BLOOMINGTON — After about an hour of deliberation, a McLean County jury returned a judgment of more than $5 million in favor of the family of a Clinton man who died of mesothelioma.
Willard "Bill" Krumwiede, 81, died in 2012 of the incurable cancer, which was tied to his work as a window glazier on commercial buildings throughout Central Illinois and northeast Indiana between 1956 and the 1990s.
Damages of $5,063,324 were returned against Tremco Inc.
During a two-week trial, the jury heard evidence that Tremco knew of the hazards of asbestos in its products "and failed to even identity asbestos as an ingredient in its products" during the victim's time as a union employee, said Andrew Kelly, with Wylder Corwin Kelly LLP, attorneys for widow Ruth Krumwiede and sons Mike and Jeff Krumwiede.
Medical evidence at the trial showed that Krumwiede used Tremco's 440 tape and Mono caulking on construction sites where he installed glass.