Weitz & Luxenberg Helps Lifetime GE Worker Reach Settlement against Manufacturer of Asbestos-Tainted Parts Alleged to Have Caused Cancer

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A man suffering from a rare asbestos-related cancer teamed with nationally recognized plaintiff’s litigation firm Weitz & Luxenberg to receive what was described as a “substantial” settlement. The company he was suing – a manufacturer accused of using asbestos in its products – agreed to settle his case this month.

It turned out that [Jones'] day-to-day interaction with men and women who worked on turbines insulated with asbestos brought him into contact with it.

Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. today announced a settlement in the case of a client whose lawsuit alleged that an industrial equipment manufacturer’s asbestos-laden parts gave him cancer.

The case, which was filed in Schenectady, NY (Index #2769/2010, Sup. Ct. NY), settled on May 19 after the lone remaining defendant agreed to terms with Weitz & Luxenberg. The settlement, consisting of an undisclosed amount said by the firm to be “substantial,” will benefit the client and his family.

Robert Jones, 75, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma – a rare cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs – two years ago, the same week in May in which his lawsuit was brought to its successful conclusion.

Mesothelioma’s only known cause is exposure to asbestos, common among military servicemen, utilities workers, and, like Mr. Jones, people who worked in the manufacturing industry.

Jones, an engineer, never worked directly with machinery on his visits to power houses and shipyards across the country. According to Ben Darche, the lead attorney on the case, such fact patterns can often be difficult for lawyers to work with. But Weitz & Luxenberg’s trial team was able to show a link between Jones’ job and his asbestos cancer.

Said Darche, “Robert’s exposure was difficult to prove against the last remaining defendant in the lawsuit, a manufacturer who supplied parts to GE; we had to draw the connection. He didn’t work directly with machinery, and he had numerous other sources of exposure to asbestos. It turned out that his day-to-day interaction with men and women who worked on turbines insulated with asbestos brought him into contact with it. This second-hand asbestos exposure was part of what contributed to Mr. Jones developing cancer.

“Obviously it’s a difficult battle for anyone in this situation, but I’m glad Weitz & Luxenberg was able to help him and his family get compensation.”

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