The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from ExxonMobil over $7 million awarded to a woman whose cancer was caused by contact with her husband’s asbestos-laden clothes. A jury in 2008 found Bonnie Anderson had contracted mesothelioma from washing the clothes her husband wore at Exxon’s Linden Bayway Refinery or through her own work there. Mrs. Anderson was an electrician at the refinery from 1975 to 1986, but she did not have contact with asbestos. She was diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in 2001. Her husband removed insulation to fix pumps and filters and does not have the disease. ExxonMobil argued there was no way to know how Mrs. Anderson got sick and the company wanted worker’s compensation laws to limit the damages. The New Jersey Supreme Court disagreed and denied the appeal.
Source: Insurance Journal
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