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Maryland – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Related Deaths

Posted Feb 2, 2010

Congoleum Seeks Court Nod for $100M Settlement With Insurers Over Asbestos Claims - CBL

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MERCERVILLE, N.J. -- Congoleum Corp. (OTC: CGMC) is seeking court approval of a$100 million settlement it has reached withnine insurance companies and the New Jersey insurance guaranty associations overasbestos claims, according to an 8-K filing with the U.S. and Securities and Exchange Commission.

TheMercerville, N.J.-based manufacturer of sheet and tile flooring filed a motion with theU.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey seeking approval of the deal. Under the agreement, theinsurers will pay $100 million, of which$97 million can be used to settle asbestos claims. The companies were not named in the 8-K filing.

The court is to hear the motionFeb. 19.

Separately, Congoleum isappealingorders of aU.S. bankruptcy court thatdismissed its latest reorganization plan.

Congoleum has manufacturing units inTrenton,N.J.; Marcus Hook, Pennysylvania.; andCedarhurst,Maryland.

Form 8-K filing: http://tinyurl.com/yzvfmsu

Also atCitybizlist, see:

Congoleum Disclosure Statement Hearing Adjourned

Congoleum to Submit Listing Requirement Compliance Plan to Amex

Bankruptcy Court Issues Opinion on Congoleum Reorganization Plan
 
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Maryland – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Claims Filed

15 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyMay 3-7
5/26/2010 9:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of May 3 through May 7.

The following complaints were filed:

--Darlene S. Acosta ofWisconsin claims the recently deceased Stanley W. Piwowarczyk developed lung cancer after his work as a hammer man, helper and oven loader from 1950 until 1987. Acosta will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-480.

--Phoebe Adams ofMaryland claims her recently deceased husband, Albert R. Adams Sr.,developed lung cancer after his work as a self-employed carpenter, an assembly line worker, grounds maintenance worker, roofer and laborer at various locations from 1954 until 1979. Phoebe Adams will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-495.

--Eugene Cox claims his recently deceased wife, Rosann Cox, developed mesothelioma after her work as a homemaker. Rosann Cox was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a draftsman and design engineer from 1973 until 1979. Eugene Cox will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-491.

--Charles Curtis claims his recently deceased wife, Rita Curtis, developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked for Nunn Electric from 1960 until 1984 at various locations, includingTexas andLouisiana. Charles Curtis will be represented by Allyson M. Romani and Ross D. Stomel of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-483.

--Thelma J. Daniely ofMissouri, an asbestos coat assembler from 1968 until 1971, a product demonstrator and department manager from 1973 until 1981 and a seamstress and collar setter, claims asbestosis. Daniely will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-488.

--Joan and Houston Dewey of Virginia claim Joan Dewey developed mesothelioma after her work as a registered nurse at various locations throughoutIllinois,California andMichigan from 1969 until now. Joan Dewey was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a radiological health physicist at Commonwealth Edison from 1984 until 1985. The Deweys will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-494.

--Eligah Gibbs ofMississippi, a laborer and truck driver from 1965 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. Gibbs will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-484.

--Kelly Dean Joyce ofIllinois, a service station attendant, agricultural worker, maintenance instructor, maintenance supervisor and laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Joyce was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, John Joyce, who worked as a yard master at the River Terminal Railway Company from 1948 until 1968. Kelly Joyce will be represented by Myles L. Epperson and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-501.

--Glenn and Joyce Metzger ofWashington claim Glenn Metzger developed mesothelioma after his work as an insulator from 1953 until 1989. The Metzgers will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville.

--Peggy Nitchals ofKansas claims her recently deceased husband, James Nitchals, developed mesothelioma after his work as a general superintendant from 1950 until 1979. Peggy Nitchals will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-497.

--John C. O'Donnell ofWisconsin, a service station attendant, laborer, manager, plumber, customer service agent and pump mechanic at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1969 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. O'Donnell will be represented by Myles L. Epperson and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-477.

--La-Tisha Robinson ofIndiana claims her recently deceased father, Ethel Julkes, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer and painter at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Robinson will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-496.

--Linda Rose ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Milo M. Rose Jr. II, developed mesothelioma after his work as a plant maintenance worker at various locations from 1966 until 1979. Rose will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-487.

--Robert Shelleby ofPennsylvania, a laborer and maintenance foreman at various locations from 1960 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Shelleby will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-486.

--Eric Williams ofIllinois, a laborer and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1986 until 2010, claims mesothelioma. Williams was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his stepfather, Lawrence Moore, who worked as a machine operator at General Electric from the 1960s until 2002, according to the complaint. Williams will be represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-479.

