This week a New Jersey Court of Appeals upheld the decision of a lower court judge in awarding $30.3 million to the family of Mark Buttitta for his death from mesothelioma. The award is believed to be the largest ever for an asbestos exposure mesothelioma lawsuit in New Jersey.
Buttitta, an advertising executive, died in 2002, a year after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was 50 years old. The lawsuit under appeal was brought by Buttitta’s wife, Susan. The family’s case claimed that Mark Buttitta had received second-hand asbestos exposure from his father, who had worked at a General Motors warehouse.
Mark Buttitta was also directly exposed to asbestos at a GM warehouse where he had had a summer job handling auto parts during college. In February 2008, a N.J. jury returned a verdict that awarded the Buttitta family $8 million for pain and suffering, $2 million for loss of consortium, $9 million for lost income, $2 million for loss of services, and $3 million for each of his three daughters.
The family had sued a number of companies [[asbestos makers or user of it]] including the Borg-Warner Corp., Asbestos Corp. LTD, General Motors Corp., Honeywell International, and C.L. Zimmerman Co. Most chose to settle out of court. Borg-Warner and Asbestos Corp fought until the final verdict.