Weitz and Luxenberg - _3.8 Million Awarded to Boiler Repairman Exposed to Deadly Asbestos Boiler Parts

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   Weitz and Luxenberg - $3.8 Million Awarded to Boiler
   Repairman Exposed to Deadly Asbestos Boiler Parts
   Fri, 01 Feb 2013, 06:56:01 EST

   Mass tort and personal injury litigation firm Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C.
   today announced a successful verdict in the case of McCormick v.
   Cleaver Brooks et. al. (CV 04 2405, E.D. N.Y.), a suit filed on behalf of
   a client who died from asbestos-related cancer linked to the products
   of the defendant corporation, Cleaver Brooks.

   A Federal jury delivered a unanimous verdict Friday, awarding 3.8
   Million to plaintiff's estate.

   Weitz & Luxenberg's Samuel Meirowitz, lead trial lawyer on the case,
   said the jury's verdict found Cleaver Brooks 60 percent responsible for
   the plaintiff's exposure to the asbestos boiler components that
   contributed to his development of cancer.

   The firm's client died in 2005 from mesothelioma, an insidious form of cancer that occurs in the lining of the lungs. He had
   worked for decades as a boiler operator and repairman at McConnell Air Force base in Wichita, Kansas. He was 59.

   It was contended at trial that some boilers produced by Cleaver Brooks in the middle of the last century used insulation,
   refractory cement, and other component parts that contained asbestos, a toxic mineral whose microscopic fibers can lead to
   lung cancer and mesothelioma when inhaled.

   Cleaver Brooks, a boilermaker company with 1,000 employees, is headquartered in Georgia and has corporate offices in
   Georgia and Wisconsin.

   The plaintiff's widow testified at trial to her late husband's struggle with a deadly disease whose only known cause is exposure
   to asbestos.

   A coworker also testified to the plaintiff's dedication as a worker, as well as to their routine of boiler maintenance, which
   involved opening boiler doors, repairing asbestos-containing refractory cement, and other activities that inevitably caused the
   inhalation of asbestos dust.

   The case represented a legal victory for the plaintiff, according to Meirowitz.

   Cleaver Brooks argued that the Air Force (among others) was to blame for the plaintiff's injuries, but Meirowitz and his co-
   counsel were able to convince the federal jury that the majority of responsibility should be allocated to Cleaver Brooks since it
   had many opportunities to warn about the dangers of its products, yet failed to do so.

   Meirowitz was assisted by Frank Ortiz, who manages Weitz & Luxenberg's asbestos team, and Kyle Shamberg, who sat
   second chair for the firm. Dan Blouin and John Richmond also aided with research about their client's exposure to Cleaver
   Brooks' products.

   The case was tried before Hon. Jack Weinstein in the Eastern District of New York. Cleaver Brooks was represented by
   Suzanne M. Halbardier of Barry, McTiernan & Moore, LLC.

   In spite of the positive verdict, Meirowitz said that such results are always thin solace for the families involved. "No amount of

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   money can compensate for the suffering that our client endured. Mesothelioma is a tragic disease and no legal victory can
   make up for that. However, it is important that we continue to fight these cases. Providing financial relief for our clients' families
   is very important to us, as is holding responsible defendant corporations who negligently used carcinogens in their products for

   About Weitz & Luxenberg:

   Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks among the nation's
   leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg's numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices,
   environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz
   & Luxenberg's more than 25 years of handling such cases - begin by contacting the firm's Client Relations department at 1-
   800-476-6070 or at clientrelations@weitzlux.com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information:
   http://www.weitzlux.com/ .

   Media Contact:
   Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.
   David Kufeld, 1-800-476-6070.

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