A recent asbestos trial concluded with a New York Supreme court for Erie County announcing $7 million in favor of the plaintiffs representing James Stock Jr., now a 60-year-old and a former laborer at Jenkins Brothers Valve Company. The September 14 verdict by Hon. Deborah Chimes held the company 50 percent liable for the man's mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure while working at Jenkins, which was diagnosed in January 2017.
Asbestos exposure in mines and manufacturing plants have led to mesothelioma in several workers. Lawsuits filed by several individuals allege the owners of failing to forewarn the hazards of asbestos exposure.