Volkswagen was found liable for exposing Thomas Sorrentino to asbestos through his work as a mechanic for Volkswagen in Spokane, WA. The jury awarded $5 million to the estate of Mr. Sorrentino, and $750k to his son.
Sorrentino was exposed to asbestos through Volkswagen brake parts. Sorrentino also used a grinding machine for the brake parts that sent asbestos fibers flying into the air. He also used compressed air to clean asbestos dust from parts.
Volkswagen admitted that they did not put warnings about asbestos on their brakes, brake boxes or in any bulletins from 1972-1975.
Sorrentino was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2020 and about two years later gave his deposition; he died a few days later.
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