Jury Awards $107 Million in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit
On July 11, a California jury awarded the family of a man who died of asbestos mesothelioma more than $107 million. Joel Hernandezcueva, the father of four young children, died in 2014 from pleural mesothelioma, a terminal cancer that his treating physicians testified is caused only by asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Mesothelioma Victims Stymied by Bestwall LLC Bankruptcy
On December 6, asbestos mesothelioma claimants asked a Fourth Circuit panel for permission to pursue their claims against Georgia-Pacific, the corporate parent of Bestwall LLC, which has filed for Chapter11 bankruptcy protection. The fundamental question in Bestwall LLC et al. v. Official Committee of Asbestos Claimants is whether the complicated corporate restructuring that preceded Bestwall’s bankruptcy was done in good faith, or whether it was a ruse designed to shield corporate assets from the claims of workers who were sickened by their exposure to asbestos. There is nearly 100 years of history behind this.
Plaintiff ‘s final rebuttal witness, a USA Navy Officer, Sinks $27 Million Claim against Asbestos Company
Despite mesothelioma victim Cliff Little providing a substantial amount of evidence in his asbestos lawsuit against Pryor-Giggey, a company that manufactured asbestos-contaminated boiler refractory insulation, the company successfully argued that there was no evidence to prove its products were used at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard where Little worked.
“Do I have an Asbestos Case”? Your Questions Answered by Asbestos and Mesothelioma Attorney
“People can still bring cases and pursue claims of asbestos exposure today, even though this litigation has been going on for decades,” says Gregory Cade, mesothelioma and asbestos lawyer and President of Environmental Litigation Group (“ELG”). If your claim has been denied, attorney Cade explains how you may try to qualify again.
California Jury Decision in Zoom Asbestos Trial Admirable
Despite Metalclad Insulation LLC arguing that COVID-19 restrictions and juror irregularities unfairly impacted an asbestos lawsuit claiming the manufacturer was liable for negligently failing to recall or warn about the risks of using insulation containing asbestos, a California jury awarded the plaintiffs, a Navy admiral and his wife, over $2.5 million.
Daubert Hearing Underway is Crucial to Johnson & Johnson Asbestos Talc Lawsuits
: Johnson & Johnson is hoping to snuff out over 20 plaintiffs’ expert witnesses from the multi-district litigation in a Daubert Hearing that began this week. The plaintiff cases are built on expert testimonies who say that asbestos fibers have been found in samples of talcum powder provided by plaintiff lawyers purchased on eBay and other places.
San Diego Firefighters Exposed to Asbestos at Training Facility
Until last summer, San Diego firefighters were training in a facility built with asbestos. Because their training activities involving breaching walls and doors, some firefighters were exposed to asbestos for hundreds of hours over two decades. Now almost 1,000 firefighters have filed documents to ensure their right to financial compensation for asbestos cancer.
Merchant Marine Asbestos Cases from 1989 Reinstated
Back in the late 1980s merchant mariners began filing asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits against ship owner and manufacturing defendants in the Northern District of Ohio. Most of the claims languished in the court system – until April 9, 2019 when a U.S. District Court Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated two lawsuits filed by the estates of two merchant marines.
Will the New Asbestos Regulation Put the Public at Risk?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enacted a new rule to purportedly strengthen oversight on asbestos: it will review applications for using asbestos in consumer products. But the agency’s critics and consumer groups argue that this rule makes it easier for asbestos to be used in consumer products, from construction materials to plastic bags.
Asbestos Mesothelioma Passed from Father to Son, Guilty Verdict for Defendant Liberty Utilities (Park Water) Corp.
Los Angeles, CA: A California jury recently awarded Alfred Mata and his wife $11.4 million in an asbestos lawsuit against Liberty Utilities (Park Water) Corp. Alfred developed mesothelioma from his father, who worked with water pipes that contained asbestos and brought the fibers home on his clothes.
