California Jury Returns $6,951,000 FELA Verdict In Boilermaker’s Asbestos Case

(December 4, 2015, 4:43 PM EST) -- OAKLAND, Calif. — An Alameda County, Calif., jury on Nov. 18 awarded the estate of a man who died of mesothelioma $6,951,000, rejecting his railroad employer’s argument that the man suffered instead from tobacco-related lung cancer (Jeffery Emerson v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., No. RG-13698637, Calif. Super., Alameda Co.).

In 1997, Jeffrey Emerson settled a Texas state court lawsuit against Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and Union Pacific Corp. involving a back injury he suffered while moving a coupler. Emerson received $200,000 and released the defendants from...
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