Ill. jury enters verdict in favor of asbestos defendant

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 27, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - An Illinois jury recently entered a verdict in favor of an insulation distributor, seller and installer in a pipefitter's asbestos lawsuit.

On June 19, the jury found in favor defendant Sprinkmann Sons Corporation of Illinois in Judge Paul Lawrence's courtroom in the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Court for McLean County.

Plaintiff Jana Frank, as special administrator of the estate of Charles Goodwin, filed the complaint in February 2008.

She alleges her father Charles Goodwin developed lung cancer as a result from his asbestos exposure, which eventually caused his death in February 2007.

Goodwin worked as a plumber-pipefitter in the construction industry at various locations throughout Illinois from 1962 until 2006.

His job sites included power plants in the Illinois cities of Morris, Baldwin, Clinton and Cordova, as well as non-power plant sites, including an army ammunition plan in Burlington, Iowa.

Through his work as a pipefitter, Goodwin was allegedly exposed to and inhaled airborne asbestos dust, causing him to develop lung cancer in June 2006.

The plaintiffs blamed Sprinkmann of manufacturing and selling asbestos-containing insulation, including Unibestos pipe insulation, which was used at Goodwin's various work locations.

Goodwin's next of kin includes his wife Donna Goodwin, sons Tim and Robert Goodwin, daughter Heidi Ensign and daughter Jana Frank.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Heather Isringhausen Gvillo at asbestos@legalnewsline.com

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