ASBESTOS POWERHOUSE VERDICT
Weitz & Luxenberg wins $91-million NYC
Throughout 1992, there was a series of enormous plaintiffs' verdicts coming
out of New York in asbestos-related personal injury cases. The biggest award
came in the first damages trial of the so-called New York Powerhouse case.
This involved some 700 men who were exposed to asbestos between the 1920s and
the 1970s while working as insulation installers at the powerhouse stations
owned by Consolidated Edison and Long Island Lighting Co.
The claims of
47 plaintiffs were tried in Brooklyn this year. The majority of the workers
named in the lawsuit were long dead by the time the damages phase came to trial,
said lead plaintiffs' counsel Robert J. Gordon. One died as long ago as 1963.
These workers, or their families, were able to sue over asbestos exposure when
New York state passed its revival statute in 1986, giving these workers one year
On Aug. 15, 1991, at the end of the seven-week trial, a Brooklyn
federal jury awarded a total of $91.3 million to 45 plaintiffs. Two plaintiffs
were awarded more than $6 million each. This trial determined only the damages;
a second trial apportioned liability.
Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading
plaintiffs' law firm that has represented people affected by mesothelioma for over 20 years. Men and women
diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure may be entitled to
compensation from the companies responsible for their disease. If you would like
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