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Date:2/27/2008

unknowingly letting the microscopic fibers fragments waft throughout their home and settle. Worse yet, as a young boy Mark would sit on his dad's lap -- or next to him on the sofa -- every night to watch TV, and was innocently exposed to asbestos."

After high school Mark Buttitta attended Colgate University, eventually residing with his wife and three daughters in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He was a vice president of MediaVest when first diagnosed with Mesothelioma in 2001 and died a year later, Maimon said.

In 2003, Buttitta's family established the Mark Buttitta Memorial Foundation for Research for the "Prevention, Treatment and Cure of Mesothelioma," according to the foundation's Web site http://www.markbuttittafoundation.com/. "While most Mesothelioma victims are employed in the construction or automotive manufacturing industries, Mark did not fit this typical profile," the foundation's home page noted. On Saturday, March 8th the foundation is holding a wine tasting and silent auction at the Time-Life Building in Manhattan.

"Mark Buttitta's sad case shows convincingly how blue-collar workers from the automotive, construction and other asbestos-using industries are not the only potential victims of mesothelioma," Maimon said. "In Bloomfield, Englewood and all across New Jersey, men and woman who wouldn't know a brake shoe from a horseshoe can be struck down by this horrible disease decades later from simply living with someone who contacted asbestos in his daily occupation. In Mark Buttitta's case we were able to get justice for him and his young family."

Maimon's co-counsel in the case were Richard Cattenacci, Esq. of Connell Foley in Livingston, and Donald MacLaughlin, Esq. of Ridgewood.

Case Caption: Susan Buttitta as Executrix of the Estate of Mark Buttitta v. Asbestos Corporation Limited, et al. (BER-L-9592-02)


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