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ARTICLE ID 191695

– ASBESTOS – PRODUCT LIABILITY – FAILURE TO WARN – PLAINTIFF ALLEGEDLY DEVELOPS MESOTHELIOMA AS A RESULT OF USING JOINT COMPOUND MANUFACTURED BY DEFENDANT.

Madison County, IL

In this asbestos matter, the plaintiff alleged that as a result of using the defendant’s joint compound he developed cancer. The plaintiff was diagnosed with mesothelioma. The defendant denied liability and disputed causation maintaining that Crysotile asbestos does not cause mesothelioma.

The 69-year-old male plaintiff, a carpenter, alleged that he contracted pleural mesothelioma while employed with various contractors as a career carpenter. The plaintiff alleged that 50% of his work from ________ to ________ was drywall work using only Georgia-Pacific asbestos joint compound that he purchased from a Georgia-Pacific distribution center in his hometown. The plaintiff was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in January ________. The plaintiff brought suit against the defendant alleging failure to warn and maintaining that the defendant’s product was dangerous.

The defendant denied the allegations. The defendant contended that the plaintiff misidentified the plaintiff’s asbestos joint compound and had no corroborating evidence that supported his claims against the defendant. The defendant also argued that chrysotile asbestos does not cause mesothelioma.

The matter was tried over a period of two weeks.At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated for three hours and returned its verdict in favor of the defendant and against the plaintiff.

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