New Jersey Woman Entitled to $7M in Asbestos Damages

A New Jersey appellate court upheld a jury verdict Friday that stated Bonnie Anderson, of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, is entitled to $7 million from Exxon after contracting mesothelioma. Anderson’s husband John was employed with Exxon’s Linden Bayway Refinery from 1969 to 2004. Bonnie laundered his clothes, which contained asbestos, often having to shake the […]

A New Jersey appellate court upheld a jury verdict Friday that stated Bonnie Anderson, of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, is entitled to $7 million from Exxon after contracting mesothelioma.

Anderson’s husband John was employed with Exxon’s Linden Bayway Refinery from 1969 to 2004. Bonnie laundered his clothes, which contained asbestos, often having to shake the dust out of the clothes. This exposure caused Bonnie to develop mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive cancer that forms when asbestos fibers attack the lining of the lungs, stomach or heart. The disease has a long latency period and a low survival rate. Anderson developed malignant peritoneal mesothelioma after the fibers attacked the lining in her abdomen.

John Anderson was awarded $500,000. Exxon has yet to release whether they will appeal the ruling to a higher court. The case is the first instance of a secondary exposure lawsuit being upheld in appellate court.

Source: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/08/nj_appellate_court_upholds_7m.html

 

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