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Maryland – Asbestos Trades – $15 Million Mesothelioma Jury Award

Baltimore city jury awards $15M formesothelioma death

Daily Record,The (Baltimore), May 16, 2010 by Danny Jacobs

ABaltimore city jury has awarded $15 million to the family of anOakland woman whodied ofmesothelioma as a result of her husband's exposure to asbestos in Ford brakes.

The judgment last month in favor of the family of Joan Dixon would be reduced to approximately $6 million after applyingMaryland's cap for non-economic damages, according to JonathanRuckdeschel, the family's lawyer.

The cap for 2008, the yearDixon was diagnosed, limits non- economic damages in wrongful-death claims by two or more individuals to just over $1 million. The awards toDixon's four daughters and her husband would be affected by the cap, but the $5 million awarded to Joan Dixon's estate would not be reduced,Ruckdeschel said.

If Ford appeals,Ruckdeschel said, he will challenge the validity of the damages cap on cross-appeal.

Harry S. Johnson ofWhiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP in Baltimore, Ford's lawyer, did not return calls seeking comment.

The alleged asbestos exposure occurred between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, according to the lawsuit.Dixon's husband, Bernard, worked a couple of nights a week at a garage owned by a friend,Ruckdeschel said. Bernard Dixon's garage work was primarily on the brakes of Ford cars,Ruckdeschel said.Dixon also worked on the family cars, also Fords,Ruckdeschel added.

"Mrs. Dixon was exposed to asbestos dust created by Mr. Dixon's work with and around asbestos-containing automobiles containing replacement parts for those automobiles," the complaint states.

Joan Dixon was diagnosed with malignantmesothelioma in March 2008 and died in February 2009.

Three other defendants in the case -- Honeywell International Inc., Georgia Pacific Corp. and Union Carbide Corp. -- reached out- of-court settlements prior to the 12-day trial before Judge John M. Glynn. The jury of five women and one man found against Ford in its cross-claims against the settled defendants,Ruckdeschel said.

The jury reached its verdict after less than three hours of deliberation, saidRuckdeschel, of TheRuckdeschel Law Firm LLC inEllicott City. He said the jury was not persuaded by the defense argument that asbestos in brakes cannot causemesothelioma.

"I think the jury simply didn't believe asbestos from brakes was different from any other form of asbestos," he said.

The family was grateful for the jury's verdict, he added.

"It was a difficult experience for them to go through their wife's and mother's death,"Ruckdeschel said.

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Maryland – Asbestos Trades – $15 Million Mesothelioma Jury Award

Baltimore city jury awards $15M formesothelioma death

Daily Record,The (Baltimore), May 16, 2010 by Danny Jacobs

ABaltimore city jury has awarded $15 million to the family of anOakland woman whodied ofmesothelioma as a result of her husband's exposure to asbestos in Ford brakes.

The judgment last month in favor of the family of Joan Dixon would be reduced to approximately $6 million after applyingMaryland's cap for non-economic damages, according to JonathanRuckdeschel, the family's lawyer.

The cap for 2008, the yearDixon was diagnosed, limits non- economic damages in wrongful-death claims by two or more individuals to just over $1 million. The awards toDixon's four daughters and her husband would be affected by the cap, but the $5 million awarded to Joan Dixon's estate would not be reduced,Ruckdeschel said.

If Ford appeals,Ruckdeschel said, he will challenge the validity of the damages cap on cross-appeal.

Harry S. Johnson ofWhiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP in Baltimore, Ford's lawyer, did not return calls seeking comment.

The alleged asbestos exposure occurred between the early 1960s and the late 1970s, according to the lawsuit.Dixon's husband, Bernard, worked a couple of nights a week at a garage owned by a friend,Ruckdeschel said. Bernard Dixon's garage work was primarily on the brakes of Ford cars,Ruckdeschel said.Dixon also worked on the family cars, also Fords,Ruckdeschel added.

"Mrs. Dixon was exposed to asbestos dust created by Mr. Dixon's work with and around asbestos-containing automobiles containing replacement parts for those automobiles," the complaint states.

Joan Dixon was diagnosed with malignantmesothelioma in March 2008 and died in February 2009.

Three other defendants in the case -- Honeywell International Inc., Georgia Pacific Corp. and Union Carbide Corp. -- reached out- of-court settlements prior to the 12-day trial before Judge John M. Glynn. The jury of five women and one man found against Ford in its cross-claims against the settled defendants,Ruckdeschel said.

The jury reached its verdict after less than three hours of deliberation, saidRuckdeschel, of TheRuckdeschel Law Firm LLC inEllicott City. He said the jury was not persuaded by the defense argument that asbestos in brakes cannot causemesothelioma.

"I think the jury simply didn't believe asbestos from brakes was different from any other form of asbestos," he said.

The family was grateful for the jury's verdict, he added.

"It was a difficult experience for them to go through their wife's and mother's death,"Ruckdeschel said.

