Jury acquits W.R. Grace, 3 executives of charges they knowingly exposed workers to asbestos

Jury acquits W.R. Grace, 3 execs in asbestos case

MISSOULA, Mont. — W.R. Grace & Co. and three former executives have been acquitted of federal charges that accused them of knowingly exposing workers to asbestos.

The Missoula, Mont., jury returned its verdict Friday morning, nearly 11 weeks after hearing opening arguments.

An indictment unsealed four years ago accused W.R. Grace and several of its one-time executives of knowingly endangering the lives of mine workers and other residents of Libby and ignoring warnings by state agencies to clean up their vermiculite mining operation.

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