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Texas –Asbestos Exposure – Long Term Exposure

Asbestos Exposure May Come to Haunt After Death

01/19/2010

A recently filed lawsuit involving an alleged wrongful death of MichaelBrashers continues to highlight the toll of asbestos exposure anddeaths caused by Mesothelioma and lung cancer. Exposure can lead to deadly diseases such as lung cancer or Mesothelioma Brasher is one of thousands who were exposed to the substance without having been adequately warned of the true dangers of asbestos exposure.

InHenderson County,Texas, Michael's window Katherine, filed a suit against eight companies including Union Oil Company of California, Westinghouse Electric Co., and Hercules Inc., among others. These companies deal primarily in oil and chemicals.Brashers worked for Union Oil in neighboringJefferson County,Texas for thirty-five years beginning in 1963. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2008 and died shortly thereafter on April 27th.

The lawsuit, filed on January 11, alleges that Michael’slung cancer was a direct result of inhaling, or absorbing the asbestos fibers while serving his duties at work. Moreover, the defendants, she alleges, failed to properly warn him or take adequate safety measures to protect him from the substance.

Asbestos' resistance to heat and chemical damage as well as sound proofing properties has made the material popular to both builders and manufacturers alike. In 1989, the United States Environmental Protection Agency proposed a general phasing out of the material in commercial use. Only small concentrations of asbestos are currently allowed.

This is not a rare case. MichaelBrashers is only one of many victims who have succumbed to lung cancer,mesothelioma, or other asbestos-induced diseases. Lawsuits resulting from wrongful asbestos deaths are common. The substance was so widely used that exposure was great. The major health risks of asbestos such asmesothelioma were only recently made common knowledge. This has resulted in numerous lawsuits. While the majority of lawsuits are filed by those affected, some suits, like Katherine’s are filed after a death.

The implications are great. Should companies fail to provide the proper safety structure within their company, they face not only liability, lawsuits, but also permanent damage to their reputation. Mishandling of any wrongdoing can result in huge losses. Asbestos is a huge concern and companies that did not the right measure ought to take responsibility for their actions, or in this case, inaction.

The failure to do so may end up coming back with a vengeance. Increasingly, family members of deceased relatives are seeking retribution in asbestos related cases. A slew websites offering legal advice and help dealing with Mesothelioma, and lung cancer caused by asbestos have popped up on TV and the Internet.

Written byLaniShadduck
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Submitted byLaniShadduck on 2010-01-19

 

http://www.huliq.com/9502/90598/asbestos-exposure-may-come-haunt-after-death

 
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Texas – Second Hand Exposure – Wrongful Death Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Suit alleges woman contractedmesothelioma by washing family's work clothes
6/7/2010 11:29 AM By Michelle Massey, East Texas Bureau 

TYLER,Texas -After years of cleaning the asbestos-containing clothes of her father, husband, and son, Claudia Headley wasdiagnosed with malignantmesothelioma and died from the disease on May 30, 2008.

Claudia's husband Robert and her sons Scott and Steven Headley filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Shell Energy North America (US) LP, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Exxon Mobile Corp. andAlonUSA, as successor in interest toCosden Petroleum, on May 28 in the Tyler Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

According to the complaint, Claudia's father worked at a refinery inBig Spring for 38 years. Robert Headley and Scott Headley also worked for refineries.

"Decedent contractedmesothelioma as a result of household exposure to asbestos from repeatedly checking the pockets of and washing her Family's clothes, which were coated with asbestos dust," the lawsuit claims.

The defendants are accused of breaching their duties to provide a safe place to work, to warn of the hazards of employment, to protect independent contractors from work related hazards, in taking precautions to protect the safety of others when an employee performs work that is inherently dangerous and to avoid a foreseeable risk of injury to others.

The defendants should have known that the materials their men worked around were "deleterious and highly harmful" to Claudia Headley's health and well-being, the family argues.

Further, the defendants knew that after working in this dusty, asbestos-ridden environment, it would naturally and unavoidably expose Claudia Headley to the same asbestos fibers, dust and particles.

The plaintiffs are seeking wrongful death damages for pecuniary loss, termination of the husband-wife relationship, mental anguish, loss of household services,termination of the parent-child relationship, necessary medical, funeral and burial expenses, exemplary damages, interest and court costs.

Scott W. Wert of Foster & Sear LLP of Grand Prairie is representing the plaintiffs. Jury trial requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the litigation.

Case No. 6:10cv00273

http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/227349-suit-alleges-woman-contracted-mesothelioma-by-washing-familys-work-clothes


 
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Texas – Asbestos Litigation – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Garlock Sealing Technologies MovesToward a Permanent Resolution of Asbestos Litigation

- Business Will Continue to Operate Without Interruption

By: PR Newswire

Jun. 5, 2010 09:25 AM

PALMYRA,N.Y., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, a global leader in fluid-sealing products and a wholly owned subsidiary ofEnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPO), announced that it has taken a step toward a permanent resolution ofasbestos-related personal injury claims against the company. Today,Garlock filed a voluntary petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of North Carolina inCharlotte to establish a trust to resolve all current and future asbestos claims againstGarlock under Section 524(g) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

The filing includes the Garrison Litigation Management Group, Ltd., which managesGarlock's asbestos claims and relationships with its insurers, and The Anchor Packing Company, which ceased operations in the mid-1990s.

"With this action, we moved toward resolving asbestos claims against our company in a permanent, transparent and efficient manner," said DaleHerold, president ofGarlock Sealing Technologies. "We have begun a process that we believe will result in a comprehensive resolution of all current and future claims againstGarlock while preserving the value and protecting the future of our company and without interruption of our normal business operations."

Garlock previously manufactured products which contained asbestos. Despite the fact that the asbestos fibers were non-friable and encapsulated within the product,Garlock has defended claims regarding exposure to asbestos in gasket sealing products for 35 years.Garlock has processed more than 900,000 asbestos claims to conclusion (including judgments, settlements and dismissals) and, together with its insurers, has paid over $1.4 billion in settlements and judgments and over $400 million in fees and expenses.

Garlock anticipates that the process it initiated today will not disrupt service to customers, that suppliers will be paid in full, that employees will retain their salaries and benefits and that retiree pensions and other benefits will continue to be paid in the ordinary course.

Garlock has obtained $10 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Bank of America, which, subject to court approval, would provide additional liquidity, if necessary, during the process.

Herold stated, "Garlock's cash flows should be sufficient for us to operate our business without interruption and to maintain our commitments to our employees, customers, and suppliers. The DIP financing would provide additional resources, should we need them. As we begin this process, we have complete confidence in the dedication of our employees, who are the core of our operation. We also greatly value our relationships with our customers and suppliers and appreciate their continuing support."

"Most importantly, we remain committed to excellence in all that we do. We will continue to be a safe and productive company, a good neighbor, a good place to work and a strong competitor," addedHerold.

Garlock will operate in the ordinary course under court protection from asbestos claimants while in the claims resolution process available under Chapter 11. All pending litigation againstGarlock will be stayed as the company seeks to develop and implement a court-approved plan to permanently resolve all asbestos-related claims.Garlock plans to negotiate with representatives of asbestos claimants to establish a trust to pay all valid claims. Absent a negotiated resolution,Garlock intends to ask the court to determine the amount necessary to fund the trust.

"This step is not an indication of current financial distress atGarlock,"Herold said. "Our company is strong. We believe we can fund a settlement trust in full with our own resources while maintaining our position as the leader in fluid sealing technology and preserving our opportunities for growth."

Steve Macadam, president and chief executive officer ofEnPro Industries, said, "We are completely committed toGarlock. It is a core investment, and we will continue to seek opportunities for growth in the markets it serves."

The filing covers onlyGarlock operations inPalmyra,New York andHouston,Texas.Garlock Rubber Technologies,GarlockHelicoflex,Pikotek,Technetics,Garlock Europe andGarlock operations inCanada,Mexico orAustralia are not affected by the filing, nor isEnPro Industries or any otherEnPro operating subsidiary.

AboutGarlock Sealing Technologies

Headquartered inPalmyra,NY,Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC is anEnPro Industries, Inc. company (NYSE: NPO). For more than a century,Garlock has been helping customers efficiently seal the toughest process fluids in the most demanding applications.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that express a belief, expectation or intention, as well as those that are not historical fact, are forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "may," "hope," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "continue," and other expressions which are predictions of or indicate future events and developments and which do not relate to historical matters identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events and results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:Garlock's ability to reach acceptable agreements with asbestos claimants and other creditors,Garlock's ability to obtain court approval for a proposed plan, unforeseen developments affectingGarlock's ability to pay creditors in full and adequately fund a trust to resolve all current and future asbestos claims. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement made in this release to reflect any change in management's expectations or any change in the assumptions or circumstances on which such statements are based.

SOURCEGarlock Sealing Technologies LLC

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Asbestos Mesothelioma: Family Sues 33 Companies on Behalf of Deceased Father

 

May 30, 2009. By Lucy Campbell

 

Beaumont,Texas: Thefamily of Lawrence Baggett have had enough. Having watched as their father died a painfuldeath fromasbestosmesothelioma, and faced the emotional and financial outcome of his illness, they filed a lawsuit alleging their father was not warned adequately about working around asbestos.

Asbestos RemovalLarry worked around asbestos most of his life. He was alabourer and operator, working for companies such as A.O. Smith Corp., A.W. Chesterton Co., Bechtel Corp.,Certainteed Corp., Crane Co., Exxon Mobil, Fluor Enterprises, Foster Wheeler,Garlock, GE, Ingersoll Rand, Lockheed Martin, 3M, Owens-Illinois, Union Carbide, Uniroyal Goodrich Tire andZurn Industries. These companies and many more–33 in total–are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

Larry's family allege that the defendant companies not only did not warn their father about the asbestos-related health dangers he faced every day on the job, but also that the companies did not test the products Larry used to find out just how hazardous they were, and potentially remove them from the workplace, and the market, in some instances.

Presumably, Larry cannot have been the only worker at these companies who came into contact with asbestos on the job. It's estimated that 1.3 million construction workers face significant exposure to asbestos during renovations, demolitions, and asbestos removal, and more than 27 million workers were exposed to asbestos between 1940 and 1980. Larry was one of those workers. Sadly, he has become an asbestosmesothelioma statistic.

The Environmental Working Group Action Fund estimates that 10,000 people a year die from asbestos-caused diseases theUnited States, which includes one out of every 125 American men who die over the age of 50. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), that number is on the rise. In a recent analysis of deaths records of US citizens, CDC officials found that between 1999 and 2005 malignant asbestosmesothelioma accounted for 18,068 deaths and that the numbers of deaths increased annually during that period. And people continue to be exposed today. Of note, the CDC report states, “Although asbestos has been eliminated in the manufacture of many products, it is still being imported and used in theUS in various construction and transportation products.”

Asbestos ExposureCan be a Family Affair

Asbestosmesothelioma doesn't just affect the people working with it directly. Family members exposed to worker's clothing over a period of time, may be risk for inhaling thosefibres and developingmesothelioma as well.

Asbestosmesothelioma can have a long latency period – sometimes taking more than 30 years for symptoms to show. Recently the medical profession has started to recognize that people can be affected by asbestos-caused diseases through secondary exposure. For example, cases of second-hand asbestos exposure been recently been reported by wives and children of men who worked in the shipyards in World War II. The workers were exposed to large amounts of damaged or "friable' asbestos while on the job. The men may also have sawed, sanded, hammered or otherwise manipulated the asbestos which resulted in large amounts of toxic dust being produced.

Not surprisingly, lawsuits have been filed by women who became ill following exposure to asbestosfibres while doing their husband's or father's contaminated overalls on a daily basis. During interviews with these victims, they have stated that it was quite normal to shake out the overalls before washing them, which created even more airborne asbestosfibres. Over the years, the constant inhalation of thesefibres resulted in the development of asbestos-related diseases.

Thankfully, second hand exposure does not appear to be an issue in Larry Baggett's family, but first hand exposure certainly was for their father. Now it is up to the companies to answer the family's questions and their call for justice.

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http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/features/asbestos-mesothelioma-cancer-12.html?ref=newsletter_bca_asbestos-mesothelioma-cancer-12

 
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Texas – Asbestos Bankruptcy – Asbestos Claims

EnPro unit files for bankruptcy over asbestos claims

 

Mon Jun 7, 2010 10:45am EDT

June 7 (Reuters) - Diesel and dual-fuel engine makerEnPro Industries Inc (NPO.N) said itsGarlock Sealing Technologies LLC subsidiary filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a North Carolina court to resolveasbestos-related personal injury claims.

All pending litigations will be stayed asGarlock seeks to develop and implement a court-approved plan to permanently resolve all asbestos-related claims, it said in a statement on Saturday.

"Garlock plans to negotiate with representatives of asbestos claimants to establish a trust to pay all valid claims. Absent a negotiated resolution,Garlock intends to ask the court to determine the amount necessary to fund the trust," the company said.

Garlock said that so far, it has processed more than 900,000 asbestos claims to conclusion and, together with its insurers, has paid over $1.4 billion in settlements and judgments and more than $400 million in fees and expenses.

"The filing covers onlyGarlock operations inPalmyra,New York andHouston,Texas," the company said.

"Garlock Rubber Technologies,GarlockHelicoflex,Pikotek,Technetics,Garlock Europe andGarlock operations inCanada,Mexico orAustralia are not affected by the filing, nor isEnPro Industries or any otherEnPro operating subsidiary."

However, the filing includes the Garrison Litigation Management Group Ltd, which managesGarlock's asbestos claims and relationships with its insurers, and The Anchor Packing Co, which ceased operations in the mid-1990s.

In court papers,Garlock listed assets in the $500 million to $1 billion range and debt in the $100 million to $500 million range.

The company has obtained $10 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing to continue operations while in bankruptcy.

In a separate statement,EnPro saidGarlock contributed about $149 million of third party sales and $20 million of segment operating income to its results in 2009.

Garlock, which was founded in 1887 inPalmyra,New York, produces and sells high performance fluid-sealing products, including gaskets and compression packing used in internal piping and valve assemblies in numerous industries. It employs about 600 people.

Earlier this month, two units of RPM International Inc (RPM.N) also filed for bankruptcy to resolve asbestos-related lawsuits.

Asbestos, once widely used in manufacturing, has been banned by theU.S. government after it was proven to cause cancer, often in people who were exposed by breathing in asbestos particles.

The case is In re:Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of North Carolina (Charlotte), No. 10-31607. (Reporting bySantoshNadgir inBangalore; Editing byGopakumarWarrier)

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSSGE6560HZ20100607?type=marketsNews


 
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Texas – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

14 new asbestos cases filed April 19-23 inMadisonCounty 
5/11/2010 7:13 AM By Kelly Holleran ompson

A total of 14 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of April 19 through April 23.

The following complaints were filed:

--Leona Burton ofIllinois, an administrative assistant/clerical and accountant from 1957 until 1987, claims mesothelioma.Burton was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a laborer and manager at R.E. Common Equipment Company from 1960 until 1999, according to the complaint.Burton 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-455.

--Mary Cawvey ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Charles Cawvey, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler technician, powerhouse chief and maintenance supervisor from 1952 until 2000. Mary Cawvey will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-452.

--Louis and Patricia Ezell claim Louis Ezell developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1951 until 1955, as a farmer from 1955 until 1960 and as a worker at Olin from 1960 until 1995. The Ezells will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-442.

--Louis J. Gualandi of Illinois, a laborer at Joliet Arsenal from 1943 until 1945, a farmer and laborer at Gualandi Farms from 1942 until 1987, a self-employed commercial and residential construction worker from 1965 until 1979 and a construction worker from 1987 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Gualandi will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-435.

--Charles Harvey ofIowa, a laborer, painter and contractor from 1943 until 1982, claims mesothelioma.Harvey will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-453.

--R. Peter Iaukea ofFlorida, a laborer, drywaller, counselor, salesman, insurance agent and carpenter at various locations from 1955 until 2010, alleges mesothelioma. Iaukea will be represented by Christopher R. Guinn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-439.

--Thomas Kaisersatt ofCalifornia, a laborer, pipefitter's helper, lab worker and software/computer programmer from 1959 until now, claims mesothelioma. Kaisersatt 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-437.

--Rudolph and Kathie M. Knowles ofFlorida claim Rudolph Knowles developed lung cancer after his work as a welder and boiler tube worker for Buckeye Cellulose Plant from 1967 until 1978, as a laborer for Occidental Mine in 1968 and as a construction worker from 1978 until 1979. The Knowles 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-443.

--Howard L. Opperman ofMissouri, a laborer, mechanic, welder, pipefitter, painter and minister at various locations from 1942 until 1986, claims an asbestos-related disease. Opperman 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-447.

--Antonios and Maria Pattas ofIowa claim Antonios Pattas developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, kiln burner, lancer, boiler tender and kiln operator at various locations from 1953 until 1991. The Pattas will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-441.

--Laddie and Sandra Peterka ofArkansas allege Laddie Peterka developed mesothelioma after his work as an engineer, laborer and machinist at various locations from 1968 until 2010. The Peterkas 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-450.

--Dorothy Spencer ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, Tracy Clifford Spencer,developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and cementer at various locations from 1946 until 1979. Dorothy Spencer 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-446.

--Michael Theriault ofNew Hampshire claims his recently deceased father, Robert Theriault, developed mesothelioma after his work as a maintenance worker, laborer and millwright from 1951 until 1985. Michael Theriault will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-436.

--Terry Ward claims his recently deceased wife, Laura A. Ward, developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked as an electrician and lineman from 1968 until 1990. Ward 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-454.

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

Update: 24 asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 22-26
4/27/2010 9:27 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 24 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of March 22 through March 26.

The following complaints were filed:

--Boris Belenky ofMichigan, a plumber from 1940 until 1984, claims mesothelioma. Belenky will be represented by Randy S. Cohn and Sean M. Keene of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-335.

--Ruby K. Bivens claims her recently deceased husband, Donald A. Bivens, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler operator from 1971 until 1978 for Federal Paper Board and from 1978 until 2008 for Caterpillar. Bivens 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-328.

--Kelly Brackenberry ofMichigan claims her recently deceased father, Russell R. Smith, developed mesothelioma after his work as a heavy equipment operator at various locations from 1964 until 1979. Brackenberry 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-322.

--Joyce Cecak ofNevada claims her recently deceased husband, Arthur Wren, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, laborer and painter at various locations from 1956 until 1969. Cecak 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-321.

--Earnest Clark of Missouri, a laborer, truck driver, mechanic and carpenter at various locations from 1957 until 2009, claims lung cancer. Clark will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-316.

--Anthony and Rochelle M. Contreras claim Anthony Contreras developed lung cancer after his work as a taper, sander and drywall installer from 1986 until 2010. Anthony Contreras was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a taper, sander and drywall installer from 1966 until 2010, according to the complaint. The Contreras will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-334.

--Sammy Corbin ofTexas, a weigh clerk, order clerk and laborer from 1962 until 1969 and a roofer and laborer from 1970 until 1979,claims lung cancer. Corbin will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-331.

--Earl Crowley III ofMinnesota, a painter in 1953 and a torpedo man's mate, submariner and recruiter at various locations from 1954 until 1973, claims lung cancer.Crowley will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-323.

--Ronald and Penny Defelippo of Wisconsin claim Ronald Defelippo developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1962, as a general laborer on construction sites, as a letter carrier at the U.S. Postal Service from 1963 until 1965, as a computer programmer/analyst from 1982 until 1983 in Chicago, as a computer programmer and analyst from 1983 until 1997 and as a consultant from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. The Defelippos 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-346.

--Janet Drummond claims her recently deceased father, John C. Drummond, developed mesothelioma after his work as a gunner's mate and insulator in the U.S. Navy from 1942 until 1946, as an assembler for Walker Manufacturing Company from 1948 until 1953, as a surveyor for the city of Jackson, Mich., from 1953 until 1960 and as a troubleshooter and manager of work sites for Jackson, Mich., from 1960 until 1988. Janet Drummond will be represented by Matthew B. McLeod of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-325.

--David S. and Faye V. Foster claim David S. Foster developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers from 1937 until 1956; as an attendant and mechanic at Detroit Beach Sunoco, Dodes Mobil and Gordon and Lee service stations from 1952 until 1956; as an electrician in the IBEW No. 8 from 1956 until 1965; and as a self-employed real estate agent from 1965 until 2009. The Fosters will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville and by W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-338.

--Robert W. Gibbs Jr. of Georgia claims his recently deceased father, Robert W. Gibbs Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the National Guard from 1956 until 1957, as a construction worker and remodeler from 1952 until 1962, as a district sales representative from 1956 until 1971, as an auto body repair worker, as a sales manager from 1974 until 1982 and as the owner of Bob Gibbs Motors from 1982 until 2009. Robert W. Gibbs 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-326.

