$17 Million Verdict in a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against Georgia Pacific
James L. Ferraro, founder of Kelley & Ferraro LLP and founder and shareholder of The Ferraro Law Firm, received a $17 million verdict last week in a mesothelioma lawsuit against Georgia Pacific.
Koch Industries Inc.-owned Georgia-Pacific LLC was hit with a $17 million verdict by a Florida state court jury in an asbestos lawsuit. The jury found that a joint compound made by the company caused a construction worker’s cancer. was caused by exposure to the deadly mineral in the company’s joint compound.
The jury reached its verdict on August 13, a day after the 8-day trial concluded. The construction worker, Roy Taylor, was awarded $13 million and his wife Suzanne $4 million. Unfortunately, his doctor testified that he could die within a year from his disease.
Taylor worked as a painting supervisor for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia in the late 1970’s. During this work, he was exposed to asbestos, which caused his mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer affecting the lungs that has been linked to inhalation of asbestos fibers.
The $17 million verdict follows a $20 million verdict in a case filed against Honeywell International, Inc., by Kelley & Ferraro, LLP a little over a month ago.