$10 Million Mesothelioma Verdict Awarded for Defective Asbestos Cement Pipe

CertainTeed advertised that its pipe was a “nonharmful use of asbestos” despite its knowledge that this was false.

On Friday an Alameda County jury awarded a $10 million mesothelioma verdict to Michael and Cindy Burch, represented by the Oakland law firm Kazan McClain Satterley & Greenwood, in a personal injury case against defendant CertainTeed Corporation. Michael Burch, 65, was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in May of 2016. Cindy Burch is his wife of 46 years. According to court documents, the jury in Michael B. Burch and Cindy Burch v. CertainTeed Corporation, et al. (Case No. RG16819332, Alameda County Superior Court) found that the asbestos cement (AC) pipe manufactured by CertainTeed was defective, and the Company knew the health risks of its product but failed to warn of those risks, fraudulently misrepresented, and intentionally concealed the health risks.

About the Mesothelioma Verdict

Attorneys Justin Bosl and Arcelia Hurtado of Kazan Law represented the Burch family in the seven-week jury trial in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. After the jury rendered its mesothelioma verdict, Bosl stated, “CertainTeed misrepresented and concealed the health risks of handling and working with its AC pipe. As a result, Michael Burch was exposed to asbestos while cutting, drilling, and laying AC pipe. We are pleased with the jury’s verdict and award which will give Mr. Burch greater peace of mind.”

According to court documents, Burch’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1970s while working with AC pipe for J.C. Plumbing Company and Valley Engineers throughout California. His work involved cutting and beveling AC pipe primarily manufactured by CertainTeed using various hand tools and a 12-inch abrasive disc saw, which…

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