Articles Posted in Mesothelioma Court Rulings and Legislation

A California jury recently handed down a substantial verdict in an asbestos cancer case involving a plaintiff who developed mesothelioma as a result of secondhand exposure to asbestos fibers brought home on his father’s work clothes. The jury’s $11.4 million award included $5 million to the plaintiff and his wife for what the panel deemed to be malice on the part of the defendant, Liberty Utilities, now known as Park Water.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that commonly affects thin lining of tissue surrounding vital organs like the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The disease is directly linked to exposure to asbestos, a naturally occuring mineral once commonly used in a variety of industrial, commercial, and military applications due to its malleability and heat-resistant properties. Mesothelioma usually takes 20 to 50 years to develop, which can leave patients with limited treatment options by the time a diagnosis is made.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiff developed his cancer as a result of being exposed to asbestos fibers his father unknowingly brought home from his job at Liberty Utilities (Park Water). The plaintiff’s father worked at Liberty Utilities (Park Water) from 1970 to 1985, where he cut, installed, and repaired asbestos-cement water pipes but was unaware of asbestos exposure and its dangers.

The daughter of an asbestos cancer victim who passed away from his disease recently filed asbestos lung cancer Illinois state court against her father’s employer and several other defendants alleging the companies failed to exercise due care. The asbestos lung cancer lawsuit names Buffalo Air Handing Inc., Cooper Industries LLC, URS Corp. and others as defendants and seeks compensation for the victim’s wrongful death.

According to the asbestos cancer lawsuit, filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, the victim developed his lung cancer from decades of working with asbestos contaminated products produced and/or distributed by the defendants. The plaintiff’s lawsuit alleges that the defendants knew of the risks associated with products containing asbestos but made a conscious decision not to inform the plaintiff and others of the risks associated.

The victim received his lung cancer diagnosis in December 2017 and passed away soon after in February 2018, at which point the victim’s daughter continued the suit on his behalf to recover compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of his estate. Sadly, many other asbestos cancer victims suffer the same fate as the one in this case where they are given little time left to live and pursue justice against those who caused their irreversible condition.

A California jury recently awarded a plaintiff $4 million in punitive damages after determining that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson acted with malice when it produced and sold talcum powder products contaminated with deadly asbestos fibers. The punitive damages award comes just days after the same jury handed down a substantial $21.7 million in compensatory damages in a case which is Johnson & Johnson’s second trial loss in as many months.

The 68-year-old plaintiff in the case claimed she developed mesothelioma cancer as a result of decades of using talc-based products sold by Johnson & Johnson. While Johnson & Johnson has denied any liability in the case, the company faces thousands of other lawsuits across the country brought by victims claiming they developed mesothelioma, ovarian cancer, and other cancers after using talcum powder products.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that commonly affects the thin linings of tissue surrounding vital organs like the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Due to the latency period of the disease, many asbestos cancer victims do not show symptoms for 20 to 50 years, which leaves them with diminished treatment options. Even though medical science continues to make progress every day with treatments, there is still no definitive cure for a mesothelioma diagnosis.

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