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$47 Million from LILCO, Con Edison

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. 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 a free consultation or more information about your legal options, please complete the form and a representative of our law firm will contact you as soon as possible.

Recent W&L Results

  • $20 Million

    The family of a former Navy shipfitter who died earlier this year of mesothelioma received a verdict of against a manufacturer of boilers that were insulated with asbestos.

  • $25 Million

    Two men sought help after getting cancer due to asbestos-tainted products. Crane Co., the product manufacturer, acted recklessly and with conscious disregard for safety. W&L is relentless in ensuring that innocent victims are not brushed aside.

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Mesothelioma and Asbestos

My husband worked on construction for 42 years and has been exposed to asbestos and other chemicals. As a retired member, we are glad and thankful for you working on his behalf. I feel my husband deserved much more as he was exposed to other unknown chemicals that affected his health. Thank you.

- Beauharnois M. , Plattsburgh , NY

W&L Facts

  • We helped more than 3,500 clients from Florida. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Our Asbestos Exposure Team has more than 50 lawyers. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $75 million verdict for clients who were exposed to asbestos at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the 1940s and 1950s. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $53 million from asbestos product manufacturers.

    Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $665 million from the companies in the iron and steel industries. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We earned $7.4 billion for our clients. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $2 billion from the power plant industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We’ve been fighting for your rights for more than 25 years. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got more than $110 million from the automotive industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • Almost 1,700 boilermakers have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won $17.5 million in a consolidated trial of 5 mesothelioma victims. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We helped more than 19,000 clients from New York. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got $1.6 billion from the maritime industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won a $53 million verdict for brake mechanic suffering from mesothelioma. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won mesothelioma cases totaling more than $4 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We won non-malignancy cases totaling almost $1.5 billion. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We obtained a $190 million verdict in a mesothelioma case. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • More than 39,000 clients have used us as their legal advisors.

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  • More than 2,200 pipefitters have used us as their legal advisors. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
  • We got almost $135 million from the military industry. Mesothelioma and Asbestos
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