Pennsylvania Jury Awards $1.7M In 1st Post-Tooey Asbestos Trial Against Employer

(December 23, 2015, 12:55 PM EST) -- PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania jury on Nov. 10 awarded $1.7 million to a deceased factory worker and his widow, holding his employer, ESAB Group, liable for the man’s mesothelioma. It is believed to be the first such verdict since the state’s Supreme Court allowed tort actions against employers (John Busbey, et al. v. Yarway Corp., et al., No. 120503046, Pa. Comm. Pls., Philadelphia Co.).

In 2008 and 2009, doctors diagnosed John Busbey with plaquing and thickening in his lungs. In January 2012, doctors diagnosed him with...
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