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$22M Verdict in Goodyear Asbestos Lawsuit

Posted on July 6, 2011 3:23 am under Personal Injury

A jury in New York has awarded $22 million to the families of two former Goodyear workers who died of asbestos-related lung cancer.

According to court documents, Eugene “Mac” McCarthy and Walter Koczur both died in 1998. Both men worked for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Goodyear Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. Koczur worked as a steamfitter and McCarthy as a heavy equipment engineer. The lawsuit claimed both men were exposed to Goodyear’s asbestos-containing gaskets and diagnosed with lung cancer years later.

After a five-week trial in the New York State Supreme Court, a jury determined that the plaintiffs developed lung cancer from asbestos exposure from sheet gasket material manufactured by Goodyear during the 1960s and 1970s. The jury found The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to be 27 percent responsible for his lung cancer and Goodyear Canada to be 18 percent responsible.

The jury awarded Koczur’s family $13.5 million for pain, suffering, and loss of consortium. McCarthy’s family was awarded $8.5 million for pain and suffering.

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