Baron and Budd Reaches Settlement with Garlock Sealing Technologies after $12 Million Jury Verdict for Mesothelioma Patient

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The law firm of Baron and Budd announced that James Grumley, a mesothelioma patient, and his family have reached a settlement with former asbestos manufacturer Garlock Sealing Technologies for an unspecified amount proceeding a jury verdict of $12 million in damages. Grumley was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a fatal type of lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure – after working as a boiler mechanic at a Johnsonburg paper mill for several decades.

Jim Grumley's cancer was entirely preventable. Asbestos was just too profitable for Garlock.

The law firm of Baron and Budd announced that James Grumley, a mesothelioma patient, and his family have reached a settlement with former asbestos manufacturer Garlock Sealing Technologies for an unspecified amount proceeding a jury verdict of $12 million in damages. Grumley was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a fatal type of cancer associated with asbestos exposure – after working as a boiler mechanic at a Johnsonburg paper mill for several decades. (James C. Grumley v. Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, #002823)

"Jim Grumley's cancer was entirely preventable,” said Baron and Budd attorney John Langdoc. “Asbestos was just too profitable for Garlock. The worst thing about it is that instead of promptly eliminating asbestos from their gaskets and packing once they knew what asbestos could do, Garlock chose to spend decades devising ways to cover up the cancers its asbestos products cause."

Langdoc and others represented the family at trial.

After Grumley was diagnosed in 2006 with malignant pleural mesothelioma, the irremediable damage from years of exposure to the paper mill's boilers, which were covered in asbestos cement, asbestos gaskets and asbestos rope packing used on turbines and steam pipes became jarringly evident.

Before being diagnosed with mesothelioma, Grumley, now 84, loved to play sports with his grandchildren. He has always shared his affinity for athletics, music and dancing with his wife of 55 years, Pat Grumley, and their children Bob, Cindy and Jim.

About Baron & Budd, P.C.

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has been “Protecting What’s Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families for nearly 40 years. 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. 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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