Weitz & Luxenberg Settles Lawsuits against More than 50 Companies Accused of Exposing Workers to Asbestos

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Twelve men represented by Weitz & Luxenberg will receive compensation from dozens of corporations after agreements were reached in a group of lawsuits claiming that the men’s cancers were caused by exposure to deadly materials that should have been kept out of the workplace.

It is our intent to spread the word about asbestos so corporations can’t get away with manufacturing and selling toxic materials, and to hold them accountable when they do.

Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. today announced the successful settlement of twelve plaintiffs’ cases, each claiming that years of unwitting exposure to asbestos led to a form of cancer – called mesothelioma – that affects the lining of the lungs.

Weitz & Luxenberg’s trial team, led by Adam Cooper, said that the last of 50-plus agreed to terms while the jury was being selected for their clients’ trial. The twelve men, who worked in a variety of industries from construction work to military service, all developed mesothelioma as a result of their years of handling asbestos.

This group of cases (Index # 190061-11, e.g., Sup. Ct. NY) was especially significant, according to Cooper, not because of its scale, but because news of the settlement comes during Asbestos Awareness Week, a congressionally-enacted initiative to spread awareness about the toxic insulator that is the only known cause of mesothelioma.

“This case is important because of its ability to send a message,” said Cooper. “Here a dozen men were wrongfully exposed to asbestos. It happened because these corporations failed to warn them about the hazards of asbestos and because public ignorance about asbestos meant that no one else stepped in.

“Weitz & Luxenberg’s goal is to do exactly that – step in. It is our intent to spread the word about asbestos so corporations can’t get away with manufacturing and selling toxic materials, and to hold them accountable when they do.”

Cooper was joined by Danny Kraft, Jr. and Patti Burshtyn on Weitz & Luxenberg’s trial team. The trial was held before Hon. Marcy Friedman.

About Weitz & Luxenberg

Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks among the nation’s leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg’s numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg’s more than 20 years of handling such cases – begin by contacting the firm’s Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or at clientrelations (at) weitzlux (dot) com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information: http://www.weitzlux.com

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