New Evidence Reopens Scotts Turf Builder Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Trenton, NJ Environmental law has become better at protecting consumers from asbestos exposure in recent decades. But mesothelioma has a very long latency period, sometimes as long as 50 years. The plaintiff’s case in many asbestos mesothelioma lawsuits depends on finding very old samples of the product implicated in exposure. That’s tough, especially when those samples tend to be in the possession of the defendant.
Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit Currently Underway in New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ: Jurors at an asbestos lawsuit currently underway in New Jersey have heard that an expert witness for the plaintiff may not have considered all statistical and reported evidence in his analysis which led him to believe that talcum powder manufactured by co-defendant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) does currently, or did at one time contain asbestos.
Lanzo Talcum Powder Mesothelioma Toxic Tort Trial Opens in New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ Next week the New Jersey Superior Court will hear opening arguments in Lanzo v. Cyprus Amex Minerals Co, the second Johnson & Johnson talcum powder mesothelioma case to go to trial. The first toxic tort lawsuit to allege a link between J&J’s talcum powder products and mesothelioma ended in a win for J&J. Another case involving Colgate-Palmolive’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder settled. There’s a lot riding on the outcome of Lanzo .
Asbestos Mesothelioma Verdict for the Plaintiff worth $22.17 Million
Alameda County, CA: An asbestos lawsuit brought by the family of a man who died from asbestos mesothelioma concluded last week on December 11 with a decision worth a combined $22.17 million favoring the plaintiff. The award includes $4.6 million in punitive damages against co-defendants Imerys Talc America Inc. and Vanderbilt Minerals LLC.
Mesothelioma Victims and Their Families Win Lawsuits against Insulation Supplier
Boston, MA: Veteran attorney Andrew Wainwright and the Thornton Law Firm in Boston, Massachusetts have been handling mesothelioma lawsuits on behalf of individuals with asbestos-related illnesses since 1978. He knows the issues well. Although the use of asbestos has been curtailed Wainwright says victims of its deadly effects and cases of mesothelioma continue to come forward.
Asbestos and Environmental Law
Any asbestos lawsuit, whether it be founded upon asbestosis, asbestos mesothelioma, asbestos cancer or any other form of asbestos disease carries underpinnings of environmental law. That’s because the environment is such an integral component of today’s safe workplace, that environmental law policy is central to how employers create and maintain their work environments, and how they equip employees working with hazardous materials to protect their health.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Jury Verdict Goes to Plaintiff for $12.9 Million
Oakland, CA: No one conversant with environmental law remains so without a full understanding of the risks associated with asbestos, a substance once widely-used for its insulating properties in spite of growing evidence that asbestos is a carcinogen. While asbestos is still employed in some industrial applications, its use is tightly regulated. This, unlike the backdrop of decades past when policies and protocols around asbestos were, as alleged in scores of lawsuits, found lacking. To that end, a mesothelioma lawsuit filed by the widow of an asbestos mesothelioma victim speaks to the risks associated with direct, as well as indirect contact with asbestos fibers.
Michigan Widow Files Asbestos Lawsuit
Port Huron, MI: A woman from Michigan claims her late husband, who died of lung cancer, was felled from the aftereffects of asbestos exposure while on the job. To that end, plaintiff Phylis Rutledge filed an asbestosis lawsuit on behalf of the estate of Warren Rutledge against a host of defendants.
Mesothelioma Lawsuit Revived in California
Los Angeles, CA: A mesothelioma victim who alleges her asbestos disease was caused by exposure to her late husband’s work clothes has seen her asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit revived after it was originally lost to a summary judgement ruling in favor of the defendant.
Legal Wrangling Over Cost of Asbestos Settlement Continues Long After Victim Dies
Phoenix, AZ: Litigation surrounding the death of an underground pipe worker allegedly exposed to asbestos, demonstrates what often goes on behind the scenes that serves to shift the focus away from the victim, and onto defendants seeking to cover their financial losses. Many an asbestosis lawsuit has alleged failures on the part of employers and those responsible for work sites have resulted in unprotected exposure to asbestos, causing asbestosis disease, mesothelioma and other diseases associated with exposure to the deadly carcinogen.
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