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$2.86 Million Settlement Awarded in Asbestos Lawsuit

August 2, 2012

New Castle, DL: A Delaware jury has awarded a $2.86 million verdict to the family of Michael Galliher, who died from asbestos mesothelioma. The lawsuit was filed against RT Vanderbilt In re Asbestos Litigation Michael Galliher, No. 10C-10-315 (Del. Super. Ct., New Castle City.). The settlement is the largest asbestos verdict against a single defendant in Delaware in over a decade.

Michael Galliher, of Mansfield, Ohio, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in August 2010. He died months later on February 3, 2011 at the age of 62. While working at Crane Plumbing Fixtures Factory for nearly 40 years, Galliher used a talc powder contaminated with asbestos fibers to dust large molds of sinks, bathtubs and other ceramic fixtures. The asbestos fibers came from a mine in Gouverneur, NY, owned and operated by RT Vanderbilt Company, Inc.

Expert testimony during the trial linked Galliher's exposure to talc dust containing asbestos fibers. RT Vanderbilt did not list the proper safety warning on the talc powder.

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