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Mesothelioma lawsuit results in $2.5 million settlement

A former chemist has been awarded $2.5 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit against Ford Motor Company.

The man accused Ford of having a machine that exposed workers to asbestos, a toxic material that is the primary cause for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

The man used the Friction Assessment Screening Test Machine, a machine manufactured by Ford, while he worked at Durez Plastics during the 1980s. The machine was used to grind down materials to check if they would be viable to be used for brakes. Many of the materials contained asbestos.

The lawsuit states that the machine carried no warning that could cause exposure to asbestos even though there were asbestos-related deaths associated with the machine since the 1970s. The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma and a court decided that Ford was 15 percent responsible for it. They were ordered to pay $2.5 million to the man.

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