- The Buffalo Law Journal, June 5, 2017
For Lipsitz & Ponterio, taking on asbestos cases becomes personal, said Michael Ponterio, a founding partner. “Each family that you meet has a different story,” he said. “We go to our clients’ houses and try to make the best of a bad situation in their lives...
- The Buffalo News, July 10, 2016
The court, in a decision anxiously awaited by industry and business groups across the country, ruled against Crane Co., the Connecticut manufacturer found partially responsible for Suttner’s death. Suttner, who retired from GM in 1996 after more than 30 years of employment, was diagnosed with mesothelioma two years before his death.
- New York Law Journal, July 1, 2016
John Lipsitz, a founding partner at Lipsitz & Ponterio, represented Suttner. Dennis Harlow, an associate at the firm who worked on the brief, said in an interview that the court's decision is a "reaffirmation" of existing products liability law in New York.
- June 30, 2016
New York’s highest court upheld a wrongful death verdict on behalf of a Buffalo-area widow who lost her husband to mesothelioma. In a landmark, forty-eight page majority opinion, Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam reaffirmed that New York’s longstanding rule that a manufacturer who sells products in New York assumes a serious responsibility to warn end-users about non-obvious dangers of intended uses of its products.
If you or a loved one worked at Norton Labs in Lockport, New York, we invite you to attend an important luncheon on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.
- The Buffalo News, May 4, 2016
Despite the fact that lead causes brain damage in children and that this area is full of old houses with peeling lead paint, Poloncarz’s remediation plan is on hold because the Republican-aligned Legislature majority demands that he first cut vacant jobs in the budget to offset the eight new hires.
- The Buffalo News, May 3, 2016
Buffalo is promising a more aggressive and coordinated approach to the city’s lead paint problem, putting a greater onus on landlords to ensure that houses are safe while also promising more lead testing, screening and remediation by government agencies
- March 17, 2016
Topics include: Experienced Trial Team Handles Automobile Accident Cases; Judge Awards $5.6 Million to Former Durez Employee; Asbestos Deaths are Higher than State and National Averages in WNY; Local Judge Recognizes Depth of Mesothelioma Victim's Pain and Suffering; Lipsitz & Ponterio Represents Individuals Injured by Home Waxing Kits; and more...
- The Buffalo News, March 9, 2016
County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said he wants to nearly double the number of environmental health inspections and buy new equipment to advance Erie County’s effort to curb lead poisoning.
And Buffalo is going to start taking a larger role in getting city houses tested for lead.
- Opinion Editorial: Survivors of asbestos victims lose out as deal allows insurance companies to evade responsibilityThe Buffalo News, March 7, 2016
For those who harbor doubts about regulation of business, this is where government oversight starts and why it is necessary: Insurance companies on the hook for millions of dollars in judgments owed to suffering individuals made backdoor deals allowing them to avoid liability.
- The Buffalo News, March 4, 2016
And then, in 2014, at the age of 56, his career as a project manager flourishing, Joseph L. Muir learned that he had mesothelioma. He died a year later but lived long enough to see a jury in Buffalo attribute his illness to asbestos exposure and his two summers 40 years ago working at Durez.
- The Buffalo News, March 2, 2016
It’s no surprise that young children in Western New York suffer from the highest rate of lead poisoning in upstate New York. Eighty-seven percent of the homes in Erie County were built before 1978, the year the federal government banned toxic lead-based paint from use in residential structures.
- The Buffalo News, February 27, 2016
After learning that 14 percent of children in Erie County – 1 out of every 7 – tested positive for lead poisoning, New York’s attorney general is earmarking $346,825 in lawsuit settlement money toward local lead prevention and remediation.
- The Buffalo News, February 25, 2016
Young children in Western New York suffer from the highest rate of lead poisoning in the upstate region – a rate that’s more than three times higher than that in Flint, Mich., where a cost-driven switch to an alternate water system left 4 percent of children tested with signs of lead exposure.
- Buffalo News Article: Appeals court upholds Tonawanda Coke’s criminal convictions for polluting, clears path for health studyThe Buffalo News, January 11, 2016
The court, in a ruling that came just weeks after the case was heard, upheld the company’s criminal convictions and dismissed its suggestion that the lower court overstepped its bounds in ordering it to pay for the public health study.
The appeals court also upheld a $12.5 million fine against the company.
- The Buffalo News, December 18, 2015
A national environmental group whose goal is to outlaw the use of asbestos said Thursday that asbestos-related deaths in three Western New York counties are far above the national average.
- Buffalo Law Journal, November 2, 2015
Before taking on several cases for former Durez Plastics workers exposed to asbestos, attorney Michael Ponterio had never seen this type of ploy by an insurance company in these matters.
- The Buffalo News, August 31, 2015
In March of last year, a federal judge called Tonawanda Coke’s environmental record “singularly inexcusable” and fined the company $24 million.
- The Buffalo News, July 30, 2015
The jury in Justice Deborah Chimes’ courtroom determined that the John Crane Inc. caused the death of 65-year-old William R. Voelker, who died on Christmas Day in 2013 – just four months after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer.
