NJ Supreme Court Won’t Hear ExxonMobil Appeal Over Damages

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from ExxonMobil over $7 million awarded to a woman who claimed she got cancer from her husband’s asbestos-laden clothes.

A jury in 2008 found Bonnie Anderson had contracted mesothelioma from washing the clothes her husband wore at Exxon’s Linden Bayway Refinery or through her own work there.

Anderson was an electrician at the refinery from 1975 to 1986 who did not have contact with asbestos. She was diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma in 2001.

Her husband removed insulation to fix pumps and filters and does not have the disease.

ExxonMobil argued there was no way to know how Anderson got sick and worker’s compensation laws should limit damages.

A company spokesman told The Star-Ledger of Newark it is evaluating its options.

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  • Meredith Seamus

    It’s astounding that companies like this knew about the dangers of asbestos for so long and didn’t do anything about it. http://www.weitzlux.com/asbestos-timeline_1962611.html


    When I worked in Linden NJ at GAF, I could look across the trunpike at Esso and then Exxon. However where I worked I have been in rooms full of Asbestos dust swirling and of course being in the 1960’s had no clue what Asbestos could do to a person. I have filed just in case I come down with Mesothelioma. So far I show no symptoms. Just to say that GAF of my era is no longer. Somehow it got sold. What will happen if I get sick?

  • Kris

    Frivilous lawsuits? So you’re saying if your employer caused you to get mesothelioma you’d just accept it? No, you wouldn’t. It’s really easy to talk big when you’re not sick.

  • Truth

    Her Hubby doesn’t have. How could they fault exxon for something they can’t prove. There must have been some kind of proof. But 7 million gets u nothing after lawyer fees and hospital bills.

  • Ron

    And people have to wonder what is wrong with our country—There should have been no reward here to start with and the couts not listening to the plea of Exxon Mobil is ridiculous. Our court system is as corrupt as the people they are supposed to be protecting.

  • ajapierce

    It’s a shame, they should pay for her cancer treatments, but a $8million dollar award? And people wonder why stuff gets so damm expensive because of frivilous lawsuits

  • Joe

    Dear Exxon,

    While ‘evaluating your options’, please remember to consider the option of not having asbestos in your facilities. Might be cheaper in the long run.

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