On November 22nd, Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, Mesothelioma trial attorneys, announced the first-ever U.S. mesothelioma verdict connecting industrial talc with asbestos-related cancer. Industrial talc, an open-pit-mined mineral used in ceramic, paint, and paper manufacturing contains lethal, cancer-causing asbestos fibers responsible for a pottery artisan’s fatal mesothelioma.
R.T. Vanderbilt, Incorporated (“Vanderbilt”) claimed that talc from its New York State mines contained fibers that may have looked similar to but were not a lethal form of asbestos, a position that the company has maintained for decades. However, the Middlesex County Superior Court jury rejected the claims and award the New Jersey widow $3 million in compensatory damages. Hammill & Gillespie, Inc., which sold the industrial talc, was also found liable.
In the next phase of the trial, punitive damages will be sought against the defendants. It is scheduled to begin November 28th before the Hon. Ann G. McCormick, according to mesothelioma trail attorney Moshe Maimon, Esq., of Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP who represents the estate of pottery artisan Peter Stanley Hirsch.