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Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. v. Malone

972 S.W.2d 35 (1998)

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Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. v. Malone

Texas Supreme Court

972 S.W.2d 35 (1998)

Facts

Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. (defendant) manufactured Kaylo for approximately 30 years. Kaylo was an insulation product that contained asbestos. Owens-Corning learned that exposure to asbestos dust caused mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of the chest, and other lung diseases. However, Owens-Corning concealed this information from the public and only removed asbestos from Kaylo years later. The jury awarded the plaintiff $1.6 million in compensatory damages and $3.7 million in punitive damages. Owens-Corning appealed, arguing that multiple punitive-damage awards for the same conduct violate substantive due process.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Baker, J.)

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