DALLAS (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
A widow of a Dallas mesothelioma patient was awarded a $8.4 million verdict after a Texas jury found Ashland, Inc. subsidiary, Hercules, Inc., responsible for the patient’s asbestos exposure which led to their mesothelioma diagnosis. The verdict is the first asbestos verdict against Hercules, Inc. regarding asbestos exposure at the Dow chemical refinery. The verdict could set a precedent for future claims against the asbestos company. Mesothelioma attorneys John Langdoc and Alana Kalantzakis of the mesothelioma law firm Baron and Budd represented Martha Gensler on behalf of the late John Gensler. (John Edwards Gensler and Martha Ann Gensler personally and as representative of the Estate of John Edwards Gensler, deceased v. Hercules Inc. individually and as successor in interest to Hercules Powder Company, successor in interest to Haveg Industries, Inc., successor by merger to Haveg Corporation and the "Haveg" asbestos liabilities and "Haveg" product line, No. DC10-08454-D, Civil District Court of Dallas County, 68th, TX.)
Hercules actively chose not to place the warning labels on its products even after the government began requiring warning labels for asbestos-containing products in 1971. During a three-week trial, Langdoc and Kalantzakis showed that Hercules was fully aware that they were exposing Gensler and others to dangerous asbestos pipe products during the late 1960s and early 1970s and did nothing to warn workers.
“Hercules has a history of corporate misconduct and environmental contamination,” said Langdoc. “The company insisted on using the most carcinogenic type of asbestos available. While other asbestos pipes contained approximately 3 to 5 percent asbestos, Hercules’ asbestos pipes contained 50 percent asbestos, an amount found to be extremely dangerous to workers and the environment.”
Hercules has had its fair share of fines and other liability claims due to its manufacturing of carcinogenic products, according to court documents. The company has been found responsible for subjecting military veterans to carcinogens that Hercules manufactured, including Agent Orange. Hercules was also ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Superfund clean up of harmful dioxins and other herbicides.
For 35 years the mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd has been protecting the rights of asbestos cancer sufferers. Baron and Budd was one of the first law firms to successfully pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit.
About Baron & Budd, P.C.
The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has a more than 30-year history of "Protecting What’s Right" for asbestos sufferers and their families. 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. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso, Texas. Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for additional information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers and mesothelioma attorneys.