Judge Cites Rules of Evidence in Ruling for Mesothelioma Victim

After 81-year-old Anastasios E. Katechis died of malignant mesothelioma, his widow Agathi filed a personal injury claim against Allied Building Products Corporations, as well as several other companies that she blamed for having exposed him to asbestos. Though Allied tried to have the case against them dismissed based on decades-old testimony, the judge hearing the case denied their request, noting that it was inadmissible under the law.

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Testimony from Company’s Representative Cited Against Mesothelioma Claim

Though mesothelioma quickly claimed Mr. Katechis’ life, before his death he provided extensive testimony about his exposure to asbestos. He testified that when he’d worked as a painter for Mamais Construction between 1967 and 1970, he’d used asbestos-contaminated joint compound. He recalled seeing the product delivered and provided by Allied and three other companies.

In response to the mesothelioma victim’s testimony, the company’s vice president/corporate vice president George Jones testified that Allied had never used joint compound, and asserted that
Allied had never sold, distributed, manufactured or otherwise offered it at the time that Mr. Katechis worked for Mamais. Much of his testimony was based on testimony provided by a company representative given in another case that had been heard 21 years earlier. Allied asked for the case to be dismissed based on this old testimony.

Judge Rules Testimony Inadmissible in Mesothelioma Claim

In reviewing the testimony of both the mesothelioma victim and that submitted by Allied from their former executive, Justice Adam Silvera of the Supreme Court of New York County noted that Mr. Jones’ assertions were based on testimony provided 21 years earlier by a person who “at the time the testimony was given was an officer, director, member, employee or managing or authorized agent” of the company, and that under New York law was inadmissible as evidence. 

The company’s motion to dismiss the mesothelioma claim against them was denied and Mrs. Katechis’ case will move forward.

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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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