DAP Caulk Named in Multiple Victims Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Roughly 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma each year, and over 40,000 die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Remarkably, the same companies are named over and over in lawsuits accusing them of negligently and knowingly allowing victims to be exposed to asbestos. In a recent court hearing, families of three separate victims accused the same caulk manufacturer of responsibility, and though the company tried to evade liability, a New York judge ordered them to face the claims.


Three Mesothelioma Victims Name Same Caulk Manufacturer

Malignant mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, and in most cases that exposure occurs on the job. In three claims filed separately in New York’s asbestos litigation court, the families of Anthony Torio, Mario Bellicose, and Thomas Learmond all pointed to their loved ones’ long work histories in the building trade, during which they either used or were in proximity to others using DAP caulk. They blamed asbestos in the product for their painful deaths.

DAP’s attorneys argued against being held responsible for each man’s mesothelioma. They called the claims “speculative” and defended the company by noting that not all of the company’s caulk products contained asbestos at the time that the men used it. In support of this argument, they submitted testimony from a former employee.

Judge Denies DAP’s Motion to be Dismissed from Mesothelioma Claims

Though the company’s representative said there was no way to attribute the men’s mesothelioma to their product, he failed to submit evidence that it could not have caused their illness. The absence of this level of proof effectively eliminated their ability to have the case dismissed as a matter of law. Justice Adam Silvera of the Supreme Court of New York County pointed out that the bar is high for dismissing a case, and the company had failed to reach it, while the victims’ attorneys had submitted unequivocal testimony supporting their claim.

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Paul Danziger

Paul Danziger

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Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering significant compensation for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.

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