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Editor: Brandon West
Profession: Brayton Purcell LLP

March 01, 2007

By Brandon Smith

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Asbestos Lawsuit Filed After Kansas City Man Dies From Mesothelioma

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

On February 28, 2007 the estate of Robert Briggs filed an asbestos lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court after claiming his death was wrongful and should have been prevented. Briggs, who worked for Owens Corning and Jay Wolfe Pontiac in Kansas City for many years, died from Mesothelioma on March 21, 2005. In the complaint, 94 defendant corporations have been named as responsible parties as it is believed that many of them knowingly exposed Briggs unnecessarily to asbestos containing products and fibers.

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January 07, 2007

By Brandon Smith

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Settlement Fund Approved For Asbestos Exposed Victims

Category: Asbestos News

A settlement fund has been approved for Owens Corning, a building material manufacturer and producer, that will compensate over 2,000 Puget Sound residents after being exposed to and suffering from asbestos related fibers and materials.

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December 30, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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New Second Hand Mesothelioma Lawsuit Filed In Madison County

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

A retired Florida man recently filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. The diagnosis was linked to years of exposure to asbestos products and fibers in his home and at various worksites. Louis Holzworth worked as a factory worker, warehouse foreman, and molder among others for a period in excess of 40 years. His wife Joan worked as an inspector with Amphenol Corporation and was believed to have brought home particles of asbestos dust on her work clothing that subsequently became airborne in the family home.

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December 29, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Ohio Court Of Appeals Sides With Meothelioma Victim

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

A retired electrician in northwest Ohio, who contracted an asbestos-related cancer called mesothelioma, recently won his case on appeal to Ohio Court of Appeals. The panel on the Court ruled that a Cleveland Ohio trial court judge committed error in dismissing Lee C. Rettig's lawsuit against General Motor's Corporation after siding with Rettig's attorney who argued that GM was aware of the dangers of asbestos and had a duty to warn Mr. Rettig.

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December 15, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Shipyard Worker's Family Holds Asbestos Manufacturer Accountable

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

In the mid 1960s, Plaintiff Jones worked as a shipyard machinist in the engine rooms of various submarines and aircraft carriers. In carrying out these work related duties, Mr. Jones removed and replaced gaskets that were shipped in packages containing asbestos fibers and dust. The prolonged exposure to these particles and fibers ultimately led to Mr. Jones contracting mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer, at the age of 60 and caused immense health problems for the former shipyard worker. After almost a year of battling mesothelioma, Mr. Jones tragically died as a result of the deadly cancer.

Individually and on behalf of her husband's estate, his wife brought suit against numerous defendants under theories of strict liability and negligence for the death of her husband. All but one of the defendants settled prior to trial. At trial, after hearing all of the evidence, a Virginia jury awarded $10.4 million to the Plaintiff and apportioned fault to each party who contributed to Mr. Jones' death. As the other defendant's also found liable had already settled, the amounts attributed to their negligence was reduced by the trial court to their pre-trial settlement amounts. The remaining defendant was held accountable for $3.4 million of the verdict amount after being found 34% at fault.

Cite: Jones v. John Crane, Inc., Va., Newport News City Cir., No. 39028T-01 (July 26, 2006)

December 14, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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$18.5 Million Awarded To Man Exposed To Asbestos

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

After working for years in the mid 1970s as a plastics molder, Plaintiff Bakkie developed Mesothelioma in 2005 at the young age of 49. His diagnosis was linked, at least in part, to an open-fiber asbestos product manufactured by Union Carbide according to a California jury who awarded $18.5 million in damages. The jury found that the RG-144 product utilized had design and warning defects that were attributed to the negligence of the Defendant. Of the $18.5 million awarded, $15.3 million was awarded for non-economic damages which is generally given for pain and suffering. Initially suit was filed against other defendants thought to be liable for exposing Mr. Bakkie to asbestos related products, but all of those defendants decided to settle prior to the trial.

The case was entitled: Bakkie v. Union Carbide Corp., Cal., San Francisco Co. Super., No. 445300 (Sept. 1, 2006)

December 11, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Choosing The Right Mesothelioma Attorney

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

There are many factors you should take into account when deciding who you want to help you in your greatest time of need. Those affected and diagnosed with mesothelioma, need answers fast and need it from someone they can trust. Paul Kraus, a mesothelioma survivor for almost a decade now, provides tips on selecting the right kind of attorney. Brayton Purcell, an asbestos and mesothelioma law firm, also provides an extensive guide on how to choose a mesothelioma attorney. Their tips are very good starting points given the large number of options one may see upon starting their initial search.

December 05, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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$850,000 Awarded To Widow Of Mesothelioma Victim

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

The widow of a man who died as a result of his battle with mesothelioma was recently awarded $850,000 in McLean County, Illinois. Robert Blessing, deceased, worked for Union Asbestos and Rubber Co., also known as Unarco, as a building inspector for the pipe fitting plant in the mid 1950's.

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December 04, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Abestos Plaintiff Gets Undisclosed Settlement At Jury Selection

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Plaintiff that suffered from mesothelioma as a result of constant exposure to asbestos recently settled her case during the second day of jury selection. The asbestos plaintiff, Joyce Applequist, filed suit against Bondex and Georgia Pacific, alleging among other things, the she:

was exposed to and inhaled, ingested or otherwise absorbed large amounts of asbestos fibers emanating from products she was working with or around.
The amounts of the settlement remain confidential as is usually the case with these type claims. As noted in the referenced article however many asbestos claims result in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars for those adversely affected by its exposure.

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November 28, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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$25 Million Awarded To Brake Repairman With Mesothelioma

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

A New York Supreme Court jury recently awarded $25 million to Alfred D'Ulisse, 73, who was a New York City brake repairman who lost his right lung to a cancer linked to asbestos. The jury of three men and three women found DaimlerChrysler liable for exposing Mr. D'Ulisse to asbestos related materials that ultimately lead to his development of mesothelioma. Of the total $25 million awarded, DiamlerChrysler was ordered to pay 80% of that amount because they acted with reckless disregard according to the plaintiff's attorney.

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November 10, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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4 New Asbestos Lawsuits Filed In West Virginia

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

In the Kanawha Circuit Court of West Virginia, four new asbestos lawsuits have been filed on behalf of four different sets of plaintiffs. One suit involves a laborer who was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and asbestosis after working for years at Elk Refining/Pennzoil in Falling Rock and Union Carbide. Two other suits involving men who contracted asbestosis and lung cancer also filed lawsuits after linking their condition to the prolonged exposure to asbestos they endured while working for Weirton Steel. The fourth suit, filed by a mechanic that worked for Dupont from 1941-1982, subsequently developed serious health problems related his asbestos exposure as well. The wives of these men have all included counts for loss of consortium relating to their husbands injuries.

The progression of these new asbestos lawsuits will be interesting to track over the next year or so. They mark the beginning of an effort to seek redress against those who have potentially exposed them to asbestos materials which ultimately caused the debilitating injuries. As more information is discovered, it will be updated in subsequent blogs.