After a heated bidding war on eBay, Mark Lanier recently paid $2,125 to win a 1941 Naval Machinery manual.Link Discuss (Thanks, Lee!)
It sounds like a peculiar collecting hobby, but to Lanier it was serious business. The Houston lawyer, who sues companies on behalf of asbestos-exposure victims, was bidding against a defense lawyer to get his hands on an evidentiary trophy filled with details on where and how asbestos was used aboard ships...
"You are talking about activities that occurred 20, 30, 40 years ago," said Eliot Jubelirer, a San Francisco lawyer who represents corporations. "There's nobody alive today who was in those companies years ago."
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