Jury awards deceased Goodyear Tire employee's family $18.6M A Dallas County jury has awarded $18.6M to the family of a tire builder who died after being exposed to cancer-causing asbestos fibers at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Tyler, Texas. Carl Rogers worked at the plant for 30 years before being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Jurors found Goodyear grossly negligent for allowing Rogers' continued exposure to asbestos. The Sept. 5 verdict includes $2.7M in non-economic damages, $900,000 in economic damages, and $15M in punitive damages. The parties stipulated to an amount of paid medical bills, which will also be added to the final judgment.