|Ohioan with asbestos-related cancer awarded $27 million|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Thursday, 23 January 2014 11:49|
CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury in Ohio has awarded a Cleveland-area man suffering from asbestos-related cancer a $27.5 million verdict.
The man's attorney tells The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/1mx30MI ) that it's the largest award of its kind in Ohio.
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.
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