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NJ Supreme Court upholds $7M mesothelioma lawsuit verdict

April 14th, 2011

The New Jersey Supreme Court has upheld a $7 million verdict in a mesothelioma lawsuit filed by the wife of a former asbestos worker. Bonnie Anderson’s lawsuit alleged that she was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2001 as a result of exposure to asbestos fibers brought home on her husband’s work clothes.

In 2008, a jury found that Anderson had developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to these asbestos fibers on clothing that her husband wore while working at Exxon’s Linden Bayway Refinery in New Jersey. Anderson also worked at the refinery from 1975 to 1986 as an electrician, although her job did not involve working with asbestos products.

At the original trial and during appeal, Exxon argued that there was no way to determine how Anderson developed mesothelioma. The appellate court rejected the company’s arguments, and the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to hear its appeal, upholding the original verdict.

In addition to the $7 million verdict in Anderson’s asbestos lawsuit, the jury in the case also awarded $500,000 to her husband. Anderson is currently undergoing chemotherapy in order to treat her cancer.

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