Court allows punitive damages claim in asbestos case

A service station owner will be allowed to press his case for punitive damages against the Ford Motor Co. for exposing him to brake-lining asbestos, under a ruling by the Supreme Court of California. A jury had already awarded Patrick Scott $1.5 million in compensatory damages and legal costs against Ford in November 2012 and Scott also settled claims against other automakers. But his case hit a series of legal roadblocks when he sought punitive damages against Ford. Now he will be able to seek those additional damages.