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June 16, 2006

Second Chance Yields $13.5 Million Verdict

A Dallas, Texas, jury awarded $13.5 million to the survivors of a man who contracted an asbestos-related cancer many years after exposure to a joint-compound product manufactured by Georgia-Pacific Corp.  The plaintiffs had won a $9.3 million verdict in March 2005 but the trial judge, concerned about the way the jury had calculated punitive damages, gave the plaintiffs the choice of accepting a reduced award or a new trial.  A new trial turned out to be a good decision.  The defendants promise to appeal, believing that the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos in the products of other companies.  See Greg Land's story in the Fulton County Daily Report.

JDP

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