Mesothelioma Award; Family Members' 'Take Home' Asbestos Fibers and 50-Year- Old Victim's Own College Summer Employment at GM Facilities in Bloomfield and Englewood Caused Cancer That Killed Rising-Star Advertising Executive, According to Mesothelioma Attorneys Levy Phillips & Konigsberg,
HACKENSACK, N.J., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Deadly "take home" asbestos fibers on work clothes his father and brother wore while employed at GM parts warehouses in Bloomfield and Englewood, and exposure to the carcinogenic material during his own GM summer employment caused the death of a 50-year-old rising star advertising executive, a Bergen County jury ruled yesterday. The wife and three daughters of Mark Buttitta, who died four days before Christmas 2002, will receive $30.3 million in what is believed to be New Jersey's largest mesothelioma verdict, the mesothelioma law firm of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP announced.
Bloomfield born and raised Buttitta's advertising clients had included Coca Cola and Continental and Northwest Airlines before he died a few days after his 50th birthday. Asbestos his father, Frank Buttitta, Sr., and brother, Frank Jr., unknowingly brought home on their work clothes contributed to the deadly cancer, the experts testified at trial. The elder Buttitta was a lifelong GM employee, working as a parts picker at the GM warehouses, handling brakes and clutches made with asbestos, according to attorney Moshe Maimon, of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, lead trial counsel in the 15-day trial before N.J. Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti.
In addition to the senior Buttitta's lifelong full-time employment at
the GM warehouse, the victim and his brother, Frank Jr., had worked summers
during college at the facility -- also as parts pickers. All three
Buttittas would wear the same work clothes for days at a time, Maimon said,
"bringing home cancer-causing fibers every day from work,
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