In the first asbestos case tried to verdict by New Jersey Judge Ana Viscomi, who took over the nearly 400-case asbestos docket last year, a jury has awarded $6.5 million plus $1 million in punitive damages to a man who claimed exposure to asbestos while installing boilers and furnaces caused his mesothelioma.

The Middlesex County jury in Condon v. Advanced Thermal Hydronics awarded the punitive damages Jan. 14, two days after handing down their initial verdict that found 11 defendants liable for $6.5 million in compensatory damages.

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