N.J. SC won't touch $7M asbestos award

Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 14, 2011, 11:34am

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - The New Jersey Supreme Court will let stand a woman's $7 million award from oil giant ExxonMobil.

According to the Star-Ledger, the Court refused to hear ExxonMobil's appeal over Bonnie Anderson's claim that she got cancer from her husband's work clothes.

In 2008, a jury determined that Anderson got malignant peritoneal mesothelioma from either washing the clothes her husband wore at one of the company's refineries or from her own job as an electrician there. She worked for the company from 1975 to 1986.

Her husband, who does not have the disease, was most likely exposed to asbestos while removing insulation to fix pumps and filters.

Anderson was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, according to the newspaper.

ExxonMobil argued there was no way to know how exactly Anderson contracted the disease.

"We are disappointed the New Jersey Supreme Court has decided against hearing our appeal," ExxonMobil spokesman Kevin Allexon told The Star-Ledger in a statement.

"We are evaluating our options," he said.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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