--Michael Gross ofPennsylvania, a laborer, heavy equipment operator, utility mechanic and fire equipment inspector from 1972 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Gross will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and D. Todd Matthews of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-343.

--Colleen Isaacs ofIdaho claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Isaacs, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, operator and maintenance worker at various locations from 1955 until 1970. Colleen Isaacs 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-317.

--Christina Jackson ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased father, John O'Brien, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician at various locations from 1951 until 1979.Jackson 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-330.

--Karen Lamke ofIllinois claims the recently deceased Gretchen Lamke developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos through her father, who worked as a press operator and mechanic at various locations from 1971 until 1980. Karen Lamke will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-339.

--Karen Lamke as next friend of minor James Tolley claims the recently deceased Gretchen Lamke developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, Jim Lamke, who worked as a press operator and mechanic from 1971 until 1980. Karen Lamke will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-324.

--Abundio and Celeste Luna ofTexas claim Abundio Lunadeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a sandblaster during the 1970s and 1980s, as a truck unloader from 1977 until 1978, as a railroad worker in 1983, as an operator and laborer from 1983 until 1985, as a concrete worker from 1985 until 1987, as a heavy equipment operator from 1988 until 1997, as a painter and laborer from 1997 until 1998, as a laborer and operator at an asphalt plant, as an assistant supervisor performing building and road construction, as a truck driver in 1999 and as a maintenance worker from 1998 until 2009. The Lunas 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-336.

--Monica Meyer of Oklahoma claims her recently deceased father, Michael L. Thomas, developed lung cancer after his work as a carpenter for Hough Drywall from 1963 until 1980, as a carpenter for the Indiana Housing Authority from 1980 until 1982, as a carpenter for Hough Drywall from 1982 until 2002 and as a worker for Gibson and Lewis from 2002 until 2006. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing Meyer. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-327.

--Johnie Morrow of California, a laborer at Hud-Vice Papermill from 1964 until 1966, an attendant at a service station from 1966 until 1967, a welder from 1968 until 1969, a stock control clerk from 1969 until 1971, a laborer and shipping clerk from 1974 until 1979, a truck driver from 1979 until 1980, a supervisor from 1996 until 1999, a fork lift operator from 2000 until 2005 and a shadetree mechanic from 1967 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Morrow will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-333.

--Shirley D. Nall ofWashington claims her recently deceased husband, Alvin W. Nall, developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1959 until 1963 and as an electrician, laborer, driver, installer and operator from 1963 until 2001. Shirley D. Nall will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-342.

--James L. and Kathleen Smith of Tennessee claim James L. Smith developed mesothelioma after his work as a gas attendant at Martin Oil from 1958 until 1964, as a laborer in the warehouse/supply division of International Harvester from 1965 until 1972, as a file clerk/contract purchaser at International Harvester from 1974 until 1987, as a bus driver at Pace Bus Co. from 1987 until 2001 and as a laborer at a sewage treatment plant in 1973. 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-344.

--Paul Theisen ofWisconsin, a mechanic from 1950 until 1955 and a pipefitter from 1955 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Theisen 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-337.

--Mark and Sue Wiese of Michigan claim Mark Wiese developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer in 1969 at Jahr Roofing; as a pipefitter at DeFoe Ship Building from 1970 until 1972; as a teamster at the Teamsters' Union from 1970 until 1973; as a boiler inspector in 1972; as a construction worker at Ewald Boiler in 1971, 1972 and 1976; and as a floor installer from 1973 until 1976. The Wieses 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-347.

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure – Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

17 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyMarch 29 - April 2
4/27/2010 1:11 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 17 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of March 29 through April 2.

The following complaints were filed:

--Orlene Dicks ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Emory Lee Dicks, developed mesothelioma after his work as a boatswains mate and truck driver at various locations from 1942 until 1964 and from 1966 until 1978. Orlene Dicks 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-367.

--Mildred Dubois ofPennsylvania, an assembly worker, laborer, waitress and secretary at various locations throughout theU.S. from 1959 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Dubois was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked from 1974 until 2009 as a self-employed general contractor, according to the lawsuit. Dubois will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-352.

--Robert Franke ofTexas, a pipe fitter from 1968 until 1969 and an electrician from 1970 until 1979,claims mesothelioma. Franke will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-373.

--Billy R. and Edwina C. Hadley ofArizona claim Billy R. Hadley developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter from 1964 until 1994. The Hadleys will be represented by Ross D. Stomel of Shrader and Associates inHouston. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-354.

--James Hall of Tennessee claims his recently deceased wife, Ina Hall, developed mesothelioma after her work as a secretary and taster throughout theUnited States. James Hall will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-369.

--William Harris ofIllinois, a machine operator and janitor at various locations from 1970 until 1989, claims mesothelioma. Harris will be represented by W. Brent Copple of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-351.

--Teresa Montesano ofCalifornia claims her recently deceased husband, Ronney Montesano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy, as a mill work performer and as a worker at Gray's Harbor for 10 years, as an insulator, as a home remodeler in the 1960s and as an automotive repair worker in the 1960s and the 1970s. Teresa Montesano 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-355.

--Marie Odom ofGeorgia claims her recently deceased husband, Bobby Odom, developed lung cancer after his work as an electrician from 1964 until 1979. Odom 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-368.

--Lawrence Pool III of Minnesota claims his recently deceased father, Lawrence Pool II, developed mesothelioma after his work as a bricklayer and metallurgist at various locations throughoutIllinois andIndiana from 1938 until 1979. Lawrence Pool III 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-353.

--Carol Scott of Missouri claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Scott, developed mesothelioma after his work as a sales clerk at J.B. Russell Lumber Co. from 1972 until 1973, as a factory worker at Lyons Die Casting from 1973 until 1974, performing various jobs at Armco Steel in 1974, as an employee at McDonald's from 1974 until 1976, as a mechanic operator/laborer/torch man/crane operator from 1976 until 1982, as a small engine mechanic at Feldman Brothers from 1982 until 1984, as a general manager at Feldman Brothers from 1984 until 1988, as a project manager at Pre-Fabricated Steel/Kan Build from 1998 until 2000, as a store manager at Orscheln Farm and Home from 2000 until 2005, as a department manager at Lowe's Home Improvement from 2005 until 2007 and as a truck driver for the Department of Transportation from 2007 through 2009. Robert Scott was also exposed to asbestos fibers through a side business he and his father owned, according to the complaint. Carol Scott 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-361.

--Darmel Shaffer ofBritish Columbia, an insulator from 1954 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Shaffer will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-372.

--Jess Solomon of Colorado, a carpenter, concrete worker and farmer at various locations from 1955 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Solomon will be represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-360.

--Edward Uriano ofConnecticut, a laborer and construction worker at various facilities from 1960 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. Uriano will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-357.

--Bonnie Voseberg ofIowa claims her recently deceased husband, Richard Voseberg, developed lung cancer after his work as a dryer operator at various locations from 1964 until 1979. Bonnie Voseberg 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-375.

--William and Kimberly Webb ofWashington claim William Webb developed mesothelioma after his work as an inspector, laborer, tech support engineer/electronics technician and radio and electronics installer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Iowa,Texas,Arizona,Missouri andWashington from 1974 until 2009. William Webb was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a boilermaker from the 1950s until 1964, according to the complaint. Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-348.

--Roberta Wright ofVirginia claims the recently deceased William Anderson Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, driver and operator from 1967 until 1992. Wright will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Joseph P. Whyte ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-362.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – New Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

18 new asbestos cases filed Feb. 8-12 inMadisonCounty
2/24/2010 9:49 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 18 newasbestos lawsuit were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Feb. 8 through Feb. 12.

The following complaints were filed:

--Gloria Ballentine ofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, John J. Ballentine Sr., developed lung cancer after his work as a motor sergeant from 1962 until 1965, as an employee for R&S Printing Company and as a worker for Arnold Real Estate inEast St. Louis from 1982 until 1989. Ballentine 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-134.

--Geraldine R. and Forrest Blazer of Ohio claim Geraldine R. Blazer developed mesothelioma after she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her father's work as a shipbuilder for Bethlehem Steel from 1940 until 1943 and through her husband's work as an asphalt worker for Brewer and Brewer in 1959 and from 1960 until 1977 and as a construction worker for V.N. Holderman from 1959 until 1960. The Blazers 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-167.

--Lori L. and David H. Carlson ofNorth Dakota claim Lori L. Carlson developed mesothelioma after her work at a mink ranch from 1975 until 1979, as a secretary atConcordiaCollege from 1979 until 1980, as an employee at FRS Industries from 1980 until 1987 and as a waitress at Old Cafe from 1997 until 2001. Lori Carlson was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through her father, Arthur Dahlen, who worked as a farmer, according to the complaint. The Carlsons 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-150.

--Christina Carver ofArizona claims her recently deceased husband, Michael Carver, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, equipment operator, laborer and truck driver at various locations from 1952 until 1982. Michael Carver was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a maintenance worker at Caterpillar from the 1940s until 1970, according to the complaint. Christina Carver 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-154.

--Barbara Jane Edwards of Virginia, a seamstress from 1960 until 1965 for Sales Knit Mill, a seamstress in 1968 for Bristol Manufacturing, a seamstress for Virginia Apparel from 1971 until 1974, a door frame assembler for Continental Homes from 1975 until 1979, a frame cutter and sander for Guyer-Roberts Mirror Frames from 1979 until 1984 and a sander for Lane Furniture, claims mesothelioma. Edwards was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her former husband, Robert Edwards, who worked as a machine operator and sander for Bassett Furniture from 1954 until 1969, as a machine operator and sander for American Furniture from 1969 until 1974, as a machine operator for Spring-Making Companies from 1964 until 1968 and as a worker from 1968 until 1979, according to the complaint. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her deceased companion, Robert Love, who worked as a sander from 1959 until the 1980s, as a machine operator for Guyer-Robert Mirror Frames during the 1980s and as a sander for Lane Furniture from 1959 until the 1980s, the suit states. Barbara Edwards 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-157.

--Judith Harris of Indiana, a secretary from 1959 until now, claims mesothelioma. She was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Tommy Harris, who worked from 1962 until 1996 as a maintenance man, heating and air conditioning employee and sheetmetal worker, according to the complaint. Judith Harris will be represented by Jackalyn A. Olinger and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-142.

--Robert and Kathie Highland of Arkansas claimRobertHighland developed mesothelioma after his work as a welder and pipefitter at Farmland Industries from 1966 until 2003 and as a welder and pipefitter at Koch Industries from 2003 until 2006. TheHighlands 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-144.

--Peter and Marvis Jenkins claim Peter Jenkins developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, foundry worker, mechanic and equipment operator from 1955 until 1998. Peter Jenkins will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-133.

--Gregory S. and Debra K. Keasler of Alabama claim Gregory S. Keasler developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer for Weyerhaeuser Company in 1974, as a carpenter for National Mortgage Development Construction from 1975 until 1976, as a carpenter for Sparks and Bolling Construction Company from 1977 until 1984, as a carpenter for Bolling Construction Company from 1984 until 2006, as a carpenter and owner of Greg Keasler Construction Company from 2007 until 2008 and as a shade tree mechanic from 1972 until 2010. The Keaslers 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-136.

--Marlene Kunkel ofMinnesota claims the recently deceased Lloyd Kunkel developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army, as a laborer and as a farmer. Marlene Kunkel will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-147.

--Karen and Steve Melock ofSouth Carolina claim Karen Melock developed mesothelioma after her work as a machine operator, inspector, social worker and administrative assistant at various locations throughoutIllinois,Wisconsin andSouth Carolina from 1961 until 2009. Karen Melock was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her ex-husband, who worked as a building contractor from 1978 until 1989, according to the complaint. The Melocks 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-159.

--Peggy Moody ofTexas claims the recently deceased Atwood Moodydeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a member of the United States Marine Corp and as a butcher. Peggy Moody will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-146.

--Jerri Paulk ofMontana claims her recently deceased mother, Eunice Satterlee, developed mesothelioma after her work as a riveter and nurses aide at various locations from 1942 until 1972. Satterlee was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Allen Satterlee, who worked as an electrician from 1948 until 1978, according to the complaint. Paulk will be represented by Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-164.

--Melvin and Ella Schultz ofTexas claim Melvin Schultzdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as an electrician, craft supervisor, job superintendent and project manager at Brown and Root from 1955 until 1992. The Schultzes 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-151.

--James Charles and Pamela B. Smith of Pennsylvania allege James Charles Smith developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1966 until 1969, as a machinist mate on the U.S.S. Soley until his discharge in 1969, as a salesman and store manager for RCP Electronics from 1969 until 1981, as a salesman for Homelite Power Equipment from 1981 until 1993 and as an outside sales representative for Cooper Industries from 1994 until 2009. The Smiths 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-135.

--Melvin and Marilyn Smotherman ofMichigan claim Melvin Smotherman developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 until 1953 and as a sheet metal worker at various locations from 1954 until 1988. The Smothermans 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-143.

--Patsy Warwick ofTennessee, a machine operator, janitor and cashier at various locations from 1968 until 2007, claims mesothelioma.Warwick was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Archie Warwick, who worked as a material handler at Honeywell International from 1968 until 1970 and as a carpenter and rigger from 1972 until 2007 at Northrop Grunman Newport News, according to the complaint. Patsy Warwick will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-153.

--David Lee Worthington and Doris Ann Wilkey of Florida claim David Lee Worthington developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer for Griffin Construction from 1959 until 1961, as an electrical apprentice for A&W Wiring from 1962 until 1965, as an electrician for IBEW Local 1701 from 1965 until 1985, as an electrician for Progress Energy from 1985 until 2000 and as a home improvement worker from 1943 until 1959.Worthington and Wilkey 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-149.

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Texas – Asbestos Legislation – Asbestos Trusts

Congressman seeks GAO probe of asbestos trusts
4/30/2010 9:10 AM By ChrisRizo

Smith

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, the leading Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, on Thursday asked the director of the Government Accountability Office to investigate the secrecy behind trusts created to payasbestos-related claims against bankrupt companies.

In his letter to Acting U.S. Comptroller General GeneDodaro, theTexas Republican expressed concerns that the trusts -- created under 11 USC �524(g), through the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994 -- operate in secrecy, which leads to fraudulent injury claims including double-dipping.

He noted that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code has a presumption in favor of public access to information filed in bankruptcy cases.

"I believe that this principle of openness is no longer being fully implemented for 524(g) trusts, undermining both the tort system and the asbestos trust system," Smith wrote.

Congress intended the asbestos trust system be there to ensure that all present and future claimants have equal access to payments for asbestos-related injuries, he said. But recent litigation, media accounts and legal scholarship indicate that a lack of transparency may be undermining the trust system, he added.

A 2008 article in the Norton Journal of Bankruptcy, he said, shows that the connection between trusts and tort litigation results in overpayments. The trusts have more than $30 billion in assets, experts say.

Critics say the asbestos trust system is unfairly enriching trial lawyers, who have been caught filing claims with multiple trusts on behalf of a single plaintiff.

Smith said some of the trusts appear structured and operated to block attempts to get information about trust claimants who seek money from multi-524(g) trusts or who are suing other solvent defendants.

"This lack of transparency appears to foster dishonest claims practices and encourage claimants and their attorneys to seek duplicative payments by concealing trust recoveries increase the financial burden on solvent tort defendants and other asbestos trusts and thereby unfairly reduce the compensation available to deserving present and future claimants," Smith said.

He pointed to an oft-cited 2007 instance inOhio, where inCuyahogaCounty theCalifornia law firm ofBrayton Purcell claimed the late HarryKanania died in 2000 ofmesothelioma solely from smoking cigarettes made by Lorillard Tobacco, while simultaneously seeking compensation from multiple asbestos trusts, claiming their products led toKanania's fatal lung condition.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Harry Hannaultamately revoked theBrayton Purcell firm's admission to the court, citing the firm's legal and ethical lapses in theKanania case.

"Similar efforts have been discovered in other cases," Smith noted in his letter to the GAO director, adding that the discoveries indicate that "greater transparency likely is needed throughout the entire asbestos trust system."

In an interview last year with LegalNewsline, Lester Brickman, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York and widely regarded as the nation's leading asbestos legal scholar, said the 524(g) trusts are controlled almost exclusively by plaintiffs' attorneys who profit the most from them.

"The trusts operate as private kingdoms run exclusively by plaintiffs' lawyers except for the (Johns Manville Corp.) trust," Brickman said. "All of the other trusts are piggybanks owned by the plaintiffs' lawyers who can write the rules, or rewrite the rules, according to their needs."

From LegalNewsline: Reach staff reporter ChrisRizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Mesothelioma Related Lawsuits

14 new asbestos cases filed Feb. 15-19 inMadisonCounty
3/9/2010 10:37 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 14 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Feb. 15 through Feb. 19.

The following complaints were filed:

--Edward C. and Carol Bagley of Wisconsin allege Edward C. Bagley developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic at Bob Weimer/Prim Farms from 1960 until 1963, as a laborer at Chapman Foundry from 1963 until 1967, as a laborer at Badger Ordinance Works from 1967 until 1969, as a laborer at Speed Queen Factory in 1968, as a truck driver and mechanic at Brake Bush Bros. from 1970 until 1973, as a farmer in Wisconsin from 1973 until 1976, as a drywaller, carpenter and roofer from 1976 until 2009 and as a shade tree mechanic from 1960 until 1980. The Bagleys will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-191.

--John J. Carpenter ofIllinois, a worker at Walworth's Foundry from 1942 until 1945, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1946 until 1948 and a self-employed farmer from 1952 until 2005, claims lung cancer. Carpenter 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-176.

--Robert Hamilton ofFlorida, a lab technician, field wireman and engineer at various locations from 1949 until 2007, claims mesothelioma.Hamilton will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-177.

--Joseph E. Harlan ofTexas alleges his recently deceased father, William T. Harlan Sr.,developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1943 until 1946, as a paper bundler for Southern Advanced Bag and Paper Company in 1938, as a material handler for W. Horace Williams in 1939 and as a ship carpenter for Pennsylvania Shipyard from 1941 until 1942. Joseph Harlan 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-175.

--Donald Lamb ofRhode Island, a construction worker and laborer at various locations from 1946 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Lamb will be represented by Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-192.

--James O. and Marcia K. Patton ofIllinois claim James A. Patton developed lung cancer after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1954, as a fireman and electrician striker and as an automotive mechanic at Penney'sAutoCenter from 1966 until 1975. The Pattons will be represented by T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-189.

--James A. Robinette ofMissouri, a carpenter and residential and industrial worker from 1952 until 1978, claims mesothelioma. Robinette 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-180.

--Darla Salazar claims her recently deceased husband, Carmelo Salazar-Garcia, developed mesothelioma after his work as a construction laborer at KD Construction in 1973, as a maintenance worker at Ft. Clark Springs Association in 1974, as a painter for various construction companies in 1974, as a door manufacturer at Coco Corporation from 1974 until 1975, as a construction laborer for Friendship Builders in 1976, as a cutter and welder from 1974 until 1990, as a steel worker at Modern Drop Forge from 1994 until 2000 and as a shadetree mechanic from 1972 until 2008. Darla Salazar will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-187.

--Rebecca Sparks ofPennsylvania alleges her recently deceased father, Raymond Sparks, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and maintenance man at various locations from 1977 until 2002. Rebecca Sparks will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-182.

--Robert Sparks ofCalifornia, a pipe burner trainee, truck driver and furnace installer at various locations throughoutCalifornia from 1943 until 1977, claims mesothelioma.Sparks 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: 10-L-171.

--Ural and Beverly Williams of Ohio allege Ural Williams developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, welder and machinist at various locations from 1948 until 1991. The 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-183.

--Loraine Zamber ofWisconsin alleges her recently deceased husband, Gerald Zamber, developed mesothelioma after his work as an aviation technician, fire control officer, economist and pipeline worker at various locations from 1951 until 1988. Loraine Zamber 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-179.

--Edwin and Gloria Zavadil of Missouri allege Edwin Zavadill developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1946, as a fireman for the St. Louis Fire Department from 1947 until 1988, as a maintenance worker for various apartment complexes from 1976 until 1980, as a drywaller and home remodeler from 1958 until 1978 and as a shadetree mechanic from 1950 until 1978. The Zavadils will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-190.

