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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cancer victims win $190 million in asbestos case

Spreading asbestos mixture on boiler of a loco...
Spreading asbestos mixture on boiler of a locomotive at the C & NW RR 40th Street locomotive shops (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
Asbestos litigation continues to be the nation's longest running tort. This post is shared from the Asbestos is not totally banned in the US and exposures continue.
Five cancer victims won a whopping $190 million verdict in an asbestos case against two boiler companies.
Unfortunately, only two of the five plaintiffs lived to see their victory. The three other tradesmen died from mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
After an 11-week trial, a Manhattan Supreme Court jury came to the verdict Tuesday, having found the national companies — Burnham and Cleaver-Brooks — acted with reckless disregard for human life.
The men toiled as steamfitters, plumbers and construction workers, but were not warned of the dangers related to the exposure to the deadly material.
“These tragedies shouldn’t have happened,” said their attorney, Daniel Kraft Jr. “I hope this verdict sends a message that corporations’ recklessness has a very real impact on people’s lives.”
One of the surviving victims, Paul Levy, of New Jersey, was exposed to asbestos while fitting pipes on aircraft carriers like the USS Constellation in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. He and his wife Roslyn Levy won a $60 million portion of the verdict.
The same amount went to Cesar Serna of Howard Beach, Queens. Families of the three deceased workers—Robert Brunk, Santos Assenzio and Raymond Vincent — were awarded between $20 and $30...
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