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Spillman v. ANCO Insulations, Inc., et al.
Date: 09/09/2008 (Date of Appellate Opinion)
Misconduct Type: Labor
Enforcement Agency: Non-Governmental
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Civil
Disposition: Judgment Against Defendant
Synopsis: A court awarded damages to the family of Bruce Spillman, a former Exxon employee who died of mesothelioma in 2005. Spillman worked on Exxon towboats from 1945 to 1949 and was exposed to asbestos in the boats' engine rooms. From 1949 until 1986 he worked in Exxon's Baton Rouge oil refinery, where he was exposed to pipes insulated with asbestos. The court found that Exxon’s conduct was the legal cause of Spillman’s disease and that Exxon knew or should have known that its conduct posed a risk of harm.