--Thomas and Alice Zimmer of Wisconsin allege Thomas Zimmer developed mesothelioma after his work as a delivery man at a grocery store and service man at Leisgang's/Ken's Standard Service Station from 1951 until 1953, as a punch press and power shear operator at Trane Company from 1953 until 1962, as a machinist mate from 1955 until 1957, as a tool and die maker at Wilson-Hurd Manufacuring from 1962 until 1964, as a tool and die maker at Zell Machine Industries from 1964 until 1966, as a researcher and developer at Fleckenstein from 1966 until 1970 and as a worker at Outboard Marine Corporation from 1970 until his retirement. Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing it. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 10-L-186.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

29 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyNov. 16-20
12/3/2009 8:16 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 29 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Nov. 16 through Nov. 20.
The following complaints were filed:

--Franklin and Ruby Baker of Alabama claim Franklin Baker developed lung cancer after his work as a carpenter for the Local 1209 from 1964 until 1999 and as a mechanic at Nitrate City Garage from 1957 until 1960. The Bakers 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-1209.

--Timmy and Kimberly Black ofMissouri claim Timmy Black developed mesothelioma after his work as an assembler, timekeeper, maintenance worker and landscaper at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from the early 1970s until now. The Blacks will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides and Taylor L. Kerns of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1242.

--Jesse and Charlene Brewer ofIndiana claim Jesse Brewer developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, maintenance man and roofer at various locations from 1962 until 2001 throughoutIllinois,Ohio andIndiana. The Brewers will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1244.

--Elizabeth Butler ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, V.J. Butler,developed mesothelioma after his work as a concrete laborer, owner and operator at various locations from 1962 until 2009.Butler will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1234.

--Paul Carter ofAlabama claims his recently deceased mother, Pauline Carter, developed mesothelioma. Pauline Carter was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked for United States Steel for 44 years. Paul Carter 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-1264.

--Harry Cheatham ofTexas, a service station attendant, laborer, crane operator, plumber, electrician's helper and maintenance worker at various locations inTexas from 1969 until 2009,claims mesothelioma. Cheatham will be represented by Richard L. Saville, Ethan A. Flint, Stephen C. Jones, Andrew J. Balcer and Jessica L. Benton of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1259.

--Elmer C. Curran ofMissouri, a Navy Seaman, machinist and plasterer at various locations from 1944 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Curran will be represented by The O'Brien Law Firm. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1249.

--Ira K. Eastman ofTennessee claims his brother-in-law, Herman A. Bell, developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1940 until 1964, at Owens-Illinois from 1964 until 1966 and as a boiler technician from 1966 until 1987. Eastman will be represented by Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1256.

--Daniel and Nancy Foster ofTexas allege Daniel Fosterdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a boiler tender. The Fosters will be represented by Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1254.

--Peter and Susan L. Friedman ofMichigan claim Peter Friedman developed mesothelioma after his work as a plumber and pipefitter from 1964 until 2009. The Friedmans will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen, William H. Barfield and Aaron Plumlee of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1246.

--Harvey Gilroy of Oklahoma, a laborer, x-ray technician, operator and owner at various locations throughout Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Indiana, Montana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Georgia, Alabama and Missouri from 1963 until now, claims mesothelioma.Gilroy will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Stephanie A. Lyons of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1245.

--Lisa and Tom Gonneville ofMaine claim Lisa Gonneville developed mesothelioma after her work as a clerk and day care provider at various locations throughoutIllinois andMaine from 1986 until 2009. Lisa Gonneville was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked as a laborer, operator, road construction laborer and truck driver at various locations from 1967 until 2009, according to the complaint. The Gonnevilles will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1231.

--Jack Hair ofSouth Carolina claims the recently deceased Keith Hair developed mesothelioma after his work in the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1987. Jack Hair will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Stephen C. Jones of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1262.

--Herbert Austin and Carolton D. Harper of Alabama claim Herbert Austin Harper developed lung cancer after his work as a brick mason for Bob Bunn Masonry from 1958 until 1959, as a textile worker for Printed Fabrics from 1959 until 1961, as a combat engineer from 1961 until 1964, as a brick mason for Buddy Rogers Masonry from 1967 until 1969, as a brick mason for Horace Johnson Masonry from 1969 until 1973 and as a brick mason for Austin Harper Masonry from 1973 until 2008. The Harpers 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-1267.

--Janet Harvey ofLouisiana claims her recently deceased decedent, Durwood Herbert, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer for more than 30 years at Exxon Mobil and in the U.S. Army.Harvey will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Stephen C. Jones ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1243.

--Gwedolyn Joseph ofTexas claims her recently deceased mother, Viola Joseph,developed mesothelioma after her work as a cashier and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois andTexas from the 1960s until the 1970s. Viola Joseph was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a laborer from 1948 until 1978, and through her father, who worked as a laborer at various locations from 1930 until 1948, according to the complaint. Gwendolyn Joseph will be represented by Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1253.

--Clarissa Leipprandt ofMichigan claims the recently deceased Martin Leipprandt developed mesothelioma after his work as a farmer and welder. Leipprandt will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Stephen C. Jones of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1263.

--Michael Linnane ofPennsylvania, a driver at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1972 until 1994, claims mesothelioma. Linnane was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, John Linnane, who worked as a steel worker at various locations from 1953 until 1971. Michael Linnane will be represented by Brian J. Cooke and Drew Sealey of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1225.

--Robert and Leona Medler ofNew York claim Robert Medler developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and operator at various locations throughoutIllinois andNew York from 1946 until 2001. The Medlers will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr., Ryan J. Kiwala and Stephanie A. Lyons of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1226.

--Michael and Patricia Misk of Illinois claim Michael Misk developed mesothelioma after his work as a draftsman at the Vap-Air Division of Varpok Heating from 1957 until 1962, as a detailer at Pioneer Engineering from 1962 until 1963, as a senior draftsman at Admiral Corporation in 1963, as a junior design at Stenographic Machine from 1963 until 1966 and as a mechanical engineer from 1967 until 1997. The Misks 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-1265.

--Joseph A. Montanaro ofMissouri, a sailor, midshipman and pilot at various locations inIllinois from 1938 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Montanaro 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: 09-L-1241.

--Jerry Moore of Illinois, a machinist mate, material handler, material foreman, plant manager, fireman, water tender, marine oiler, marine striker and security therapy aide at various locations throughout Illinois and Missouri from 1959 until 2001, claims lung cancer.Moore will be represented by Amy E. Garrett of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1235.

--Cynthia Riley of Missouri claims her recently deceased husband, James Riley, developed lung cancer after his work at Kingsford Charcoal from 1973 until 1974, as a welder at Kemco Tool & Die from 1974 until 1975, as a bus driver for special school district from 1975 until 1976, as a welder at Affiliated Hospital Products from 1976 until 1977, as a welder at Heflin Stool in 1978, as a fitter, welder and leadman at Marathon Steel from 1978 until 2003, as a driver at Swift Transportation from 2003 until 2005, as a driver at Emerson Transportation from 2005 until 2006, as a driver at Express I from 2006 until 2007, as a driver at U.S. Express in 2008 and as a driver at Delta Express from 2008 until 2009. In addition, James Riley performed home remodeling work in the 1970s. Cynthia Riley 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-1247.

--Robert H. and Brenda G. Ryder of Alabama claim Robert H. Ryder developed lung cancer after his work as a millwright for Eichleay Corporation in Henderson, Ky., from 1972 until 1973, as an equipment setter and laborer for Machias Power Plant from 1973 until 1974, as a heavy equipment operator for Blue Rock Industries from 1974 until 1977, as a laborer for FA Tucker from 1977 until 1978, as a laborer for H.E. Sargent from 1979 until 1980, as a laborer operator for Lincoln Pulp and Paper Co. from 1980 until 1981, as a sandblaster and painter at Eastern Fine Paper from 1981 until 1984, as a roofer and construction worker for Gerard and Sons Roofing Co. from 1984 until 1988, as a turbine, paper machine and steel worker from 1988 until 1990, as a turbine, paper machine and steel worker from 1990 until 2000 and as a turbine, paper machine and steel worker from 2000 until 2002. The Ryders 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-1268.

--Charles J. Smith Jr. ofColorado claims his recently deceased father, Charles J. Smith Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a truck driver, bus driver and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1954 until 2006. Charles J. Smith Jr. will be represented by Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1258.

--John D. Steele ofNebraska, a farmer and machinist from 1952 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Steele 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: 09-L-1250.

--John Thompson ofCalifornia claims his recently deceased father, Western Thompson, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, aircraft mechanic, owner and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois andCalifornia from 1938 until 1986. John Thompson 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-1260.

--Marcella Trout ofTexas claims her recently deceased daughter, Marcy Campbell,developed mesothelioma.Campbell was exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked as an electrician and maintenance electrician from 1947 until 1985 throughoutIllinois,Nebraska andCalifornia, according to the complaint. Trout 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-1232.

--James R. Walton ofIllinois, a boiler operator for Caterpillar inIllinois from 1958 until 1968 and a maintenance supervisor atMorrisHospital from 1972 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Walton was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his wife, who worked as a boiler operator from 1957 until 1958 and from 1968 until 1972. Walton 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-1266.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Complaints

14 new asbestos complaints filed inMadisonCountyNov. 9-14
11/23/2009 2:30 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 14 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Nov. 9 through Nov. 13.

The following complaints were filed:

--Donald W. Armstrong ofNorth Carolina claims his recently deceased father, Earl A. Armstrong, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician at various locations from 1944 until 1994. Donald W. Armstrong will be represented by Myles L. Epperson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1222.

--Frank Brown ofTexas,printer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Texas,Florida andColorado from 1954 until 2004,claims pleural mesothelioma. Brown 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-1221.

--Leo Hampton Collins Jr. and Hazel Louann Collins ofSouth Carolina claim Leo Hampton Collins Jr. developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter and shipfitter from 1945 until 1951 and as a laborer and maintenance man from 1950 until 1990. The Collins 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-1210.

--Paul Dwayne and Mina Dickerson ofIllinois claim Paul Dwayne Dickerson developed lung cancer after his work as a mechanic, carpenter and glazier at various locations from 1971 until now. The Dickersons will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1203.

--Toni Gibson-Williams and Elmore Williams Jr. ofOhio claim Toni Gibson-Williams developed mesothelioma after her work as a security guard, assembly line worker, waitress and nurse assistant at various locations from 1978 until now. The 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: 09-L-1212.

--Bonnie Glass ofAlabama claims her recently deceased husband, William G. Glass, developed mesothelioma after his work as a painter at various locations inAlabama and as an auto mechanic from 1975 until 1982. Bonnie Glass 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-1223.

--Reford McGuire of Ohio, a transmission assembler and brake packer at General Motors from 1962 until 1991, claims mesothelioma. McGuire will be represented by Jackalyn A. Olinger, T. Barton French and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1217.

--Victor Nottoli ofOklahoma, a clerk, mail carrier and assembler at various locations throughoutIllinois,California,Texas andFlorida, claims mesothelioma. Nottoli will be represented G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of Simmons, Browder and Gianaris inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1219.

--Emma J. Oldham ofMissouri claims mesothelioma.Oldham was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a boilermaker and pipefitter from 1952 until 1981. Oldham 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: 09-L-1214.

--Leon Roberson ofWisconsin, an assembly line worker, crane operator, truck driver, contractor and bar owner at various locations throughoutIllinois,Wisconsin,Tennessee,Arkansas andKentucky from 1961 until 2009, claims pleural mesothelioma. Roberson 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-1208.

--Tonnie Louise Teague ofAlabama claims her recently deceased husband, Wallace Teague, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer for the railroad from 1948 until 1950, as a lineman at Miller Weaver Cable Company from 1950 until 1952 and as a laborer at Ben Hey and Company from 1952 until 1972. Tonnie Louise Teague 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-1211.

--Udeyne Weber ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Louis Weber, developed lung cancer after his work as a pipefitter, laborer and painter inIllinois from 1941 until 1983. Udeyne Weber 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: 09-L-1205.

--Joseph Whitehead of Indiana, a laborer and janitor at various locations from 1951 until 1986, claims mesothelioma. Whitehead will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1213.

--Dwight Wood Jr. of Indiana, a stock boy, meat apprentice, power inspector, electrician, power station laborer and turbine operator at various locations throughoutKentucky,Louisiana,Georgia andColorado from 1969 until 2009, claims lung cancer. Wood 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-1220.

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Texas – 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 against Maryland-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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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

23 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyDec. 7-11
12/22/2009 8:56 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 23 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Dec. 7 through Dec. 11.

The following complaints were filed:

--Perry M. and Rose Marie Allard of Oregon claim Perry M. Allard developed mesothelioma after his work as a machine gunner in the U.S. Guard from 1938 until 1939, as a laborer at Remington Rand in Portland in 1939, as a patternmaker in the U.S. Navy from 1940 until 1946, as a patternmaker in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1946 until 1952, as a patternmaker for Consolidated Vultee Aircraft in 1952, as a carpenter and maintenance worker for Western Foundry from 1952 until 1953, as a patternmaker for Northwest Marine Iron Works from 1953 until 1960, as a patternmaker for Dependable Pattern Works from 1960 until 1961 and as a patternmaker for Northwest Pattern Works from 1962 until 1987. The Allards 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-1334.

--Douglas and Margie Berger ofTexas claim Douglas Bergerdeveloped mesothelioma after his work at Shell Oil Company from 1948 until 1986 and at Brown and Root from 1962 until 1963. The Browns will be represented by Allyson M. Romani. Ross D. Stomel of Shrader and Associates inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1345.

--Emily Cradic ofTennessee claims her recently deceased husband, Carl W. Cradic, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, heavy equipment operator, pipe layer and home remodeler at various locations from 1958 until 1979. Emily Cradic 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-1316.

--Sandra DeMott ofMichigan claims her recently deceased mother, Rose Simmons, developed mesothelioma after her work as a home construction worker from the 1950s until the 1970s and as a coremaker and relief person from 1946 until 1971. DeMott will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve as counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1326.

--Willie Eberle ofMissouri claims his recently deceased wife, Meldon Eberle, developed asbestosis after her work as a laborer, miner and painter at various locations from 1942 until 1977. Willie Eberle 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-1335.

--Arlene Hardin ofOhio claims her recently deceased husband, Alby Ray Hardin, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler tender, laborer and home remodeler at various locations from 1944 until 1979. Arlene Hardin 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-1339.

--Jeffrey Holderfield ofAlabama claims his recently deceased wife, Bobbie Holderfield, developed lung cancer after her work as a laborer and home remodeler at various locations from 1974 until 1979. Jeffrey Holderfield 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-1336.

--Claude J. and Donith Kling of Louisiana claim Claude J. Kling developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955, as a plumber's helper from 1956 until 1957, as a pipefitter helper at Dow Chemical, as an operator for Ormet Corporation from 1958 until 1991 and as a member of the Steel Workers and Pipefitter's Local from 1953 until his retirement in 1991. The Klings 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-1322.

--Martha Kuhlman ofAlaska claims the recently deceased Franklin Swindle developed lung cancer after his work as a labor operator at Reynolds Metals Company from 1963 until 1991 and as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1962. Kuhlman 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-1320.

--Denise Maxwell ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Stephen Maxwell, developed Mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, mechanic and supervisor at various locations throughout theUnited States includingIllinois from 1966 until 2008. Denise Maxwell will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1325.

--Robert Taylor and Laura Lynne McDonald of Georgia claim Robert McDonald developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer for LaGrange Ready Mix in 1985, as a machine operator for Milliken and Co. in 1986, as a laborer for Freeman Construction from 1986 until 1987, as a laborer for Brown Steel from 1987 until 1989, as a laborer for Owens Pressure Washing from 1989 until 1992 and as a laborer and supervisor for Utility Service Co. from 1992 until 2004. The McDonalds 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-1333.

--Donald Noe of Illinois, a worker at Pharmacia Corporation formerly known as Monsanto Company from 1961 until 1994, claims lung cancer. Noe will be represented by Michael R. Bilbrey, Timothy P. Hulla, James R. Stever, Robert B. Ramsey and Michael V. Oltmann of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Glen Carbon. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1330.

--Larry O'Neil Jr. ofFlorida, a laborer and welder at various locations from 1949 until 1979, claims lung cancer. O'Neil 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-1318.

--John R. Peterman ofMissouri, an assembly line worker and laborer at various locations from 1960 until 1979, claims colon cancer. Peterman 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-1317.

--Richard Pierce ofWisconsin claims his recently deceased uncle, Allen Pierce, developed lung cancer after his work as a boatswain's mate, carpenter, laborer, mechanic and home remodeler at various locations from 1951 until 1979. Richard Pierce 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-1340.

--Mary Rivera ofCalifornia, a laborer and home remodeler at various locations from 1953 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Rivera 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-1337.

--Charles Schroeder ofConnecticut, a machinist, foreman, florist and laborer at various locations from 1932 until 1986, claims mesothelioma. Schroeder 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-1341.

--Ernie Spencer ofKentucky, a laborer and science teacher at various locations throughout theUnited States includingIllinois from 1946 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Spencer will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1324.

--Jonathan and Cammi Tolbert of Alabama claim Jonathan Tolbert developed lung cancer after his work as a labor operator for Stockholm Valves and Fitting from 1964 until 1965, as a self-employed construction worker from 1966 until 1971, as a construction worker for Prichard Construction from 1972 until 1973, as a welder at Pullman Standard from 1974 until 1980, as a construction worker at Jones Construction from 1983 until 1984 and as a labor operator at U.S. Steel Corporation from 1986 until 1987. The Tolberts 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-1321.

--Johnny Lee Williams ofAlabama, a plumber and laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Williams 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-1338.

--Horace Young ofIllinois, a lab tech, mechanic, laborer, salesman and supervisor at various locations throughoutIllinois,Ohio andMichigan from 1946 until 1988, claims bilateral pleural plaques. Young 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-1315.

--James E. Young ofOhio, the owner of a trucking business from 1995 until 2001, an equipment operator from 1950 until 1994, an insulation remover and replacer, a shadetree mechanic and a residential construction worker from the 1970s until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Young will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1327.

--Mary A. Zueck ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Charles A. Zueck, developed colon cancer after his work as a pipefitter at Shell Oil Company from 1952 until 1986. Mary A. Zueck 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-1323.

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

10 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyDec. 21-24
1/12/2010 2:38 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 10 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court throughout the week of Dec. 21 through Dec. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Phlegar Compton ofNew Jersey, an engineer at various locations throughoutIllinois andPennsylvania from 1940 until 1984, claims mesothelioma.Compton 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-1391.

--Kenneth Fehribach ofFlorida, a laborer, production worker, tooling engineer and injection mold operator at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1948 until 1986, claims mesothelioma. Fehribach was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, Lawrence Fehribach, who worked as an assembler and repairman from 1933 until 1972 inMichigan, according to the complaint. Fehribach will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1399.

--Pamela Gonzalez ofCalifornia claims the recently deceased Leanne K. Shipman developed mesothelioma after her work for Montgomery Ward and Company, for Sears Holding Corporation, for Toyota Santa Ana, for Rosalie Ginther, for Power Lift Corporation, for Forty-three, for California Rubber Products, for OA Systems and for Monterey-Carmel Communications Corporation. Shipman was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her former husband, Mark McDonald, who worked as a machinist on military equipment and who performed remodeling projects on apartment buildings aroundLos Angeles, and through her sister, Ilona Arnedt, who worked as a manufacturer of plastic products at Fesco Plastics Corporation, according to the complaint. Gonzalez will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1392.

--Anton Greiner of Ohio, who worked on personal vehicles in Dayton from 1960 until 1980; who worked in Kingston in a shipyard building an aluminum minesweeper in 1961, who worked as a pipefitter for Globe Verniki from 1959 until 1964, who worked as a pipefitter in 1964 and who worked as a pipefitter for General Motors from 1965 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Greiner 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 serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1395.

--Dennis and Rachel Landis of Florida claim Dennis Landis developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter in the early 1970s at Martin Welder, as a laborer in 1975 at Johns Manville, as a laborer at Scannell Boiler Works, as a laborer in the late 1970s at Prelco, as a builder of fuel trucks at Tech-Weld in the late 1970s and early 1980s and as a member of the Teamsters Local Union 49. He was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father who worked as a teamster truck driver, according to the complaint. The Landises 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-1394.

--Murriel O'Neill claims the recently deceased Naomi Winter developed mesothelioma after she was exposed to asbestos fibers through a family member, Walter A. Winter, who worked as a laborer from 1950 until 1970 at various locations. O'Neill 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-1389.

--Michelle Rice ofTexas claims her recently deceased father, Oren Monceauxdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and home remodeler at various locations from 1968 until 1979. Rice 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-1388.

--Martha Royal ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Jerry Royal, developed lung cancer after his work as a machinist and home remodeler at various locations from 1955 until 1979. Royal 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-1387.

--John Ward ofNevada claims his recently deceased father, Robert Carroll Ward, developed mesothelioma after his work as a firefighter at various locations throughoutIllinois andCalifornia from 1969 until 2009. John Ward will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1393.

