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Couple receives over $200 million in asbestos case

A California jury awarded a couple $208 million in an mesothelioma verdict. The wife, was diagnosed with mesothelioma from being exposed to asbestos on her husband’s clothing.

Her husband worked for Los Angeles Department of Power and Water where he was exposed to asbestos while cutting cement water pipes that were made of asbestos cement. After cutting these pipes, asbestos-containing product released carcinogenic fibers into the air. The fibers were released, inhaled and the man’s wife was exposed to these fibers when washing her husband’s clothes.

The jury awarded the couple with $200 million in punitive damages and $8 million in compensatory damages. The manufacturer of the asbestos-containing cement pipe was assigned 70 percent of the liability in this case.

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Oil Field Consultant's Widow Awarded $1 Million

The widow of a Texas oil field consultant who died as a result of mesothelioma has been awarded $1 million in damages by a Bazoria County jury.  The man had worked for Dowell Company between 1975 and 1985, during which time he worked with drilling fluids which contained asbestos, long known to cause mesothelioma.  The jury found that the two remaining clients on the suit, Union Carbide and Montello, Inc, were both 15% liable for the man’s contraction of mesothelioma.

According to the man’s testimony given before he died, he used asbestos-filled drilling mud several times a week for the course of four or five years.  The asbestos dust was so thick it was like a smokestack, he said, and blocked out street lights.

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