$8M Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit Settlement Awarded to Handyman

Los Angeles, CA: A 68-year old man who worked as a painter and handyman from the early 1960s until his diagnosis of asbestos mesothelioma has been awarded $8,465,738 in settlement of his asbestos lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged his exposure to asbestos resulted from working with asbestos-containing products manufactured and supplied by the defendants, Union Carbide and CalPortland. Specifically, the lawsuit claimed that the joint compound and the plastic cement the plaintiff worked with contained asbestos.

Recently diagnosed with pleural malignant asbestos mesothelioma, the plaintiff subsequently underwent an extrapleural pneumonectomy. He and his wife brought suit against the various defendants alleging that the defendants were negligent in failing to warn of the dangers of asbestos contained in their products or sold to others to place in their products.

At the conclusion of the 37-day trial the jury returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiffs and against the defendants. The jury determined that defendants CalPortland and Union Carbide were responsible.

Family of Deceased GM Worker Awarded $3M in Asbestos Lawsuit Settlement

Erie, PA: The family of a former employee at the GM Powertrain facility in the town of Tonawanda, who subsequently died of asbestos disease, has been awarded $3 million by the jury hearing the case.

Gerald Suttner, formerly of Tonawanda, worked at the GM facility repairing vales manufactured by Crane Co. The job involved removing asbestos gaskets, which created asbestos dust Suttner would have inhaled. He did this for 36 years,from 1964 to 1979, when he retired.

Diagnosed in October 2010, Mr. Suttner died just one year later, from pleural mesothelioma, a form of cancer that is caused by asbestos. He was 77.

During the trial, lawyers for the Suttner family called expert witnesses who testified that there is no such thing as safeasbestos exposure and assured the jury that Suttner’s exposure is what led to his diagnosis. The dangers of asbestoshave been known since the early 1900s, and they lawyers made the case that Crane was aware of these dangers since the 1930s. “But the company continued to use asbestos well into the late 1980s without placing warnings on its products,” the law firm’s statement reads.

During his retirement, Suttner helped his wife, Joann, care for their disabled daughter, and served as a volunteer for the Shriners Hospital in Erie, PA, driving children to and from the hospital. 

Chevron to Pay $40M in Asbestos Class Action Lawsuit

Denver, CO: A$40 million settlement has been reached in an environmental class action brought by northern Colorado landowners against Chevron Corp. The lawsuit alleged asbestos contamination to the land.

The settlement, reached late in January, will see Chevron pay $32.5million in cash to the landowners in the class. It will also pay $7.5million for asbestos cleanup and testing.

Construction Worker Settles Asbestos Lawsuit for $7.5M

Los Angeles, CA: A construction worker who developed a highly aggressive cancer after his exposure to asbestos, has resolved his asbestos lawsuit against the defendant companies for $7.5 million prior to trial. The plaintiff brought suit against several of the companies that manufactured the materials. The defendants severally denied liability.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the plaintiff was a construction worker helping install underground water and sewer lines beneath the Sacramento Valley city of Chico. His job involved working with pipes made from a concrete-asbestoscompound, which he would cut with a gasoline-powered saw. The cutting generated an enormous amount of cement-asbestos dust, which left the plaintiff covered head to toe by the end of the day. The plaintiff was later diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, also rare except where attributable to asbestos exposure.

The plaintiff filed suit in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, seeking damages on a defective product liability action. The plaintiff sought recovery of medical expenses, lost wages, and non-economic recovery. The defendants named were several companies who manufactured, sold or delivered the asbestos-containing pipes the plaintiff worked with, including Parex USA, Westburne Supply, John K. Bice Co., Los Angeles Rubber, Hajoca Corp., Hanson Permanente Cement, Keenan, Properties, J-M Manufacturing, Certainteed Corp., Ferguson Enterprises, Grinnell Corp., Amcord, Ameron International and Calportland.

Drywaller Awarded $26.6M in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit For $26.6M

San Pedro, Cali: A particular asbestos mesothelioma verdict was achieve in March in the matter of Michael Sutherland, an ex drywaller clinically determined to have mesothelioma, the cancer brought on by asbestos. The L.A. Superior Court that heard the situation returned its judgement awarding $26 million to the victim.

Mike sayd that he performed as a drywaller in north San Diego County all the way back from 1967, while still was attending High School, throughout 1993. Mike worked at numerous residential and business jobsites throughout the construction “boom” which occurred in northern county during the 1970s, at that time the cancer-causing asbestos was found in many construction items including joint substance, fire-rated drywall, stucco, roofing and asbestos concrete pipe.

“With all of the trades taking care of top of each one other looking to finish one work and begin the next, it absolutely was always dusty”.

The Sutherlands’ lawsuit was submitted on June 20, 2012. Over 31 defendants were called in the case. Thesettlements were achieved with numerous defendants just before trial. Stucco company, Highland Stucco plus Lime Products, the sole left over defendant at the trial, argued that various other corporations and even Sutherland himself was responsible for his direct exposure to asbestos. Nevertheless the jury eventually assessed fault on Highland because of its role in disclosing Mr. Sutherland along with other members from the public to the dangerous products.

We were surprised to find out at trial exactly how much asbestos is at stucco,” Mr Sutherland stated, “even although I rarely have worked with all the stuff, I had been exposed to dirt when the plastic bags were dumped within large mixers so when we needed to scrape off parts of over-spray into the houses through windows plus doors.”

Mr Sutherland is grateful to the jury’s award as well as the effort of his genuine team, but might gladly trade all of it for the yield of his wellness. Prior to his particular diagnosis in June 2012, Mike loved his job and realy had no plans for retiring. He additionally continued to engage his life-long love for surfing.