--Keith West Sr. and Ruth West ofMichigan claim Keith West Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work as a stationary engineer, laborer, foreman and truck driver at various locations from 1958 until 1998. The Wests will be represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1390.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – New Asbestos Cases

15 new asbestos cases filed Oct. 12-16
10/26/2009 12:13 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 15 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Oct. 12 through Oct. 16.

The following complaints were filed:

--Martha A. Barrett ofAlabama claims the recently deceased Doyle H. Barrett developed mesothelioma after his work as a silk screen maker, printer, material handler, technician, packer, assembler, insulator, drywaller, dockworker and driver. Martha A. Barrett will be represented by Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1102.

--Gordon and Judith Belcher ofTexas claim Gordon Belcherdeveloped lung cancer after his work as a member of the United States Navy from 1945 until 1964 and as a boiler inspector at Cumy Commercial Union, Indian Insurance Company, Cummin Froster U.S. Fire, Home Insurance Company, Factory Mutual and American General from 1965 until the 1990s. The Belchers will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1100.

--Patricia Broadfoot ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Darmon Broadfoot, developed pleural plaques after his work as a laborer, miner and driller at various locations from 1946 until 1979. Patricia Broadfoot 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-1086.

--Tywana M. Dantzler ofLouisiana claims her recently deceased father, Bobbyn Dantzler, developed lung cancer after his work as a welder and home remodeler at various locations from 1972 until 1979. Dantzler 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-1091.

--Albert Dorgan ofMassachusetts, an insulator and police officer at various locations from 1951 until 1981, claims mesothelioma. Dorgan will be represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1095.

--L.J. Hilson ofIllinois, a laborer and operator at variouslocation from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Hilson 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-1089.

--Catherine Hupp ofWest Virginia claims her recently deceased husband, Billy D. Hupp, developed lung cancer after his work as a tank operator and home remodeler from 1955 until 1979. Catherine Hupp 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-1093.

--Jesse E. Miller Jr. ofMissouri claims his recently deceased father, Jesse Miller, developed asbestosis after his work as a laborer at various locations from 1957 until 1979. Jesse E. Miller Jr. 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-1087.

--Kathleen Laramie ofMissouri, a worker at various locations from 1990 until now, claims mesothelioma.Laramie 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: 09-L-1101.

--Fred E. Nelson ofIllinois, a painter and drywall applicator from 1954 until 1987, a painter at General Electric from 1955 until 1978, a painter at the General Motors Foundry in the 1950s and a painter at Quaker Oats in the 1970s, claims mesothelioma. Nelson will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, W. Casey Harris and M. Clay Fostel of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1084.

--Ambus Pearson ofIllinois, a maintenance technician and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Pearson 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-1092.

--Michael and Jennifer Pikaart ofMichigan claim Michael Pikaart developed mesothelioma after his work as a farm hand, laborer, manager, seaman and factory worker from 1978 until now. Michael Pikaart was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, Floyd Pikaart, who worked as a mechanic at a farm tractor and implement dealership, according to the complaint. The Pikaarts 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: 09-L-1085.

--Sharon Sale and Paula Sarno ofCalifornia claim their recently deceased father, Lloyd Sale, developed mesothelioma after his work as a telecommunications installer at various locations from 1953 until 1979.Sale and Sarno 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-1088.

--Elmer Wallace claims his recently deceased wife, Audrey Wallace, developed mesothelioma after her work as a laborer at various locations from 1940 until 1950. Audrey Wallace was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a fork lift driver and truck dispatcher at various locations from 1957 until 1972, according to the complaint. Elmer Wallace will be represented by Robert Phillips and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1090.

--James L. and Leone A. Wallace claim James L. Wallace developed mesothelioma after he worked around asbestos fibers. The Wallaces will be represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1083.

--William Watson, a member of the United States Navy from 1943 until 1946, a stocker at the General Electric Company from 1952 until 1957 and an automobile mechanic from 1957 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Watson will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1094.

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure –Nonoccupational Asbestos

 

The New Menace of Mesothelioma Resulting fromNonoccupational Asbestos Exposure

Posted: May 17, 2010


The development of asbestos related disease in workers has been closely studied for some time.  However,anew wave of mesothelioma cases are emerging from the spouses of workers that were exposed to this hazardous material.  One important study is called, "Asbestos-Related Disease from Household Exposure" by Gary R.Epler,Muiris X. Fitz Gerald, Edward A.Gaensler, Charles B. Carrington - Respiration 1980;39:229-240.  Here is an excerpt: "Abstract - The importance ofnonoccupational asbestos exposure has been emphasized recently. To illustrate this problem, we report 4 persons with asbestos-related disease from household exposure. There were 2 wives of asbestos workers, who cleaned their husbands' work clothes. One developed amesothelioma and the other plaques, calcification, benign asbestos pleural effusion andsubpleuralparenchymal fibrosis. 2 men were exposed as children while playing in a cellar room which was also used for their father's muffler repair business. At ages 27 and 33, they had pleural and diaphragmatic calcifications." 

 

Another study worth examining is called, "Asbestos induces apoptosis in human alveolar macrophages" by R. F. Hamilton, L. L.Iyer and A.Holian - Department of Internal Medicine, University ofTexas Medical School,Houston77030,USA.  Am JPhysiol Lung Cell MolPhysiol 271: L813-L819,1996.  Here is an excerpt: "Asbestos refers to a group of fibrous minerals implicated in the development of several lung diseases, including fibrosis (asbestosis), cancer, and malignantmesothelioma. Although major health risks exist in occupationally exposed individuals, low-level exposures of asbestos may still contribute to health problems. The mechanism by which asbestos causes lung disease is not clearly understood but has been proposed to involve the alveolar macrophage (AM). We propose that asbestos inducesapoptosis of AM, resulting in the development of an inflammatory state.

 

In this study, we examined two forms of asbestos,chrysotile (CHR) andcrocidolite (CRO), along with a control fiber,wollastonite (WOL), to characterize their relativecytotoxicity and ability to stimulate apoptosis in vitro. AM were cultured for 24 h with these particulates and examined for cell viability (trypan blue exclusion) and apoptosis (morphology, levels ofcytosolicoligonucleosomal DNA fragments, and DNA ladder). In the absence of a decrease in cell viability, both CHR and CRO produced changes in cell morphology consistent with apoptosis. In addition, levels ofcytoplasmicoligonucleosomal DNA (Cell Death Detection enzyme-linkedimmunosorbent assay) were significantly enhanced for CHR (3-25 micrograms/ml) and CRO (25-75 micrograms/ml) in a dose-dependent manner (a process that wasinhibitable by 10microM Z-Val-Ala-Aspfluoromethylketone, an interleukin-converting enzyme inhibitor). In contrast, WOL (up to 400 micrograms/ml) produced no significant DNA fragmentation in a 24-h culture. Neither CHR nor CRO caused DNA ladder formation in 24-h cell cultures. However, in 48-h cell cultures, both CHR- and CRO-exposed cells, but not WOL, resulted in the formation of DNA ladders characteristic of apoptosis. In summary, these results suggest that, unlikenonfibrogenic particulates, low doses of asbestos fibers cause apoptosis in cultured human AM that may be an early step in the development of lung fibrosis."

 

A third study is called, "Iron mobilization fromcrocidolite asbestos greatly enhancescrocidolite-dependent formation of DNA single-strand breaks in øX174 RFI DNA" by Loren G. Lund and Ann E.Aust - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Utah State University Logan, UT 84322–0300, USA.  Here is an excerpt: "The ability of the iron associated with asbestos to catalyze damage to øX174 RFI DNA was determined and compared with iron mobilized from asbestos. Asbestos (1 mg/ml) suspended for 30 min in 50mMNaCl containing 0.5 µg øX174 RFI DNA, pH 7.5, did not catalyze detectable amounts of DNA single-strand breaks (SSB). However, additionofoascorbate (1mM) resulted in 19, 26, 7 or 8% DNA with SSB forcrocidolite,amosite,chrysotile ortremolite respectively. The percentage of DNA with SSB induced by each form of asbestos was directly related to its iron content. Inclusion ofdesferrioxamine B, which bindsFe(III) rendering itredox inactive, completely inhibited asbestos-dependent formation of DNA SSB, suggesting that iron was responsible for catalyzing the formation of DNA SSB. Mobilization ofFe(II) fromcrocidolite by citrate, EDTA ornitrikrtriacetate (1mM) in the absence ofascorbate resulted in 15, 33 or 63% DNA with SSB respectively.

 

This activity was completely inhibited by compounds considered to be OH scavengers, i.e.mannitol, 5, 5-dimethyl-l-pyroline N-oxide orsalicylate (100mM).Preincubation ofcrocidolite with citrate (1mM) for 24 h resulted in mobilization of 52 µMiron and increasedascorbate-dependent induction of DNA SSB compared withcrocidolite that waspreincubated without citrate. Iron mobilized by citrate was entirely responsible forcrocidolite-dependent formation of DNA SSB as evidenced by complete inhibition withdesferrioxamine B. Therefore, the results of the present study strongly suggest that iron was responsible for asbestos-dependent generation of oxygen radicals, which resulted in the formation of DNA SSB. Mobilization of iron bychelators, followed byredox cycling, greatly enhancedcrocidolite-dependent formation of DNA SSB. Thus, mobilization of iron in vivo by low mol. wtchelators may lead to the increased production of reactive oxygen species resulting in damage tobiomolecules, such as DNA."

If you found any of these excerpts, please read them in their entirety.  We all owe a debt of gratitude to these researchers.

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure –Mesothelioma Symptoms

After Asbestos Death, Children Seeking Justice

Posted by admin January 26th, 2010 |

The children of a man whodied from an asbestos-related form of lung cancer in last year have filed a lawsuit against 21 corporations on behalf of their deceased father. The deceased father, Reginald Franklin, passed away in April 2009. Asbestos exposure is conclusively linked to the development of lung cancer, as well asmesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that can affect the lungs, abdomen, or even the membranous lining of the heart.

Mesothelioma affects less than 3,000 Americans each year, and while there are palliative treatment methods available, including chemo, there is no known cure. The disease typically lies dormant for up to fifty years before an individual begins to suffer frommesothelioma symptoms.

During the years between 1946 and 1980, Reginald Franklin worked at the DuPont facility in Orange,Texas. Franklin also served in the army, which may have contributed to his asbestos exposure. Franklin’s children say that DuPont should shoulder the blame for years of asbestos exposure, alleging that they, along with the other 20 companies named in the suit, worked together to mask the health risks associated with asbestos exposure.

“The negligence of defendant(s) … caused Franklin’s injurious exposure to asbestos fibers,” the suit states. The companies also allegedly failed to protect Franklin during his prolonged exposure to the material. Other companies named in the suit include ABCO Industries, Owens Illinois and the A.W.Chesteron Co. The suit alleges all of the defendants conspired to mine, manufacture, sell and place asbestos and asbestos-laden products to the American public.

Source: http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/223793-children-file-asbestos-suit-against-21-companies-on-late-fathers-behalf
 
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Texas – Asbestos Exposure – Asbestos & Mesothelioma Lawsuits 

16 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountySept. 21-25
10/9/2009 2:23 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 16 newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 21 through Sept. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Mary Bertrand ofOntario alleges the recently deceased Robert Bertrand developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and insulator at various locations throughoutIllinois andCanada from 1969 until 2008. Mary Bertrand will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1003.

--Robert and Isabelle Bullock ofOhio claim Robert Bullock developed mesothelioma after his work as a teacher, minister, bus driver, toll booth operator and self-employed operator of various camps and resorts throughoutIllinois,Missouri,Pennsylvania andNew York from 1950 until 2005. The Bullocks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1004.

--Walter Cain, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1971 and from 1975 and 1977 and a worker at various other jobs until 2007, claims mesothelioma. Cain will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1017.

--Bruce Klabunde ofNorth Dakota claims his recently deceased mother, Elizabeth Klabunde, developed mesothelioma after her work as a receptionist and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Bruce Klabunde 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-1011.

--Gerald and Kathleen LaBathe ofTexas claim Gerald LaBathedeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army in 1951 and in the National Guard from 1954 until 1974. Gerald LaBathe was also a member of the Asbestos Workers' Local 34 and worked in numerous refineries and chemical plants, according to the complaint. The LaBathes 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-1018.

--Dolores Molloy ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Molloy, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and mechanic at various locations from 1948 until 1985. Dolores Molloy will be represented by Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1025.

--Fabian Moyano claims his recently deceased father, Guillermo Moyano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a superintendent from 1970 until 1979. Fabian Moyano 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-1010.

--Dexter Napier of Georgia, a laborer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Napier 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-1012.

--Donald Pattison claims recently deceased Arthella Pattison developed mesothelioma after her work atSt. Johns and Orvid-Elsie schools. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Reo Ivan Pattison, who worked as a press operator. Donald Pattison will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1026.

--Adriana M. Perez of Florida, a laborer at ABC Print Shop in Miami from 1964 until 1979, a laborer at Haiti from 1964 until 1968, an office worker at Nikki Lu in the 1980s and a secretary at a doctor's office in 1985, claims mesothelioma. Perez claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance worker at a foundry, according to the complaint. Perez 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-1002.

--Richard W. and Geraldine F. Reeves of Indiana claim Richard W. Reeves developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1958, as a bill collector for various credit and accounting firms from 1958 until 1970 and as a boilermaker for various employees through the international Boilermaker Union from 1970 until 1995. Richard W. Reeves was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who was a millwright for various employers from 1947 until 1955, according to the complaint. Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing the Reeves. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1005.

--Ella D. Ridout ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, Thomas G. Ridout,developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1973, as an iron worker, welder and crane operator for various construction companies from 1974 until 1994, as a general foreman for Martin K. Eby from 1994 until 1995, as a general foreman for H.B. Zachry from 1995 until 2001, as a superintendent for Wanzek Construction from 2005 until 2006 and as a general foreman and general superintendent for Fluor. 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-1006.

--Anne M. Schmuhl ofOhio claims her recently deceased father, Julius M. Storti, developed mesothelioma after his work with Transformer Engineering Corp. from 1943 until 2006. Schmuhl 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-1014.

--Danielle Taurmina ofNew York claims her recently deceased stepfather, Mario Bosio, developed mesothelioma after his work as a civil engineer and a home remodeler at various locations from 1978 until 1979. Taurmina 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-1013.

--Maurice Wintermann ofIllinois, a boilermaker, janitor and laborer at various locations from 1950 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Wintermann will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Neilson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1009.

--John J. Worthen of Illinois, a bricklayer for Worthen Brick Construction Company from 1971 until 1976, a bricklayer for Coppers in 1974, a bricklayer for Ser-Steel from 1976 until 1977 and a bricklayer for National Steel and US Steel from 1977 until now, claims lung cancer. Worthen 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-1015.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Lawsuit

Six new asbestos cases filed Aug. 24-28
9/10/2009 8:44 AM By KellyHolleran 

A total of six newasbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Aug. 24 through Aug. 28.

The following complaints were filed:

--Lana Bristow ofIndiana claims her recently deceased father, WilliamFraticelli, developedmesothelioma after his work as a laborer and security guard at various locations throughoutIllinois andIndiana from 1954 until 1990. Bristow will be represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of Simmons, Browder,Gianaris,Angelides andBarnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-893.

--Dale Nelson ofIowa, a parts salesman, jet engine mechanic and assembly man at various locations throughoutIllinois andIowa from 1955 until 2003, claimsmesothelioma. Nelson will be represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder,Gianaris,Angelides andBarnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-882.

--Juanita M. Perkins ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband,Blannie Perkins, developedmesothelioma after his work as a grinder and welder for Thermos-King Steely from 1966 until 1997 and as a maintenance worker for Freeport School District No. 145 from 1998 until 2004. Juanita M. Perkins 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-896.

--Robert D. and Teresa L.Pinkley of Missouri claim Robert D.Pinkley developedmesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1963, as a member of the Pipe Covering Local No. 1 as a pipefitter and pipe coverer, as a machinist from 1963 until 1969, as an owner and laborer for B&B Home Repair from 1970 until 1974, as an assembly line worker from 1975 until 1979, as a crane operator and material gatherer from 1977 until 1978 and as a maintenance worker. ThePinkleys 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-880.

--Mariann Thompson ofMissouri alleges her recently deceased uncle,WainoJaaskela, developedmesothelioma after his work as a Tech 4 in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1945, as a machinist at General Motors from 1946 until 1958 and as a farmer from 1958 until 1970. Thompson 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-883.

--RafaelValadez ofTexas, a welder, inspector, instructor and laborer at various locations throughout theUnited States from 1969 until now,claimsmesothelioma.Valadez is represented by Randy S. Cohn of Simmons, Browder,Gianaris,Angelides andBarnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-881.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

10 new asbestos case filed Aug. 3-7
8/24/2009 11:27 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 10 new asbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of Aug. 3 through Aug. 7.

The following claims were filed:

--David DeSante ofRhode Island claims his recently deceased mother, Anna DeSante, developed mesothelioma after her job as a factory worker for Westminster Jewelry, Cable Electric, Coro Jewelry, Spiedel, Monet Jewelry, O'Connell and Carpenter and Imperial Knife. Anna DeSante was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through her husband who worked as a warehouseman, forklift operator and laborer for Foxboro Terminals from 1969 until 1994, according to the complaint. DeSante 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-826.

--Mary Eades ofTexas claims her recently deceased son, Charles Gaffey,died after he developed mesothelioma after his work as a porter at Litsinger Motors and after helping his uncle remodel his home during the 1970s. Mary Eades claims her son was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through his grandfather who worked in steel mills in southChicago. Eades is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-825.

--Robert Gragg, who worked at Bakers Quarry in 1956, as an apprentice carpenter at DuPont in 1957, as a petty officer in the U.S. Navy between 1957 and 1962, served aboard the U.S.S. Stribling DD between 1958 and 1960 and the U.S.S. Dyers DDS between 1960 and 1962, at Dean White Construction in 1962 cleaning up hoses after fires and general labor, for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company from 1962 until 1998 as a factory worker and general janitorial worker, claims mesothelioma. Gragg is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-820.

--Teresa M. Lawlor ofFlorida claims Clara L. Fisk died after developing mesothelioma from her work in maintenance for bowling alleys and Goodwill stores. Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton will be representing her. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-819.

--Hollis and Paula Lee ofIndiana claim Hollis Lee developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic and painter from 1969 until now. The Lees are represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-823.

--Richard Lemire ofTexas claims Albert Lemire died after developing mesothelioma from his work as a laborer and store clerk while in the United States Navy. Richard Lemire is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-802.

--Elizabeth S. Love ofMassachusetts claims Helen F. Shelley died after developing mesothelioma from her work as a school teacher. Love is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-818.

--Hubert L. and Sharon Paul of Alabama claim Hubert L. Paul developed mesothelioma after his work as a machinist helper for Mobile Ship Repair in 1956, as an employee for Alabama States Docks in 1957, as an employee for International Paper Company from 1958 until 1959, as a firefighter in 1959, as a member of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force from 1963 until 1969 and as a firefighter from his discharge until 1992. The Pauls 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-822.

--Stanley Stevens of Indiana claims his recently deceased wife, Sarah Stevens, died after developing mesothelioma after her work as a dental assistant and x-ray technician at various locations from 1969 until 2002. Stanley Stevens is represented by Shane F. Hampton, Paul M. Dix and Courtney Harashe Gregory of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-824.

--Gary D. Trommell, an employee at Dairy Queen and the Miller Plant Farm Nursery, an employee at the Kelsey Hayes Company, a mobile home brake manufacturer on the assembly line from 1973 until 1977 and a teacher, coach, athletic director and principal from 1977 through 2009, claims peritoneal mesothelioma. Trommell 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: 09-L-821.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

18 new asbestos cases filed July 27-31
8/20/2009 8:39 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 18 new asbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of July 27 through July 31.

The following claims were filed:

--Norbert and Marjorie Bossen ofIowa allege Norbert Bossen developed mesothelioma after his work in theUnited States Navy from 1944 until 1946; as aboilermaker in the late 1940s and early 1950s; withGilbert and Bossen Farm Implements from the early 1950s until 1967; as a pipe fitter from 1967 until 1982; and performinghome remodeling work to his homes in the mid 1970s. The Bossens are represented by Robert Rowland and Elizabeth V. Heller of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Sean P. Worsey of Levin, Simes, Kaiser and Gornick inSan Francisco will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-795.

--Walter Derby ofColorado, anaviation mechanic, consulting engineer, police officer, security guard, laborer, tree trimmer and contractor/construction worker at various locations throughoutIllinois,California,Colorado andOklahoma from 1967 until 2007claims mesothelioma.Derby is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-789.

