BLOOMINGTON - An asbestos-exposure lawsuit yielded a $17.87 million verdict Monday in favor of a woman who worked at a Bloomington factory in the 1960s.

Jayne Menssen contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos when she worked as a secretary at Union Asbestos and Rubber Co., later called Unacro Industries Inc., from 1967 to 1969, according to a statement issued by her attorney, Lisa Corwin.

The plaintiff argued the defendants, Pneumo Abex LLC and Honeywell International Inc., and their corporate predecessors knew of but failed to warn employees and customers of the hazards of asbestos.

A McLean County jury reached the verdict after deliberating one day at the end of a four-week trial.

The jury assessed compensatory damages of $3.5 million against both defendants. Also assessed were punitive damages of $4.37 million against Pneumo Abex and $10 against Honeywell.


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