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Calif. Jury Awards Nearly $7 Million in FELA Asbestos Case Against Union Pacific

OAKLAND, Calif. –– A California jury has awarded nearly $7 million in a FELA cases against Union Pacific Railroad, finding that the decedent’s mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos at the defendant’s facility.

The California Superior Court for Alameda County jury reached the verdict on Nov. 18 after a six-week trial, which was presided over by Judge Brad Seligman. Union Pacific Railroad Co. was the lone remaining defendant in the case at the time of the verdict, sources said.

The jury awarded $6.5 million for pain and suffering; the court had previously determined that Emerson’s economic damages totaled ...

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