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ARTICLE ID 194613

$________ – Product Liability – Asbestos – Boiler installer sues after contracting asbestos-related cancer – Mesothelioma

Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division

In this matter, a man sued after he was diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer. The matter was resolved by a New Jersey jury.

The plaintiff, William C., 67, installed heating and air conditioning systems, including boilers, for eleven years. In that time, asbestos, including Asbestos Furnace Cement (a product of defendant Pecora Corporation), came with the boilers he installed. The plaintiff was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June of ________.

The plaintiff and his wife filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Middlesex County for product liability. The couple named as defendants several manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, including the Pecora Corporation.

At trial, the plaintiff presented evidence that before the period when plaintiff had worked with its Asbestos Furnace Cement, the defendant was warned about the hazards of asbestos by its own asbestos suppliers. Pecora took no action to eliminate the hazards, or warn the plaintiff or anyone else of those hazards. Finally, during the period when plaintiff worked with their product, the defendant’s own President was diagnosed with mesothelioma and filed his own lawsuit for his asbestos-related cancer. Even then, kept making asbestos-containing products, and finally only removed asbestos from its products five years later when its insurers would no longer cover asbestos-related risk.After a month of trial, the jury returned a $________ verdict against Pecora, including $________ in punitive damages.

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