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Jury awards $27 million verdict for northeast Ohio man with asbestos-related cancer
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:37 AM EST
A jury in Ohio has awarded a Cleveland-area man suffering from asbestos-related cancer a $27.5 million verdict.
John Panza was diagnosed in 2012 with what is usually a fatal form of lung cancer. The 40-year-old Panza got cancer after being exposed to asbestos dust on the clothes of his father, who worked at a plant that made brakes.
The December verdict means that Livonia, Mich.-based Kelsey-Hayes Co. is responsible for the $27.5 million award to Panza and his wife.
The company is the successor to the firm that made the asbestos brake pads. A message seeking comment was left with the company's attorneys.
The Plain Dealer reports an appeal is likely.