December 2, 2004 – Asbestos compensation verdict of $7.6 Million previously awarded to former electrician at Brooklyn Navy Yard and mechanic at the Pfizer manufacturing plant in a mesothelioma lawsuit against John Crane, Inc, has been upheld by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Asbestos Compensation Verdict of $7.6 Million against John Crane Upheld by New York Appellate Court

Asbestos compensation verdict of $7.6 Million previously awarded to former electrician at Brooklyn Navy Yard and mechanic at the Pfizer manufacturing plant in a mesothelioma lawsuit against John Crane, Inc, has been upheld by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

john crane headquartersNEW YORK, New York, December 2, 2004 – New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division upholds a asbestos compensation verdict on behalf of two LK clients, former electrician at Brooklyn Navy Yard and mechanic at the Pfizer manufacturing plant in Brooklyn, NY, in the amount of $7,672,922.65 ($4,395,0581 + $3,277,864.652) against John Crane, Inc (“John Crane”), a maker of asbestos-containing gaskets and packing.

The Appellate Court held for the first time that expert testimony was not required to assess the amount of asbestos dust in the air in order to make a finding that asbestos exposure to John Crane products caused mesothelioma. Instead, the plaintiff’s’ testimony about seeing dust in the air from the use of such products was found to be sufficient.

The Appellate Court also upheld3 the jury’s verdict in finding John Crane 100% responsible for the plaintiffs’ mesothelioma, even though there was evidence of exposure to asbestos-contaminated products manufactured by other companies who were not at trial. Finally, the Appellate Court refused to reduce the judgment, which defendant John Crane claimed was excessive.

Mr. Matteson and Mr. Lustenring were represented by mesothelioma lawyers Robert I. Komitor and Jerome H. Block, both of the mesothelioma law firm of Levy Konigsberg 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 212-605-6200 or 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain, suffering, and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and loss of income. Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma treatments, many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt in order to pay for the medical expenses of their family member.

Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.

Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:
  • Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
  • Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
    • Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
    • File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
  • Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.
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1 Natalie B. Lustenring, Individually and as Executrix of the Estate of John K. Lustenring vs. AC&S, Inc., et al., No. 105155/01 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York County);
2 John Matteson vs. AC&S, Inc., et al., No. 105240/01 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York County);
3 See attached a copy of the court’s decision.

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