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Maryland – Asbestos Trades – $9.036 Million Mesothelioma Award

$9.936M Awarded to Son of Merchant Mariner for Household Exposure to Asbestos

45-Year-Old ManDiagnosed with Mesothelioma in 2007, 35 YearsAfter Exposure to Asbestos Dust onFather’s Work Clothes

BALTIMORE,Md. — January 27, 2010 — ABaltimoreMaryland jury yesterday awarded $9.936 million to the son of a merchant mariner who suffers withmesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos dust contained in his father’s work clothes more than three decades ago.

The plaintiff, Leroy Conway, Jr., was just ten years old when his father went to work aboard the S.S. Baltimore Trader, an oil tanker owned and operated by ATTRANSCO, Inc. During the elderConway’s 1974-1977 tenure as an engineman on the vessel, he worked in areas known to contain asbestos, and his uniform would become laden with asbestos particles and dust. Over a three-year period, his young son was exposed to the deadly asbestos that permeated the father’s work clothes, which were laundered in the family’s home.

The younger Mr. Conway, now a 45-year-old husband and father of three children, was diagnosed with malignant pleuralmesothelioma in May 2007. He has undergone radical surgery to remove a lung, and is unable to work.

The jury found that ATTRANSCO acted with negligence in its duty to warn and protect its workers — and by extension, their families — from the harmful effects of asbestos and asbestos-containing products installed on their vessels. ATTRANSCO was the sole defendant in the case.

Witnesses for ATTRANSCO, which included the captain of the S.S. Baltimore Trader during the time in question, admitted that it was known that asbestos was present on the vessel. However, it was stated that neither the company nor the captain were made aware of the dangers of asbestos until 1980 at the earliest, and therefore could not have been responsible for Mr. Conway’s injuries.

The jury rejected the defense argument, agreeing with plaintiff that ATTRANSCO should have know of the hazards of asbestos and acted to protect workers well before the elder Conway’s tenure on the S.S. Baltimore Trader. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) commenced regulation of asbestos exposure in 1971, and the harmful effects of asbestos had been documented by industry as early as the 1940s.

Mr. Conway, along with his wife, Yolanda, and mother,Berlena, traveled fromTexas for the 10-day trial. Mr. Conway and his mother both testified. Mr. Conway’s wife was too grief stricken to sit on the stand. All three were in court when the verdict was read. The jury awarded Mr. Conway $9.3 million for pain and suffering, and $636,688 for medical expenses.

“We’re very pleased for the family,” said Scott Frost, WK partner and lead counsel for the case. “Leroy is facing a terminal diagnosis, and his family is facing an uncertain future. The jury brought a measure of justice to theConways today.”

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Maryland – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

29 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 8-12
3/31/2010 2:34 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 29 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 8 through March 12.

The following complaints were filed:

--Florence Adkins of Michigan claims her recently deceased husband, Barry Adkins, developed mesothelioma after his work as a press operator, airman, construction worker,lineman and metals finisher at various locations from 1951 until 1986. Florence Adkins will be represented by Randy S. Cohn and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-257.

--Margaret Battle ofPennsylvania, a custodian and maintenance laborer at various locations from 1970 until 1979, claims lung cancer.Battle will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-272.

--James C. and Doris A. Billingsley of Tennessee claim James C. Billingsley developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1954 until 1957, as a sheet metal part stamper at Gray and Dudley Foundry in 1953, as a route salesman at Pepsi Cola Bottling Company from 1953 until 1954 and from 1957 until 1958, as an electrical engineer for Avco Electronics in 1963 and as an electrical engineer for ARO from 1963 until 1994. The Billingsleys will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-248.

--Brenda Casey ofKentucky claims her recently deceased mother, Mary Elizabeth Christine Drury, developed lung cancer after her work as a drywall contractor from 1964 until 1979. Casey will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-273.

--Eric S. Colley of Illinois, a welder at Robert Brent Company in 1983, a line maintenance mechanic at Sola Optical in 1983, an apprentice machinist at Normande Machine from 1987 until 1988 and a warehouse manager and production supervisor at R.S. Deal Corp. from 1983 until 1986 and from 1989 until 1993, claims mesothelioma. Colley will be represented by Michael R. Bilbrey and James R. Stever of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Glen Carbon. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-274.

--Leroy Conley ofMissouri, an electrician from 1943 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Conley will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-267.

--Warren E. Davis ofFlorida, a laborer and mechanic from 1960 until 1979, claims mesothelioma.Davis will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-270.

--Aletha Everett ofLouisiana claims she developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband who worked as a commercial and residential construction worker and an upholstery worker from 1935 until 1981. She was also exposed to asbestos through her sons who worked as construction workers in the 1960s, according to the complaint.Everett will be represented by W. Brent Copple and Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-260.

--Thomas Gorman ofWisconsin, a union laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Gorman will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-266.

