Record Australian Payout 

by Laurie Kazan-Allen



The “gutless, cowardly company” that exposed inventor Tim Lacone 58 to asbestos caved in after a 6 person Victorian Supreme Court jury heard details of how mesothelioma sufferer Lacone stood poised to earn up to A$50 million from a revolutionary water filtration system for swimming pools. The two defendants being sued by Mr. Lacone made a settlement offer of A$2.75 million (1.09m/U.S.$2.13m) after the claimant had given testimony detailing the exposure received whilst working with asbestos sheeting at his home in Gruyere, east of Melbourne, between 1967 and 1974. Contaminated sheeting used by the plaintiff was supplied by Amaca Pty Ltd., formerly James Hardie, and Seltsam Pty Ltd., formerly Wunderlich, Australia's two biggest asbestos companies.


February 5, 2007



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