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New Jersey Mesothelioma Lawyers Win $90.5 M in Wrongful Death Verdicts

Eleven families from Manville, NJ, represented by New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers from Levy Konigsberg LLP, receive groundbreaking $90.5 Million in wrongful death verdicts against the foreign companies that sold asbestos to Johns-Manville in 1950s – 1980s.

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, July 7, 2014 – Wrongful death verdicts totaling $90.5 Million in 11 mesothelioma lawsuits1, including a mother and daughter, were rendered by the Superior Court of Middlesex County after years of litigation and a week of hearings before the Honorable Ana C. Viscomi.
The plaintiff families from Manville, NJ, represented by mesothelioma lawyers from Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”) and Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein, & Blader, P.C., filed lawsuits against Anova Holding, AG, and Becon, AG, for the asbestos that they sold to Johns-Manville in 1950s – 1980s and which proximately caused their mesotheliomas, a lethal cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The families’ lawyers utilized the procedures of international treaties to serve Anova and Becon with the complaints, as both companies are foreign entities. Neither defendant appeared or answered the complaints. Undeterred, the plaintiffs successfully obtained Default Judgments against these companies, and again served them with notice of the scheduled Proof Hearings through The Hague Convention procedures.

Starting on June 20, 2014, court hearings were held to award damages to these families. The families were represented at the hearings by LK attorneys, including Moshe Maimon, and testimony of the mesothelioma victims, their families, and expert witnesses concluded on June 26, 2014. After deliberating upon the evidence, the Court awarded damages to each family for the pain and suffering of the mesothelioma victims and loss of consortium to their spouses. “These families have suffered horribly at the hands of companies like Anova and Becon, and we are proud to represent them in their brave and unrelenting quest for justice,” said Maimon.

Anova Holding, AG, and Becon, AG, are successors to Eternit, an international asbestos conglomerate, which mined the mineral in South Africa, primarily, and sold it worldwide, including to the Johns-Manville Company. In 2012, two executives from Eternit, family heir Stephan Schmidheiny and Belgian billionaire Baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, were convicted in a highly publicized criminal trial in Turin, Italy, for their mining and sale of asbestos. They were held responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 people2.

LK is a nationally recognized asbestos litigation firm specializing in the representation of mesothelioma and lung cancer victims for close to 30 years.

For more information about the verdicts, please contact Moshe Maimon at (800) 315-3806 or submit an online inquiry at this website.

1 Cases cited:

  • Tuturice v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-2030-10AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • DiTolvo v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-0464-10AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Durlester v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-9677-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Greene v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-8113-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Ketchem v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-10217-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Koshinsky v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-4059-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Lindsay v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-6858-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Slepokura v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-7717-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Tafil v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-215-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Troth v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-9794-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);
  • Upshaw v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-7638-11AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County);

2 The Telegraph, February 13, 2012.

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