Posts Tagged ‘verdict’

Jury finds asbestos products manufacturers liable for mesothelioma death, awards $7.2 million

3 Apr 2014 by under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Jury finds asbestos products manufacturers liable for mesothelioma death, awards $7.2 millionA County jury found in favor of the family of Edward Merwitz, a former shipfitter who died of mesothelioma at age 62. The lawsuit alleged Merwitz was exposed to -containing products while working on U.S. Navy ships between the years of 1965 and 1970. (more…)

Former asbestos executives found guilty; landmark verdict in Italy

15 Feb 2012 by under Events, Legal, News, Organizations

eternit giustizia 300x194 Former asbestos executives found guilty; landmark verdict in ItalyA landmark verdict handed down by a three-judge panel in Turin, Italy, could set a precedent for manufacturers dealing with toxic environmental substances, like asbestos. Following a two-year trial, two former executives of a Swiss building-products company were found guilty on , held responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 people who lived and worked around four Italian asbestos cement factories. Asbestos has been proven to cause deadly diseases, including mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen and, in rare cases, the heart. The verdict was handed down Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. (more…)

Jury awards Pennsylvania family Meso settlement

17 Mar 2008 by under Legal, News

The Indiana Gazette reported March 15 that a jury in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, awarded the Baroni family $226,000 as part of a judgment finding George Baroni’s death was a result of asbestos exposure.

The story says that Baroni, 73, died of in October 2005. He worked for Fisher Scientific from 1959 to 1994. In addition to the jury , the Baroni family settled with three other companies related to Mr. Baroni’s illness.


$20 million verdict for Meso victim

12 Mar 2008 by under Legal, News

Mesothelioma Victim Wins $20 Million in Lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO –(BusinessWire)—A Dallas, Texas-based law firm today announced a $20 million civil verdict in an asbestos lawsuit on behalf of Joan Mahoney, 69-year-old victim of mesothelioma, a painful and debilitating form of cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, and Daniel Mahoney, her husband of 42 years. The jury attributed 30 percent of the $20 million liability to defendant Georgia Pacific Corp.

Attorneys represented Joan and Daniel Mahoney before Judge Thomas Mellon in San Francisco County Superior Court.

Mrs. Mahoney, a San Francisco native, spent much of her career in real estate and show business. Her singing career spanned 30 years and took her around the world seven times on USO tours. But it was her work in the part-time family construction business that exposed Mrs. Mahoney to Georgia Pacific’s asbestos-containing joint compound, the suit established. Together, Mrs. Mahoney and her husband, who was also a math teacher, built and remodeled over 200 houses in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

The evidence at trial showed that Georgia Pacific knew from the moment it entered the asbestos business that asbestos exposure causes disease. Years before the Mahoneys first used Georgia Pacific’s asbestos-containing joint compound, Georgia Pacific knew that its product posed a substantial risk to workers.

Not until the government banned certain uses of asbestos in 1977, after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said that exposure to asbestos-containing joint compound for as little as six hours a day, four times per year could result in thousands of people developing cancer, did Georgia Pacific stop selling asbestos containing joint compound.

The damage caused by asbestos exposure can take decades to surface. Mrs. Mahoney was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2006—35 years after her first exposure to Georgia Pacific’s product. She continues to fight the painful disease that experts say will cause great suffering and eventually kill her.

Published March 12, 2008 in BusinessWire.