--Julius K. Hayes Jr. ofGeorgia claims his recently deceased wife, Gladys E. Hayes, developed mesothelioma after working as an operator and office assistant forSouthern Bell from 1963 until 1967, in reservations for Eastern Airlines from 1967 until 1991 and as a lead analyst for SITA from 1992 until 2009. Gladys Hayes was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Julius K. Hayes Jr., who worked as an electrician at various site locations from 1973 until 2009. Julius K. Hayes Jr. will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-251.

--Willie Mae Imes ofMaryland, an assembly line worker, machine operator and material handler at various locations from 1960 until 1979,claims lung cancer. Imes will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-271.

--Kathleen Lux ofPennsylvania claims her recently deceased father, Thomas William Kennedy, developed mesothelioma after his work as a foreman, supervisor and buyer at various locations from 1957 until 1967. Lux will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-278.

--Claudine McCulough ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Marshall Joseph McCulough, developed lung cancer after his work as a caster at various locations from 1958 until 1979. McCulough will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-275.

--Leander Michlig of Florida, a tower operator, customer service worker, laborer and gas handler at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1944 until 1989, claims pleural mesothelioma. Michlig will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-246.

--Charlotte Miller ofIndiana claims her recently deceased husband, Wayne Miller, developed malignant mesothelioma after his work as a machinist for General Motors at Central Foundry from 1954 until 1980 and as a construction laborer and roofer for Best for Less Construction from 1980 until 1990. Charlotte Miller will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-249.

--Leon and Forence Riccardi ofMissouri claim Leon Riccardi developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter, laborer, machine operator and roll operator at various locations throughIllinois andMissouri from 1962 until 2009. Leon Riccardi was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his step-father, who worked as a laborer for Union Pacific Railroad from 1953 until 1954, according to the complaint. The Riccardis will be represented by Stephanie A. Lyons of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-258.

--Ardyce Riggs ofArkansas, a customer service worker at Pacific Finance from 1962 until 1965, a housewife from 1965 until 1970 and a worker at Levi Strauss Company from 1970 until 1979, claims pleural mesothelioma. Riggs claims she was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, David Riggs, who worked as a self-employed hairdresser and as a truck driver, according to the complaint. Ardyce Riggs will be represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-241.

--Michael G. Shaud of Alabama, a pharmacist in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until 1964, a shuttle car operator at the Concord Coal Mine from 1965 until 1977, a shuttle car operator at Southern Electric Generating Company from 1967 until 1972, a laborer and cement panel maker in 1970, a general laborer at the Abex Corporation from 1970 until 1972, a forklift operator at Jim Walters Resources from 1972 until 1993, a residential construction worker from 1964 until 1980 and braid and gasket manufacturer from 1971 until 1991, claims mesothelioma. Shaud will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-243.

--Larry Lee Shult ofMontana, a fire protection pipe fitting apprentice at Grinnell Fire Protection Systems between 1959 and 1964, claims pleural mesothelioma. Shult will be represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-242.

--Ruth Simms ofFlorida claims her recently deceasedhusband, James Simms developed lung cancer after his work in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946 and as a heavy equipment mechanic and construction engineer from 1946 until 1997. Ruth Simms will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-263.

--Bonnie Smith ofAlabama claims her recently deceased husband, Hubert Smith, developed lung cancer after his work as a fork lift operator at U.S. Steel and as a laborer and deliverer at Sign Builders. Bonnie Smith will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-261.

--Lurita and James Smith of Florida claim Lurita Smith developed lung cancer after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1964 until 1970 and who worked as a helper and yard manager at General Ship Repair Corp. from the 1960s until 2005. The Smiths will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-262.

--Phyllis Stevens ofKentucky, a furnace and crane operator at various locations from 1973 until 1974, claims lung cancer. Stevens will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-259.

--Judy Stroder ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Roger L. Stroder, developed lung cancer after his work in the U.S. Army as a supply clerk from 1970 until 1972 and as an electrician at Granite City Steel from 1970 until 2008. Judy Stroder will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-254.

--Gary Sweitzer claims his recently deceased wife, Helen Sweitzer, developed lung cancer after her work as a laborer at various locations from 1977 until 2007. Helen Sweitzer was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Gordon Geyer, who worked as a machine operator from 1954 until 1979, according to the complaint. The Sweitzers will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-265.

--Dolores Waltemate ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Rudolph E. Watlemate, developed mesothelioma after his work as a railroad fireman and machinist at various locations from 1947 until 1979. Dolores Waltemate will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Nielson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-276.

--Merry Ann Westbrooks ofArizona claims her recently deceased mother, Rosalyn Westbrooks, developed mesothelioma after her work as a secretary at various locations throughoutIllinois andOhio from 1950 until 1970. Rosalyn Westbrooks was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband who worked from the 1950s until the 1980s as a carpenter, according to the complaint. Merry Ann Westbrooks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-277.

