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Baron & Budd Wins Damages for Six Families of Pennsylvania Asbestos Victims
Date:3/16/2009

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawsuits brought by the families of six Pennsylvania men who died of malignant mesothelioma were successfully resolved this past week, announced Baron & Budd, P.C. The deceased men -- an electrician, a carpenter, a pipefitter, a maintenance worker, a weekend home remodeler, and a Navy sailor -- had all been the victims of occupational asbestos exposure.

Asbestos exposure has been known for decades to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other cancers. Asbestos exposure kills an estimated 10,000 people a year in the U.S. alone. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung's lining. The cancer is incurable. Asbestos caused mesothelioma leads to the deaths of approximately 3,000 Americans each year.

"Before mesothelioma took their lives, each of these men asked our law firm to take care of their families," said John Langdoc of Baron & Budd. "We hope that through this verdict, we've gone beyond that, and that we have also been able to shape future safety policies of companies who choose to use hazardous substances in their consumer products. It was an economic analysis for these companies, asbestos was known to cause cancer, but it was cheaper to use."

Three of the cases settled before verdict for more than $1 million each. The remaining three cases were tried to verdict against Ericsson, Inc., Georgia-Pacific, and Melrath. In what is believed to be the nation's first asbestos verdict against a wiring manufacturer, an electrician was exposed to asbestos in the lining of certain Anaconda electrical wiring that he used while working at a printing company.

The six Philadelphia, Pennsylvania cases involved:

  • An electrician who was exposed to asbestos in the lining of certain Ericsson, Inc. "Anaconda brand" electrical wiring.
  • A professional carpenter and remodeler who was exposed to Georgia-Pacific asbestos-c
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