Landry & Swarr successfully won a $5.6 million verdict against Asbestos Corporation Limited
New Orleans, Louisiana, January 21, 2014
Landry & Swarr, a leading law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, has announced a multimillion-dollar jury verdict in favor of two statutory heirs in a mesothelioma case brought against Asbestos Corporation Limited on behalf of the deceased plaintiff, Jereiana H. Relf.
On January 21, 2014, the attorneys of Landry & Swarr successfully won a $5.6 million verdict against Asbestos Corporation Limited, which mined, milled and sold asbestos fiber to Johns-Manville in Marrero, Louisiana.
Jereiana Relf was a wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Relf was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died shortly after her diagnosis. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer in the lining of the lungs; the only known cause is exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a painful, progressive, and fatal cancer. Mrs. Relf was exposed to asbestos through household or secondary exposure from asbestos fibers brought home on the clothes and person of her uncle who in the 1950s and 1960s sustained occupational exposure to asbestos as a result of his work at the Johns-Manville plant on the “West Bank” of New Orleans.
In addition, Mrs. Relf was exposed to asbestos through environmental/neighborhood exposure to asbestos from residences and areas contaminated with asbestos-containing scrap material from the Johns-Manville plant. Asbestos Corporation Limited supplied raw asbestos fiber to the Johns-Manville plant.
After six days of trial, the Orleans Parish jury returned a verdict of $5,667,504 for Mrs. Relf’s husband, Joe Relf, and son, Jonathan Mitchell. The jury assigned 100% of the fault against Asbestos Corporation Limited.