Baron and Budd Announce $20 Million Appellate Win for California Mesothelioma Patient

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Baron and Budd mesothelioma lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of families who have been harmed by mesothelioma.

Baron and Budd has announced an appellate victory in a previous mesothelioma lawsuit behalf of mesothelioma patient Mrs. Joan Mahoney and her husband Mr. Daniel Mahoney. Mesothelioma attorneys John Langdoc and Denyse Clancy, who represented the Mahoneys throughout the legal process, proved that Mrs. Mahoney’s mesothelioma was caused by her exposure to an asbestos-containing joint compound manufactured by Georgia Pacific and that Georgia Pacific knew prior to Mrs. Mahoney’s exposure that the asbestos in its product could caused cancer (Georgia-Pacific, LLC, Defendant and Appellant v. Joan Mahoney and Daniel Mahoney, Plaintiffs and Respondents, Appeal from the Superior Court of San Francisco County, Case No. CGC-06-458140).

Mrs. Mahoney, a native of San Francisco, spent three decades working in show business. Her singing career took her around the world on United Service Organizations (USO) tours several times. Yet, it was her work in a family home-remodeling business, that exposed her to Georgia Pacific’s asbestos-containing joint compound product. Alongside her husband, Mrs. Mahoney built and remodeled countless homes during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

In August 2006, according to court documents, Mrs. Mahoney was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer that attacks the lining around the lungs. At the time of her diagnosis, Mrs. Mahoney was caring for her husband, who had previously suffered a serious stroke. Mr. Mahoney was paralyzed and could not speak; and Mrs. Mahoney, weakened by her mesothelioma and treatments, was unable to take care of him.

"Georgia Pacific failed to protect Mrs. Mahoney and the many others who used its product,” said mesothelioma lawyer Langdoc. “I am pleased that Georgia Pacific will be held responsible for the harm they caused Mrs. Mahoney.”

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About Baron & Budd, P.C.

Dallas-based 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 by the National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” in 2002-2006 and 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, as well as communities and consumers dealing with the costs of fraud and corporate misconduct.

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