- WNY Metro Group Papers, April 25, 2015
- March 26, 2015
Michael Anthony Ponterio, of Lipsitz & Ponterio LLC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence.
- WKBW-TV, October 10, 2013
Lipsitz & Ponterio partner John P. Comerford appeared on AM Buffalo on September 25, 2013. Mr. Comerford discussed the health hazards and history of asbestos exposure in Western New York.
- July 31, 2013
An Erie County jury delivered a verdict in favor of the family of Lee Bernard Holdsworth in the amount of $ 3 million dollars. Mr. Holdsworth was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2012 and died on January 17, 2013, in the care of Hospice of Buffalo. He is survived by his wife of over fifty years, three children and ten grandchildren.
- The Buffalo News, July 24, 2013
OSHA cited Ford for eight “serious” violations of the agency’s asbestos and respiratory protection standards at its Route 5 plant, which produces stamped metal parts for vehicles. Ford faces $41,800 in proposed fines.
- March 29, 2013
A Buffalo, New York, jury returned guilty verdicts on 14 of the 19 criminal charges against Tonawanda Coke for violating the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
- Civil Justice Magazine, December 17, 2012
In the following video interview, Lipsitz & Ponterio attorney Michael Ponterio discusses his jury verdict in a recent mesothelioma case.
- October 24, 2012
An Erie County jury delivered a verdict in favor of the family of Gerald Suttner in the amount of $3 million dollars. Mr. Sutter was diagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2010 and died on October 31, 2011.
- Former Durez Worker Represented by Lipsitz & Ponterio Receives Cash Settlement Over $2.5 Million in Asbestos Mesothelioma CaseSeptember 18, 2012
After a one week trial presided over by New York Supreme Court Justice (retired) Hon. John P. Lane, J.H.O., a settlement in excess of $2,500,000.00 was obtained for a former Durez plant worker who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011.
- Buffalo Challenger, July 31, 2012
The production and refining of coal tar and its use in various other products involves a substantial risk of exposure to a group of chemicals known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Exposure to these substances can lead to a variety of diseases, including lung and other respiratory cancers, bladder cancer and skin cancer.
- Buffalo Jury Awards $ 2 Million Dollars to Gerald Failing in Mesothelioma Case Represented by Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLCDecember 8, 2011
After a two week trial, an Erie County jury delivered a verdict in favor of Gerald Failing in the amount of $2 million dollars. Mr. Failing was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in December 2010. He was represented by Lipsitz & Ponterio attorneys Michael A. Ponterio, Esq., and Keith R. Vona, Esq.
- July 13, 2011
A former laboratory chemist suffering from mesothelioma was awarded a $2.5 million dollar verdict by an Erie County jury. In his products liability trial against Ford Motor Company, plaintiff James Ginter presented evidence showing that when he used the FAST (Friction Assessment Screening Test) Machine manufactured by Ford Motor Company he was exposed to respirable asbestos. Exposure to asbestos ultimately caused Mr. Ginter's mesothelioma.
- Slate, June 30, 2011
Canada is removing asbestos from politicians' offices while exporting it by the ton.
- Toronto Star, April 28, 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has just set a new low in trolling for votes, with a shamelessly self-serving campaign stop in Asbestos, Que., home to one of the country’s most notorious exports.
- November 12, 2010
The law firm of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC is pleased to announce that after a two week trial presided over by State Supreme Court Justice James W. McCarthy, a Syracuse, New York jury delivered a verdict in favor of the Estate of Richard Schuderer in the amount of $1 million dollars.
- International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, July 16, 2010
An excerpt of a commentary published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health - Asbestos Is Still With Us: Repeat Call for a Universal Ban, 2010, Collegium Ramazzini
- November 17, 2009
The law firm of Lipsitz & Ponterio, LLC announces that it has obtained over $3 million dollars in a settlement award on behalf of a local union boilermaker for injuries resulting from exposure to asbestos on the job.
- Public Justice News Story - Proposed Settlement with CBS & Toy Retailers to Give Refunds for ‘CSI’ Toy Fingerprint Kits That May Contain AsbestosPublic Justice, February 19, 2009
Public Justice and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization announced on July 1 that a proposed settlement of a nationwide class action against CBS Broadcasting, Inc. and major toy retailers, if approved, will give cash refunds to consumers and effectively implement a nationwide recall of toy science kits, based on the popular “CSI” television drama series, that may contain asbestos.
- New York Times, February 19, 2009
LIBBY, Mont. — A reckoning in one of American history’s worst industrial disasters, which unfolded here over seven decades as an asbestos-tainted mineral was dug from the ground and processed, begins Thursday when five former mine executives go to trial on federal criminal charges.
- September 4, 2008
New York jurors have awarded $5 million to a former U.S. Navy boiler technician, rejecting a defendant’s argument that because it did not affix the asbestos-containing insulation to the boilers, it did not owe the plaintiff a duty to warn.
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