of widow of a car mechanic who died of mesothelioma.

Larry Knecht’s wife brought suit alleging her husband’s cancer was caused by a lifetime of working with Ford’s asbestos-containing brakes and clutches.

Reviewing all the evidence presented at trial it is clear that a reasonable jury would have returned the verdict this jury did, Judge Ferris W. Wharton said in denying Ford’s attempt to get the verdict overturned.

There was no merit to Ford’s argument that the compensatory damages award was the result of ...