March 5, 2007

Retired mechanic wins US$2 million judgment against Ford and GM

Wilmington, Delaware – The Dallas, Texas law firm of Baron & Budd P.C. has announced a unanimous US$2 million jury verdict against General Motors and Ford on behalf of a retired mechanic who contracted cancer as a result of his workplace exposure to asbestos.

Members of the jury heard that Roland Leo Grenier, Sr., formerly of Pawtuckett, Rhode Island, was exposed to asbestos for nearly 35 years while working as an auto mechanic and labourer. During the course of his work, he used several products manufactured by General Motors and Ford, including brake and clutch mechanisms, which contained asbestos. In 2005, Grenier was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Testimony in the case said that officials from GM and Ford knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure “but did nothing to protect Mr. Greiner,” the lawyers’ statement says. The jury of four men and eight women returned the verdict after ten hours of deliberations conducted over two days. In the US$2 million compensatory damages verdict, the jury assessed 70 per cent liability against General Motors, 16 per cent against Ford, and 2 per cent against seven other defendant companies.

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