New Jersey Court Upholds $30.3 Million Mesothelioma Verdict Won By Asbestos Law Firm Levy, Phillips & Konigsberg

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Largest Mesothelioma Verdict In The History Of New Jersey Asbestos Litigation

The New York and New Jersey law firm, Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, a leader in asbestos litigation announced that a unanimous decision issued on April 5, 2010 by the New Jersey Appellate Division (docket no. A5263-07T1) upheld a $30.3 million jury award for their client. The New Jersey asbestos lawsuit was filed by Susan M. Buttitta, both individually and on behalf of the estate of her late-husband Mark Buttitta who died of mesothelioma, a rare and fatal cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The jury verdict is the largest mesothelioma award in the long-history of New Jersey Asbestos litigation.

The New Jersey asbestos attorney, Moshe Maimon of Levy, Phillips, & Konigsberg LLP served as lead trial lawyer on behalf of the Buttitta family. The mesothelioma case was tried in February of 2008 and resulted in a 30.3 million dollar verdict consisting of: $8,000,000 for Mark Buttitta’s pain and suffering relating to his mesothelioma; $2,000,000 for Mrs. Buttitta’s loss of consortium; $9,281,660 for Mr. Buttitta’s loss of earnings; $2,030,544 for loss of services; and $9,000,000 total for the loss of parental care and guidance to Mr. Buttitta’s 3 daughters resulting from Mr. Buttitta’s premature death from mesothelioma.

According to the published opinion, Mr. Buttitta was exposed to asbestos in the workplace during the 1970s when he was employed at warehouses that distributed asbestos-containing materials including brakes and clutches. He worked as a “parts picker” which required him to handle asbestos products and sweep up dust that contained asbestos. The landmark mesothelioma verdict was decided against a supplier of asbestos fiber, which was incorporated into automotive parts, and the manufacturer of automotive clutch products that contained asbestos.    

At trial, Mr. Maimon, one of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg’s leading asbestos litigation attorneys called numerous scientific and medical authorities in the area of asbestos exposure-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. These experts included Drs. Jacqueline Moline and Ronald Gordon, both from Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP has been litigating mesothelioma and other asbestos exposure cases for over 25 years. Their asbestos lawyers have won some of the largest verdicts for their clients. The law firm has offices in both New York City and New Jersey. To speak with one of the firm’s asbestos litigation attorneys, call 1-800-

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Jerome H. Block, Esq.
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