Alabama judge awards family $3.5M in TVA plant asbestos case

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – The family of a Florence woman has been awarded $3.5 million after the woman died of a lung disease that the family says was caused by her having laundered clothes that had been exposed to asbestos. ( ) reports that Alabama federal judge Lynwood Smith last week issued a judgment in Huntsville in favor of Melissa Bobo and Shannon Bobo Cox, the daughters of Barbara Bobo.

Barbara Bobo’s husband died of asbestos-induced lung cancer in 1997 after having done clean-up work after asbestos insulation was installed at the Athens-based Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, which is owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Barbara Bobo laundered her husband’s work clothes for more than two decades and died in 2012 after having been diagnosed with a rare lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure.