Georgia Pacific continues to be the subject of thousands of lawsuits related to mesothelioma problems arising from their use of asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s. In a setback for the company, the 4th circuit court in Florida recently ruled that previous testimony could be admitted in a current case. The case revolves around Fred and Abbey Rich, who filed suit alleging that they were exposed to asbestos while doing home improvement work in Brooklyn, NY. They sought to introduce testimony from a previous case in which a carpenter had sued Georgia-Pacific over the same issue.

The company had tried to argue that the testimony needed to be reintroduced in this case since the lawyers didn’t have the chance to cross examine the carpenter. However, the court ruled that since it was the same defendant as in the previous case, the testimony was admissible. The reason for this was that the attorneys on the previous case did in fact have the opportunity to cross examine the witness. Since 2005, Georgia-Pacific has been the subject of as many as 300,000 lawsuits arising out of the use of asbestos as a joint sealant in their products.

If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may also be entitled to sue and recover damages from the company related to the injury that you received. It is however important to retain an attorney familiar with the situation so as to guarantee that your rights will be protected. It is also important to gather as much documentation as possible in order to prove that your sickness was a direct result of asbestos poisoning.