--Billy Jean Worley Iowa claims her recently deceased husband, Clarence L. Worley, developed mesothelioma after his work as a farm hand from 1948 until 1969, as a carpenter for DA Demerit from 1969 until 1972 and as a millwright for A-Alert from 1972 until 2009. Billy Jean Worley will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-250.

--Michael Wurn ofFlorida claims his recently deceased wife, Luane Wurn, developed mesothelioma after her work as a teacher, medical records clerk and suspension coordinator at various locations from 1962 until 2005. Michael Wurn will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-239.

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Maryland – Asbestos Company –Asbestos Lawsuits

 

Asbestos Lawsuits Gaining Momentum

December 9, 2009. By Jane Mundy

 

Seattle,WA: Although paper mill workers are typically not at high risk for asbestos exposure, aSeattle jury awarded $10.2 million last week to Mr. and Mrs.Barbin in a lawsuit filed against two former manufacturers of asbestos-laden dryer fabrics used on paper machines.

Asbestos Lawsuits Gaining Momentum

 

HenryBarbin worked as a pulp tester, paper tester, and more at Scapa Dryer Fabrics, Inc. andAstenJohnson, Inc. between 1964 and 2001. Exposed to asbestos fibers from dryer fabrics for almost 40 years, he wasdiagnosed withmesothelioma cancer in 2006.

Henry and GeraldineBarbin's asbestos lawsuit claimed that the asbestos dryer fabrics were defectively designed and failed to carry warnings about the dangers of asbestos exposure. HenryBarabin was awarded $700,000 for medical expenses, lost income and household services and $8 million in non-economic damages for pain and suffering. GeraldineBarbin was awarded another $1.5 million for her loss of consortium claim.

More Asbestos Lawsuits Underway

On November 20, 2009, Betty Lou Cunningham filed a lawsuit against ChevronUSA, claiming the oil company is responsible for the death of her husband, Billy Cunningham.
 

The suit alleges that Chevron failed to protect its workers from potentially deadly asbestos dust and fibers. It also claims that Chevron knew the hazards associated with asbestos-containing products but chose not to remove employees from the toxic environment.
 

While employed at Gulf Oil, Mr. Cunningham was exposed to toxic materials including asbestos dust and/or fibers, which caused him to developmesothelioma lung cancer—an asbestos-related disease—from which he died in February 2009.

According to Asbestos.com, Ms. Cunningham seeks “to recover from the defendant an amount in excess of the jurisdictional limits of the courts.”

On December 7, 2009, aTexas couple filed a lawsuit against 100 companies. Charles Dees and his wife, MaryGuidroz, allege that the companies’ negligence and lack of safety measures exposed Mr. Dees to occupational asbestos for nearly 30 years, resulting in his diagnosis of lung cancer in 2007. Mr. Dees and Ms.Guidroz have included as defendants in the suit gasoline companies BP, Chevron, and A.W. Chesterton.
 

The suit claims that the defendants' facilities were unsafe and contained asbestos-containing insulation, which was sold and manufactured by product defendants.

Meanwhile, 760 Libby vermiculite miners and residents are still waiting for justice after civil claims againstMaryland-based W.R. Grace & Co., the global supplier of catalysts and other products, were halted in 2001 when Grace filed for bankruptcy. W.R. Grace's liability, in this case, was estimated to range from $385 million to over $6 billion. The company proposed to pay into a trust fund from which past, present and future victims can request fair compensation until 2034, providing the judge and a majority of claimants are in agreement.

 

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Maryland – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

15 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyOct. 19-23
11/10/2009 7:24 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Oct. 19 through Oct. 23.

The following complaints were filed:

--Ann M. Bailey ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Robert E. Bailey, developed lung cancer after his work with the Steamfitters Local 429 from 1950 until 1990. Ann M. Bailey will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1138.

--Judith Bonfield of Indiana, a clerk, secretary, travel agent and administrative assistant at various locations from 1964 until 2001, claims mesothelioma. Bonfield will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1123.

--Shirley Foley claims she should be entitled to file a lawsuit on behalf of her recently deceased husband, C.L. Foley, who had a right to pursue an asbestos claim. Shirley Foley will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1109.

--Ellen and James Girt ofOregon claim Ellen Girt developed mesothelioma after her work as a bookkeeper at various locations from 1978 until 2005. Ellen Girt was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her spouse, who worked as a logger, laborer, pilot and farmer at various locations from 1968 until now. The Girts will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1111.

--Samantha Gordon claims the recently deceased Ralph T. Mallory Jr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter and welder in the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1968, as a power and construction worker from 1968 until 1972, as a construction superintendent at Voss International from 1972 until 1975, as a construction superintendent for Coke Battery from 1975 until 1977 and as a construction worker and plumber from 1988 until 1991. Gordon will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville.

