$4.4 Million Awarded to Family of Mesothelioma Victim Sickened by Asbestos in Bowling Balls

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There are many occupations that will forever be linked to asbestos exposure and the risk of malignant mesothelioma, but nobody ever dreamed that owning a bowling alley would be added to the list. Yet that is exactly what has happened since the world heard about Donald Vanni’s death from the rare and fatal form of cancer.

Vanni died of mesothelioma that has been blamed on asbestos dust that served as filler for Ebonite brand bowling balls, which he drilled holes in. A California jury has awarded his survivors $4.4 million in compensation.

Yet that is exactly what has happened since the world heard about Donald Vanni’s death from the rare and fatal form of cancer. Vanni died of mesothelioma that has been blamed on asbestos dust that served as filler for Ebonite brand bowling balls, which he drilled holes in. A California jury has awarded his survivors $4.4 million in compensation.

Honeywell International Blamed for Bowling Ball Mesothelioma

According to testimony in the California mesothelioma trial, Honeywell International’s Bendix brake manufacturing plant generated 15 tons of asbestos-contaminated dust per day in its Troy, New York plant, and an effort to monetize the waste rather than spend money on it, they sold it to a variety of companies to use as filler in their own products.

The companies that they sold the dangerous dust to included Ebonite, which filled their balls with it and then sold the undrilled balls to bowling alleys for resale to their customers. When Donald sold a custom ball, he would mark the individual bowler’s finger measurements and then take the ball into a small, unventilated room to drill the holes to measure. Honeywell provided no warning about the dangers of their product, and therefore the jury found them liable for Vanni’s mesothelioma death.

Author: Terri Oppenheimer

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