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DallasTexas – Asbestos Company – $2.1 Million Mesothelioma Verdict
Kaiser Gypsum Inc. Reaches Settlement in Asbestos Case
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
A plasterer, who worked in and aroundSan Francisco,California for forty-two years, will receive $2.1 million in a recent settlement with Kaiser Gypsum Company and Hanson Permanente Cement, Inc.
The plasterer wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma in 2006. In the lawsuit, he alleged that asbestos was an ingredient of the stucco and other plaster products he worked with between 1955 and 1997, which were sold by Kaiser Gypsum and Hanson Permanente.
Kaiser Gypsum has been a defendant in several asbestos lawsuits over the past several years. In 1999, a jury inPortland,Oregon, awarded $1.5 million dollars to a formerhod carrier diagnosed with asbestosis and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer known to result from asbestos exposure. Evidence in the trial showed that Kaiser management was aware of the health risks associated with asbestos exposure no later than 1965, and possibly as far back as 1952.
The man had worked as ahod carrier between 1956 and 1986.
More recently in May of 2006, aSan Francisco jury awarded a man and his wife $5.9 million after only two days of deliberation. The man, who was not a smoker, was diagnosed with malignantmesothelioma and lung cancer in January of 2005–both of which were attributed tochrysotile asbestos fibers used in the company’s drywall products.
Yet another case was one in which a woman of Dallas County, Texas, sued Kaiser Gypsum over the death of her husband, a former pipefitter who was diagnosed withmesothelioma in January of 2003 and died ten months later. The jury in this case awarded her $650,000 after only seven hours of deliberation.
In their verdict, members of the jury found Kaiser Gypsum 100% liable for the man’s cancer and resultant death. It was determined that Kaiser Gypsum had known of the health risks of asbestos exposure as early as 1972, yet deliberately and maliciously failed to take steps in protecting employees.
Kaiser Gypsum products now known to have contained asbestos include Finishing Compound and Joint Compound, used in drywall installation.
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DallasTexas – $700,000 Mesothelioma Verdict
MESOTHELIOMA VERDICT: JURY AWARDS $700,000
2009-08-06 14:52:13 (GMT) (WiredPRNews.com - Mesothelioma Asbestos, Press Releases)
Dallas, Texas (Mesothelioma Cancer News) — Case Style: Estelle Firth, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of Thomas Firth, deceased; Kimberly Horner and Donna Reynolds, vs. AGCO Corporation, et al., In the Court of Common Pleas, Richland County South Carolina; Cause No: 2007-CP-40-02580
Jury Verdict: $ 700,000.00
Plaintiff(s): Thomas Firth, deceased; Estelle Firth, Kimberly Horner and Donna Reynolds.
Defendant: Garlock Sealing Technology, LLC
Verdict Date: June 26, 2009
Facts: Thomas Firth, a 72-year oldSouth Carolina resident, suffered from mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Firth was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November, 2006 and died from this fatal disease on July 13, 2007.
Tom Firth’s only known exposure to asbestos happened at Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, in the 1950s where he worked for less than a year. He was a mechanic’s assistant on a battery of Coke ovens and worked with Garlock gaskets and packing on the many pumps and vales associated with the Coke ovens.
Following less than 5 hours of deliberations, the jury returned a $700,000 dollar verdict in favor of the Firth family. The jury found that the Garlock gaskets and packing were a substantial factor in causing Thomas Firth’s mesothelioma and death. The jury concluded that the company negligently failed to warn Thomas Firth and others of the inherent dangers of working with their asbestos products.
“We are so happy for Firth family. While Garlock has admitted outside of the court room that their products can cause cancer they refuse to do so in the court room. It was satisfying to hear the jury unanimously find that Garlock’s asbestos products were dangerous and that Garlock is responsible for this terrible loss to the Firth family,” said Chris Panatier, lead counsel for the Firth family.
Plaintiff attorneys: Chris Panatier & Jessica Dean; Simon, Eddins & Greenstone, LLP,Dallas,Texas.
Defense attorneys: Tim Bouch and Kevin Ward; Leath, Bouch, Crawford and Von Keller, LLP,Charleston,South Carolina.
Judge: Honorable Larry Patterson
Plaintiff experts: Dr. Arnold Brody (cell biologist); Dr. Edwin Holstein (Occupational Medicine); and Steve Hays (Industrial Hygienist).
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL ABOUT THE FIRTH CASE CONTACT JESSICA DEAN (214) 276-7680.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT MESOTHELIOMA AND ASBESTOS EXPOSURE, VISIT www.SEGLaw.com.
DallasTexas - Mesothelioma Death
Texas Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit Results in $11M Verdict
AboutLawsuits.com | April 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 am
ATexas painter has been awarded $11 million in amesothelioma asbestos lawsuit againstBondex, Union Carbide and other manufacturers whose parts allegedly contained cancer-causing asbestos.
A jury inDallas handed down the verdict on March 30 in favor of Vernon Walker and his wife, Patsy Walker. According to a press release issued by attorneys representing the couple,Walker was diagnosedwithmesothelioma cancer after working as a career painter in the construction industry.
Walker worked as a union painter on skyscrapers and other construction projects. The defendants in theasbestos exposure lawsuit said that the types of asbestosWalker had been exposed to, includingchrysotile andcalidria, do not cause asbestos-related cancer.
The $11 million verdict apportioned 40% of the liability forWalker’s cancer to Union Carbide, and the rest of the blame was divided among defendants that included product manufacturersBondex, Kelly Moore and Georgia Pacific. However, all of the defendants exceptBondex settled out of court before a verdictwas reached.
Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is found in the lining of the chest and lungs. The only known cause ofmesothelioma is asbestos exposure, and it is often not diagnosed until decades after exposure. As a result of the long latency period, the cancer is very advanced when it is diagnosed and life expectancy with the disease is limited.
Asbestos was widely used in a variety of manufacturing and construction applications throughout the last century, with use peaking in 1973. Most uses of asbestos were banned in the mid-1980s. Despite the ban, the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the number ofmesothelioma deaths continues to rise each year due to the latency period, with the number expected to peak in 2010.
Asbestosmesothelioma lawsuits are the longest running mass tort inU.S. history, with the first asbestos exposure case filed in 1929. Over 600,000 people have filed lawsuits against 6,000 defendants after being diagnosed withmesothelioma, asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases.