Missouri State Court Hits Ford With $20m Verdict

Bill Trokey worked for Ford as a part time mechanic from 1960 – 1968, where he was exposed to asbestos due to his work on Ford’s drum brakes. The trial was bought to court after Bill developed mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer frequently linked with asbestos exposure.

Ford contested that the link between his work at Ford and his diagnosis could not be proven, whilst Bill’s lawyer argued that Ford were aware during the time of his employment that the asbestos dust in the brake drums posed serious health risks.

Daniel Blouin the Trokey’s lawyer delivered a closing argument stating the following timeline:

  • 1930’s – 1968: Ford ignored medical evidence
  • 1968 – 1973: Ford ignored its own industrial hygienists
  • 1973: Ford ONLY warned Ford Employees
  • 1975: Ford only warned Ford Dealership employees
  • 2000 – Today: Ford funds debunked science to raise doubt

Bill and his wife Cathy were awarded damages of 10 million dollars each, after the court found in their favour.

You can read more about the case here.