St. Louis County former Ford mechanic awarded $20M in asbestos suit
Mechanic alleges 1960s exposure to asbestos in vehicle brakes led to cancer diagnosis
ST. LOUIS — A south St. Louis County man who sued Ford Motor Co. over his exposure to asbestos has been awarded $20 million.
In his lawsuit, William Trokey, 76, alleged that his exposure to asbestos while working on Ford brakes as a gas station mechanic in the 1960s led to him being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer.
After a two-week trial, a St. Louis jury on Thursday ordered Ford to pay $10 million to Trokey and $10 million in punitive damages to his wife, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
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Under Missouri law, $5 million of the punitive damages goes to the state Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund.
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A Ford spokesperson said "Our sympathy goes out to the Trokey family and while we respect the jury’s decision, we plan to appeal."
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