Louisiana Asbestos Exposure: 3 Cases, 3 Verdicts

At Landry & Swarr, we have a wealth of experience in helping families who are dealing with the consequences of exposure to asbestos fibers. It isn’t just an area of focus – it’s the only thing we do. We’re tough litigators who will fight for the rights of victims and their families.

Following are summaries of three recent cases in which we won significant victories for victims of asbestos exposure.

New Orleans, Louisiana, December 17, 2012

Three heirs of a deceased man brought an action against Ford Motor Company and Southern Talc Corporation. William A. Oddo Jr. was a mechanic who worked for the sheriff’s office in Jefferson Parish. He died at age 81 of mesothelioma, a progressive, painful and incurable cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers.

Mr. Oddo was repeatedly exposed to asbestos contained in brake components (pads and shoes) that were manufactured and sold by Ford Motor Company. He was also exposed to contaminated talc that was manufactured by Southern Talc.

Philip C. Hoffman worked tirelessly to get justice for the Oddo family, and the jury in the case awarded the heirs damages totaling over $4,400,000. Clearly, the judgment didn’t replace a beloved husband and father, but justice was done, and seen to be done. The Oddo family was able to achieve closure, and Ford Motor Company (65% liable) and Southern Talc (35% liable) got the message that what they had done was wrong.

New Orleans, Louisiana, November 20, 2013

Mary Morvant, a wife, mother, grandmother and surgical nurse, received a diagnosis of mesothelioma in 2012. She had been exposed to asbestos fibers that were brought home on her father’s clothes. For 20 years, Mrs. Morvant’s father was exposed to asbestos during the course of his work at a New Orleans plant owned by Johns-Manville in New Orleans. Mrs. Morvant was also exposed to asbestos from other residences and areas contaminated with scrap from the plant, which was supplied with raw asbestos fiber by Asbestos Corporation Limited.

Following a seven-day trial, the jury found no liability on the part of Johns-Manville. Asbestos Corporation Limited didn’t fare quite so well. They were assigned 100% responsibility, and ordered to pay Mrs. Morvant damages of just over $6,400,000.

New Orleans, Louisiana, January 21, 2014

Asbestos Corporation Limited continued to reap the consequences of their negligence in another case involving the distribution to the Johns-Manville plant.

Jereiana Relf was, like Mary Morvant, a wife, mother and grandmother. She died soon after her diagnosis of mesothelioma. She was exposed in a similar manner – her uncle worked at the plant in the 1950s and 1960s and brought the fibers home on his clothes. She was also exposed in other residences and on contaminated sites.

The trial lasted six days, and Mrs. Relf’s husband and son were awarded damages of nearly $5,670,000. Again, Asbestos Corporation Limited was assigned full responsibility.

Asbestos Litigation Since 1999

If you or a loved one is facing a complex, deadly disease like mesothelioma, or other ailments related to asbestos fiber exposure, you need a lawyer who knows this area of the law inside and out. At Landry & Swarr, we have conducted comprehensive research into the effects that these diseases have on the sufferers and on their families, and on the actions of companies and industries that have allowed asbestos exposure to happen. This has been the sole focus of our practice for the past fifteen years.

We represent families statewide out of our offices in New Orleans. Call us today at 866-275-8706 to speak with an attorney. We understand your fear and frustration, and we will put the full force of our resources behind you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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