NEW YORK  – Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s leading mesothelioma law firms, is pleased to announce a New York Supreme Court jury has awarded $60 million to the family of the late Pietro Macaluso of Sacramento, California, who suffered from mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Macaluso contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to dust from asbestos and asbestos-containing products while working as a laborer in New York.

Firm shareholders Daniel P. Blouin, Jim Kramer, Taylor Kerns and Kenneth P. Danzinger represented Macaluso and his family in Pietro Macaluso v. A.O. Smith Corporation, et al., No. 15-190311.

Macaluso was exposed to asbestos-containing boilers while working in Brooklyn, New York as a laborer in the 1970s. He suffered for 14 months before passing away at the age of 56.

The verdict was rendered against defendants A.O. Smith Corporation, Burnham LLC, and Peerless Industries, Inc., all of whom manufactured the asbestos-containing boilers with which Mr. Macaluso worked as a young man.

“Pietro was a great guy who never should have left the people he loved so soon, particularly from a disease that is entirely preventable,” said Blouin, who was co-lead trial attorney on the case with Kramer. “All the defendants had to do was warn. No amount is too high for his suffering and his children’s loss, but we are satisfied with the result.”

Pietro was born in Italy in 1959. In the early 1960s, his father Giuseppe immigrated to New York to find a better life for his growing family. In 1969, when he was just 10-years-old, Pietro, along with his younger brother Sergio and mother Vincenza, joined Giuseppe in New York. When Pietro died in 2016, he left behind his brother, as well as two young children.