A former mechanic and his wife secured a $34 million verdict against Ford Motor Co. Arthur Putt was diagnosed with mesothelioma after repeated exposure to asbestos-containing brakes manufactured by Ford while working at service stations in Southern California and Indiana in the late 1960s and ’70s.
In addition to awarding compensatory damages, the jury determined that Ford acted with fraud, oppression and malice. As a result, jurors awarded $25.5 million in punitive damages following a separate hearing. Putt performed thousands of brake jobs and safety inspections in the late 1960s and ‘70s at gas stations in Southern California and Indiana. He breathed in asbestos-contaminated dust while conducting brake inspections, blowing out brake drums, sanding new brakes, and sweeping and blowing the dust off the floor at the end of the day.
Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, represented the couple in Arthur Putt and Janet Putt vs CBS Corporation, et al., Case No. 18STCV06912 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.