Lincoln Electric, Hobart Lose Appeal Over Asbestos

By Ron Zapata (October 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania appellate court has affirmed a jury verdict which found Lincoln Electric Co. and Hobart Bros. liable for allegedly exposing a worker to asbestos from welding rods.

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania denied the welding-rod manufacturers' appeal of the verdict, which awarded John E. Donoughe and his wife Helen $396,000 in damages. Donoughe, who allegedly developed lung cancer as a result of the asbestos exposure, also won an appeal that may force Lincoln and Hobart to pay a greater share of the verdict.

The trial was conducted in 2005 and, per typical procedure in Pennsylvania state cases involving asbestos, was...

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