--Edmundo Gutierrez ofCalifornia, a clerk, assembler and parts and shipping clerk at various locations throughoutCalifornia from 1972 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Gutierrez will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1122.

--Densic Hayes Jr. ofLouisiana claims his recently deceased father, Densic Hayes Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, cook and dietician at various locations throughoutLouisiana andCalifornia from 1956 until 2009. Densic Hayes Jr. will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and John P. Wagner of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1132.

--Floyd Hicks Jr. and Earline Hicks of Kentucky claim Floyd Hicks Jr. developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer for General Motors from 1959 until 1989. The Hicks will be represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1137.

--Jeanette Moorman ofOregon, claims her recently deceased husband, Wilfred Moorman, developed mesothelioma after his work as a concrete worker, pipefitter, welder and coal carrier from 1942 until 1978. Jeanette Moorman will be represented Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1124.

--Eddie Patterson of Illinois, a painter at Chrysler from 1964 until 1967, a helper at Gray Iron Foundry from 1969 until 1970, an assembly line worker at J.I. Case from 1970 until 1972, a forklift driver from 1972 until 1986 and a home remodeler, claims lung cancer. Patterson will be represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1110.

--Charles E. Schmidt ofMaryland alleges Lurecia M. Schmidtdied from mesothelioma after working as a service worker at theUniversity ofMiami. Charles E. Schmidt will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1118.

--Raymond Strickland ofMississippi claims his recently deceased wife, Lillian Strickland, developed mesothelioma after she was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as an insulator at various locations from 1948 until 1979. Raymond Strickland will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1116.

--Elaine Taylor-Tyler claims her recently deceased father, Dave Tyler, developed lung cancer after his work around asbestos fibers. Taylor-Tyler will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1136.

--Krystyna Wolek ofIllinois claims her recently deceased uncle, Frank Balwierz, developed mesothelioma after his work as a machinist at various locations from 1964 until 1994. Wolek will be represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1117.

--Lois Yates ofVirginia claims her recently deceased husband, Johnny Yates, Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a coal shooter, penner operator, gas attendant and mechanic at various locations throughoutVirginia. Lois Yates will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn and John P. Wagner of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1133.

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Maryland – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

19 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyJune 1-5
6/22/2009 2:44 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 19 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of June 1 through June 5.

The following complaints were filed:

--Nicholas S. Argenti Sr. and June Loretta Argenti ofNew York claim Nicholas S. Argenti Sr. developed asbestosis after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1959. Argenti also worked from 1959 until 1960 as a laborer for N.Y.S. Electric and Gas; from 1960 until 1969 as a shift foreman for Sierra Pacific Power Co.; from 1969 until 1972 as a maintenance mechanic; from 1972 until 1979 and from 1983 until 1986 in the HVAC and refrigeration business; from 1979 until 1983 as an electrician; and as a pipefitter from 1986 until 2001. Elizabeth V Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing the Argentis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-564.

--Dennis Bernard ofMaryland, a bricklayer and pipefitter at various locations from 1973 until 1979,claims lung cancer. Bernard is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-573.

--Anthony Branconi ofPennsylvania, an electrician from 1965 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Branconi is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-570.

--Kenneth Heasley Sr. ofSouth Dakota, a boiler and furnace repairman and installer, furnace insulator, construction foreman, mechanic and maintenance worker at various locations from 1959 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Heasley is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-571.

--James A. Hendren of Virginia, a sanitation worker for the town ofSouth Boston,Va., from 1972 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. Hendren is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-557.

--Isiah Hill Jr. of New Jersey, an electrician at various locations from 1953 until 1978, claims lung cancer. Hill is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalinid M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-572.

--Dennis Hubner ofIllinois, a machinist, shift coordinator and fork lift operator from 1999 until now,claims mesothelioma. Hubner also helped on the family farm until 1988, according to the complaint. Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-561.

--Mark S. Junghans ofWisconsin, a drywaller, laborer, engine mechanic, mechanic, medic, residential construction and remodeling worker and shade-tree mechanic from 1972 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Junghans is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines and W. Casey Harris of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-559.

--Earl Leeder ofCalifornia, a custodian, engineer and plant director at various locations from 1969 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Leeder is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Roberstson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-568.

--Steven Meyer of Okawville claims his recently deceased wife, Olivia Meyer, developed pleural mesothelioma after her work as a bundle girl and custodian at various locations throughIllinois from 1952 until 1959 and from 1984 until 2001. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her son, who worked as a mechanic from 1982 until 1989, Steven Meyer claims. G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCoooper inEast Alton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-550.

--Joyce Mullenix ofGeorgia claims her recently deceased husband, Walt T. Mullenix, developed lung cancer after his work as an insulator from 1948 until 1984. Joyce Mullenix says her husband also worked at many industrial and commercial job sites, including paper mills, hospitals, colleges, power plants, refineries, hotels, airports, schools, textile mills and chemical plants. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-560.

