The family of a man who died from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, has been awarded over two and a half million dollars by a McLean County jury. The family of John Watkins, who died in 2005 from the asbestos related cancer, was awarded $2.6 million in a verdict that was returned earlier this week.

The lawsuit claimed that John Watkins worked at Union Asbestos & Rubber Co., later known Unarco Industries Inc., in Bloomington during the summer of 1962 and 1963, which is where he is said to have been exposed to the deadly carcinogenic asbestos.

The jury decided that the parent company, Honeywell International Inc, “had conspired with other companies, including Unarco, Johns-Manville, Raybestos-Manhattan, Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning and Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. to suppress information about the hazards of asbestos, including an agreement not to warn their employees and customers about the hazards of asbestos.”

Asbestos is a known carcinogenic, and can cause a range of health problems through exposure, including scarring of the lungs, respiratory problems, and asbestos related cancer.

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