In a retrial of the largest single plaintiff’s asbestos award in U.S. history, a second jury came back with a defense verdict and awarded nothing.
A plaintiff who recovered damages for lung cancer in an earlier asbestos suit could bring a second product liability suit for asbestos exposure when he later developed a new malignant disease, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in reversing a summary judgment.
As a teenager growing up in Mississippi who barely learned to read or write, Thomas Brown Jr. went to work on oil drilling rigs as a “roughneck” – doing all the hard manual labor to support the drilling team, including pouring 50-pound bags of additives into mud used in the drilling process.
Thirty years later, he learned those bags contained asbestos.
Published: July 13, 2011
Tags: asbestos, asbestosis, Florida Asbestos and Silica Compensation Fairness Act, product liability
A state law limiting asbestos claims does not apply to lawsuits filed before the statute went into effect, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled.
As a teenager growing up in Mississippi who barely learned to read or write, Thomas Brown Jr. went to work on oil drilling rigs as a “roughneck” – doing all the hard manual labor to support the drilling team.
Like many women of her generation, 68-year-old Rhoda Evans took care of the home, did the cooking and cleaning, and tended to the family laundry, including washing her husband’s work clothes during his twenty years at a pipe-cutting job.
Years later, she learned those clothes – the ones she insisted he remove and shake out every night upon entering their home – contained microscopic asbestos fibers that will kill her.
A Mississippi jury has awarded $15 million to a 71 year-old oil industry worker who developed asbestosis after years of handling bags of product containing 99 percent asbestos.
In opening statements, lead plaintiff’s attorney Greg Jones of Franklin, Cardwell & Jones in Houston asked the jury, “What is the value of a breath?”