--Catherine Fridmanski claims her recently deceased cousin, Andrew Mulato, developed mesothelioma after his work as abricklayer andsteelworker at various locations from 1940 until 1980. Fridmanski is 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: 09-L-792.

--Josie Gonzales ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, Eulalio Gonzales, developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer and foreman at various locations throughoutIllinois,Missouri,Colorado,Kansas,New Mexico andTexas from 1958 until 1985. Josie Gonzales is 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-798.

--Joseph and Sandra Goudreau ofMichigan claim Joseph Goudreau developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer, painter, operator and engineer at various locations inIllinois,Michigan,Alabama andWisconsin from 1950 until 2000. The Goudreaus are represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-801.

--Julie Hied ofMontana claims her recently deceased husband, Lyle Woolston, developed mesothelioma after his work as arancher and mechanic at various locations from 1968 until 1978. Hied is 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-775.

--Betty Hughes ofVirginia claims her recently deceased husband, Cecil Hughes, developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer and carpenter from 1970 until 1979. Hughes is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelisdes and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-776.

--Robert and Barbara Krupp ofIllinois allege Robert Krupp developed lung cancer after his work in theU.S. Coast Guard from 1952 until 1955; as alaborer at Mallinckrodt Chemical Company from 1955 until 1957; as alaborer at TheNew York,New Haven andHartford Railroad Company from 1957 until 1961; as alaborer at Stickland Trucklines from 1962 until 1965; and as alaborer at Manufacturers Railway Company from 1965 until 1991. The Krupps are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-777.

--John Lappin ofMissouri, amachinist and steelworker from 1947 until 1992,claims mesothelioma. Lappin is 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: 09-L-772.

--Ronald H. and Karen L. Larson claim Ronald H. Larsondeveloped mesothelioma after his work as afield lineman with theUnited States Army from 1960 until 1963 and as asteel plate inspector at Bethlehem Steel from 1963 until 1987. The Larsons are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen and William H. Barfield of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-781.

--Christopher Morelli ofNew Jersey claims his recently deceased wife, Michelle Morelli, developed mesothelioma after her work as alaborer at Lockheed Martin in 1982. She was alsoexposed to asbestos fibers while doing abatement work during the late 1990s and wassecondarily exposed through her husband, who owned apainting, drywall and texture company from 1982 until now, according to the complaint. Christopher Morelli is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-782.

--Jimmy E. and Rosalee Murphy ofArkansas claim Jimmy Murphy developed mesothelioma after his work as amanufacturer from 1967 until 1971 atTucker Duck and Rubber Company,Fort Smith Table and Chairs and Bowmen and Company; as alaborer for Capco from 1971 until 1976; as awelder for Structural Steel in 1976; as aforklift operator for Farmland Feed Mill from 1976 until 1980; as awelder for Branham Industries from 1980 until 1981; as awelder for Interstate Electric from 1983 until 1986; and as anassembly line worker forTrane from 1986 until 2000. The Murphys 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-793.

--Shirley Jo Peeler ofOhio, acashier for Liberal Markets from 1953 until 1956 and an employee at Revco and apress operator atStanhope Products from 1956 until 1958, claims mesothelioma. Peeler 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-794.

--Larry C. and Bettye M. Sims claim Larry C. Simsdeveloped mesothelioma after his work as anengineer and machinist mate while in theU.S. Navy from 1962 until 1987; as amaintenance man at Dorchester School District in South Carolina from 1987 until 1998; as ahome remodeler at his house from 1960 until 1970; and as ashadetree mechanic from 1959 until 1979. The Sims are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-779.

--Toni Solano ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, John M. Solano, developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer and division engineer forBurlington Northern Santa Fe Rail Road from 1975 until 2005. Toni Solano 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-796.

--Robert A. and Darlene M. Switzer claim Robert A. Switzer developed mesothelioma after his work as aservice representative, products liability specialist, maintenance, expert claims witness forCaterpillar Tractor Company from 1953 until 1988; while being enrolled in officer's candidate school where he learned and performed duties onNavy ship from 1944 until 1946; while working for aroad equipment contractor and onwelded metal tracks from 1949 until 1953; as afarmer at Norvel Switzer Farm from 1926 until 1944; as ashadetree mechanic from the 1950s until 1980; and inresidential construction from the 1950s until 1980. The Switzers are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beane ofHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-780.

--Leo J. and Ruth A. Vietmeier claim Leo J. Vietmeier developed mesothelioma after his work as alaborer, assembly line worker and maintenance man at American Vitrified in the 1950s; as alaborer while in the AFL-CIO Union in the 1960s; as amine worker at Pegg's Run Coal Mill inPennsylvania in the 1970s; as ameat cutter at Giant Eagle from 1980 until 1996; as a homeremodeler at his home from 1967 until 1990; and as ashadetree mechanic on his automobiles from 1950 until 1980. The Vietmeiers are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-778.

--Mary Ellen White ofNew Hampshire claims her recently deceased husband, John Grohosky, developed mesothelioma after his work in theU.S. Navy from 1944 until 1964 and as aforklift driver from the early 1970s until 1988. White is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-784.

--Fred Young ofWisconsin, who served in theBritish Navy from August 1940 until August 1954 and who worked as amechanical researcher from 1954 until 1956; as amechanical researcher at AV Roc from 1956 until 1958; as adesign engineer forPratt and Whitney from 1958 until 1960; as adesign engineer at the GE Nuclear Power Demonstration Plant from 1960 until 1963; as a seniorreactor operator atOntario Hydro from 1963 until 1965; as amaintenance supervisor atThunder Bay Generating Plant from 1965 until 1967; as amaintenance supervisor atWisconsin Electric Point Beach Plant from 1968 until 1972; as alaborer at Bechtel from 1972 until 1984; and as aconsultant at Wisconsin Electric Point Beach Plant from 1984 until 1989, claims mesothelioma. Young is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-797.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Claims Filed

17 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyJuly 20-24
7/29/2009 9:42 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 17 newasbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of July 20 through July 24.

The following claims were filed:

--Patrick Arthur ofFlorida claims his recently deceased father, Armand Arthur, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and cabinet maker from 1955 until 1995. Patrick Arthur is represented by Brian J. Cooke of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-771.

--Jerome Brockmeyer, a chemical operator at National Lead from 1955 until 1980 and at Combustion Engineering from 1981 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. Brockmeyer is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-764.

--Veronica Campbell ofTexas claims a recently deceased man, James R. Campbell,developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, high school teacher, high school vocational work study program coordinator, high school principal and associate principal and academy superintendent at various locations from 1953 until 1979. Veronica Campbell is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-742.

--Steven H. Coody, an owner and mechanic at Steve Coody Trucking from 1972 until 1981; a farmer and mechanic at Coody Farm from 1963 until 2009; and a construction worker and shadetree mechanic from 1966 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Coody is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, J.D. McMullen and William H. Barfield of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-758.

--Mark Custance ofCalifornia claims a recently decease man, Howard Custance, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer. Mark Custance is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-756.

--Edwardo J. Dorato and Barbara Dorato of Nevada allege Edwardo J. Dorato developed mesothelioma after his work as an infantryman and maintenance man in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1956; as a produce packer at Arrow Packing Co. from 1957 until 1967; as a surveyor's assistant at Jefferson Construction from 1967 until 1968; as a position cook at Ice Cream Parlor from 1968 until 1969; as a grill man at George's Restaurant from 1969 until 1980; as a prep cook from 1980 until 1982; and as a grill man from 1982 until 1993 at Dottie's Kitchen. The Doratos are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-750.

--Patricia Fillmore ofMissouri alleges the recently deceased David Fillmore developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer. Patricia Fillmore is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-755.

--Stanley E. Fisher of Indiana, a bricklayer, switchman, laborer and forklift operator from 1951 until 1979, claims colon cancer. Fisher is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-745.

--Robert Flippin, a heavy construction worker from 1963 until 1966; a large pipe insulation material installer and retriever from 1966 until 1969; a heavy construction worker from 1969 until 1971; and a production and fabrication line worker from 1972 until 1976, claims mesothelioma. Flippin is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffrey A.J. Millar of Brent Coon and Associates inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-763.

--Gordon Hatcher Jr. ofAlabama claims his recently deceased father, Gordon Hatcher Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and laborer. Gordon Hatcher Jr. is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-754.

--Florence Hudson of Missouri, a furnace repairman and truck driver at various locations inIllinois andMissouri from 1958 until 1998, claims lung cancer.Hudson is 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: 09-L-765.

--Wanda Kidd ofOklahoma claims her recently deceased husband, Kenneth M. Kidd, developed mesothelioma after his work as a steamfitter, welder, pipefitter, plumber, engineer and shopfitter at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri during the 1940s. Kidd is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-748.

--Sophia and James Kirn ofIllinois allege Sophia Kirn developed Mesothelioma after her work as a laborer at American Can Company in 1948 and as an operator at Illinois Bell Telephone from 1956 until 1991. Sophia Kirn was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked from 1943 until 1954 as a laborer at American Can Company, from 1954 until 1971 as a laborer at Edwards Pole and Wire, as a laborer at Man Power in 1972, as a laborer at Waukegan Township Highway Department in 1973 and as a laborer at North Short Sanitary District from 1975 until 1992, according to the complaint. The Kirns are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-741.

----Lois M. Lane of Missouri claims she developed mesothelioma after her secondary exposure to asbestos fibers through her ex-husband, who worked as a cook in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955; as a laborer at Continental Can from 1955 until 1961; as a carpenter at Fruin-Colnon in 1961; as a laborer at Mitchell's Auto Salvage from 1961 until 1962; and as a laborer at Sander's Auto Salvage from 1962 until 1982. Lane is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-757.

--Patrick and Anna McGrath ofIllinois claim Patrick McGrath developed mesothelioma after his work as a painter, laborer and computer consultant from 1969 until now. The McGraths are represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-753.

--Paul Myers of North Carolina, a laborer, welder and assembly and construction worker from 1959 until 1998 at various locations throughout Illinois, Ohio and Delaware, claims mesothelioma. Myers is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-752.

--Richard L. Neathammer ofAlabama claims his recently deceased father, Richard U. Neathammer, developed mesothelioma after his work as a fireman, sales associate, manager and courier at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1947 until 1992. Neathammer is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-749.

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 Texas – Asbestos Legislation – Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Texas legislation would expediteMesothelioma lawsuits

June 20th, 2009 by Wendi Lewis

 

bill 100x100 Texas legislation would expedite mesothelioma lawsuits

 

According to a report in Risk & Insurance magazine,legislation currently pending in theTexas Senate would make it easier for people withmesothelioma lawsuits to have their day in court. Senate Bill 1123, which is sponsored by Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) would eliminate the need for Mesothelioma victims to prove exactly how much asbestos they had been exposed to as the source of their cancer.

 

Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure. It most often affects the lining of the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the abdomen or, more rarely, the heart.

 

A 2007 Texas Supreme Court ruling in an asbestosis case requires victims of asbestos disease to show exactly how much asbestos they were exposed to in order to prove causation. Asbestosis is a severe scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos. The standards in this ruling are currently also applied tomesothelioma lawsuits.

 

Sen. Duncan argues that the same standards of causation cannot be applied tomesothelioma cases, because of the usually long latency period of the disease. It can sometimes take decades from the point of asbestos exposure until the disease manifests with symptoms. As a result, it is often extremely difficult for plaintiffs to trace back to the source of their exposure and secure qualitative proof of the exact amount of exposure.

 

Senate Bill 1123 would use what is known as the “Lohrmann standard,” which requires amesothelioma plaintiff to “prove that exposure to asbestos was frequent, regular and proximal.” The bill would not affect the standard for asbestosis cases.

Some argue that the law will be too lenient, but Risk & Insurance quotes Sen. Duncan as saying the rule will only bringTexas in line with the standard used most widely throughout the rest of the country to determine causation inmesothelioma cases.

 

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

18 new asbestos cases filed June 29-July 3
7/14/2009 12:26 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 18 newasbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of June 29 through July 3.

The following claims were filed:

--Kathleen K. and Mark Anderson ofVirginia allege Kathleen K. Anderson developed mesothelioma after her work on a family farm, where she operated farm equipment and helped with daily chores. Kathleen K. Anderson also worked as an office assistant in the counselor's office from 1966 until 1970 and at the newspaper during her high school years, according to the complaint. In addition, she worked as an administrative assistant atWest Des MoinesSchool District for 14 years and worked as a secretary at IA Conservation Commission and in the plant nursery at Southern States Co-op until 2008, the suit states. TheAndersons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-699.

--Erick Applebet ofTennessee alleges his recently deceased father, Percy Applebet, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer at various locations from 1955 until 1979. 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-691.

--Edward Bundy ofCalifornia, a farm hand, musician, sandblaster, assistant manager, pug bill, truck driver, stockman, manager, laborer, security guard and assistant site manager from 1956 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. T. Barton French Jr. and Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis will be representing him. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-681.

--Roger L. and Kathy W. Carter ofTennessee claim Roger L. Carter developed lung cancer after his work as a millwright for Magnus Products from 1956 until 1966 and for Ford Motor Company from 1966 until 1970. Roger L. Carter also worked in the maintenance filed from 1970 until now. The Carters 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-679.

--Roberta Compton ofNew Jersey claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Compton, developed mesothelioma after his work as a shipfitter, pipefitter and salesman at various locations from 1942 until 1979. Roberta Compton is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-694.

--Ralph Fry ofOhio, a laborer and welder at various locations from 1943 until 1982, claims mesothelioma. Fry is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Karoline Carstens of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-686.

--Robert E. and Linnea Harris of Illinois claims Robert E. Harris developed mesothelioma after his work as a machinist mate in the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1967; as an auxiliary operator from 1967 until 1973, as a health physicist from 1973 until 1976; as a supervisor from 1976 until 1983, serving various capacities at Numanco from 1983 until 1987 and at various companies from 1987 until present. The Harrises 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-680.

--Walter Gooden ofIllinois, a sander, punch operator, fork lift driver and welder at various locations from 1953 until 1993, claims lung cancer and asbestosis. Gooden is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-698.

--John Jacobs ofArkansas, a plater, laborer and construction worker at various locations from 1967 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Jacobs is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-693.

--Lillian S. Johnson of Florida claims her recently deceased husband, Charles E. Johnson, developed lung cancer after his work as an audit clerk in the U.S. Army from 1946 until 1951; in the examining division of the bureau of engraving and printing in 1949; in the Geography Division of the Bureau of Census in 1949; in the Insurance Modification Division of the Federal Housing Administration from 1949 until 1956; as a computer operator in the D.C. Army National Guard from 1956 until 1959; as a technician at the Bureau of the Census from 1959 until 1962 and as supervisor of the Electornics Lab and Computer Lab in the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office from 1962 until 1978. Charles E. Johnson was also secondarily exposed to asbestos during the remodeling of his parents' home from 1947 until 1977 and through his uncle who worked from 1938 until 1963 as a factory worker, according to a complaint. Johnson is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-682.

--Marlene Jones ofPennsylvania, a psychiatric aide from 1969 until 1974, claims mesothelioma. Jones is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-697.

--Howard Lawrence ofNorth Carolina, an electricians mate and salesman at various locations from1949 until 1999, alleges mesothelioma.Lawrence is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-701.

--Monroe Newsome of Illinois, a coal miner and laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Newsome is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-696.

--Larry A. Post of Nebraska, who worked for the National Guard Reserves from 1963 until 1969, as a steamfitter at Natkin Service of Omaha from 1962 until 1963, as a steamfitter at Siebler Heating from 1978 until 1981, as a steamfitter at City Wide Heating from 1975 until 1978 and as a steamfitter at All Seasons Heating from 1996 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. Post is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-700.

--John C. Riley Jr. ofCalifornia, a custodian at various locations from 1973 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Riley is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-692.

--Rosie Rogers ofAlabama claims her recently deceased father, Eddie Winston, developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter at Ingalls Shipyard from 1953 until 1996.Rogers 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-687.

--Kenneth and Judith Stockton ofTexas allege Kenneth Stocktondeveloped mesothelioma after his work as an aircraft mechanic from 1967 until 1973; as a truck and warehouse helper at Carnation Milk in 1962; as a carpenter at Stauffer Chemical Company and Shell Oil Company in 1963; as a laborer at various construction sties from 1964 until 1966; as an assistant manager from 1967 until 1971; as a real estate investor from 1971 until 1972; as a laborer during the renovation of St. James Condominium from 1972 until 1974; as a mortgage banker at Ben G. McGuire and Co. from 1972 until 1985; as mortgage banker at Stockton, Luedemann and French from 1985 until 1999 and as a mortgage banker at Northmarq Capital from 1999 until 2009. TheStocktons are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-683.

--Maurilio Ulteras ofCalifornia, a laborer at various locations from 1966 until 1975, claims mesothelioma. Ulteras is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-695.

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Texas – Asbestos Exposure –Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit

29 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyJune 8-12
6/23/2009 7:12 AM By Kelly Holleran 

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

The following complaints were filed:

--Linda Barrier ofColorado claims her recently deceased husband, James L. Barrier, developed lung cancer after his work as a mechanic, industrial equipment repairman and rental property renovator from 1965 until 1979. Barrier is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-611.

--Patricia Blundell ofTexas claims her recently deceased husband, Jimmie Blundell,developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter, roofer and factory worker at various locations from 1962 until 1979. Blundell is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-617.

--Norma Briesacher ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Briesacher, developed lung cancer after his work as a supervisor and delivery driver from 1962 until 1975. Briesacher is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-599.

--Jackie Ray Casteel ofIllinois, a derrick hand and motorman in an oilfield from 1979 until 1986, claims asbestosis. Casteel is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-591.

--Cheryl Copeland ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Herman Copeland, developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic and carpenter at various locations inIllinois andIndiana from 1970 until 2005. Copeland is represented by Amy E. Garrett and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-624.

--Joyce Corbyn claims her recently deceased husband, George Corbyn, developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter at various locations from 1947 until 1979. Corbyn is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-618.

--John Robert Cox ofIllinois, a roughneck and driller on the oilfield from 1952 until 1986, claims asbestosis. Cox is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-590.

--Laura Dawes ofConnecticut, a mail sorter, assembly line worker and welder from 1971 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Dawes is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-593.

--Joseph DeMauro Sr. ofConnecticut, an apprentice carpenter, laborer, sweeper and painter from 1952 until 1979, claims lung cancer. DeMauro is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-597.

--Donna Elliott, representative of the heirs and estate of Shirley Elliott, claims Shirley Elliott developed mesothelioma after her work at Cedar Village Restaurant from the 1960s until the 1990s. Shirley Elliott was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her former spouse, Nathan Elliott, who worked for various employers including the Kentucky National Guard and Ward Engineering from 1949 until 1974, according to the complaint. Shirley Elliott was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, Eugene Drake, who worked as a laborer for L and N Railroad from 1954 until 1958. Donna Elliott is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-615.

--George T. Engle ofIllinois, a floor hand on the oilfield from 1966 until 1978, claims asbestosis. Engle is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-589.

--Maria Feola ofFlorida claims her recently deceased husband, Amerigo Feola, developed mesothelioma after his work as a concrete finisher, laborer and supervisor at various locations from 1953 until 1970. Feola is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-601.

--Leroy W. Gammon ofIllinois, a derrick hand, driller, pusher and chain hand from 1955 until 1981, claims asbestosis. Gammon is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-588.

--Ronald Garlick ofIllinois, a roughneck and chain hand on the oilfield from 1963 until 1974, claims asbsestosis. Garlick is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Firm in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-587.

--Glenna Goede ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Gerald Goede, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, oiler, aircraft mechanic and engineer from 1946 until 1979. Goede is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-619.

--Dolores Hallee ofMaine, a stacker operator at various locations from 1971 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Hallee says she was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Norman Hallee, who worked as a boiler mechanic and maintenance supervisor at various locations from 1952 until 1979. Hallee is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-594.

--Marie B. Hawks ofNorth Carolina claims her recently deceased husband, William F. Hawks Sr., developed lung cancer after his work as a concrete worker, laborer and boiler mechanic at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Hawks is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-602.

--Clarence Steven Heil ofIllinois, a floorhand in the oilfield from 1960 through the 1980s, claims asbestosis. Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy will be representing Heil. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-586.

--Anna Hess claims she was secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a mechanic from 1955 until 1980. Because of her exposure, Hess says she developed mesothelioma. Hess is 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: 09-L-629.

--James W. Howell Jr. ofMississippi claims mesothelioma on behalf of a recently deceased woman, Patricia A. Tigner, who worked as a beautician at a local beauty shop for 35 years. Tigner was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through her grandfather, who worked on various heavy equipment; through Burt Howell, who used Euclid products as a dirt mover; through her cousin Bobby Joe Tigner, who was a welder by trade and worked on boilers at Dupont and Exxon; through her husband, who was a used car salesman; through William Tigner, who did roofing and drywall work; and through her sister, who worked in various plants. Howell is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-583.

