6: Charles Gillenwater – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit – $90 M
In another landmark asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit settlement, a federal judge awarded the victim Charles Gillenwater $90 million in personal injury compensation. The former Pipefitter hired one of the best mesothelioma attorneys and accused four companies Honeywell International, Inc., John Crane Inc., Pneumo Abex, and Owens-Illinois, Inc. – of conspiring to cover up the potential side effects of asbestos exposure. He claimed to have developed mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer, after being exposed to asbestos on the job.
In 1970’s, Charles worked at numerous site while being exposed to Asbestos all the time. When Asbestos is inhaled, it embeds itself in the lungs, surrounding lining, abdominal cavity and heart. The trial for Gillenwater’s lawsuit claim lasted for five weeks and the judge awarded injury settlement from the above companies.