A California jury has awarded $10.9 million to the family of a deceased plumber in the first ever mesothelioma lawsuit in Fresno County. James Phillips passed away at 59 after contracting mesothelioma while being exposed to asbestos on the job.
Phillps suffered asbestos exposure while working on automotive parts in the 1960s. The jury found that Honeywell (previously Bendix) knowingly endangered Phillips by producing brake pads and other products with asbestos in them and failing to warn workers or provide safety gear.
Asbestos is a building material that was used frequently in the 1940s through the 1970s, but is now heavily restricted. Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma cancer, which can take decades to develop after initial contact. Thousands of workers have filed mesothelioma lawsuits against companies that knowingly exposed them to asbestos while on the job.