JURY RETURNS $5 MILLION VERDICT IN CANCER LAWSUIT

10/20/17

James Wylder and Andrew Kelly of the Bloomington law firm Wylder Corwin Kelly LLP were the lawyers representing Ruth Krumwiede, Jeff Krumwiede, and Mike Krumwiede, the widow and sons of Willard “Bill” Krumwiede, in a 2-week trial in which a McLean County jury returned a verdict at approximately 2:00 p.m. today. The jury found in favor of the Krumwiede family against Defendant, Tremco Incorporated and returned damages in the amount of $5,063,324.52.

Bill Krumwiede, who had resided in Clinton, IL, worked from 1956 into the 1990s as a union glazier, installing glass on commercial buildings throughout central Illinois and northeast Indiana. Evidence in the case revealed that Bill used Tremco’s 440 tape and Mono caulking on construction sites for window glazing in his occupation. Bill developed mesothelioma, a cancer caused solely by exposure to asbestos. The jury received evidence that mesothelioma is an incurable and always fatal cancer.

The case was filed in McLean County Circuit Court. The jury found the Tremco had knowledge of the hazards of asbestos and negligently failed to warn about the hazards on its products. The jury received evidence that Tremco failed to even identify asbestos as an ingredient on these products during the years Bill worked with those products.

The 2-week trial was held in McLean County in front of Judge Rebecca Foley. The jury deliberated for approximately 1 hour.