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$5.5 Million in Asbestos Factory DeathsOct. 23, 2009
A McLean County, Illinois jury awarded three widows $5.5 million in a lawsuit alleging their husbands were exposed to asbestos at a Bloomington factory.
The men, Merlon Dukes, Bob Blessing and John Watkins, worked at Union Asbestos & Rubber Co., later called UNARCO Industries Inc., during the 1950s and 1960s. All three workers died of the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma, according to claims filed in civil court.
After deliberating five hours, the jury found that Honeywell International Inc., through its corporate predecessor Bendix, conspired with other companies (including UNARCO, Johns-Manville, Raybestos-Manhattan, Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.) to withhold information from workers about the hazards of asbestos.
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