Mesothelioma Claims

Mesothelioma claims secured in the modern era owe much to the original Plaintiffs case upheld against The Johns Manville Corporation which was obtained in 1982. Now known as The Manville Corporation, The Johns-Manville Corporation immediately filed for bankruptcy protection under the United States Bankruptcy Code in August 1982, following a landmark ruling which favoring retired boiler maker, James Cavett. The verdict in this case included what was then a record $2.3 million compensatory award, plus a $1.5 million in punitive damage award. The Mesothelioma Claim of James Cavett was the catalyst for The Johns Manville Corporation bankruptcy filing, which was then one of the largest companies ever to file bankruptcy. Johns Manville was then 181st on the Fortune 500.


Subsequent to the Mesothelioma Claim Verdict obtained by James Cavett, The Manville Corporation then became a defendant in over 16,000 lawsuits related to Asbestos. Court documents later showed that The Manville Corporation had a long history of hiding evidence of the ill effects of Asbestos from its workers, their families and the public. South Carolina attorney Ron Motley, described The Johns Manville Corporation as "the greatest corporate mass murderer in history". This was supported by evidence obtained from an interoffice memorandum obtained from a Johns Manville's medical director to corporate headquarters, which stated:

"...The fibrosis of this disease is irreversible and permanent so that eventually compensation will be paid to each of these men. But, as long as the man is not disabled it is felt that he should not be told of his condition so that he can live and work in peace and the company can benefit by his many years of experience...".

Since this time, some of the largest asbestos manufacturers in the United States, including Amatex, Carey-Canada, Celotex, Eagle-Picher Industries, Forty-Eight Insulations, Manville Corporation, National Gypsum, Standard Insulation, Unarco and UNR Industries, have all declared bankruptcy in order to be protected from their creditors, and otherwise obtain the legal means to successfully fund the ever increasing number of Mesothelioma Claims, settlements and verdicts obtained in the Courts.

The increasing success of Plaintiffs involved in Mesothelioma Claims, and Asbestos litigation in general, has since become one of the longest and most expensive mass litigation vectors in U.S. legal history, with not less than 6,000 defendants documented, and well over 600,000 documented Mesothelioma Claims and Asbestos related claims to date. Based upon current trends which indicate the rate at which people are diagnosed with Mesothelioma and other Asbestos related diseases, the number of defendants, as well as Mesothelioma Claims will continue to increase, especially when considering the long latency periods commonly associated with Asbestos related disease. Preliminary estimates of Asbestos and Mesothelioma Claim related litigation in the USA alone indicates claims exceeding $200 Billion USD.

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The purpose of this Mesothelioma Claims page is to provide useful information and access to Mesothelioma Claim resources, as opposed to medical or legal advice. These pages were not prepared by Mesothelioma Claim Lawyers, and should not be taken as a substitute for advice from a legal or medical professional. Mesothelioma victims are encouraged to consult legal professionals and obtain medical assistance at the earliest date possible.