陪审团评估前约翰斯-曼维尔工厂工人家属赔偿 340 万美元
San Francisco, CA — July 22, 2009 — After a single day of deliberations on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, a San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the family of Richard Worthley Sr., a deceased former Johns–Manville Transite plant worker from Beaumont, California. The jury assessed a combined verdict of almost $3.4 million against Advocate Mines Limited due to their contribution in causing Mr. Worthley’s mesothelioma and death. The jury determined that Advocate Mines Limited exposed Mr. Worthley to its defectively designed asbestos product, failed to warn about the dangers of their asbestos product and that they were negligent. Advocate Mines Limited is an asbestos mine in Baie Verte, Newfoundland.
1963 年至 1967 年，沃思利先生曾在美国海军陆战队驻扎的旧金山湾区、加利福尼亚州圣地亚哥和越南服役。1968 年 5 月，他在伊利诺伊州沃基根的约翰斯曼维尔工厂开始了自己的职业生涯，担任油漆工，然后成为生产计划员，最终成为一名磨坊工人。 1984 年约翰斯-曼维尔工厂关闭后，他在整个南加州担任维护机械师和维修技术员。 2004 年，沃思利先生被诊断出患有间皮瘤，这是一种由石棉引起的致命胸膜癌，胸膜是保护肺部的器官。
Advocate Mines Limited supplied bulk asbestos fiber to the Johns–Manville, Waukegan, IL plant from December 1963 to April 1967. During his career at the plant from May 1968 to November 1984, Mr. Worthley was exposed to dust from the raw asbestos fiber used to make Transite asbestos–cement pipe, including asbestos fiber that had been re-entrained and resuspended from when Advocate Mines Limited supplied asbestos fiber to the plant. In addition to simply being present on a daily basis in the contaminated plant, one of Mr. Worthley’s jobs was to clean and repair the Transite manufacturing equipment. This included the willows, cleaning and repairing the dust collection equipment, the baghouses, ventilators, and cyclones. All these activities exposed Mr. Worthley to asbestos dust, including asbestos that originated from Advocate Mines Limited.
审判于 2009 年 6 月 10 日开始，由旧金山高等法院 606 庭托马尔·梅森 (Tomar Mason) 法官主持。在审判中，原告提供的证据表明，当按预期使用时，来自 Advocate Mines Limited 的原石棉纤维的可吸入石棉粉尘达到危险水平，并释放到设施的背景中。到 1963 年，医学和科学界已明确石棉会导致石棉肺、胸膜疾病、肺癌和间皮瘤。然而，Advocate Mines Limited 在供应其有缺陷的石棉纤维时没有任何警告或任何其他合理的注意，以避免对他人造成伤害。陪审团将 5% 的责任分配给 Advocate Mines Limited。
詹姆斯说：“我们向陪审团证明，沃思利先生在约翰斯-曼维尔工厂接触到的石棉总剂量，包括来自 Advocate Mines Limited 的重悬石棉纤维，共同导致了他的间皮瘤和死亡。” P. Nevin，理查德·沃思利的律师。 Brayton Purcell LLP 的 Nevin 先生在审判中代表沃思利家族。
被告 Advocate Mines Limited 由 Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP 的 John Graniez 和 Suzanne Golden 代表出庭。