--James Nangle ofFlorida, a truck driver at various locations from 1958 until 2004, claims mesothelioma. Nangle is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Drew Sealey of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-574.

--Bonnie Nichols ofKansas claims her recently deceased husband, Neal Nichols, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1970 until 2004 as a carpenter, laborer and truck driver at various locations. Bonnie Nichols is represented by Brian J. Coooke of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-556.

--Brian Noe Jr. of Minnesota claims his recently deceased father, Brian Noe Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer at Admiral TV in 1960; as a laborer in the U.S. Navy and at Al Phister Plumbing and Heating from 1965 until 1966; as a laborer at Butcher Boy Doors from 1967 until 1968; as a foreman at Roy Hunt Construction from 1969 until 1984; as a foreman at Bosin Construction from 1986 until 1988 and as a laborer at Smith Steel Inc. from 1997 until 1998. Brian Noe Jr. is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-576.

--Charles Scott of Georgia, an aircraft worker, equipment cleaner, aircraft parts assembler, ship mechanic and insulator at various locations from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-569.

--David Sommerman ofGeorgia claims Edward Sommerman died after developing mesothelioma after working as a fire proofer. David Sommerman is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-558.

--James Spangler ofKentucky, a construction worker at various locations from 1963 until 1969, claims lung cancer. Spangler says he was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his family member, John Spangler, who worked from 1940 until 1962 as an electrician at various locations. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Brower and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-567.

--Leslie Vernon Sr. and Mary Ivy Lea Vernon of Texas allege Leslie Vernon Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943 until 1945 and as an electrician in numerous cities from 1946 until 1986. The Vernons are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-577.

--Louise Wilkerson ofNorth Carolina, a spinner and laborer at various locations from 1947 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Wilkerson is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-566.

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Maryland – Asbestos Medical – Asbestos Fibers in Human Cells

 

How Asbestos Fibers Trigger CancerIn Human Cells

 

ScienceDaily (Dec. 22, 2008) — Ohio State University scientists believe they are the first in the world to study the molecular underpinnings of cancer by probing individual bonds between anasbestos fiber and human cells.

 

Though any clinical application is years away, theresearchers hope their findings could aid in drug development efforts targeting illnesses caused by excessive exposure to asbestos, including the deadly cancer calledmesothelioma.

 

The researchers use atomic force microscopy to observe how a single asbestos fiber binds with a specific receptor protein on cell surfaces. They suspect that at least one of the more lethal forms of asbestos triggers a cascade of events inside cells that eventually lead to illness, sometimes decades later.

 

The conditions most commonly associated with long-term exposure to airborne asbestos are lung cancer; asbestosis, a chronic respiratory disease; andmesothelioma, a cancer that forms in the membrane lining most internal organs of the body, including the lungs.

 

Eric Taylor, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences at Ohio State and a coauthor of the study, describes atomic force microscopy as “Braille on a molecular level,” meaning it allows scientists to feel and observe what’s happening on molecular surfaces.

 

“We’re looking at what molecules are involved in the chain of events when the fiber touches the cell. Does the binding occur over minutes, or hours? And what processes are triggered?” said Taylor, who presented the research at the American Geophysical Union meeting inSan Francisco.

 

Asbestos comprises six different minerals that naturally occur in both fragment and fibrous forms. Because of its high durability and heat resistance, the fibrous form has been used in many manufacturing products since the late 1800s. Though its use is now highly regulated, asbestos is still present in many materials. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 1.3 million employees face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Environmental exposure is also possible because asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral in soils and exposed bedrock.   

 

Crocidolite, or blue asbestos, is part of the amphibole group of asbestos minerals, which were banned in most of the Western world by the mid-1980s. Before that, they were used in such products as ceiling tiles and thermal insulation.

 

OhioState researchers have focused so far on thecrocidolite form of asbestos, but eventually hope to study how all six forms of asbestos interact with certain proteins on cell surfaces. Some forms of asbestos can dissolve in the lungs if they are inhaled, but others are believed to essentially “stick” to cells, especially at high concentrations, and eventually cause lung diseases.

 

“For the first time, this will give us data on biological activity that should help policymakers determine which forms of asbestos are the most dangerous,” said Steven Lower, associate professor of earth sciences atOhioState and a coauthor on the study.

 

“The hypothesis we’re testing is that binding of cell surface receptors to asbestos fibers triggers a signal event, which initiates the cancer,” saidLower, also a faculty member in theSchool ofEnvironment and Natural Resources. “There seems to be something intrinsic about certain types of asbestos, blue asbestos in particular, that elicits a unique signal, and it triggers inflammation, the formation of pre-malignant cells and, ultimately, cancer.”

