June 3, 2012
Connecticut family wins $2.4M verdict in asbestos case against the Tile Council of North America
Updated 07:49 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2012
BRIDGEPORT — The family of a New Haven tile setter, who died after contracting an asbestos-related cancer, was awarded $2.4 million.
A Superior Court jury deliberated about three hours Tuesday before finding the Tile Council of North America liable in the death of Hannibal “Scottie” Saldibar and awarding his family $1.6 million. Judge Dale Radcliffe then ordered the association to pay an additional $800,000 in punitive damages.
“The jury made an informed decision based on the facts of the case,” said the Saldibar’s lawyer, Brian Kenney.
A spokesperson for the tile association couldn’t be reached for comment.
The 84-year-old Saldibar, who worked as a tile setter for 30 years, died in January 2010, nine months after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer connected to asbestos contact.
Although it is a trade association, Kenney said Tile Council of North America developed the asbestos-containing mortar used by tile setters for many years.