$8.4 Million Verdict for Widow of Mesothelioma Patient, Announces Baron and Budd

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Jury finds Hercules, Inc. responsible for exposing worker to asbestos.

Hercules has a documented history of environmental contamination and corporate malfeasance

A jury has awarded an $8.4 million verdict to a mesothelioma patient’s widow after finding Hercules, Inc., a subsidiary of Ashland, Inc., responsible for the patient’s mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos (Case No. DC10-08454-D, Civil District Court of Dallas County, 68th, TX.). The mesothelioma verdict is believed to be the first asbestos verdict reached against Hercules, Inc. for asbestos exposure at a Dow Chemical plant and may set a precedent for similar results. The mesothelioma lawsuit was filed on behalf of John Gensler, deceased, and his wife Martha Gensler. Mesothelioma lawyers John Langdoc and Alana Kalantzakis of Baron and Budd represented the Genslers throughout the mesothelioma lawsuit.

“Hercules has a documented history of environmental contamination and corporate malfeasance,” said mesothelioma lawyer John Langdoc. “While other asbestos pipes contained around three to five percent asbestos, Hercules’ asbestos-containing pipes were 50 percent asbestos, an amount found to be highly dangerous to people and the environment.”

During the three-week mesothelioma trial, Langdoc and Kalantzakis proved that Hercules, Inc. knew it was exposing Mr. Gensler and other workers to toxic asbestos pipe products throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, but did nothing to warn workers. Even after the government began to require warning labels for products containing asbestos in 1971, Hercules chose to not place warning labels on its products

The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd has been protecting the rights of mesothelioma patients and their families for nearly 40 years. Baron and Budd was one of the first mesothelioma law firms to successfully handle a mesothelioma lawsuit. Throughout its history, the firm has achieved various landmark mesothelioma verdicts, including one of the largest verdicts in the state of Texas 2001, and a $20 million verdict in California that was fully protected on appeal.

Visit the firm’s dedicated mesothelioma website, Mesothelioma News, to learn more about the firm’s track record.

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.

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