A March 2003 article in the New York Daily News reported on a mesothelioma personal injury verdict/settlement regarding an ex-boilermaker who was awarded $47 million yesterday by a jury that blamed his lung cancer on years of working with asbestos.
Robert Croteau, 53, of Pottstown, Pa., was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal lung cancer, in 2001, according to his attorneys, Michael Roberts, Jerry Kristal and Richard Meadow of Weitz & Luxenberg. Roberts said his client got cancer after being exposed to asbestos at Con Edison and Long Island Lighting Co. power plants while working for various contractors in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Manhattan Supreme Court jury deliberated for slightly more than two days, following a two-month-long trial, finding both companies negligent as well as reckless.
Representatives of the companies said they would appeal. The jury also found about 20 other companies partially responsible for Croteau’s plight.
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