WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kaiser Gornick LLP announces that a California jury awarded almost $13 million on Wednesday to the family of a man who died of mesothelioma caused by the negligent use of asbestos at a sugar refinery once owned by The Hillshire Brands Company.
As a child, Mark Lopez lived in housing owned by Hillshire a few hundred yards from the sugar refinery. At trial, plaintiffs presented evidence showing that Hillshire employees routinely worked with asbestos, without safety precautions, such that the refinery, the surrounding area, and the company homes were contaminated.
The jury concluded that Hillshire negligently exposed Mr. Lopez to asbestos and awarded the Lopez family $11,000,000 for non-economic damages and $1,958,461 for economic damages. The jury found that Hillshire was 100% at fault.
The Lopez family is represented by Jeffrey Kaiser, Lawrence Gornick and David Markevitch of Kaiser Gornick LLP. The Hillshire Brands Company is represented by Arthur Reliford and Stephen Fardy of Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP and Jason Curliano of Buty & Curliano.
The case is Lanette Louise Lopez, et. al., v. The Hillshire Brands Company, case No. RG14721622, in the California Superior Court, County of Alameda.