As a state, California is in favor of the victims of mesothelioma in mesothelioma lawsuits. Verdicts have been announced with victims getting huge amounts as compensation to as much as $ 1 million. There are many cases where even larger amounts were awarded as in the case of Peterson & Peterson v. Hill for $20 million and Todak v. Foster Wheeler L.L.C. for over $33 million.
One of the recent California mesothelioma lawsuits is that of an old woman Joan Mahoney fighting against Georgia Pacific. She declared that she contracted mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in her home remodeling business provided by Georgia Pacific. She won a compensation of $ 6.2 million. It was established that Georgia Pacific was aware of the hazards of asbestos exposure but continued to use its products until the government declared that asbestos is a natural danger and the main cause for mesothelioma and eventually ban the usage of asbestos.
According to the California asbestos lawsuit, it was announced that Georgia Pacific Corporation was 30% responsible for the disease contracted by Joan Mahoney and was ordered to pay her an amount of $6.2 million.
In another California Mesothelioma lawsuit, California jury awarded a compensation of over $17 Million Mesothelioma settlement to a plaintiff. It was found out that the defendants were aware of the hazards of the asbestos but failed to inform its employees. One of its employees, 66-year old Gordon Bank head, and his wife, Emily filed a case against Sea-Land Company in Oakland, California in March 2010 after his diagnosis result indicated that he had contracted mesothelioma in January in the same year. He had substantial evidence that he was exposure to asbestos at his workplace.
On October 25, 2010, evidence trial announced that the company was aware of the hazards of asbestos exposure but did not warn its customers about it. On December 22, 2010, an Oakland, California jury awarded him with $1.47 million for his economic losses and $1.5 million for his pain and suffering. Apart from this, $1 million was also awarded to his wife for the loss of his support and companionship. On January 6, 2011, two major punitive damage awards were announced for a total verdict of $17,470,000.