A southwest Missouri woman has been awarded $20.6 million in damages after federal jurors found that a company exposed her to a toxic chemical that left her with permanent disabilities. The jury hearing Jodelle Kirk’s case returned a verdict consisting of $7.6 million in actual damages and $13 million in punitive damages. At issue in the case was the conduct of FAG Bearings, which is a subsidiary of Schaeffler Group North America. Jurors heard testimony that the company dumped trichlorethylene, also known as TCE, on its property and that the known carcinogen seeped into the ground, nearby creeks and private wells. The plaintiff was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis in 2002 when she was 14 years old. FAG Bearings had previously blamed two other companies for the contamination.
Source: Insurance Journal
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