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WOODBRIDGE LAW FIRM LISTED FOR MAJOR VICTORIES IN NATIONAL LAW SURVEY

 WOODBRIDGE, N.J., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In a report in the Jan. 25, 1993 issue of The National Law Journal, the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer is cited in two of the 40 cases of the most significant jury verdicts in the country during 1992.
 The Woodbridge law firm topped the list under the category of "Asbestos: Personal Injury" for the largest jury verdict in an asbestos personal injury case in the nation during 1992. The Wilentz firm was one of three plaintiff firms involved in a consolidated trial resulting in a $30 million jury award.
 The case involved nine men from a group of 700 who developed asbestos lung disease and cancer while exposed to asbestos working at Consolidated Edison and Long Island Lighting Co. power stations.
 Wilentz attorneys on the case in which the plaintiffs or their heirs will receive the awards against Keasbey Co. and Keene Corp. were Kevin M. Berry and Frank M. Ortiz who practice out of the firm's New York City office, and Christopher Placitella and Philip Pahigian who practice out of the Woodbridge and New York offices.
 According to Pahigian, co-chair of the firm's personal injury practice, the firm has been very active in plaintiff asbestos litigation for the last 13 years and represents over 4,500 asbestos, silica and lead cases. Among its clients in asbestos cases are workers in Jersey Central Power and Light and Public Service Electric & Gas power generating stations, as well as workers at the Exxon, Hercules and Carborundum plants in Middlesex County. The firm has been so involved in this area, Pahigian explains that Placitella is a member of the plaintiff's Steering Committee in charge of the Asbestos Multi-District Litigation, and Class Counsel in the Johns Manville Class Action suit. Both Placitella and Pahigian serve as members of the Steering Committee, National Asbestos Class Action (Beaumont, Texas).
 Under The National Law Journal's category, "Personal Injury," Wilentz attorneys Warren W. Wilentz and Michael J. Barrett are cited for a $16.1 million verdict which was returned last September in the case in which Mark Waldorf, now a quadriplegic, filed a lawsuit against the borough of Kenilworth. The case charged that a defective traffic light caused the accident in which Waldorf was paralyzed.
 The Wilentz firm has 25 attorneys representing individuals and class action groups on a variety of personal injury matters. Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer is a full-service law firm which has been serving the legal needs of businesses and individuals for over 70 years.
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 /CONTACT: Philip Pahigian, Esq. of Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, 908-855-6093/


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