According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a jury in San Francisco awarded a mesothelioma victim $20 million dollars. The jury assessed one third of the fault to Georgia Pacific, a manufacturer of asbestos containing joint compound. So GP is responsible for $7 million dollars out of the total award.
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer, whose only known cause is exposure to asbestos. The mesothelioma victim, Joan Mahoney, was exposed to the joint compound while participating in a house remodeling business she owned with her husband. The joint compound was used to fill in cracks in sheetrock and the asbestos fibers became airborne when the joint compound was sanded. The lawsuit claimed that Georgia Pacific used asbestos fibers in its product long after the connection between asbestos and cancer was known and long after competitors began using different materials in their products. GP only stopped using asbestos in their products after the federal government outlawed the practice in 1977.