CertainTeed is a manufacturing company based out of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Its various products can be found in businesses and homes throughout the nation. Similar to many manufacturing companies in the past, CertainTeed used asbestos in numerous products, resulting in workers and consumers developing life-threatening illnesses. Following a myriad of asbestos-related lawsuits, CertainTeed continues to operate today, but not without paying extensively for its negligence.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, or asbestos-related lung cancer, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more.
History of CertainTeed
In 1904, the General Roofing Manufacturing Company was created. As it popularity and business to began to increase, the company secured a new name: The CertainTeed Corporation. From its creation and throughout most of the 1980s, the company manufactured and distributed several products that contained asbestos, including building materials such as roof coating, sealant, and cement pipes.
Thousands of contractors and employees in various occupations were exposed to CertainTeed’s hazardous products. For instance, not only were construction workers at risk of ingesting asbestos fibers while constructing and repairing buildings, but painters, mechanics, and even homeowners performing renovations and maintenance were placed at high risk of developing a life-threatening illness. In fact, many of these people were eventually diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Consequently, CertainTeed faced thousands upon thousands of claims and lawsuits.
Examples of CertainTeed Lawsuits
Due to the sheer amount of asbestos-related lawsuits it faced, CertainTeed ended up paying millions in settlements, trials, and court-related costs. The following cases are among only a few of the various lawsuits filed against the company:
Evans Vs. A.W. Chesterton Co.
In April, 2010, Rhoda Evans, wife of a former L.A. Department of Water and Power (DWP) employee, won $208.8 million after a L.A. Superior Court jury found CertainTeed responsible for her health issues. Rhoda Evans was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after second-hand exposure to asbestos via her late husband’s work clothes.
According to court documents, Bobby Evans worked as a cement pipe cutter for the L.A. DWP for more than 20 years. The majority of the pipes that Bobby Evans worked on were littered with asbestos and were manufactured by CertainTeed.
Although CertainTeed argued that it was up the to city of Los Angeles to provide safety measures to its workers, Rhoda Evans’ mesothelioma attorney argued that CertainTeed concealed information from DWP regarding how dangerous asbestos is. The attorney also stated that CertainTeed withheld information about its products in order to protect the $40 million in revenue it got from DWP each year.
The jurors agreed with the plaintiff, and in turn, found CertainTeed 70% responsible for Rhoda Evans’ mesothelioma. DWP was found 30% liable. A little over $8 million of the $208.8 million was included for compensatory damages.
Pierce Vs. CertainTeed Corporation
In May 2005, a San Francisco jury awarded a Ralph Pierce, 70, a retired machine operator, $3.4 million, after he developed mesothelioma from working around asbestos-containing products. The products were manufactured and distributed by CertainTeed.
Per court documents, Pierce worked for the West Contra Costa County Wastewater District for over 25 years, starting in 1972 until his retirement in 1997. Part of his job duties included working with cement pipe that was provided by CertainTeed. The pipes, which contained large amounts of asbestos, resulted in the plaintiff developing asbestos-related colon cancer in 2003.
According to internal company documentation, CertainTeed was well-aware of the dangers of asbestos since the mid 1960s. Yet, even with plenty of years to warn workers and contractors of asbestos dangers, the company sealed the information in order to continue to profit. In fact, it wasn’t until 1985 that CertainTeed sent out asbestos warnings, but the warnings came years after Pierce had already been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness.
As a result, the jury found CertainTeed responsible for Pierce’s illness, and liable for failing to provide warnings to workers regarding the dangers of asbestos.
“We are thankful that Mr. Pierce got the opportunity to present his case in court,” said Pierce’s attorney. “The verdict shows at least two things—that trials work, and that access to courts is essential to achieve and maintain corporate accountability. Without the courts, companies can duck responsibility for their wrongful conduct. The legislative ‘one–size–fits–all’ asbestos bailout bills that are presently in Congress work injustice in ways that juries can check, as was done in this case. The public, which is comprised of innocent individuals like Mr. Pierce, wins with access to courts.”
More Lawsuits Against CertainTeed
Although CertainTeed never filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it faced so many asbestos-related lawsuits that in 2012, a mandated settlement agreement was appointed against the company. The settlement, known as the CertainTeed Shingle Settlement, states that homeowners who had asbestos-containing vinyl siding manufactured by CertainTeed were eligible to join.
If you’re a homeowner and have CertainTeed vinyl siding and shingles, it’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Claims for certain products have already expired, but you may be eligible for compensation if your products warranty is still valid.
Currently, CertainTeed has paid out millions in both asbestos-related lawsuits and settlements.
CertainTeed Products Containing Asbestos
The following products, manufactured by CertainTeed, contained large amounts of asbestos. Although the company doesn’t use asbestos anymore, the restrictions came after thousands of people were already injured.
- CertainTeed Plastic Cement
- CertainTeed Sealing Cement
- Wet Seal Plastic Cement
- Asbestos Cement Sheets
- CertainTeed Asbestos Roof Coating
- CertainTeed Asbestos Cement Pipe
- CertainTeed Cold Process Cement
- CertainTeed Joint Treating Compound
CertainTeed is still in operations and currently remains one of the leading manufacturers of numerous construction products, including trim, fencing, siding, foundation, insulation, pipes, and more. However, after facing numerous lawsuits, CertainTeed no longer uses asbestos in any of its products. In fact, the company now focuses investments on environmentally-friendly building and construction materials.
Additional Resources for Asbestos Victims
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