Judge Cites Insufficiency of Porsche’s Argument in Allowing Asbestos Case to Proceed

Diseases like malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis are frequently the result of workplace exposure to asbestos. Following her husband’s death from asbestos-related lung cancer, Susan Carboni pursued legal action against the companies she blames for exposing him to asbestos-contaminated materials, including Porsche Cars, North America. Though the company argued that it should be dismissed from the case, a New York judge denied their petition.


Porsche Files Motion for Summary Judgment in Asbestos-Lung Cancer Case

The case revolves around the death of 79-year-old Francesco Carboni, who died of asbestos-related lung cancer in 2020. In her personal injury lawsuit against the various companies whose asbestos-contaminated parts her husband had worked with over the course of his decades-long career as an auto mechanic, the widow noted the many years that he had worked on European vehicles while growing up in Italy, and his continued work on those vehicles when he emigrated to the United States fifty years before his death.

Mr. Carboni worked for Zumbach Sports Car for 37 years, and before his death he provided deposition testimony that he had “personally performed brake, clutch, exhaust/muffler, generator, and starter-motor work on Porsche vehicles.” The company responded to these claims by offering testimony from an employee who noted that Porsche could not be held liable because they had not incorporated in the United States until August of 1984.

Judge Denies Porsche’s Arguments in Asbestos Lung Cancer Death

In his response to Porsche’s motion for summary judgment, Justice Adam Silvera pointed out that the company had failed to provide any supporting documentation regarding the years of their incorporation. He also noted that the years of Mr. Carboni’s work on Porsche vehicles went beyond the date cited by their employee, making their argument both insufficient and moot. Mrs. Carboni will be able to continue her quest for justice.

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Paul Danziger

Paul Danziger


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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