Baron and Budd Announces $8.4 Million Verdict for Widow of Mesothelioma Patient Against Hercules, Inc.

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Jury Finds Hercules, Inc. Responsible For Exposing Worker To Asbestos-Containing Pipe

Earlier this year, a Dallas jury awarded an $8.4 million verdict to a mesothelioma patient’s widow after finding Hercules, Inc., a subsidiary of Ashland, Inc. liable for the patient’s mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos (Case No. DC10-08454-D, Civil District Court of Dallas County, 68th, TX.). This verdict is believed to be the first asbestos cancer or mesothelioma verdict reached against Hercules, Inc. for exposure at the Dow Chemical, Inc. refinery and could set a precedent for similar results in the future. The mesothelioma lawsuit was brought on behalf of the late John Gensler, and his widow Martha Gensler. Mesothelioma attorneys John Langdoc and Alana Kalantzakis of the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd represented the family at trial.

Hercules is no stranger to fines and other liabilities due to its manufacture of carcinogenic products. The company has been found responsible for exposing U.S. military veterans to toxic carcinogens including Agent Orange, which Hercules manufactured. Even after the government begin requiring warning labels for asbestos products in 1971, Hercules actively chose not to place the warning labels on its products, according to court documents. Mesothelioma lawyers Langdoc and Kalantzakis proved during the trial that Hercules knew it was exposing Mr. Gensler and other workers to dangerous asbestos-containing pipe products during the late 1960s and early 1970s and did nothing to warn workers.

“Hercules has a history of corporate misconduct and environmental contamination,” said Langdoc. “The company insisted on using the most carcinogenic type of asbestos available, according to court documents. While other asbestos pipes generally contained approximately three to five percent asbestos, Hercules’ asbestos pipes contained approximately 50 percent asbestos, an amount found to be extremely dangerous to workers and the environment, according to court documents.”

Baron and Budd mesothelioma lawyers have been defending the rights of mesothelioma and asbestos patients and their families for over 30 years. Our mesothelioma attorneys were some of the first to successfully litigate a mesothelioma lawsuit. The firm has achieved numerous precedent-setting mesothelioma verdicts throughout its history, including a $48 million verdict in 2012 and a $55 million verdict in 2001, one of the largest in the state of Texas.

Learn more about Baron and Budd’s mesothelioma case results at Mesothelioma News.

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has a more than 30-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers and others who are suffering as a result of exposure to asbestos. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso, Texas. Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for additional information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers and mesothelioma attorneys.

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