NJ Appeals Court Affirms $1.6M Bystander Asbestos Verdict

By Martin Bricketto (March 27, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday upheld a $1.6 million verdict for a man who claimed he contracted mesothelioma from asbestos-contaminated talc used to make Old Spice and Desert Flower talcum powder and brought home on his father's clothing from work.

A three-judge panel rejected Whittaker Clark & Daniels Inc.'s challenges to trial court decisions covering evidence, expert testimony and whether plaintiffs Steven G. Kaenzig and Linda Kaenzig, his wife, proved that a failure to warn caused Steven Kaenzig's asbestos exposure and that asbestos in the company's talc caused his mesothelioma.

Whittaker was the primary supplier of raw talc to...

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