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Dow Chemical Alleged to Be Continuing Use of Asbestos Today
BATON ROUGE — (August 22, 2013) — Last week, a Louisiana jury awarded $5.95 million to a native Louisianan after finding Dow Chemical responsible for his mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. As part of the trial, mesothelioma lawyers at Baron and Budd discovered that Dow Chemical allegedly predicted that some portion of its employees and contract workers would get cancer, but that it would be more cost effective for Dow Chemical to continue using asbestos in its chemical manufacturing. Dow continues to use asbestos to this day.
Our client was exposed to asbestos at the Dow Chemical Plaquemine facility, the largest chemical plant in Louisiana, where he worked as an electrician. Dow internal documents predicted in 1970 that a significant number of the company’s workers were at risk for developing asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma, even workers who did not work directly with asbestos.
“Most chemical companies have long since abandoned using asbestos. Not Dow,” said a Baron & Budd shareholder. “Dow continues to use the notorious carcinogen."
Dow has annual sales of roughly $60 billion and employees approximately 50,000 people worldwide. Asbestos continues to kill 3,000 people in the United States each year.
Baron and Budd has been actively protecting the rights of the people of Louisiana for decades, and has represented countless families in asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma lawsuits throughout the state. The firm achieved the highest mesothelioma verdict in the United States in 2012: $48 million for a California man.
To learn more about the mesothelioma lawyers at Baron and Budd, call us at 1.866.855.1229.
The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has a more than 30-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers and others who are suffering as a result of exposure to asbestos. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso, Texas. Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for additional information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers and mesothelioma attorneys.