A McLean County, Illinois jury returned a $2 million verdict recently in favor of the family of a woman who died from asbestos exposure-related cancer. Leslie Corry, of Bloomington, Ill., died from mesothelioma lung cancer after she laundered the work clothes of her first husband, a former worker at Union Asbestos & Rubber Company.
The jury heard testimony stating Corry was exposed to toxic asbestos fibers when she washed the work clothes of her first husband. Her spouse was employed at the former UNARCO Industries, Inc., Bloomington plant in the 1950s. The lawsuit named Union Asbestos & Rubber Company, UNARCO Industries Inc., Pneumo Abex, LLC, Honeywell International, Inc., Johns-Manville, Raybestos-Manhattan, Owens-Illinois, Owens Corning and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company as Defendants.
The Plaintiffs proved at trial that the company conspired, with a long list of product manufacturers and other businesses, to conceal information about the hazards of asbestos. The companies involved in the concealment of information agreed not to warn employees, consumers, and area residents about the dangers of direct and secondary exposure to asbestos materials. The jury also returned $100,000 in punitive damages against Pneumo Abex and $400,000 in punitive damages against Honeywell International. Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause asbestos-related illnesses and diseases like mesothelioma lung cancer, for which there is currently no cure.
Mike Andrews handles mesothelioma cases for our firm. If you would like more information or have any questions about asbestos exposure, you can contact Mike at 800-898-2034 or by email at Mike.Andrews@beasleyallen.com.
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