Plasterer Wins $2.1 Million Asbestos Settlement

A San Francisco-area man who worked for more than four decades as a plasterer in the Bay Area has received a settlement in excess of $2 million, payable by several manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products used on-the-job.

A settlement was reached during the second week of trial in the case brought about by John Dachauer, 69, and his wife Rita. According to a press release by the law firm representing the plaintiff, the defendants included San Ramon, Calif.-based Kaiser Gypsum Company Inc. and Pleasanton, Calif.-based Hanson Permanente Cement Inc. Hanson was previously known as Kaiser Cement.

According to the release, Dachauer worked as a plasterer from 1955 until his retirement in 1997. Testimony in the case showed that he regularly used exterior stucco and joint compound products manufactured and sold by Kaiser Gypsum and Hanson Permanente.
In 2006, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer for which the only known cause is exposure to asbestos.

“I’d like to say the settlement will allow John to live out the rest of his life with some comfort, but unfortunately there is no comfort for someone with mesothelioma,” says Russell Budd, managing shareholder of Baron & Budd, the law firm that represented the Dachauers in court. “The settlement provides some compensation for the years of life he will lose as a result of his exposure to asbestos.”

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