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Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - DaimlerChrysler Ordered to Pay Brake Repairman $20M in Asbestos Verdict: "DaimlerChrysler Ordered to Pay Brake Repairman $20M in Asbestos Verdict
The Associated Press
November 29, 2006
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DaimlerChrysler Corp. must pay $20 million to a retired police officer and brake repairman whose right lung was removed because of cancer caused by asbestos, a jury ruled.
A jury in Manhattan's state Supreme Court ruled that Alfred D'Ulisse, 73, of North Massapequa, N.Y., and his wife were owed a total of $25 million, D'Ulisse's lawyer Jerry Kristal said Monday.
DaimlerChrysler was found to be 10 percent liable for D'Ulisse's cancer, but will be responsible for a total of 80 percent of the damages because two other companies found to be liable no longer exist, Kristal said.
DaimlerChrysler, which makes cars under the Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler brands, issued a statement saying the case was built on 'junk science' and accused Justice Louis B. York of 'improper rulings.' The company said it was confident last week's verdict would be reversed on appeal.
DaimlerChrysler was responsible for the amount owed by the now-defunct companies because the jury found that the automaker acted with reckless disregard for the safety of others, Kristal said. "


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