Baron and Budd Mesothelioma Lawyers Announce Major $48 Million Verdict for California Mesothelioma Patient

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Verdict is largest mesothelioma verdict in California in 2012 so far.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury has awarded a $48 million verdict to a mesothelioma patient and his family after finding a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, Union Carbide, Riverside Cement, CalPortland and others responsible for the asbestos exposure that led to the patient's mesothelioma. This is the largest mesothelioma verdict in California in 2012 so far.
Baron and Budd mesothelioma attorneys John Langdoc and Christine Tamer represented the mesothelioma patient throughout the trial (Bobbie Izell, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al., Los Angeles County, Case No. 4674).

During the trial, Union Carbide presented several paid expert witnesses who argued that the company's asbestos –trade named “Calidria asbestos” –does not cause cancer. However, according to court documents, confidential internal memos have revealed that even Union Carbide staff physicians reprimanded the company's marketing and sales groups for telling customers its asbestos did not cause disease, even cancer.

Two other defendants involved in the trial, Riverside Cement and CalPortland, also hired expert witnesses to testify that the amount of asbestos released from their products was trivial. However, according to court documents, bags of their construction products have been scientifically shown to have quadrillions of fibers of asbestos material.

While the jury found blame with all of the defendants, they assigned $18 million in punitive damages to Union Carbide for its corporate cover-up of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure.

Baron and Budd mesothelioma lawyers have been spearheading meaningful litigation for consumers for nearly 35 years. Baron and Budd was one of the first mesothelioma law firms to take on the asbestos industry and continues to fight today.

To learn more about the mesothelioma attorneys at Baron and Budd, call 1.866.855.1229 or visit the firm’s dedicated mesothelioma website Mesothelioma News.

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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