Jury Clears Flooring Maker Of Claims Its Tiles Caused Cancer

Law360, New York (August 20, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT) -- A New York jury has found commercial flooring manufacturer American Biltrite Inc. negligently sold vinyl floor tile that contained asbestos, but said the tile did not cause a man's lung cancer.

The six-member jury unanimously held Aug. 14 that while American Biltrite acted negligently in manufacturing, selling and distributing its asbestos-containing floor tile without providing an adequate warning of the products’ dangers, that negligence was not a substantial factor in causing Frank DeRogatis’ lung cancer.

During closing arguments, attorneys for DeRogatis asked for between $5.5 million...
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