Kraft 01L wins plaintiffs’ record-breaking asbestos verdict in New York
Danny Kraft Jr. 01L was on a three-member team of attorneys who earned their clients a $190 million verdict for exposure to asbestos.
The July 23, 2013, verdict found the tradesmen—steamfitters, plumbers and construction workers—were exposed to the carcinogen on the job. The 11-week trial was against two boiler companies, Cleaver-Brooks Inc. and Burnham LLC. The jury found the companies were negligent in not warning employees about the dangers of the asbestos used in connection with their equipment, and acted with reckless disregard for human life.
Kraft is an associate with Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. His fellow trial lawyers were Adam Cooper and Daniel Blouin.
The verdict is the largest consolidated asbestos verdict in New York City history, and it is believed that the $60 million individual amounts two of the men received are the largest individual sums awarded in a New York City asbestos case.
All five plaintiffs developed mesothelioma, which attacks the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdominal organs. Three died of complications related to the disease.
The case dealt with exposure dating back to the 1950s. One Toms River, N.J., man was a pipefitter in the Brooklyn Navy Yard who worked on aircraft carriers, including the USS Constellation and USS Independence.
Three other plaintiffs worked in New York, two as plumbers and another in painting and construction work. The final client was a steamfitter from Connecticut.