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Asbestos lawsuits are personal injury suits filed by persons who have suffered as the result of asbestos-related illness. Asbestos has been shown to cause lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma and this has produced many lawsuits against manufacturers and users of asbestos. Defendants in asbestos lawsuits are those parties considered responsible for asbestos exposure. They include employers, asbestos manufacturers, asbestos installers, landlords and leasing agents. The purpose of asbestos lawsuits is to recover financial damages that result from asbestos related illness. In some asbestos lawsuits, punitive damages are also awarded. Asbestos lawsuits help to publicize the adverse health effects of asbestos exposure and allow individuals exposed to asbestos to attempt to prepare financially for likely diseases.