New York Mesothelioma Lawsuit Results in $1M Award

A New York jury has awarded $1 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit to the family of a man who was exposed to asbestos while working on tugboats. The wrongful death claim was filed by the family of Richard Schuderer, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2008 and died as a result of the disease […]

A New York jury has awarded $1 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit to the family of a man who was exposed to asbestos while working on tugboats.

The wrongful death claim was filed by the family of Richard Schuderer, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2008 and died as a result of the disease in June 2009.

According to the complaint, Schuderer worked on tugboats for 35 years. As part of his job as an oiler on a tugboat in Lake Erie during the late 50s, he was exposed to asbestos contained in valves and fabricated gaskets he repacked. The mesothelioma diagnosis lawsuit alleged that many of those gaskets were made by John Crane Inc., who was the only defendant remaining at trial.

Following trial in New York State Supreme Court for Onondaga County in Syracuse, a jury awarded Schuderer’s estate $1 million. The jury 60% of that liability for Schruderer’s mesothelioma death to John Crane, Inc., and the rest of the liability to other companies that had already settled.

 

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