 

The first protein to be studied is epidermal growth factor receptor, which is present on the surface of every human cell. Understanding the intricacies of the binding process between the mineral and one or more proteins will provide an index of the biological activity of a particular type of asbestos, and might lead the researchers to figure out how to prevent or undo that interaction,Lower said.

 

Taylor said the driving motivation behind the research is the potential to find a way to intervene and prevent illness even after someone is exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma symptoms don’t typically appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure. After diagnosis, however, the cancer is difficult to control, and there is no cure.

This work is supported by the National Science Foundation.

 

Taylor and Lower conducted the research with Ann Wylie of theUniversity ofMaryland and Brooke Mossman of theUniversity ofVermont.

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Maryland - Mesothelioma Verdict

 

MESOTHELIOMA CASE ROUNDUP

March 2010

Juries have returned verdicts totaling tens of millions of dollars in three recentmesothelioma cases.

The unidentified families of twoPennsylvania men who died from the asbestos-related disease were awarded $17 million against Crane Co. andGarlock Sealing Technologies. In another case, JayneMenssen, who worked as a secretary from 1967-69 at an Illinois asbestos fabrication facility, won a $17.87 million judgment last month againstPneumoAbex, LLC, Honeywell International and their predecessors.

In a take-home contamination case, aMaryland jury awarded Leroy Conway, Jr., 45, a total of $9.94 million for exposure to asbestos in his pre-teen years, when his father worked as an engineman on an oil tanker and carried asbestos home on his clothes. The verdict went against the ship’s owner-operator, ATTRANSCO, Inc. 

 

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Mesothelioma Settlement Awards Son of former Merchant Mariner Over $9 Million

Date: Friday, February 19, 2010 -Maryland

A Baltimore City Jury has recently awarded Leroy Conway, Jr. more than million for being exposed to asbestos during his youth and contracting mesothelioma as a result.

Leroy Conway, Jr. was 10 years old when he was initially exposed to the toxic substance. At the time the exposure occurred, his father, Leroy Conway, was serving on the S.S. Baltimore Trader, an oil tanker that was owned and operated by ATTRANSCO, Inc.

During Leroy Conway’s three-year employment as an engineman on the ship, he often worked in areas that commonly contained asbestos materials. After coming home from work, Mr. Conway would carry asbestos dust on his clothes, which is how Leroy Conway Jr. was exposed.

Leroy Conway Jr. is now a 45-year-old husband and father of three. He was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in May 2007 and has undergone surgery to remove one of his lungs. Since receiving the diagnosis, Mr. Conway Jr. has been unable to work due to the symptoms associated with the illness. Exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of this fatal cancer.

During the case, former captain of the S.S. Baltimore Trader acknowledged that the presence of asbestos was known, but neither the company nor other members on board knew the dangers associated with asbestos until 1980 at the earliest.

Nonetheless, the jury found ATTRANSCO to be guilty after claiming the company acted with negligence by failing to warn workers and their families about the hazards of asbestos. ATTRANSCO was the only defendant named in the case.

The jury’s decision awarded Leroy Conway, Jr. .3 million for pain and suffering and an additional 6,688 for medical expenses.

Additional information about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure may be found through theMesotheliomaCenter.

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Lion Salt Works - Enabling Works - Removal of Asbestos Sheeting

The removal of asbestos roofing sheets are part of the enabling works to prepare the site of the last working open pan salt works for restoration.

 
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Asbestos in electrical work 1959

This was clipped from the 1959 film, Asbestos a matter of time, by the US Bureau of Mines, Department of the Interior.

 
 
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Asbestos Tragedy Libby Montana 2004 USEPA

Processed vermiculite from the WR Grace Libby MT Mine containedtremolite, a form ofasbestos, that was allowed to contaminate local

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Video: Old Promotional FilmForAsbestos

www.searchmesothelioma.net Both the government and corporate industry used promotional newsreel type films during the 1950s and 1960s topromote...

 
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Introduction toAsbestos from 1959

This clip is from the 1959 film, "Asbestos: a Matter of Time," by the Bureau of Mines (US Department of the Interior.) The entire filmis..

 
 
 
 
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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Quick Facts

 
 
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mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an incurableasbestos cancer. This short film was produced to raise awareness of the issues aroundmesothelioma.

 
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PleuralMesothelioma: aforeseable and avoidabledeath

Epidemiologic observations on an anatomical-pathologic and clinic case study from 1997 to 2006 - Service of Preventive Medicine

 
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Documentary AsbestosThe Silent Killer

Documentary on the effects of the exposed toasbestos.

 
 
 
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Mesothelioma

MesotheliomaCan be cured

Mesothelioma in pictures.

 
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AsbestosThe Silent Killer Part 1 of 3

Produced by United Steelworkers Local 480 at theTeckCominco Smelter in Trail, BC, this hard-hitting documentary examines the devastatinghuman...

 
 
 
 
 
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