Our firm proudly represents the families of approximately 200 former and retired workers from Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda, New York. Attorneys Michael A. Ponterio and John Ned Lipsitz first began representing Durez workers in the mid 1980s. Since that time, the death toll from mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis has been steadily climbing. When we last wrote about Durez in our Spring 2005 newsletter, there had been close to 50 deaths from malignant mesothelioma among the plant population. The number now stands at approximately 70. There have also been many dozens of deaths due to lung cancer and asbestosis. This is truly a disaster of tragic proportions which has touched virtually every family in North Tonawanda.

Because many of you have close friends and relatives who have moved away from the Western New York area but who are still at risk of disease due to their past association with Durez Plastics, we urge you to share this newsletter with them. If you would like to add the name of a friend or relative to our newsletter list, please let us know by contacting Mary Marsowicz at (716) 849-0701.