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Michael B. Burch and Cindy Burch v. CertainTeed Corporation, et al.

About the Mesothelioma Verdict Attorneys Justin Bosl and Arcelia Hurtado of Kazan Law represented the Burch family in the seven-week jury trial in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda. After the jury rendered its mesothelioma verdict, Bosl stated, “CertainTeed misrepresented and concealed the health risks of handling and working with its AC pipe. As a result, Michael Burch was exposed to asbestos while cutting, drilling, and laying AC pipe. We are pleased with the jury’s verdict and award which will give Mr. Burch greater peace of mind.” Burch’s exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1970s while working with AC pipe for J.C. Plumbing Company and Valley Engineers throughout California. His work involved cutting and beveling AC pipe primarily manufactured by CertainTeed using various hand tools and a 12-inch abrasive disc saw, which created extremely dusty working conditions. The dust contained the cancer-causing mineral asbestos. Burch unknowingly breathed deadly asbestos dust at work on a daily basis, but was never warned that the dust could cause him to contract the incurable disease mesothelioma. The jury heard evidence that CertainTeed knew asbestos caused cancer as early as 1962, but did not begin warning about cancer hazards on its pipe until 1985. On the contrary, CertainTeed advertised that its pipe was a “nonharmful use of asbestos” despite its knowledge that this was false. About Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is a specific type of cancer with only one cause: exposure to asbestos. Construction workers are one of the groups most at risk for asbestos exposure. Carpenters, pipefitters, roofers, cement masons, electrical workers, bricklayers, and heat insulators are just a few of the trades where workers have been known to develop mesothelioma from past