--Margaret L. Kohler ofWashington claims her recently deceased husband, Peter Kohler Sr., a pipefitter at various locations from 1946 until 1979, developed mesothelioma. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton will be representing Kohler. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-598.

--Engelbert Kraus ofMichigan, a teacher, counselor and YMCA instructor and maintenance worker from 1943 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Kraus is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-595.

--Justine Mellynchuk ofMassachusetts claims her friend, Gloria Bishop, developed mesothelioma after her work as a waitress and insulator at various locations from 1943 until 1973. Mellynchuk is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-604.

--Virginia Neely of Missouri claims her recently deceased husband, Roy Neely, developed pleural plaques after his work as a laborer at various locations from 1956 until 1979. Neely is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-610.

--Daniel Nichols ofTennessee, a laborer and roofer at various locations from 1960 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Nichols is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-596.

--Vergie Mae Overbee, a self-employed grocer in 1968; a coil winder at Consolidated Radio from 1951 until 1956; a laborer at Zenith Radio from 1957 until 1967; a laborer at Motorola from 1967 until 1968; a laborer at GM from 1969 until 1971; a member of a labor gang at Kaiser Aluminum in 1969; a packer and cleaner at Johnson and Johnson from 1970 until 1972; a home construction worker from 1971 until 1972; and a laborer at Zenith Radio from 1955 through 1966, claims mesothelioma. Overbee is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenburg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-616.

--Herschel Don Phillips of Illinois, a derrick hand, floor hand and drilling foreman from 1961 through 1972 and from 1981 until 1983, claims asbestosis. Phillips is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-585.

--Barbara Senko ofArizona claims her recently deceased husband, Robert Senko, developed mesothelioma after his work as a marine machinist from 1959 until 1979. Senko is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-603.

--Kevin T. Stucky ofIllinois, a derrick hand and driller in the oilfield from 1975 until 1987, claims asbestosis. Stucky is represented by Patricia S. Murphy of Murphy Law Office in Energy. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-584.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

22 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyApril 27-May 1
5/13/2009 4:23 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 22 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of April 27 through May 1.

The following claims were filed:

--Gerard Abbott ofMinnesota, a laborer, quality control manager, concrete finisher, block layer, maintenance worker, restaurant manager, home renovator and real estate agent at various locations from 1966 until 2007, claims lung cancer. Abbott is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-439.

--Harold L. and Peggy Austin ofArkansas claim Harold L. Austin developed lung cancer after his work from 1958 until 1992 as a foreman at Industrial Insulation. TheAustins are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-435.

--Gary and Theresa Brown ofIndiana claim Gary Brown developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, truck driver and UPS driver at various locations throughoutIndiana andOhio from the 1950s until 1994. The Browns are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-436.

--Giulio and Leonarda Cardella ofArizona claim Giulio Cardella developed mesothelioma after his work from 1968 until 1992 for Mormino andSonsGardenCenter, theCounty ofMaricopa comptroller and GC Plumbing. The Cardellas are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-434.

--Charles and Mariam Carver claim Charles Carver developed mesothelioma after his work for Globe American Corporation, U.S. Navy and Chrysler Corporation from 1941 until 1976. The Carvers are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint, David J. page and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-433.

--Joe Castle of Kentucky claims his recently deceased wife, Mary Castle, died of mesothelioma. He says she came into contact with asbestos fibers through clothing he would wear home from his work as a carpenter, strip miner and laborer at various locations throughoutKentucky. Joe Castle is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-430.

--Nileen Copeman ofMichigan, a waitress and laborer from 1970 until 2004, claims mesothelioma. Copeman says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked from 1958 until 2004 as a laborer, assembly worker, owner and operator. Her father, who worked as a lineman and division forestry supervisor from 1944 until 1976, would also bring asbestos fibers home on his clothing, according to the complaint. Copeman is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-445.

--Walter Counts of Missouri, a laborer, truck and tractor driver, supply motor operator and hoist operator at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1957 until 1988 claims mesothelioma.Counts is represented by Amy E. Garrett and Sean M. Keane of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-452.

--Judith Ann Crum claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Don Lewis Crum, who worked as a machinist, forestman, maintenance personnel, Wal-Mart greeter, drywaller and roofer from 1960 until 2008. Judith Ann Crum says her deceased husband was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, Alfred Crum. Judith Ann Crum is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-448.

--Gary Dithmart ofIowa, a laborer from 1951 until 1978, claims colon cancer. Dithmart is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-442.

--Sue Dyer ofMinnesota claims her recently deceased husband, Steven Dyer, developed lung cancer after his work from 1965 until 2005 as a maintenance worker, installer, heavy equipment operator, metal framer, cabinet assembler and fireman at various locations. Sue Dyer is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-428.

--Delois Fleming ofTennessee claims her recently deceased son, Christopher Fleming, developed mesothelioma after his work as a clerk, driver and laborer from 1994 until 2008. Delois Fleming says her son was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked from 1977 until 1999 as a lab worker at Bridgestone/Firestone. Delois Fleming is represented by Amy E. Garrett, W. Brent Copple and Sean M. Keane of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-449.

--Leonard and Joyce Marie Jansen claim Leonard Jansen developed malignant mesothelioma after his work repairing AC and heating systems and replacing gaskets and serviced circulating pumps on cooling towers. He also says he worked on residential gravity sections used to heat homes and on gas-fired or forced air furnaces and helped to construct Drury Hotels from the 1960s until the 1980s. The Jansens are represented by Donald M. Flack of Flack Law Office inWoodRiver. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-427.

--John W. Johnson ofTexas, a laborer, grinder and maintenance man from 1965 until 1997,claims lung cancer. Johnson says he was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through his father and brother who worked at Tyler Pipe. Johnson is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number:09-L-447.

--Ronald Mitchem Sr. and Karen Mitchem claim Ronald Mitchem Sr. developed mesothelioma after his work performing various jobs within the core room of the foundry, performing final inspections of finished tanks, working as a maintenance supervisor, performing auto mechanic work and performing residential construction work from 1980 through the 1990s. The Mitchems are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court number: 09-L-441.

--Geraldine Novack ofMassachusetts, a seamstress and cashier from 1935 until 1983 claims mesothelioma. Novack also says she was exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Anthony Novack, who worked from 1935 until 1958 as a stove assembly supervisor. Geraldine Novack is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-438.

--David Rees ofIllinois, a mechanic, laborer, service worker and coal miner, from 1952 until 1999, claims mesothelioma. Rees is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-446.

--Franklin Speckman ofOhio, a furnace tender, mechanical engineer, aerospace technology equipment designer, tool designer and plant manager from 1946 until 1980, claims mesothelioma. Speckman is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCoooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-444.

--Tives Staten ofKentucky, a furniture deliveryman, laborer, mechanic, construction worker, welder and industrial press setter at various locations throughoutCalifornia,Michigan andFlorida from 1977 until 1998, claims mesothelioma. Staten is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-431.

--Larry Stewart claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased mother, Lora Stewart, who worked from 1958 until 1967 as a welder at various locations. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her relative, William Stewart, who worked from 1947 until 1982 as a heating and air conditioning technician and sheet metal worker at various locations, according to the complaint. Larry Stewart is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-437.

--Carol Stout ofMissouri claims her recently deceased husband, Carlos Stout, developed lung cancer after his work at Perfection Bakeries from 1942 until 1942, in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1947 and on the annealing furnace in 1948. Carol Stout says her husband also worked as a carpenter's helper in 1943, a laborer in 1947, assembler from 1948 until 1952 and trim repairman from 1952 until 1972. Carol Stout is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 009-L-429.

--Iris E. Williams ofMichigan, a teacher from 1968 until 1999, claims mesothelioma. Williams says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked at Dodge Main inDetroit, and through her ex-husband. Williams is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-443.

--Joseph and Lorraine Wozniak of Nevada claim Joseph Wozniak developed mesothelioma after his work as a molder's helper, infantryman, operator, mail carrier, quality control and superintendent of operations at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1938 until 1985. The Wozniaks are represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-432.

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Texas – Asbestos Litigation –Rise in Asbestos Cases

Delaware, California new prime targets for asbestos plaintiffs
4/30/2009 12:30 PM By Staff Reports 

During a recent interview with a reporter, Lester Brickman recalled an old television western from days gone by called "Have Gun-Will Travel."

"The main character was named Paladin and his logo was 'have gun-will travel,'" Brickman recalled. "It would start with a little ditty and the title and such. Well, that's kind of like the plaintiffs' lawyers logo now. 'Have case-Will travel. We will go wherever we have the friendliest courts, laws and juries.'"

The assessment, coming as it did from Brickman, is particularly relevant in the aftermath of the Nolan v. Weil-McLain decision by the Illinois Supreme Court earlier this month.

Brickman is a law professor at the prestigious Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law inNew York and is widely recognized as the foremostasbestos litigation scholar in the country.

Though the ripples from the splash in the Nolan case will roll across asbestos litigation for years to come, many legal professionals expect it to, at the veryleast, dent the reputation of plaintiff friendly jurisdictions inIllinois, such asMadisonCounty.

Some, likeChicago defense attorney EdwardMcCambridge who was the prime mover on the Nolan case, believe the decision could likely have plaintiffs' lawyers in search ofa other locations.

"It will definitely makeIllinois not as attractive as it once was,"McCambridge said of the Nolan ruling. "There is no questionIllinois loses that stigma. I would suspect people might choose other venues."

Brickman said the full impact remains to be seen, but he suspects the ready-to-travel asbestos plaintiffs' lawyers will not hesitate to move if necessary. Just as tort reform legislation radically slowed many states that were once home to thousands upon thousands of asbestos cases, the latest rulings could again force a shift, he said.

"Having lost the friendly venues inTexas andMississippi, they are already looking for other venues," Brickman said. "They have planted a flag inDelaware, where Vice President Joe Biden's son is involved in attempting to makeDelaware a friendly court for asbestos cases. Another isSouthern California where there is a rise in asbestos cases."

As legal landscape shifts inIllinois,Delaware andCalifornia will continue their recent growth in the number of cases filed. But just as each state has its own unique appeal,Illinois, even in the aftermath of the Nolanruling, is not likely to lose its luster as a preferred venue for asbestos lawsuits.

Go West (or East)

The Nolan case caused a tremor through Illinois asbestos dockets because it in essence reversed the so-calledLipke Rule that prevented defendants in asbestos cases from introducing evidence of the plaintiff's other exposure related to other defendants who previously settled the case.

As David Holmes and Anthony MichaelGoldner, attorneys at theChicago firm of WilsonElser, explained, "Illinois was the only state in the country to have had a rule with a blanket prohibition against all evidence pertaining to the negligence of non-parties."

Defense attorneys likeMcCambridge andGoldner say the ruling will encourage more defendants to avoid settling a case and take their chances in trial.McCambridge said the possibility of a trial alone may be enough to send plaintiffs' attorneys on the move in search of a friendlier venue.

As Brickman mentioned,Delaware has emerged in recent years as a very popular venue, particularly since Democratic Attorney General Beau Biden took office.

A USA Today story in 2008 noted that the younger Biden was a partner in a Delaware law firm "that was filing asbestos lawsuits and seeking to develop a specialty in that area," at the same time his father, then a Delaware senator worked to kill a "bipartisan bill designed to curb asbestos lawsuits," according to the report.

TheBidens' campaign accounts have benefited from large donations by trial lawyers and their related political action committees. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, employees at three law firms that specialize in asbestos litigation were among Beau Biden's top 10 all-time contributors.

In addition toDelaware's loyal Democratic Party voting base and liberal courts, the state is attractive to plaintiffs' attorneys because of attractive corporation laws. Most major companies have an office inDelaware, which makes it almost impossible for defense attorneys to challenge the convenience of the venue.

California has its own unique attractions for plaintiffs, most notably its liberal civil courts that give plaintiffs a generous home-field advantage. Civil Justice Association of California has sponsored legislation in recent years designed to balance the scales for defendants in court. Despite some victories, Executive Director John Sullivan said the courts have made the state one of the least attractive in the country for businesses.

During the state's recent budget woes in which the deficit topped $40 billion and the state controller began issuing IOUs instead of payments, Sullivan urged the governor and the Legislature to adopt tort reform in the hopes of stemming the tide of lawsuit-weary businesses fleeing the state and taking their jobs with them.

"As economic conditions improve, companies will have the opportunity to decide whether to restore jobs here or elsewhere," Sullivan said. "Legislators should stop our litigation climate from blocking the sunshine of jobs and paychecks for thousands of Californians."

In addition to the political environment, recent legal rulings have opened the door to new asbestos lawsuits. In a 2005 case, Kinsman v. Unocal, the California Supreme Court tore down the barrier for independent contractors to sue in premise liability cases. Prior to that decision,California businesses had been able to avoid liability by establishing that they did not retain control over the safety conditions of the work done by independent contractors, according to a report in Los Angeles Lawyer.

"Premise defendants now face an expanded analysis when assessing their potential liability in asbestos actions," the story reported.

The comforts of home

While plaintiffs' lawyers will surely continue to increase the number of cases filed in places like Delaware and California, Illinois still offers certain advantages that could outweigh the defeat of theLipke Rule, specifically in premise liability cases like those now increasing in California.

Brickman called premise liability a "growth area" for plaintiffs' lawyers.

"The premises cases are a growth area -- trying to sue the premises owners for people who worked or used the premises and could attribute their illness to the exposure of the premises. That's an expanding area," he said.

As Chicago Law Professor Richard Epstein pointed out, premise liability cases have greatly widened the pool of defendants by including any building where asbestos exposure might have been possible.

With many of the prominent users of asbestos bankrupt from hundreds of thousands of lawsuits filed in the 1980s and 1990s, Epstein said plaintiff attorneys have widened the circle of those they can sue.

"Background conditions are surely being treated as though they were industrially caused," Epstein said. "Standard workers compensation law holds that occupational diseases have to be distinguished from diseases of life. Everyone has some gunk accumulated from living, and if all this is attributable to the named defendants, everyone is a plaintiff, so that the industrial connection is lost, which means that no one is ever safe."

Premise liability lawsuits that use these "background conditions" for the basis of their case, can benefit fromIllinois joint-and-several liability laws, which in essence make all defendants found to be liable, wholly liable for the settlement. So in cases where several companies settle, those who go to court remain 100 percent liable even if the amount of exposure is minimal compared to others who already settled or are already bankrupt.

"As the circle goes wider, there are more people in each circle so thatjoinder becomes more critical, as does the rule that anyone who is responsible for one iota is responsible for the whole loss if others are insolvent," Epstein said.

Defense attorneys have argued in court that such cases have served to create a situation of "limitless liability" in some states. But thereinlies the rub for scholars like Brickman, who point to the verifiable limited number of people who become ill because of asbestos exposure.

"You have somewhere around 1,800 to 2,000 people a year who contractmesothelioma," Brickman said. "Medical science indicates that at least 20 percent of themesothelioma cases do not have a record of asbestos exposure."

Despite those limits, asbestos lawsuits show no sign of slowing anytime soon. Lawyers have their cases, and they will travel, if necessary to find a favorable venue for a settlement of a jury award. Just how much they have to travel will likely be determined in the future, according toMcCambridge.

"The key to this whole thing is it changes the nature of asbestos trials,"McCambridge said of the Nolan ruling. "It seems really kind of basic, but it does change the nature of the way a case is tried inIllinois. It will take a while to sort out how judges will deal with this, because they aren't used to dealing with it. But I think it will have a real impact on how cases proceed from now on."

 

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

16 asbestos claims filed April 6-10 inMadisonCounty
4/29/2009 7:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 16 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of April 6 through April 10.

The following claims were filed:

--Anthony and Carol Aemmer ofIndiana claim Anthony Aemmer developedmesothelioma after his work as a laborer, firefighter and oiler from 1964 until 2002. The Aemmers are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-361.

--Suzanne Allen ofGeorgia claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gareth Allen, who worked from 1968 until 2009 as a carpenter, machinist mate, mechanic, pipefitter and plumber at various locations throughoutIllinois,Georgia,Alaska,California andColorado. Allen is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-358.

--William Allen Sr. ofIllinois, a brick mason, paint coordinator, mechanic and general laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1950 until 1998, claims mesothelioma. Allen is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-347.

--Marcel Bernier ofFlorida, a pipefitter and sheet metal worker at various locations from 1949 until 1993, claims lung cancer. Bernier is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-352.

--Betty Christian ofMichigan claims her recently deceasedhusband, Ronald Christian developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic, stock man and laborer at various locations. Betty Christian is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-346.

--Jayme Chu ofUtah claims mesothelioma on behalf of recently deceased James S. Holloway, who was in the Navy and Air Force and who worked for the Salt Lake Sewer District, Hercules Incorporated and Sinclair Oil Corporation.Chu is represented by Michael R. Bilbrey and Timothy P. Hulla of the Law Offices of Michael R. Bilbrey in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-371.

--Rodney D. Halterman and Lynn Cummings claim Rodney Halterman developed mesothelioma after his work from 1971 until 2008 for Toledo Plastics, Cleveland Cliffs, Kelsey Hayes and The Oglebay Norton Company. Halterman is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-368.

--Charles Handy ofAlaska, an assistant machinist and a laborer at various locations inAlabama,Texas,Washington,Georgia,Mississippi,Louisiana andAlaska from 1940 until 1991,claims mesothelioma. Handy is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-355.

--Pamela J. and Robert Lambert Sr. ofMaryland claim Pamela J. Lambert developed lung cancer after her exposure to asbestos fibers through her husband's work as a laborer at Armco Steel from 1965 until 1993. The Lamberts are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-357.

--Glen and Lois Lewis ofIllinois claim Glen Lewis developed lung cancer after his work for the U.S. Army, NORGE, Ray Summer Appliance, Valley Steel, Lewis Plumbing and Electric, T.T. Top Drilling Co., Fedders andNorthClaySchool from 1951 until 1993. They are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-350.

--Elizabeth Randolph ofMissouri claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Samuel Lee Randolph, who worked from 1960 until 2006 as a laborer at Ford Motor Company.Randolph is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-370.

--Jack Romaker ofArizona, a laborer, mechanic, truck driver and inspector from 1943 until 1988, claims mesothelioma. Romaker is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-362.

--Donald Schaff ofWisconsin, a ratchet man, truck driver, section crew member and member of the Teamsters Local 200 from 1944 until 1989, claims mesothelioma. Schaff is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-363.

--Charles Telle ofMissouri, a laborer, mechanic, meat cutter, owner and operator of a mowing operation and auto salvage yard and brush cutter at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1960 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Telle is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-367.

--Audrey and Louise Wagner ofIllinois claim Audrey Wagner developed mesothelioma after his work as a teacher and as a laborer from 1957 until 1977. The Wagners are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-356.

--Dorothy Zych of Indiana, a cashier, sales clerk, manager and receptionist from 1951 until 2009, claims mesothelioma. Zych says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her ex-husband who worked from 1952 until 1956 as an airplane mechanic and from 1956 until 1975 as a truck driver, according to the complaint. Her father also brought asbestos fibers home from his work at U.S. Steel in the 1940s, the suit states. Zych is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-366.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

15 new asbestos claims filed April 13-17
4/29/2009 6:56 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 15 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of April 13 through April 17.

The following claims were filed:

--Imogene Baldwin ofAlabama claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Earl Baldwin Jr., who worked from 1952 until 1980 as a welder at various locations. Imogene Baldwin is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-391.

--Mary Boston ofIllinois claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gerald Boston, who worked from 1948 until 1985 as a boiler installer, lab technician, insurance agent and police officer at various locations. Mary Boston is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-389.

--Kathleen Crank ofOhio, a hair dresser and laborer from 1960 until 1974, claims mesothelioma. She says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father who worked as an assembly line worker and as a pipe fitter from 1950 until 1980. Crank's older sister, who worked from 1965 until 1968 as an assembly line worker, and her other sister, who worked from 1967 until 1970 as an assembly line worker, also brought asbestos home on their clothing, the suit states. Crank was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her first husband, who worked as a laborer from 1970 until 1974, through her second husband, who worked at Valley Systems, and through her son, who worked as a laborer, according to the complaint. Crank is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-375.

--Rita Foley ofMissouri claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Michael Foley, who worked from 1976 until the 1990s as a drywall installer and laborer. Rita Foley is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-376.

--William Frederick ofColorado claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased wife, Deborah L. Frederick. She was secondarily exposed to asbestos through William Frederick, who worked as a laborer from 1960 until 1980, according to the complaint. William Frederick is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-377.

