The Mesothelioma Law Firm of Baron and Budd Achieves Major Victory in Mesothelioma Lawsuit for Two Philadelphia Workers

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The mesothelioma lawyers at Baron and Budd continue to protect the rights of asbestos victims and families after more than 30 years.

The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd announced a very significant asbestos damages verdict for the families of two mesothelioma victims. Garlock Sealing Technologies and Crane Co. valves were found responsible for exposing the men to asbestos from multiple products. Baron and Budd mesothelioma attorney Denyse Clancy represented both families during the trial. (Consolidated Asbestos Cases v. Crane Co., et al., Nos. 00199 and 00911 (Pa. Ct. Comm. Pls., Philadelphia Cty.)

During the trial, Garlock argued that the plaintiffs could not feasibly prove that their gaskets, as the two men used them, were what contributed to their mesothelioma diagnosis. The evidence showed that Garlock gaskets contained between 75 and 90 percent asbestos. The jury saw a document—which Garlock tried unsuccessfully to exclude—in which Garlock admitted that the its asbestos-containing gaskets could cause mesothelioma. Garlock reached a confidential settlement with the families shortly thereafter.

Crane Co. reached a confidential settlement with the families just before the Pennsylvania jury returned its damages verdict. After the settlement, Garlock Sealing Technologies was the only remaining defendant when the jury returned its damages verdict. The jury determined that asbestos exposure from the company’s products were the cause of both men’s asbestos exposure. The jury awarded the two families’ damages of a combined amount of $17 million.

About Baron & Budd

Baron & Budd, P.C., with offices in Baton Rouge, Austin and Beverly Hills, is a nationally recognized firm with more than three decades of experience representing people and communities harmed by corporate negligence. It has been recognized repeatedly by the National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” (2002-2006, 2008; Incisive Media). The firm resolved one of the first asbestos cases in the United States in the 1970s and continues to serve people diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer.

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