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Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq.
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On October 24, 2016, 70-year-old Peter Lamonica was awarded a $7 million verdict from a Los Angeles jury after he contracted mesothelioma from asbestos contained in drywall. On the surface, Lamonica is an unusual plaintiff for an asbestos case since he spent the majority of his working life as a banker. However, Lamonica revealed that, as a side venture, he had been renovating an old house since the mid-1960s.

After Lamonica was diagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2015, it was quickly deduced that the illness was caused by asbestos found in many of the products he used while renovating, including joint compound, caulk, stucco, roof cement and decking materials. Plaintiff underwent a pleurectomy/decortication on November 5, 2015 followed by five weeks of radiation therapy. Lamonica and his wife filed suit in December 2015 against the manufactures of the products. After a week of deliberations, the jury came back with a verdict of $7,042,300 in favor of Lamonica.

The case is Lamonica v. Colgate-Palmolive, et al. (Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BC604809)

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