March 19, 2019

New Jersey Mesothelioma Lawyers Win $7.5M Asbestos Verdict

New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers Moshe Maimon or Joseph Mandia

New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers Moshe Maimon or Joseph Mandia

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (PRWEB) January 16, 2015

William Condon and Debbie Condon of Lake Hopatcong, NJ – represented by Moshe Maimon and Joseph J. Mandia of Levy Konigsberg LLP – won a month-long trial against Pecora Corporation. (1) The jury verdict awarded $6.5M in compensatory damages for Mr. Condon’s asbestos caused mesothelioma. The jury also determined that Pecora had acted in wanton and willful disregard of his rights – and further awarded $1M in punitive damages.

According to the court documents, Mr. Condon – who is currently 67 years old – installed heating and air conditioning systems, including boilers, for 11 years (1973-1984) while he was employed at Fritze Heating and Cooling of Whippany, New Jersey. Asbestos – including Pecora’s Asbestos Furnace Cement – came with the boilers he installed, and it was Mr. Condon’s exposure to these products that resulted in him developing Mesothelioma – a terminal cancer – in June of 2013. Mr. Condon testified in Court that – prior to being diagnosed with Mesothelioma – he had a “great life,” which includes his “wonderful wife” (they have been together for 50 years), and two children.

The evidence presented at trial showed that before Mr. Condon ever worked with its Asbestos Furnace Cement, Pecora was warned about the hazards of asbestos by its own asbestos suppliers. Yet, Pecora took no action to eliminate the hazards of asbestos from its product or to warn Mr. Condon (or others) about those hazards so that he could protect himself. Finally, the evidence showed that – during the time period in which Mr. Condon was working with Pecora’s Asbestos Furnace Cement – Pecora’s own President was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and filed his own law suit seeking justice for his asbestos-related cancer. Despite this, Pecora did not stop making asbestos-containing products; and only removed asbestos from its products 5 years later when its insurers would no longer cover asbestos-related risk.

Punitive damages are designed to punish a wrongdoer for particularly egregious conduct and to deter that party from future misconduct. (2) After considering the evidence, the jury awarded $1M in punitive damages against Pecora. The Honorable Ana C. Viscomi – Superior Court Judge – presided over the trial.

Levy Konigsberg LLP 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 this verdict, please contact New Jersey mesothelioma lawyers Moshe Maimon or Joseph Mandia at 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529) or by submitting an online inquiry at .

(1) Condon v. Advanced Thermal Hydronics, et al., Docket No.: MID-L-5695-13AS, Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Middlesex County;

(2) New Jersey Model Jury Charge 8.62, Punitive Damages Actions – Products Liability (Approved 1/1997; Revised 12/2011).

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If You Have Been Injured by Asbestos, Please Read this Notice of Voting Rights.

WILMINGTON, Del. , Oct. 27, 2014 /CNW/ — The following statement is being issued regarding the In re Specialty Products Holding Corp. matter (Case No. 10-11780 (PJW) (Bankr. D. Del. 2010).

A Joint Plan of Reorganization (“Plan”) has been filed to reorganize Specialty Products Holding Corp. (formerly known as RPM, Inc.), Bondex International, Inc., Republic Powdered Metals, Inc., and NMBFiL, Inc. (formerly known as Bondo Corporation) (collectively, “Debtors”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (“Bankruptcy Court”). 

Persons or entities with asbestos related personal injury claims against any of the Debtors may vote to accept or reject the Plan by December 2 , 2014. 

A detailed document describing the Plan, called the Disclosure Statement, was approved by the Bankruptcy Court on October 20 , 2014.  The Disclosure Statement, a copy of the Plan itself and voting materials have been sent to known holders of asbestos related personal injury claims against the Debtors or to their lawyers. 

Important Plan Provisions Regarding Asbestos Related Claims

The Plan proposes establishing a trust to resolve all asbestos personal injury claims against the Debtors.  Persons and entities with asbestos personal injury or related claims will be forever barred from asserting their claims against the Debtors or other parties specified in the Plan. If the Plan is approved by the Court, all current and future holders of asbestos personal injury claims against the Debtors can request and receive money only from the trust.  You should read the Plan and Disclosure Statement carefully for details about how the Plan, if approved, will affect your rights.

Voting Procedures

The Bankruptcy Court has issued an order describing how to vote on the Plan and the Disclosure Statement contains information that will help you decide how to vote.  Your legal rights will be affected if the Plan is approved.  For a vote to be counted, a ballot must be received at the address indicated on the ballot form by 5:00 p.m., Eastern time , on December 2, 2014 .

Under the procedures approved by the Bankruptcy Court, lawyers for holders of asbestos claims may vote on the Plan on behalf of their clients, if authorized by the client.  If you are unsure whether your lawyer is authorized to vote on your behalf, please contact your lawyer.

How to Obtain Documents

Copies of the Disclosure Statement, which includes the Plan, the voting materials, and the notice of the hearing to consider confirmation of the Plan may be obtained by visiting the following websites: and  You may also obtain copies of these documents by sending a request, in writing, to Logan & Company, Inc., 546 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043 (Attn:SPHC Voting Department) or by calling 1-866-692-2119.

Confirmation Hearing

A hearing to consider confirmation of the Plan has been scheduled for December 10, 2014 at 3:30 pm ET in Courtroom 4B at the United States District Court for the District of Delaware , J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building, located at 844 North King Street, 4th Floor, Wilmington, Delaware 19801. You may attend the Hearing but are not required to do so.

