$3 Million Verdict For Mesothelioma Victim 

A jury awarded the wife of a man in New Jersey who contracted mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos, $3 million for exposure to asbestos containing talc.  The verdict was against R.T. Vanderbilt, Inc., a talc miner and Hammill & Gillespie Inc., a talc distributor.  The man, Peter Hirsch passed away in 2002 at age 53.  He had several pottery studios at the time of his death.