September 2013: Large Florida Asbestos-Mesothelioma Trial Verdict In Lawsuit Involving Kent Cigarettes That Used A Filter Containing Asbestos Fibers In 1950s

From a September 19, 2013 news report, “Lorillard Tobacco Liable In Rare Asbestos-Related Trial”, we learned that a cigarette company has been found partially liable for the mesothelioma developed by a Florida man, Richard Delisle, who smoked Kent brand cigarettes which had a filter that contained asbestos fibers for a certain period of time, 1952 to 1956.

The September 2013 verdict was in the amount of $8 million.  The jury determined that Lorillard Tobacco, the maker of Kent cigarettes, was 22 percent at fault and Hollingsworth & Vose Co., the filter manufacturer, was also 22 percent at fault.

Such a verdict against Lorillard for the Kent asbestos filter is rare, as only a few asbestos-mesothelioma lawsuits involving this rather unusual asbestos-containing product have ever gone to trial and resulted in a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff.

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