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John Crane Inc.

John Crane Inc. manufactured various asbestos-containing products, including gaskets and packing. As a result, John Crane Incorporated workers were exposed to products that could cause mesothelioma as well as other asbestos-associated diseases. John Crane Inc. still faces lawsuits involving asbestos exposure brought by former workers.

The History of Asbestos Exposure and John Crane Inc.

Beginning in the 1910s, John Crane Packing Company became one of the biggest companies in the world and had 19 manufacturing plants as well as over 6,000 workers in more than a dozen countries. John Crane Incorporated is best known in the industries of gas, oil, mining, and paper. The company offered various products including a mechanical sealing system and power transmission couplings. Many of the products made by John Crane Inc. are known to contain asbestos.

Following its founding, John Crane Inc. remained an industry leader. The company created the first motor vehicle mechanical seal in the late 1930s and still creates a large number of seals for motor vehicle companies in the United States. This led to the production of seals for various types of rotating equipment.

At first, Crane manufactured gaskets and packing, which remain among its product line. In the late 1990s, the company expanded in size following the acquisition of several competitors in the sealing industry.

Unlike many companies that have faced substantial asbestos litigation, John Crane Incorporated has yet to file for bankruptcy and still litigates asbestos-exposure lawsuits throughout the country.

Asbestos Lawsuits Involving John Crane Inc.

John Crane Inc. has been involved as a defendant in countless asbestos cases, including one lawsuit that involved Madison County, Illinois, which is where the company is located and the court case in question was filed. Among the 4,450 asbestos lawsuits filed in the United States in 2017, approximately a quarter of these cases were filed in Madison County.

Unlike the many corporations that have faced asbestos-related lawsuits, John Crane Inc. has avoided bankruptcy. People who work for the company as well as anyone else who came into contact with asbestos-containing products manufactured by the company are at risk of asbestos exposure. Although the use of asbestos has lowered substantially, new cases are diagnosed routinely.

In 2019, an Illinois court upheld an over $4 million verdict against John Crane Inc. involving a worker who developed mesothelioma. Compensation was awarded to the worker’s estate.

In 2016, a Pennsylvania court awarded over $6 million to a man who pursued a lawsuit against John Crane Inc. as well as others claiming that he was diagnosed with mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos-containing products manufactured by the company.

In 2015, a New York court awarded over $1 million to the estate of a veteran of the U.S. Navy. The veteran pursued legal action following a diagnosis of mesothelioma. The veteran argued that his cancer was due to exposure to gaskets as well as packing manufactured by John Crane Inc.

Contact an Asbestos-Exposure Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with asbestos exposure, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney. Do not hesitate to schedule a free case evaluation with the Throneberry Law Group today.

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