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Superior Court of Middlesex County

This action resolved 11 mesothelioma wrongful death cases pending in a New Jersey Superior Court. Default judgment was declared, after the defendants failed to respond to notices respecting the suit.

The plaintiffs, in this case, were 11 families from Manville, New Jersey, who lost family members to mesothelioma, a cancer linked to asbestos exposure. The defendants, Anova Holding AG, plus Becon AG, whom supplied asbestos to Johns-Manville from the 1950s through the 1980s. The defendants are the beneficiaries to the Eternit group of companies, who mined the asbestos, and later selling it to companies like Johns-Manville Company.

The plaintiffs filed suit in the Superior Court of Middlesex County, accusing the defendant, Anova Holding AG and Becon AG, of being the proximate cause of their relatives fatal cancer.

The plaintiffs sought wrongful death damages, including pain and suffering and loss of consortium. Neither defendant appeared, or answered the complaints.

The plaintiffs subsequently obtained default judgments against the defendants on the question of liability. Hearings were subsequently held on the subject of damages.After six days of damages hearings, the court awarded a total of $________ in damages to the families for pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.

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