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ASBESTOS VICTIM'S WIDOW WINS $15 MILLION -- LARGEST STANDING ASBESTOS VERDICT AGAINST OWENS CORNING FIBERGLAS IN UNITED STATES

 WOODBRIDGE, N.J., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A Middlesex County jury returned a verdict today awarding $15 million in punitive damages to Barbara Jadlowski whose husband Donald died last April of mesothelioma, an asbestos-induced cancer of the lining around the lung. The case involved the plaintiff's allegation that Owens Corning Fiberglas knew about the dangers of asbestos dating back to the early 1940s and was involved in a four decade cover-up. The asbestos manufacturer denied the charges claiming it acted reasonably under the circumstances.
 This case against Owens Corning follows a December 1992 verdict of more than $800,000 in compensatory damages against the company and 31 other defendants. According to Mrs. Jadlowski's attorney, Christopher Placitella of the Woodbridge law firm, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, today's verdict is the single largest asbestos verdict in New Jersey against Owens Corning and the largest standing punitive damages award against Owens Corning nationally.
 Mr. Jadlowski, who was only 55 when he died, worked with and around asbestos for more than 10 years. The Jadlowskis lived in Bayonne and Toms River before moving to Putney, Vt., in 1974. He was diagnosed in 1990 with mesothelioma, an invariably fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and filed the lawsuit in 1991. When he died, Mrs. Jadlowski continued the claim, adding a wrongful death claim and survival claims to the lawsuit. Mr. Jadlowski had worked as an equipment operator from 1967 to 1973 in power houses in New Jersey for Jersey Central Power & Light, as well as for other companies where he was exposed to asbestos.
 The jury deliberated for four hours following a two-and-a-half week trial before Superior Court Judge Lawrence Lerner. Mr. Placitella, who was assisted in the preparation and trial of the case by Lynne Kizis, an associate with the firm, explained that it is somewhat unusual to have an asbestos case go to trial in less than two years after the filing date, but that the terminal condition of Mr. Jadlowski helped to speed up the process. "While Mr. Jadlowski did not live to see his case to conclusion, I'm satisfied that the outcome is one of which he would have approved and I am very happy for the Jadlowski family. Justice was served."
 Owens Corning was represented by Detroit lawyer, Thomas Foley and Arnold Natali of McCarter & English, Newark, N.J.
 Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, a 128-attorney full-service law firm, has a department of 16 attorneys who specialize in representing occupational disease victims. In addition to the Woodbridge office, the firm has a Manhattan office which practices solely in toxic tort matters.
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 /CONTACT: Christopher Placitella, Esq. of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, 908-855-6094, or 908-303-9192/


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