New York, NY September 14, 2012
The New York mesothelioma law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP, obtained the third-largest verdict in an asbestos-disease lawsuit in the nation in 2011, an annual asbestos litigation publication has reported.
The $51.5 million combined verdict in New York County Supreme Court in the consolidated case of Dummitt v. A.W. Chesterton (No. 190196/10) and Konstantin v. 630 Third Avenue Associates (No. 190134/10) were recognized by the annual Mealey’s Litigation Report: Asbestos, which was released at the end of August.
Every year, Mealey’s compiles, analyzes and reports on verdict information appearing from the previous year. In 2011, Mealey’s compiled 31 asbestos verdicts from 17 courts spread across 12 states and one federal court.
Dummitt involved a U.S. Navy veteran who claimed that he was exposed to asbestos while repairing valves aboard seven U.S. Navy ships between 1960 and 1977. It resulted in a $32 million verdict.
In Konstantin v. 630 Third Avenue Associates (No. 190134/10), the plaintiff claimed to have inhaled asbestos released from joint-sealing compounds while working on the construction of a high-rise building in Manhattan between 1976 and 1977. Belluck and Fox won a $19.5 million verdict in that case.
Founding Belluck & Fox, LLP partner Jordan Fox, a veteran New York mesothelioma attorney, led the legal team that secured the verdicts in August 2011. Senior litigator James Long, partners Brian Belasky and Seth Dymond, and associate William Papain assisted Fox during the two nine-week trials before Judge Joan Madden.
“We are proud that our aggressive representation of our clients in these cases led to justice on their behalf,” Fox said.
Belluck & Fox, LLP represents individuals with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related legal claims. The firm has obtained several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for mesothelioma and other asbestos-disease sufferers and their families through personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer of the lining of the lungs, chest or abdomen caused by inhaling or swallowing asbestos, a fibrous material that easily breaks down into a fine dust.
Because of its heat- and fire-resistant qualities, asbestos was widely used in hundreds of building products until the 1970s. Mesothelioma symptoms typically manifest many years after the victim’s asbestos exposure.