Objecting to the Plan

If you want to object to the Plan, you must file and serve a written objection on or before 5:00 p.m. ET , on December 2, 2014 .  All objections must comply with the requirements in the notice of the Confirmation Hearing.

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Asbestos poisoning victims want Yale honor revoked

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Victims of asbestos poisoning in Italy are urging Yale University to rescind an honorary degree given to a Swiss man later convicted of negligence in some 2,000 asbestos-related deaths.

Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of Swiss construction company Eternit, was convicted in 2012 by an Italian court and sentenced to 16 years for his role in the contamination of sites in northern Italy. An appeals court upheld the conviction for negligence in thousands of asbestos-related deaths blamed on contamination from the company and increased his sentence to 18 years.

Another appeal is pending and Schmidheiny is not in custody. He has denied wrongdoing.

Yale awarded Schmidheiny an honorary degree in 1996, citing him as “one of the world’s most environmentally conscious business leaders,” and praised his efforts to create sustainable development, the New Haven Register reported.

Lawyer Christopher Meisenkothen, who represents the Asbestos Victims and Relatives Association, said what happened in Italy is the exact opposite of what Yale cited.

“It flies in the face of actual history. This is a matter of honor for the Italian victims,” Meisenkothen said.

Yale said a decision to revoke an honorary degree must be by the Yale Corporation, the university’s governing body.

“The decision to award the degree was made by a committee that considered his full record as a philanthropist who used his wealth to fund sustainable development in Latin America and elsewhere, and a path-breaking international advocate of change in the way businesses address environmental sustainability, as well as a businessman who inherited and dismantled a decades-old family asbestos processing concern,” the statement from Yale said.

Yale should at least appoint a faculty committee to review the matter and make a recommendation, Meisenkothen said.

“A lot of this information was not available to Yale at the time they awarded the degree,” Meisenkothen said. “Yale is not our adversary. We just want to give them information they didn’t have before, so they can do the right thing.”

Some alumni and faculty, including 1992 graduate Christopher Sellers, have also urged Yale to revoke the honor.

“It shames me as a Yale graduate to think Yale isn’t willing to look at what it did here,” said Sellers, now a history professor at Stony Brook University. “For me, it’s pretty clear that if Yale had known in 1996 everything we know today, it wouldn’t have honored Schmidheiny with this degree.”


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Asbestos ruling 'ends uncertainty'


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Asbestos risk in buildings

Ageing buildings containing potentially deadly asbestos in remote Kimberley communities are jeopardising the health of residents and threaten to cost taxpayers millions of dollars in remediation.

Aboriginal community leaders and council bosses fear this is the tip of the iceberg with up to 100 houses and structures standing disused or badly neglected throughout the region.

Most were built by contractors from the 1940s to late 1980s.

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs was last week forced to fence off a large dilapidated shed containing asbestos near a school at Beagle Bay, about 100km north of Broome.

Just days later, the Shire of Derby West Kimberley labelled an old community building containing asbestos a health hazard that should be razed in Bayulu, 10km south of Fitzroy Crossing.

“The building has incurred a significant amount of damage and therefore asbestos has become friable, giving the asbestos fibres potential to become airborne,” Shire of Derby/West Kimberley manager of development services Melanie Houghton advised Fitzroy Valley Futures Housing.

“The issue requires immediate attention and resolution as it poses a significant health risk to the public.”

Bayulu Community Council was so concerned it sent a letter countersigned by all eight members to local area co-ordinator Nick Devereaux pleading for something to be done.

They said the building was not only an occupational health and safety hazard but also a fire risk, located right next door to the community supermarket.

Shire president Elsia Archer said she was horrified when told children were seen playing inside when Ms Houghton carried out her inspection.

“It concerns me that a lot of these buildings in remote Kimberley communities contain asbestos and have reached a stage in their lives where they pose a health risk but nobody wants to take responsibility,” she said.

“The frustrating thing is we as a council don’t have the right to do anything, which is a shame because I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Many of the communities fall under the Aboriginal Lands Trust, which is administered by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Gus Tampalini said it was believed three houses contained asbestos in his 300-strong community, about 180km north of Broome.

He said two were being demolished on the assumption they contained asbestos and material from the store keeper’s residence had been sent to Adelaide for testing and results were pending.

“I would suggest there would be up to 100 houses and buildings that contain asbestos in remote Aboriginal communities,” he said.

“If you have got 100 houses (containing asbestos), you are well and truly in the millions of dollars to fix the problem.”

Mr Tampalini said the potential remediation costs were forcing an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude from State and Federal governments.

“You get a kid playing in these areas that gets an asbestos-based disease by the time they are 30, it is pretty serious stuff,” he said.

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs said the building in Bayulu has now been fenced off, signs are in place and children have been advised of the risk.

“A call for quotes has been distributed to relevant contractors and remediation work will commence as soon as possible,” a DAA spokesman said.

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6 ex-managers indicted for asbestos deaths

Published: Feb. 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

MILAN, Italy, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Six Italian power company ex-managers were indicted for manslaughter in connection with eight asbestos-related workers’ deaths, court records showed.

A Milan judge levied the charges against Francesco Corbellini, the chairman of the ENEL corporation from 1979 to 1987 along with five others, all of whom were managers at the corporation’s Turbigo power plant in Milan, ANSA reported Wednesday.

Prosecutors said the eight employees breathed asbestos dust while working in the Turbigo plant in the 1970s and 1980s and died of pleural mesothelioma, the most common type asbestos-caused cancer.

The trial’s first hearing is scheduled for May 15, and is one of a series of recent investigations of former company managers who allegedly permitted workers to be exposed to life-threatening asbestos, ANSA said.

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