--Troy E. Hefner ofIllinois, a mechanic and forklift mechanic from 1987 until 2003, claims lung cancer. Hefner 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-373.

--Dan Lee Ingham ofTexas, a laborer and member of the Ironworker's Local 433 from 1947 until the 1970s,claims mesothelioma. Ingham is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-385.

--Karen Jacobs ofTexasclaimsmesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, John Laufhutte, who worked from 1960 until 2005 as a mechanic, auditor, computer signer and general manager at various locations throughoutIllinois andOhio. Jacobs is represented by Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-387.

--Helen and Gary Lucas ofFlorida claim Helen Lucas developed mesothelioma after her work from 1952 until the early 1980s as a nurse in training, waitress and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Michigan andAlabama. They are represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-386.

--Delores and Donald McMullen ofMichigan claim Delores McMullen developed mesothelioma after her work as an office worker, data processor, secretary, finance department laborer and financial officer from 1960 until 2007. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a die caster, driver, supervisor and maintenance worker from 1960 until 1999, according to the complaint. The McMullens are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-374.

--Shirley Rice ofMichigan, a secretary and business owner at various locations throughoutIllinois andMichigan from 1948 until 1998, claims mesothelioma. Rice says she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father, who worked as a laborer at Ford Motor Company from 1929 until 1959. Rice is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-384.

--Roosevelt and Opal Samuel ofTexas claim Roosevelt Samueldeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Army and as a laborer at B&B Insulation, Tubes Corp., Insulation Sales and Services and Econotherm from 1953 until 2007. The Samuels are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-381.

--John Chandler Smith of Utah, a mechanic and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois,California,Nevada andUtah from 1952 until 2002, claims mesothelioma. Smith is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-382.

--Craig Wisnan claims mesothelioma on behalf of his deceased client, Elisa Fuentes, who worked from 1945 until 1987 as a retail clerk at various locations. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her family member, Gilbert Fuentes, who worked from 1942 until the 1980s as a pipe fitter and truck driver at various locations, Elisa Fuentes's attorney, Wisnan, claims. Wisnan is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-388.

--Merton Yeomans of Illinois, a radar operator, loader and electrical inspector at various locations through Illinois, Indiana and South Carolina from 1943 until 1986, claims mesothelioma. Yeomans is represented by Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-383.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

15 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyMarch 30-April 3
4/27/2009 10:14 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 15 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 30 through April 3.

The following claims were filed:

--Gabriel Boser, a farmer, plasterer and latherer at various locations from 1956 until 2000, claims lung cancer. Boser is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-326.

--Charles J. Childress ofIllinois, an auto mechanic, railroad laborer and carpenter at various locations from 1969 until 2000, claimsmesothelioma. Childress is 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: 09-L-342.

--Charles and Brenda Childress ofKentucky claim Charles Childress developed mesothelioma after his work as a heavy equipment operator in the U.S. Air Force, assistant credit manager at Harrison Tire and Rubber Co., in-ground pool installer, welder's helper and as a member of the Bricklayers Union Local No. 2 inIndianapolis from 1959 until 2009. The Childresses are represented by Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-340.

--Isabelle Lesser of Pennsylvania claims Mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gustav Lesser, who worked from 1936 until 1976 as a ship fitter at various locations. Isabelle Lesser is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of Simmonscooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-323.

--Gladys Jean Martin ofKentucky claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Roger Martin Sr., who worked as an automotive mechanic from 1971 until 2007. Gladys Jean Martin 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-335.

--Velma and Roy Nabors ofGeorgia claim Velma Nabors developed mesothelioma after her work from 1959 until 2009 as a seamstress, painter, secretary, security guard and post master at various locations throughoutGeorgia. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband who worked from 1967 until 1986 as an appliance repairman inGeorgia. The Nabors are represented by Perry J. Browder, John A. Barnerd, Trent B. Miracle and John P. Wagner of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-344.

--Jacqueline Nelson of Washington claims mesothelioma on behalf of her deceased father, Tim Buckingham, who worked as a pipefitter and plumber at various locations throughout Washington, Utah, Illinois, Montana, Alaska, Indiana, Wyoming, Idaho, Kansas, California, Colorado and Minnesota from 1950 until 1989. Nelson is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-330.

--Jimmy Lee Pearce of Indiana, a farmer, mechanic, laborer, operator, pumper, maintenance man and volunteer fireman at various locations throughoutIllinois andIndiana from 1956 until 2002, claims mesothelioma. Pearce is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-338.

--Gilbert Pena ofArizona claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased sister, Cecilia Pena, who worked from 1958 until 1993 as a laborer, assembly line worker, laundry department worker and surgical technician at various locations throughoutArizona andCalifornia. Gilbert Pena is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-331.

--Larry and Jean Requardt ofTexas claim Larry Requardtdeveloped lung cancer after his work as a machinist mate, painter, driver, trim carpenter, laborer, banker, owner of Aluminum Polishing and trim carpenter from 1958 until 2005 at various locations. The Requardts are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-341.

--Betty Brown Sanders of Washington, a file clerk, nurse, homemaker and daycare operator at various locations from the 1960s until 2008, claims mesothelioma.Sanders is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-327.

--Mary Sue Seals ofTexas claimsmesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Thelbert Seals, who worked as a truck driver, insurance salesman, store manager, electrician and project manager at various locations from 1948 until 1991. Mary Sue Seals is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-324.

--Jack M. Senf and Betty Senf ofIllinois allege Jack M. Senf developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1948 until 1977 and as director of maintenance atFt.MadisonCommunitySchool District from 1978 until 1994. The Senfs are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-319.

--Melissa Thomas ofNew Hampshire claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Paul B. Thomas, who worked from 1969 until 2008 as a welder, pipefitter, electrician and electronics technician at various locations. Melissa Thomas is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-325.

--Patricia Winston ofWisconsin claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Bobby J. Winston, who worked as a laborer at Chrysler and American Motors from 1971 until 2006. Patricia Winston is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-339.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

13 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyMarch 23-27
4/1/2009 1:34 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 13 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of March 23 through March 27.

The following claims were filed:

--Richard L. and Loretta Bell ofTexasclaim Richard L. Bell contractedNon-Hodgkin's Lymphoma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1945, as a loader at Shell Oil Co. from 1947 until 1952, as a district manager at Stahly Cartage Company from 1955 until 1973 and as president at Kaney Transportation from 1973 until 1994. The Bells are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-307.

--Valdis D. Bross of Indiana, a chemical engineer from 1963 until 1968, a maintenance engineer from 1968 until 1969, a maintenance worker from 1969 until 1971, a maintenance and technical service engineer from 1971 until 1975, a pump and compressor salesperson from 1975 until 1982 and a maintenance and repair engineer from 1982 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. Bross 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-302.

--Ladd and Joan Butler ofArizona claim Ladd Butler developed mesothelioma after his work as a meat cutter from 1938 until 1942, from 1946 until 1951 and from 1951 until 1956, as a cook from 1943 until 1946, as a general contractor from 1947 until 1983 and as a home remodeler from 1955 until 1957. TheButlers are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beane of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-293.

--George and Melody Crossland of Tennessee claim George Crossland developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, self-employed contract carpet installer and self-employed contracted commercial building cleaner from 1958 until 2009. The Crosslands are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-316.

--William Fredrick and Jean Dolle ofIllinois claim William Fredrick Dolle developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer, bricklayer, drywaller, roofer and floortiler from 1947 until 1994. Dolle is represented by John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Aaron J. Deluca and Erik P. Karst of Deluca and Nemeroff of Spring,Texas, will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-299.

--Harry J. Ferdinand ofLouisiana, a laborer and member of the United Steel Workers Local Union from 1966 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. Ferdinand is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-317.

--Thomas Fite ofMissouri claims pleural plaque on behalf of his recently deceased father, Wesley Fite, who worked as a laborer, fireman and miner from 1946 until 1977. Thomas Fite is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-292.

--William and Glynda Gibbs ofMississippi claim William Gibbs developed mesothelioma after his work from 1955 until 2009 as a mechanic, farmer and truck driver. The Gibbsare represented by Shane F. Hampton, Paul M. Dix and Courtney Gregory of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-315.

--Jeff Hanson ofIllinois claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased father, Harry Hanson, who worked as a laborer from 1943 until 1987. Jeff Hanson is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-298.

--Kat Kreag ofIndiana claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased mother, Margaret L. McCarthy, who worked as a switchboard operator at Indiana Bell Telephone. McCarthy was also exposed to asbestos through her father's and husband's work for Indiana Harbor Belt Rail Raod from 1965 until 1977, according to the complaint. Her father also brought asbestos fibers home on his clothes after his work for Carson Prarie Scott, the suit states. Kreag 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-301.

--Elizabeth Manach of Massachusetts claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gregory A. Manach, who served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1973, a carpenter from 1970 until 1975 and from 1977 until 1978, a butcher from 1975 until 2007 and an electricians assistant from 1993 until 1994. Elizabeth Manach 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-291.

--Charles Lee and Peggy Sue Riden claim Charles Lee Riden developed mesothelioma after his work as a brake mechanic and mechanic at Riden's Garage from 1934 until 1952, as a shadetree mechanic from the 1950s until the 1970s and as an engineman and fireman in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1974. The Ridens are represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget Baragona and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-314.

--Deanne Ritch of Georgia, a laborer, cord board operator, clerk and manager from the 1960s until 1995, claims mesothelioma. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband's work from 1964 until 1983 as an engineer at Western Electric Company, according to the complaint. She is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCoooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-312.

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Texas – Asbestos Legal - Asbestos Lawsuit

Breaking News:Texas Senate passes asbestos causation bill
4/16/2009 6:32 PM By MarilynTennissen  

Duncan (R)

AUSTIN -- A bill that critics fear will expose thousands of additional businesses toasbestos lawsuits has passed the Texas Senate.

Senate Bill 1123, authored by state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, relates to the standards of causation inmesothelioma claims.

The Senate approved SB 1123 on the evening of April 16 in a 20-11 vote, despite unified opposition from the business and legal reform community. The House version (HB 1811 by state Sen. CraigEiland, D-Texas City)is pending in the House Committee on the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence.

The Senate bill will change established standards regarding the amount of a plaintiff's asbestos exposure and requirement that the plaintiff prove that the dose was sufficient enough to be a substantial factor in causingmesothelioma.

Support for the bills is coming from trial lawyers and labor unions, whose clients and members are usually lawsuit plaintiffs claiming asbestos exposure in the workplace.

In opposition are tort reform groups and a broad spectrum of the state's businesses and industries, which usually find themselves named as defendants in asbestos litigation.

"The personal injury lawyers' motive to expand asbestos litigation is simple: Now that reforms have clamped down on junk science asbestos lawsuits, personal injury lawyers are looking to expand the pot of money up for grabs by suing anyone, even if they're not at a fault," Chip Hough, chairman of the Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, wrote in a recent column in the Southeast Texas Record.

According to a statement from Texans for Lawsuit Reform, "In effect, SB 1123 and HB 1811 reverse established law on the burden of proof, which does and should lie with the plaintiff.

"The new statute, instead, will place the burden of proof on a defendant to prove that a limited exposure to asbestos attributable to the defendant did not cause the plaintiff'smesothelioma."

Critics say SB 1123 will undo the 2007Texas Supreme Court decision,Borg-Warner Corp. v. Flores, which required plaintiffs to not only prove exposure to the defendant's product but also prove that the dose was sufficient to be a substantial factor in causingmesothelioma.

"Since so little evidence would be necessary under SB 1123, businesses would be forced to settle regardless of liability because they can't afford the cost of a lawsuit and the threat of unlimited damages," Hough wrote.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades –Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

'Take home' liability could mean limitless liability for asbestos defendants
3/20/2009 12:28 PM By Staff Reports 

During a recent gathering of asbestos legal professionals, aBeverly Hills conference focused on one central theme in emerging litigation trends: a new generation of problems -- connected to the last -- will mean a new wave of cases against a new slate of defendants.

With more than three decades past since the peak ofasbestosmanufacturing and use in theU.S., the focus of lawsuits has shifted to what is often called "secondary exposure cases." These cases are filed on behalf of a new slate of plaintiffs, many a generation removed from those that comprised the height ofasbestos litigation in the late 1990s when hundreds of thousands of cases were filed each year.

Likewise, the defendants include new businesses, most at least a step removed from the manufacturers, shipyards and refineries already forced into bankruptcy under the weight of billions paid in legal settlements.

With many of the first wave of plaintiffs deceased, and the businesses they sued bankrupt, it is no surprise the vast industry of asbestos lawyers would now be uncovering new cases along previously un-trod trails.

One such trail emerging as a potential highway of asbestos cases is take home liability cases. Commonly, these plaintiffs include everyone from children and spouses of those who worked around asbestos, babysitters who entered the employee's home, or independent contractors who worked with products containing asbestos.

Texas plaintiff attorneyShepard Hoffman described one form of take home liability extending "to those who regularly and repeatedly came in to contact with employees' work clothing consistently over a period of time."

New York attorney JohnCanoni said defendants in these cases have taken notice, raising in court their serious concern over the "specter of limitless liability."

New cases, new plaintiffs

The legal war over how courts will interpret the limits and legal responsibility in take home liability cases is now pitched in state-by-state battles. Some states, likeWashington,Tennessee,New Jersey andLouisiana have ruled that companies have a duty to protect and warn those who may become exposed to asbestos beyond their own employees, according toChicago defense attorney Jonathon Lively.

Others, notably,New York,Georgia,Kentucky,Texas,Michigan andDelaware have ruled against such duty. Many states, includingIllinois - and in whichMadisonCounty continues to be one of the larger asbestos dockets in the country -- are still hearing the cases that will determine the eventual legal precedence.

The cases that are setting the stage offer a glimpse into the next generation of clients.

"The housewife is the number one occupation listed for those now contractingmesothelioma,"West Virginia plaintiff attorney AnneKearse said.

ATennessee case involved a woman who died at the age of 24 after being exposed to asbestos from her father's work clothes. The woman was born premature and spent three months in the hospital where her father would come and hold her every day on his way home from work,Lively said.

Another case involves a plaintiff who was exposed to asbestos as a child from wrestling around with his father after work.

Canoni cited one of the most recent cases, a ruling from the Delaware Supreme Court earlier this month. Lillian Riedel sued ICI Americas, Inc., her husband's employer for nearly 30 years, for failing to warn her of the dangers of asbestos exposure from her husband's clothing.

"Does the employer owe a duty of care to the injured party who they may or may not have ever known, nor ever employed?"Canoni said.

According to court documents, the court ruled against Riedel, grantingICI's request for summary judgment "on the basis that ICI and Mrs. Riedel did not share a legally significant relationship that would create a duty ICI owed to her."

But that legal victory of the defense inDelaware is offset by plaintiff victories along similar lines in other states, notablyWashington.

Lawyers G. William Shaw and Michael K. Ryan wrote, "In a pair of closely watched asbestos cases, theWashington Court of Appeals on January 29, 2007 greatly expanded the duty to warn in asbestos cases."

The twin rulings in favor of plaintiffs found that a product manufacturer whose products do not include any asbestos is still responsible for exposure if the normal use of the product would cause them to become exposed from another source.

The court ruling "may have a direct impact on defendant manufacturers whose products may have required the use of asbestos-containing products to function properly," they wrote, which in turn, greatly expands the company's duty to warn about the exposure to asbestos. The ruling also greatly increases the pool of defendants that can be named inWashington asbestos cases.

Potential liability in states where duty to warn is expanded could soon extend to babysitters, school teachers and neighbors who could have been exposed by someone who worked around asbestos, according to asbestos conference presenters. The number of businesses who could be sued in asbestos cases is also greatly expanded, even to the point of including "mom and pop stores," one presenter at the conference said.

The cases with extended duty to warn are cropping up in asbestos dockets across the country. A brief review of cases filed recently inMadisonCounty, shows the subtle shift to the next generation of plaintiffs.

For example, among the 13 cases filed inMadisonCounty in a single week in February, few are direct lawsuits on behalf of a sick worker suing a former employer. One such example involves a lawsuit filed by Christine Warner ofTennessee on behalf of her mother who developedmesothelioma during her work as a seamstress at House of Fashions inMemphis for more than 30 years.

But most are less specific as to when and where the person was exposed to asbestos, likely built on duty to warn case law.

Pat Montgomery ofKentucky claims he developedmesothelioma after helping his father on the family farm for six years during the 1950s. AnIllinois woman claimed in her suit filed inMadisonCounty that she developedmesothelioma after being exposed through her husband.

Defending the case

The most important steps in defending against take home liability often occur early on in how the case is framed by the courts, according to Lively. The duty to warn is often determined by whether the court sees the case as one of misfeasance, poor action to warn, or nonfeasance, no action to warn.

"How a case gets framed in front of the court is going to greatly determine how it is going to end up," Lively said during the asbestos conference.

TheDelaware ruling involving Lillian Riedel, Lively said, was an example of the court assessing the failure to warn as nonfeasance, essentially ruling they had no duty to warn her of the potential exposure from her husband's work clothes.

Other cases where courts have ruled the company had a duty to warn and acted poorly to do so have led to plaintiff victories, the case of the 24-year-old woman fromTennessee for example,Lively said.

The outcomes of these cases differ greatly from state to state.

Hoffman said that despite the changing nature of the cases, juries still focus on the plaintiff and the harm done to them.

"Juries want to find a way to help out a family," he said, arguing that plaintiff attorneys must simply show the "contributing factors to a person contractingmesothelioma," and "the basis to hold the initiating company responsible."

Companies knew the dangers of asbestos, even on clothing leaving the plant for decades, Hoffman said, citing examples of safety measures that were commonplace.

"A study in 1913 discusses worker safety, of the need for lockers and showers and a change of clothes for workers before going home," Hoffman said.

While defense attorneys often point to 1972, when OSHA issued protocols to be followed regarding asbestos exposure,Kearse said that premise can be challenged in court.

"There's a lot of information out before OSHA,"Kearse said, starting with a report in 1937 that talks about safety policies related to asbestos.

"It was known and knowable how dangerous this was to work with," she said. "West Virginia had regulations in place since 1951, but it was rarely followed, if at all."

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

25 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyFeb. 23-27
3/5/2009 12:45 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 25 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Feb. 23 through Feb. 27.

The following claims were filed:

--Jean Angell ofTennessee, a knitter, clerical worker, teacher and receptionist at various locations from 1970 until 2008, claimsmesothelioma. She is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0174.

--Wilma Frances Boswell ofMissouri claims lung cancer. She claims she was exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who was a steel worker at Granite City Steel from 1958 until 1980. Boswell 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-0176.

--Jeaneen Boyd of Arizona claims mesothelioma on behalf of her deceased father, Jaward Boyd, Sr., who worked from 1967 until 2000 as a communication systems worker, manager, supervisor of operations and planning, insurance agent, relief supervisor, engineer technician, engineer tech supporter, staff engineer and customer service representative at various locations through Arizona and Texas. Jeaneen Boyd is represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0168.

--Frank Bury ofIllinois, a drill operator, laborer and nail maker at various locations from 1945 until 1986, claims lung cancer. He is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0162.

--Dewey and Brenda Cardwell ofNew Mexico claim Dewey Cardwell developed mesothelioma after his work from 1964 until 2008 as a mechanic, truck driver, laborer and salesman. Dewey Cardwell is represented by Shane F. Hampton, Paul M. Dix and Courtney Harashe of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0180.

--Glenna Combs of Michigan, a laborer for Enamelum from 1967 though 1968, an assembler atDeDoes from 1972 until 1989 and a laborer at Hughes Manufacturing from 1996 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. She claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her father's work at Stainless Steel of America.Combs 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-0163.

--John Esayian ofWisconsin, a pin setter, janitor's helper, laborer, drafter, deaner and coroner at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1946 until 1997, claims mesothelioma. He was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who worked as a core maker and laborer inMilwaukee from 1930 until 1967, according to the complaint. Esayian is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0186.

--Frank Gallo ofCalifornia, a laborer, assembly line worker, grocery store manager, car salesman and car lot owner at various locations from 1954 until 2006, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 08-L-0175.

--John Gant ofTexas, a laborer and carpenter at various locations throughoutIllinois,Texas andMississippi from the 1950s until the 1990s,claims mesothelioma. Gant is represented by John A. Barnerd and Randy S. Cohn of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0187.

--Kathryn George ofWisconsin, a nurse, nurse's assistant and mail sorter at various locations from 1959 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. She is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0173.

--Phyllis Gray ofIllinois claims colon cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Billy W. Gray, who worked from 1953 until 1986 as a painter at various locations. Phyllis Gray is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0172.

--Jill Halter ofVirginia claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Edmund Milauckas, who worked from 1950 until 1995 as an engineer and consultant at various locations throughoutIllinois. Halter is represented by Brian J. Cooke and Drew Sealey of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0184.

