Mesothelioma Lawsuits

In 1969, the first successful mesothelioma lawsuit was filed, recognizing a manufacturer’s duty to warn workers of the health risks of dealing with asbestos.

First asbestos lawsuit filed
In that case, Clarence Borel filed a claim against several asbestos manufacturers after he received a mesothelioma diagnosis. The court’s opinion extended strict product liability to asbestos diseases caused by the use of this once commonly used product .

Thousands of asbestos lawsuits followed in the next decade, and injuries caused by exposure to the deadly mineral became the nation’s largest area of product liability litigation.

Johns-Manville goes bust

In 1982, the Johns-Manville Corporation became the largest American company ever to file for bankruptcy after court documents proved that it had a history of hiding evidence that associated asbestos exposure to mesothelioma symptoms.

James Cavvett, a retired boilermaker who was dying from lung cancer brought on by his exposure to asbestos while working for Johns-Manville, was awarded a record $2.3 million in compensation and $1.5 million in punitive damages. Johns-Manville faced another 16,500 mesothelioma lawsuits.

A jury awarded plaintiffs $130 million in 2001 after finding Dresser Industries negligent of failing to provide proper warnings of asbestos exposure to its employees. All five of the Alabama plaintiffs were diagnosed with asbestosis, and two died of lung cancer after years of working with asbestos and asbestos by-products in the piping industry.

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