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Miami – Asbestos Trades – $14 Million Mesothelioma Award
Mesothelioma Lawsuit - $14M Awarded To Construction Worker
Byjayita, Gaea News Network
May 28th, 2010
FLORIDA (GaeaTimes.com) — AMesothelioma lawsuit filed by WilliamAubin against Union Carbide earned him $14 million.Aubin, aSarasota construction worker was awarded by aFlorida jury.
Aubin had filed complaint against the chemical manufacturer and several other defendants such as Georgia-Pacific for their failure to warn construction companies against their compound, made of asbestos.
Aubin started fighting against these companies after he was allegedly diagnosed withPeritoneal Mesothelioma in the 1970s. Before that he used to work for his parents’ construction company, Key Biscayne.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer. The disease is caused by exposure to asbestos and inhaling asbestos fibers. The rare form of cancer is found in the chest and lung. But unlike lung cancer development ofmesothelioma is not related to smoking.
Peritonealmesothelioma is a fatal and rare form of the disease that affects the abdominal cavity. Only 30% of Mesothelioma cancer cases are diagnosed asPeritonealmesothelioma.
Asbestos which is the root cause of the disease is mainly used in several manufacturing and construction companies. Although the most use of asbestos were banned in mid 1980s, the number ofmesothelioma deaths toll is rising each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Asbestosmesothelioma lawsuits are the longest running mass movements by the people ofU.S. Over 600,000 people have filed lawsuits against 6,000 defendants after being diagnosed withmesothelioma, asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases.
The award forAubin was announced last week, when aMiami jury had determined that Union Carbide was chiefly responsible forAubin’s cancer. However, they didn’t refute the possibility of other defendants having shared the similar responsibility.
Miami-Dade – Asbestos Exposure – $14 Million Mesothelioma Award
Florida man awarded $14 million in asbestos case
BY LAURA MORALES Posted on Thursday, 05.20.10
AMiami-Dade jury has awarded aSarasota man more than $14 million after deciding that the asbestos he inhaled in the 1970s caused his deadly abdominal cancer.
Jurors found that chemical giant Union Carbide was negligent for selling asbestos fibers to other companies, which had used the fibers to make joint compounds used by construction companies -- such as the one William Aubin's family owned.
According to Aubin, his parents, who founded Aubin Construction on Key Biscayne in the 1960s, used the asbestos-laden compounds. Aubin, now 59 and a retired firefighter, worked in his parents' company after they moved it toSarasota.
That's how his client was exposed to asbestos and eventuallydeveloped peritoneal mesothelioma, said Juan Bauta, who argued the case for the Ferraro Law Firm.
``The products weren't labeled as containing asbestos,'' Bauta said.
Jurors also found that four of the compound manufacturers, including Georgia-Pacific, share some of the responsibility for causing Aubin's illness.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a rare -- and usually fatal -- cancer that attacks the lining of the abdominal cavity and organs. Aubin's lawyers argued that he is ``permanently impaired and will ultimately and unfortunately die from mesothelioma.''
In April 2008,Miami-Dade jurors awarded more than $24 million to a Weston doctor who contracted the same illness. It was the largest compensatory jury verdict involving a single defendant in aFlorida asbestos case.
Bauta said he expects Union Carbide to appeal the verdict.
Michael Terry, a Texas-based attorney who represented the company, could not be reached for comment.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/05/20/1639044/florida-man-awarded-14-million.html#ixzz0q1EUkXEs
MiamiFlorida – Second Hand Exposure – $3.6 Million Verdict
Ford Motor Co. to Pay $3.6M in Mesothelioma Case
Thursday, November 6, 2008
A woman who contracted mesothelioma after second-hand contact with asbestos has been awarded $3.6 million by aFlorida jury. Lynda Daly worked for a Ford dealership in the 1970's,where she claims she was exposed to asbestos-filled brakes. She also believes that she may have ingested the asbestos because her husband repaired brakes at home. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It generally kills victims within two years of detection.
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Miami-DadeFlorida – Asbestos Company – $31 Million Mesothelioma Verdict
Jury Awards Former Mechanic $31M in Asbestos Suit
March 02, 2006
Joseph Mallia, a former mechanic who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known asmesothelioma, has won a $31 Million award by aMiami-Dade Circuit Court jury. Mallia was diagnosed with the incurable lung disease after experiencing a dry cough and shortness of breath. He then sued more than a dozen automotive-parts manufacturers and distributors claiming the companies continued to sell asbestos-containing products even though they knew they were a health hazard. The jury awarded Mallia $3 Million in economic damages, and $28 Million in past and future damages for pain and suffering. Cooper Industries, whose former Pneumo Abex brake unit is liable for $14.26 Million of the verdict, plans to appeal. Six other companies were found partially negligent but will not have to pay any of the verdict because they previously settled with Mallia.