Maryland Appeals Court Overturns $5 Million Asbestos Verdict

By Peter DePaolis

A Maryland court recently overturned a previous $5 million verdict, stating that the Georgia-Pacific Corporation was not responsible for illnesses suffered by household members of workers who were exposed to asbestos at the company’s plants over 50 years ago.

The court stated that Georgia-Pacific was not obligated to warn family members of employees working for the company in the 1960s of the dangers of asbestos exposure. The court determined that the toxicity of asbestos was not known until federal regulations were issued in 1972, even though there are mountains of evidence showing that executives at dozens of companies knew that asbestos was making their own employees sick.

This court decision overturns a verdict awarded to a mesothelioma victim who developed the illness after being exposed to asbestos secondhand while washing her grandfather’s clothes during his employment at Georgia-Pacific Corporation in the 1960’s.

I Think I May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos. What Do I Do Now?

If you are worried about potential asbestos exposure, or if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease, it may be beneficial to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer.

One client had this to say about our staff and Maryland injury attorney David M. Schloss:

“We owe so much to Mr. Schloss and [the staff] for taking care of us and leading the way when times were tough. Money can’t buy that type of dedication. A person really has to love what they’re doing to do that type of job for their clients. We’re glad you are on our side.”

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Did You Know: Asbestos fibers are durable and were originally used in industrial, automotive and construction products because of their ability to withstand heat, pressure and friction.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.