Los Angeles (PRWEB) November 23, 2012
A Los Angeles jury has awarded a major $48 million verdict to a California mesothelioma patient and the patient's family after finding Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, Riverside Cement, CalPortland and others liable for the exposure to asbestos that led to a California patient's mesothelioma diagnosis. This is the highest mesothelioma verdict in California in 2012. Baron and Budd mesothelioma lawyers John Langdoc and Christine Tamer represented patient and his family throughout the lawsuit (Bobbie Izell, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al., Los Angeles County, Case No. 4674).
During the trial, Union Carbide offered numerous paid expert witnesses who argued that the company's asbestos –trade named “Calidria asbestos” –does not cause cancer. According to court documents however, confidential internal memos have shown that even Union Carbide staff physicians reprimanded the company's marketing and sales groups for telling customers that the company's asbestos did not cause cancer.
Two other defendants involved in the trial, Riverside Cement and CalPortland, also brought in paid expert witnesses to testify that the amount of asbestos released from their products was trivial. According to court documents, however, bags of they companies' construction products have been scientifically shown to have quadrillions of fibers of asbestos material.
While the jury found blame with all of the defendants, they assigned $18 million in punitive damages to Union Carbide for its corporate cover-up of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure.
Baron and Budd mesothelioma attorneys have been spearheading meaningful litigation for consumers for nearly 35 years. Baron and Budd was one of the first mesothelioma law firms to take on the asbestos industry and continues to fight today.
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