NYCAL Jury Awards $12.5 Million in Deceased Smoking Lung Cancer Case

On November 2, 2016, a NYCAL jury awarded a total of $12.5 million in damages to the estate of an auto mechanic, a lifelong smoker who was allegedly exposed to asbestos from almost 10 years of repair work on forklifts in the New York City area. The jury ultimately assigned 55 percent on the defendant and 45 percent on plaintiff. Five of the six jurors in the case approved the award while the dissenting juror said the verdict should have been larger and defendant should have bore a larger share of the fault.