Edward Merwitz was not warned about the dangers of asbestos when he worked in the bilge area of warships at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in the 1960s, nor did he receive protection for asbestos fibers. He worked with asbestos-containing gaskets, packing, pumps, electric motors, turbines, control boxes and electric wire, in addition to being exposed to pipe covering and other insulation products used by people in other trades.
Decades later, the Langhorne, PA resident developed mesothelioma and passed away.
Anapol Weiss attorneys Lawrence R. Cohan and David Carney obtained a $7.25 million verdict for his estate last week in a case against nine asbestos manufacturers. Most of the defendants had settled prior to or during the trial which left Rockbestos as the sole defendant at the time of the verdict. The jury rejected all of Rockbestos’ defenses.
“This was a bitterly contested case over the full course of the two week trial,” Cohan said in a press release. “As other defendants settled, it was clear that defendant Rockbestos intended to assert all of its defenses, and to let the jury decide the case. The jury rejected them all.”
The jury also found that the following companies’ asbestos-containing products were substantial contributing factors to Merwitz’s development of mesothelioma: Buffalo Pumps, Westinghouse, Blackmer Pumps, General Electric Company, Greene Tweed & Company, Inc., Square D Company, and Warren Pumps, LLC.