Source: http://www.buffalonews.com, July 15, 2011
A laboratory chemist exposed to dust containing asbestos won a$2.5 million verdict after a two-week trial, his lawyer said.
James Ginter was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March 2010. Keith R. Vona, an attorney at Lipsitz&Ponterio who represented Ginter, called the verdict “a great victory for workers exposed to asbestos-containing dust.”
Ginter worked at Durez Plastics, a North Tonawanda manufacturer of industrial resins and phenolic molding compounds. He worked with a ma-chine manufactured by Ford Motor Co. that required him to file and grind experimental asbestos-containing friction products ultimately used as brakes on automobiles.
Ford was the only defendant in the trial and the jury assigned 15 percent of the responsibility for damages to the auto company, according to the law firm. Other defendants settled before the trial in State Supreme Court.