Appeals Court Upholds Mesothelioma Verdict Against Imerys Talc

It’s been nearly three years since a California jury awarded Richard Booker’s family $22 million in damages following his death from malignant mesothelioma.  in the years since, one of the two companies named as defendants has worked to have that decision reversed. Despite Imerys Talc America’s multi-part appeal, the Court of Appeals of California confirmed the original court decision and ordered the company to pay the family what the jury said that they were owed.

Mesothelioma Blamed on Years Spent Mixing Talc and Paint

Though the jury heard a significant amount of testimony regarding Mr. Booker’s exposure to asbestos-contaminated talc, Imerys argued that the evidence was insufficient as a matter of law to prove that the talc from Cyprus, the company that Imerys had purchased was the cause of his illness. Though they claimed that there was no proof that the product had been contaminated with asbestos, the appeals court disagreed and called that assertion “simply untrue.” 

The justices of the appeals court noted that Mr. Booker’s attorneys had “painted a vivid picture of Cyprus’s knowledge that talc sourced from Grantham and Panamint during the exposure period consistently contained tremolite asbestos.”  The court indicated repeatedly that they were “not persuaded” by Imerys’ assertions.

Court Dismisses Asbestos Company’s Other Arguments

In addition to arguing against the existence of asbestos in its products or of wrongdoing, the company also sought a reversal of the verdict based on whether it was medically probably that Mr. Booker’s exposure to their company’s talc had caused his mesothelioma, about a technicality regarding the trial court’s process which they felt should have inferred responsibility of other companies, and against their own liability for wrongdoing on the part of the company they’d purchased. In all cases, the appeals court decided that the decision had correctly been made.  The court ruled that the family is entitled to the original judgment, as well as their costs incurred as a result of the appeal.

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Terri Heimann Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Heimann Oppenheimer is the head writer of our news blog. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. Terri believes that knowledge is power and she is committed to sharing news about the impact of mesothelioma, the latest research and medical breakthroughs, and victims’ stories.

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