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Dying Worker Wins $38 Million for Asbestos Exposure

A South Carolina worker who has less than a year to live after being diagnosed with mesothelioma won a $38 million jury award against the makers of equipment containing asbestos. Lloyd Strom Garvin, 74, was exposed to asbestos in equipment like pumps and valves that he used during years of work on his family farm and in a factory. He originally sued 13 manufacturers, but most settled or dropped out before trial. Three defendants that make asbestos-containing equipment — Durco, …

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ALEC Helps Big Business Invade Local Lawmaking State By State

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting today in Chicago, celebrating its 40th birthday. The organization is a network of conservative state legislators and some of the biggest corporate giants in the world that work together to influence local lawmaking and put the corporate agenda on the books state by state. Yet in spite of its wide reach, few citizens are even aware …

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Posted 10 months ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Wife Exposed to Asbestos Washing Clothes Wins $27 Million

A worker’s wife who developed mesothelioma from second-hand asbestos exposure won a $27 million jury award. For several years in the 1950s, Martin Gregg worked as an insulation installer handling Kaylo brand insulation products. All those years, his wife, Rose-Marie, shook out and washed her husband’s clothes. At 82, Rose-Marie now suffers from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung’s lining that is caused by asbestos exposure. The couple sued Owens-Illinois, the maker of Kaylo products. Their attorney, Joseph D. Satterley, …

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Drywaller Awarded $27 Million for Asbestos Exposure

A drywall worker who built houses during the California housing boom in the 1970s, when asbestos was used in virtually every type of building material, has won a $27 million jury award for a cancer caused by the toxic substance. When he was still in high school in 1967, Michael Sutherland got a job as a drywaller and continued working on residential and office buildings in San Diego County for over 25 years. Sutherland would rush from job to job, …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Judge Slashes Worker’s $3 Million Asbestos Award

A judge has drastically reduced a $3 million jury verdict awarded to the widow of a worker who died from cancer after years of handling products made with asbestos. Companies have been ordered by juries to pay millions of dollars only to have the damages slashed by a judge after trial. Under “tort reform,” many states have passed laws that limit how much an injured person can collect, such as by capping damages at a few hundred thousand dollars. Juries …

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