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Thursday, March 27, 2003

Manhattan Jury Awards $47 Million Asbestos Verdict
New York Lawyer -- March 27, 2003

A Manhattan jury Wednesday awarded $47.1 million to a man who was diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to asbestos, according to the man's attorneys at Weitz & Luxenberg.

The New York Law Journal reports that Robert Croteau, 54, alleged that he was exposed during work he did at Con Edison and Long Island Lighting Company power plants. He has settled with other defendants, said one of his attorneys, Michael P. Roberts.

Andrew J. Czerepak, who represented Con Edison, and John J. Fanning of Cullen & Dykman, who represented KeySpan, which purchased the assets of the Long Island company, could not be reached for comment. Chris Olert, a spokesman for Con Edison, said: "We do not believe the law or the evidence supports the preliminary verdict and consider the award to be grossly excessive."

The trial before Supreme Court Justice Diane A. Lebedeff lasted about five weeks.

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