Peritoneal Mesothelioma Compensation Verdict of $7.5 Million Awarded to Woman Whose Mesothelioma Was Caused by Laundering Her Husband’s Work Clothes

May 28, 2008 – A New Jersey jury awards LK’s client Bonnie Anderson a peritoneal mesothelioma verdict of $7.5 Million for the pain and suffering and loss of consortium arising from her peritoneal mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos fibers unknowingly brought home on the work clothes of her husband who worked at the Exxon Bayway Refinery in New Jersey.

A NEW JERSEY JURY AWARDS LK’S CLIENT BONNIE ANDERSON A PERITONEAL MESOTHELIOMA VERDICT OF $7.5 MILLION FOR THE PAIN AND SUFFERING AND LOSS OF CONSORTIUM ARISING FROM HER PERITONEAL MESOTHELIOMA CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS FIBERS UNKNOWINGLY BROUGHT HOME ON THE WORK CLOTHES OF HER HUSBAND WHO WORKED AT THE EXXON BAYWAY REFINERY IN NEW JERSEY.

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, May 28, 2008 – A Middlesex County jury renders a peritoneal mesothelioma compensation verdict1 of $7.5 Million for the pain and suffering and loss of consortium claims resulting from Bonnie Anderson’s peritoneal mesothelioma. Bonnie Anderson has developed this cancer as a result of her having been exposed to “take-home” asbestos fibers unknowingly brought home on the work clothes of her husband John Anderson during the decades that he worked at the Exxon Bayway Refinery in New Jersey. Bonnie was exposed to these cancer-causing fibers as a result of washing her husband’s asbestos-contaminated work clothes. Bonnie too has worked at the Exxon Bayway Refinery from 1975 to 1985.

Bonnie Anderson, a former librarian and avid horseback rider from Linden, New Jersey, was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2002 when she was 53 years old. So far, Bonnie has battled through two abdominal surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation in an effort to fight her mesothelioma. She also helps other mesothelioma victims through her advocacy with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping those afflicted with mesothelioma and seeking to cure this fatal disease.

The trial, which was solely to determine the issue of damages, began on May 21, 2008. Previously, in November of 2007, a separate Middlesex County jury rendered a verdict in favor of the Andersons in the amount of $500,000 following a six-week trial. That jury determined that Bonnie Anderson suffers from asbestos-related peritoneal mesothelioma; that ExxonMobil Corporation breached its duty in failing to protect or warn the Andersons of the hazards of asbestos brought home on the clothes of John Anderson to which Bonnie Anderson was exposed; and that ExxonMobil Corporation’s breach of its duty proximately caused Bonnie Anderson’s peritoneal mesothelioma. Because the 2007 jury only returned a verdict of $500,000 for pain and suffering and awarded no recovery for the loss of consortium claim, Judge Ann McCormick ordered a new trial on the issue of damages.

The case was tried by mesothelioma lawyer Moshe Maimon, who acted as lead counsel, and assisted by mesothelioma lawyer John Guinan, both from Levy Konigsberg LLP.

Defendant ExxonMobil Corporation was represented by Christopher Keale of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP, and Tom Radcliffe of DeHay & Elliston LLP.

For over a quarter of a century, mesothelioma lawyers at Levy Konigsberg LLP have been among the pioneers of asbestos litigation in America. The firm’s attorneys have been recognized as nationwide leaders in representing the rights of mesothelioma victims and their families. Their clients have received some of the largest mesothelioma compensation verdicts in the country.

For more information about this or other mesothelioma lawsuits, please contact Levy Konigsberg LLP at (800) 315-3806 or 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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