The jury found in favor of Rhoda Evans. Mrs. Evans was awarded $6,821,015 in compensatory damages and Mr. Evans $2,000,000 in Loss of Consortium. CertainTeed was held 70% liable and the DWP 30%.The following day (4/29/2010), the jury found CertainTeed alone responsible for $200 million in punitive damages.
Total verdict: $208,821,015
Mr. Evans worked for the DWP from approximately 1973 -1998. CertainTeed Corporation supplied asbestos-containing pipe to the DWP from 1974 through 1998. While installing and maintaining water mains in Los Angeles, he encountered asbestos-cement pipe. He beveled, cut and chipped asbestos cement pipe with a saw and/or other tools, bundled them together, moved materials, and loaded and unloaded them on and off delivery trucks. Mr. Evans not only worked directly with asbestos cement pipe, but also around others who preformed similar duties.
He was responsible for cleaning up after this type of work had been completed; Mr. Evans collected, swept and disposed of the dust, shavings and other debris that came from the asbestos-cement pipe. The airborne fibers adhered to his clothing. Throughout his employment, asbestos fibers adhered to and contaminated Bobby’s work uniform and were transferred by way of his work uniform into his personal vehicle and then into his family home. Rhoda handled and washed Bobby’s work clothes daily. Through this exposure, Rhoda inhaled and ingested asbestos fibers.