$22 Million Verdict Against Burnham in NYCAL Case
On June 24, 2016 a NYCAL jury awarded a plaintiff, Frank Gondar, $22 million. The award was broken down $12 million for past pain and suffering and $10 million for future pain and suffering. Mr. Gondar was living and had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. He owned a part-time construction company from 1953 to 1973 and allegedly was exposed to asbestos form working in the vicinity of others working with and on residential boilers. The jury found that Burnham failed to provide adequate warnings, which was a substantial contributing factor in Mr. Gondar developing mesothelioma. They also found that Burnham acted recklessly. Burnham was found 25 percent at fault. The jury apportioned the remaining liability percentages among other boiler, floor tile, and joint compound manufacturers and retail stores.