Conflicted Company Not Subject To Punitive Damages In Asbestos Case, Judge Says

Mealey's (April 21, 2016, 1:07 PM EDT) -- GREENSBORO, N.C. — Evidence of a conflicted company struggling with evolving knowledge about asbestos and mesothelioma cannot support a punitive damage claim, a federal judge in North Carolina held March 4 while permitting two other claims (Susan Elizabeth Smith, et al. v. American Honda Motor Co. Inc., et al., No. 14-943, M.D. N.C.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45100).

After Leonard Smith contracted mesothelioma and died, his widow, Susan Smith, sued numerous companies whose conduct allegedly exposed him to asbestos. Smith claimed that her husband’s exposure came...
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