Flooring Co. Mostly Ducks $400K NY Asbestos Verdict

Law360, New York (December 8, 2014, 12:38 PM EST) -- A New York state jury has returned a $400,000 verdict in an asbestos lawsuit brought against commercial flooring manufacturer American Biltrite Inc., but found the company to be only 3.57 percent liable for plaintiff John Colasanti’s cancer, thus drastically reducing the amount of actual damages awarded.

The Syracuse, New York jury reached a verdict on Dec. 4 after two days of deliberations following a four-week trial, according to Kurowski Shultz LLC, which represented American Biltrite. The company will be responsible for a net verdict of less than $15,000, an amount its attorneys said in a statement will be fully offset by...

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