--Marjorie Horsley ofKentucky claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Donald Horsley, who worked from 1953 until 2008 as a maintenance worker, laborer, utility worker and owner of a grocery store at various locations. Marjorie Horsley is represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0179.

--Mildred Jordan ofFlorida claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Ernest Jordan, who worked from 1957 until 1978 as an electrician at various locations. Mildred Jordan is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0171.

--Margaret Machingo ofVirginia claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased father, Wayne Cupp, who worked from 1967 until 1997 as a machinist at various locations. Machingo is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0169.

--Dixie McPherson of Virginia claims her recently deceased husband, Edward McPherson, developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer from 1944 until 1986. Dixie McPherson is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0159.

--George Mikkola ofMassachusetts, a landscaper, computer system specialist and computer programmer from 1968 until 2008, claims mesothelioma. George Mikkola is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0161.

-Peter and Erma Nikkila ofMissouri claim Peter Nikkila developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer from 1957 until 2006. The Nikkilas are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0183.

--Tom J. O'Connor ofIllinois claims his recently deceased father, John J. O'Connor, developed mesothelioma after his work as an engineer and general foreman from 1962 until 1980. Tom J. O'Connor is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0158.

--Genevieve Robinson ofWashington claims her recently deceased husband, Alfred J. Robinson Jr., developed mesothelioma after his work from 1956 until 2004 as a roofer, riverter, carpenter, laborer, mechanic, machinist and engineer at various locations. Genevieve Robinson is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0160.

--Terry and Kay Stephens ofMichigan claim Terry Stephens developed mesothelioma after his work as a fireman, boiler tender, laborer, boiler, turbine operator and maintenance man at various locations throughoutIllinois,Indiana andMichigan. The Stephens are represented by John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0181.

--William Sternberger ofIndiana claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased wife, Geraldine Sternberger, who worked from 1960 until 1962 as a dental assistant. William Sternberger is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0170.

--Frances Tinsley ofMichigan, a postal worker, sterilizer, cleaning service worker, security guard and clerk from 1968 until this year, claims mesothelioma. She is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0157.

--Helen Wallace ofMissouri claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Dale Edwin Wallace, who worked at Ford Motor, Olin Glass and McDonnel Douglas. Helen Wallace 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-0177.

--Therese Brown-Wright ofIndiana claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Larry Wright, who worked from 1966 until 2000 as a brakeman and laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois. Brown-Wright is represented by Nicholas J. Angelides of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0185.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – $2.59 Million Mesothelioma Jury Award

 

Jury awards $2.59m to widow

BRIDGEPORT -- Nearly $2.6 million has been awarded nearly to the wife of a former Navy firefighter fromFlorida whodied from asbestos-related cancer in 2008 by a Superior Court jury.

After a two-month trial before Judge David Tobin, the six-person jury deliberated for less than a day and a half before ordering Allis-Chalmers Corp. to pay $2,595,000 to Gail Fortier ofPort Orange,Fla. Last Thursday the award was announced.

Fortier's husband, David, died inFlorida three months shy of his 60th birthday last June 20. Hesuffered from mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation.

The widow's lawsuit was the first asbestos-related case to go to verdict inConnecticut in 20 years, said the plaintiff's lawyer, Christopher Meisenkothen, who works for the New Haven-based law firm Early, Ludwick, Sweeney and Strauss.

"We are pleased with the result and Mrs. Fortier is certainly pleased," Meisenkothen said.

The lawyer representing Allis-Chalmers, Jeffrey Ment, said however: "We are taking an appeal and we believe the judge made decisions ripe for appellate review."

David Fortier, who was a formerConnecticut resident, served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1972, a majority of that time as a fireman on the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier, according to Meisenkothen. His service began two years after a devastating fire broke out aboard the ship, killing 134 sailors and injuring 161 others.

While on the ship, Fortier worked on pumps and other equipment manufactured by Allis-Chalmers, which, he said, were heavily insulated with asbestos.

Fortier wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma in October 2006, the lawyer said, and in December 2006 a lawsuit was filed.

Allis-Chalmers was once one of the world's largest manufacturer's of farm and other heavy equipment. Now theTexas headquartered company concentrates on oil field services.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades –Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

16 new asbestos claims filed Feb. 16-20 inMadisonCounty
2/26/2009 7:30 AM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 16 new asbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Feb. 16 through Feb. 20.

The following claims were filed:

--Larry and Sharon Garvin ofTexas claim Larry Garvindeveloped mesothelioma after his work as a laborer in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until 1962, a trainman at Santa Fe Railroad in 1962 and a switchman at Katy Railroad from 1962 until 2000. The Garvins are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0125.

--David W. Gauthier ofColorado, a laborer for U.S. Steel from 1970 until 1976, a laborer for ABI Contractor from 1974 until 1976, a laborer and mechanic operator for Chinook Pipeline from 1976 until 1985, an operator and foreman for Balnret Construction from 1985 until 1987 and an operator for Phoenix Demolition Company from 1995 until 2007, claims lung cancer. Gauthier is represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowald of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0133.

--Michael D. and Paulette Guye ofArizona claim Michael Guye developed mesothelioma after his work as a parts delivery person at a Ford dealership in 1963, as a laborer and join at the Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock facility from 1963 until 1966, as a radiological technician from 1968 until 1971 and as a purchasing agent from 1972 until 2005. Michael Guye was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father's work as a laborer and joiner from 1951 until 1966, according to the complaint. The Guyes 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-0124.

--Eileen Harry ofVirginia claims her recently deceased husband, Mark Harry, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1945 until 1997 as an engineer and a laborer at various locations throughoutIllinois,California andWashington. Eileen Harry is represented by John A. Barnerd and Amy E. Garrett of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0151.

--Christine Hartsock ofNorth Carolina claims her recently deceased husband, Randall Hartsock, developed mesothelioma after his work from 1970 until 1989 as a clerk and carpet and flooring installer at various locations throughoutIllinois,Pennsylvania andNorth Carolina. Christine Hartsock is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0145.

--Bobby Joe Holder ofIllinois, a caster, brass worker, furnace chipper and mold repairman from 1969 until 2008 at various locations throughoutIllinois, claims asbestosis. Holder is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0135.

--Joyce Hunter ofIndiana claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Paul Hunter, who was a steel mill laborer from 1964 until 1986. Joyce Hunter is represented by G. Michael Stewart and Jill Price of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0150.

--James Jump of Indiana, a cement mason and laborer from 1945 until 1998 at various locations throughoutIllinois,Alabama and Louisians, claims mesothelioma. Jump is represented by Christoher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd ofEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0144.

-Victor F. Nelson ofIllinois, a worker for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and for Construction Supply Retail at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1959 until 1994, claims mesothelioma. He is 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: 09-L-0149.

--Wanda and Larry Paul ofOhio claims Wanda Paul developed mesothelioma after her work as a laborer at Owens Corning and as a laborer at Westinghouse from 1974 until 1986. The Pauls are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0148.

--George O. Pursley ofOhio, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 until 1946, worked as a laborer at a lumber yard from 1948 until 1951, at theU.S. postal service from 1970 until 1989 and as a barber from 1951 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Pursley 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-0134.

--Lynne Quintana ofColorado claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Jose Quintana, who worked from 1961 until 1995 as a laborer and pipefitter at various locations throughoutIllinois,Colorado,Oklahoma andMontana. She is represented by John A. Barnerd and Amy E. Garrett of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0152.

--James F. Ross ofTexas, a worker at Scott Air Force Base, a clutch replacer on several family cars, a building remodeler, a gas station owner and a brake and maintenance man,claims lung cancer. He is represented by James F. Kelly and Jeffery A.J. Miller of Brent Coon and Associates. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0147.

--Michael L. Stephens ofKentucky claims the recently deceased John M. Stephens developed mesothelioma after his work from 1972 until 1993 in the U.S. Navy. Michael L. Stephens is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0137.

--Patty L. Stuck of Missouri, a former cook at Kmart, an assistant and clerk typist at Central Assurety from 1959 until 1960, a wireman from 1961 until 1964, a cake supply seller, an ammo packer from 1981 until 2000 and a helper and sweeper in 1965, claims mesothelioma. Patty L. Stuck also was exposed to asbestos fibers through her deceased husband, Thomas Stuck, who worked as a machinist from 1965 until 1990 and as a shade tree mechanic from the 1950 until the 1970s, according to the complaint. Patty L. Stuck is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, R. Craig Bullock and J. Kyle Beale of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0129.

--Angela Thomas of Illinois claims her recently deceased mother, Francis Bates, developed mesothelioma after her work as a cashier at Huff Gas Stations-Phillips 66 in 2008, as a harness wirer from 2006 until 2007, as an order selector from 2002 until 2006, as a cab driver for City Cab Company from 2001 until 2002, as welder from the early 1960s until 2001, as a shade tree mechanic from the 1960s until the 1980s and as a carpenter and drywaller from 1968 until 1969. Thomas is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines and R. Craig Bullock of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will be serving of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0139.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Lawsuit

13 new asbestos cases filed Jan. 26-30
2/12/2009 12:43 PM By Kelly Holleran

A total of 13 new asbestos suits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of Jan. 26 through Jan. 30.

The following claims were filed:

--Lee and Betty Bowers ofKansas claim Lee developedmesothelioma after his work from 1962 until 2002 as a mechanic and truck driver at various locations throughoutIllinois. The Bowers are represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0077.

--Leroy and Norma Clark ofFlorida claim Leroy developed mesothelioma after his work from 1951 until 1992 as a laborer, carpenter, forklift operator and foreman. The Clarks are represented by Shane F. Hampton and Paul M. Dix of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0066.

--Barbara Sue Dreher claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Norbert Dreher. Norbert Dreher worked as a carpenter throughoutIllinois,Missouri andKansas from 1960 until 1996, according to the complaint. Barbara Sue Dreher is represented by Perry J. Browder, John A. Barnerd and Trent B. Miracle of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0067.

--Leroy and Marjorie Ducommun ofNew Mexico claim Leroy developed multiple myeloma after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1946 and after working as a pipefitter and welder from 1948 until 1985. The Ducommuns are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0060.

--Carl and Denise Gold ofKentucky claim Carl developed mesothelioma after working as a boilerman for the U.S. Navy from 1966 until 1972. The Golds are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0062.

--Patricia and Albert Lazowski ofIllinois claim Patricia developed mesothelioma after her work as a laborer from 1958 through the 1970s. She was also exposed to asbestos through her husband, who worked as a laborer for 23 years, according to the complaint. The Lazowskis are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0063.

--Holger Lochheed ofTexas, hotel business owner, pilot, restaurant business owner and worker, assistant general manager, general manager and delivery truck driver from 1957 until 2007, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, John A. Barnerd and Perry J. Browder of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0068.

--Walter Malisani of Colorado, a machinist apprentice, machinist and maintenance worker from 1954 until 2000 in Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico,Texas, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Indiana, Arkansas and Wisconsin, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Stephanie Lyons of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0054.

--Pat and Patricia Montgomery ofKentucky claim Pat developed mesothelioma after helping his father on a family farm from 1951 until 1957. He was also exposed to asbestos through his work as a laborer from 1958 until 1967, as a mechanic in 1964, as a plastic molder from 1967 until 1969, as a part-time laborer from 1969 until 1971, as a pipe fitter in 1971, as a mechanic and driller from 1972 until 1973, as a miner and mechanic from 1973 until 1974, as a mechanic and pipefitter from 1986 until 1999 and as a mechanical millwright from 1974 until 1982, according to the suit. Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland in Edwardsville will be representing them. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0059.

--Donald and Marlene Peters ofIllinois claim Donald Peters developed benzene related non-Hodgkins lymphoma through his work as a laborer from 1952 until 1992. The Peters are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0056.

--Estill L. and Hessie Shepherd ofMichigan claim Estill developed lung cancer after his work as a molder from 1951 until 1961, as a laborer in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954, as a bartender from 1961 until 1963, as a laborer from 1963 until 1965 and as a welder and fabricator from 1964 until 1999. The Shepherds are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates of Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0061.

-Christine Warner ofTennessee claims her recently deceased mother, Irene Marsh, developed mesothelioma because of her work as a sales and seamstress at House of Fashions inMemphis from 1959 until 1993. Marsh was also exposed to asbestos through her father's work on a farm from 1934 until 1945 and from his work as a lineworker for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company inMemphis from 1945 until 1952, according to the complaint. Marsh was further exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a plumber from 1952 until 1955 and as an assembly line worker and welder from 1955 until 1960, the suit states. Warner 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-0055.

--Jane White ofMissouri claims mesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Gary White. He worked from 1955 until 1965 as a boiler operator in the U.S. Navy, from 1965 until 1966 as a welder, from 1966 until 1971 as a laborer at B & H Transport, from 1971 until 1977 as a laborer at Import Auto Transport and from 1977 until 1991 as a laborer for his asphalt repair service, according to the complaint. The Whites are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-0076.

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Texas – Asbestos Legal – Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Meso patient dies whileTexas court debates inconvenient forum

December 12th, 2008 by Wendi Lewis

While theTexas Supreme Court reviewed an appeal by seven asbestos manufacturers in order to determine an appropriate forum for trial, plaintiff Austin Richardsdied ofmesothelioma. According to the report published by BusinessInsurance.com, the defendants – businesses based in Texas – said trying the case in their home state violatedTexas civil code, because Richards lived inMaine. They argued trying the case inTexas would be an “inconvenient forum” for them, as it would be difficult for them to travel to Maine to depose witnesses.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of theTexas companies by unanimous vote, overturning a lower court ruling that would have allowed the trial to take place in the state. Richards brought suit against 21 defendants after being diagnosed withmesothelioma in 2005. All defendants manufactured or sold asbestos materials, according to the news report. Three of the defendants are based in Texas.

Richards worked as a mason, and regularly handled pipe insulation made with asbestos as part of his job.

The case was initially brought before a Texas state court in Dallas. At that point, seven of the defendants asked that the trial be moved to Maine, citing the Texas code of “inconvenient forum.” Richards and his attorneys objected to the move, as they feared it would result in the case ultimately being assigned to the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia as part of a multidistrict asbestos litigation. Mr. Richards feared he would not live long enough to see a trial in that case.

Unfortunately, Mr. Richards passed away before the case made it to oral deliberations before theTexas Supreme Court in September.

The three defendants that appealed the Texas state court decision to try the case inTexas were GE, Ingersoll and Warren Pumps. The Supreme Court decision can be found inIn Re General Electric Co. et al. The case will be moved to Maine.

 

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit

13 new asbestos claims filed inMadisonCountyDec. 22-26
1/2/2009 2:18 PM By KellyHolleran 

A total of 13 newasbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of Dec. 22 through Dec. 26.

The following claims were filed:

--Cordelia Ann Brooks of Georgia claimsmesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, James Brooks. James Brooks worked from 1963 until 2005 as a draftsman, machinist, contract mechanical worker, heating installer, ventilation installer, air conditioning installer,repairman and maintenance technician at various locations, according to the complaint.Cordelia Ann Brooks is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1209.

--Waintheus L. Brown ofTexas claimsmesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased mother, Betty Jean Brown. Betty Jean Brown worked from 1971 until 1999 as a practical nurse, certified nurse's aid and janitor at various locations, according to the complaint.Waintheus L. Brown is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1207.

--Gary and Debra Crosby ofOhio claim Gary Crosby developedmesothelioma from his work as a salesman, engineer, supervisor, specialist, training coordinator and machinist from 1974 until now. They are represented by Randy L.Gori and Barry Julian ofGori,Julain and Associates inAlton. Case number: 08-L-1215.

--Jerri Fitzwater ofIndiana claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased father, Billie A. Berlin.Berlin worked from 1956 until 1996 as a material handler and fork truck driver at various locations, according to the complaint. Fitzwater is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1208.

--KarenJeppesen ofWisconsin claimsmesothelioma on behalf of her recently deceased husband, GeraldJeppesen. GeraldJeppesen worked from 1967 until 1996 as a maintenance worker and systems operations technician at various locations, according to the complaint. KarenJeppesen is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1211.

--Jacqueline Jones ofMissouri, who worked in clerical positions from 1973 through this year, claimsmesothelioma. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her first ex-husband who worked as a laborer at Anheuser-Busch and would carry the fibers home with him on his clothing, according to the complaint. Jones is represented by Brian J. Cooke and DrewSealey ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1210.

--Larry and LouiseMcDaniels claim LarryMcDaniels developedmesothelioma from his work as a machinist mate, equipment attendant, power plant helper and operator, powerhouse operator and a shade tree mechanic from the 1950s until now. They are represented by Randy L.Gori ofGori, Julian and Associates inAlton. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, W. Casey Harris and J.D. McMullen of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston served of counsel. Case number: 08-L-1212.

-Donald McDonald, a worker from 1960 until 2007, claims lung cancer. He is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Robert J.Evola, Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville,Evola andFlint inAlton. Case number: 08-L-1203.

--RaymondPenrod III ofNevada claimsmesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased father, RaymondPenrod II. RaymondPenrod II worked as a laborer from 1962 until 1964 at various locations, according to the complaint. RaymondPenrod III is represented by Robert Phillips and Perry J. Browder ofSimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1206.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit Claims

New asbestos claims filed in Madison county Dec. 1-5 
12/12/2008 7:58 AM By Kelly Holleran 

 

Twelve new asbestos lawsuits were filed inMadisonCounty during the week of Dec. 1 through Dec. 5.

The following claims were filed:

--Randy Beverly ofOhio claims mesothelioma on behalf of his recently deceased father, Denver Beverly.Denver worked from 1942 until 1984 as a construction battalion worker, coal miner, assembly line worker, maintenance worker, electrician and carpenter at various locations throughoutVirginia,Ohio andIndiana, according to the complaint.Beverly is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnard of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1142.

--William Brown, a laborer from 1948 until 1994, claims mesothelioma. Brown also worked on home construction and remodel from 1968 until 1976, according to the complaint. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton and W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, W. Casey Harris and J.D. McMullen of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston were of counsel. Case number: 08-L-1127.

-Paul Butzen ofIllinois, a sandblaster, infantry, assembler, laborer, mechanic, operator, janitor and general maintenance at various locations throughoutIllinois from 1942 until 1999, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by John A. Barner and Myles L. Epperson of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1148.

--Clarence and Barbara Byrd ofAlabama claim Clarence was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. Clarence worked from 1963 until 1992 as a laborer and served in the army from 1975 until 1977 and in reserve components from 1978 until 1980, according to the complaint. They are represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Case number: 08-L-1136.

--Frank Caroots ofOhio, a deckhand, disbursement clerk, laborer, relief operator, assembler, operator and paint filler at various locations throughoutIllinois andMissouri from 1950 until 1994, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1124.

--George B. Dotson ofTexas, who served in the United States Air Force and as a mechanic,claims mesothelioma. He also opened a furniture business in 1987 and did other odd jobs to supplement his income, according to the suit. He is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Case number: 08-L-1143.

--Robert K. and Anna M. Fisher claim Robert was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Robert worked from 1964 until 1970 as a machinist, salesman and repairman inWest Virginia,Ohio andArizona. He worked from 1979 until now as an electrician for various employers throughoutArizona, according to the complaint. He is represented by Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton and W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, C. Taylor Campbell, W. Casey Harris and J.D. McMullen of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston were of counsel. Case number: 08-L-1129.

-Paul Phillips ofFlorida, a boilermaker at various locations throughoutIllinois,Indiana andMissouri from 1967 until 1993, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by John A. Barnerd and W. Brent Copple of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1147.

--Jane Riebe ofOhio claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased father, Edward Riebe. Edward worked from 1948 until 1990 as a laborer at Allied Chemical inToledo,Ohio. Jane is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Case number: 08-L-1125.

--Sharon Sale ofIllinois claims lung cancer on behalf of her recently deceased husband, Donald R. Sale. Donald worked as a clerk, operator at Shell Oil Company, self-employed auto mechanic, cashier, manager and cashier from 1953 until 2002, according to the complaint.Sharon is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates inAlton. Case number: 08-L-1130.

--Richard Stegner ofNevada, a cook, clerk, gas attendant and production foreman at various locations throughoutIndiana from 1955 until 1998, claims mesothelioma. He is represented by Christopher R. Guinn and Christopher J. Levy of SimmonsCooper inEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1134.

--Marion Weisler ofMichigan, an assembly line worker and receptionist at various locations throughoutMichigan from 1963 until 2005, claims mesothelioma. She is represented by Christopher R. Guinn, Christopher J. Levy, Perry J. Browder and John A. Barnerd ofEast Alton. Case number: 08-L-1135.

 

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Texas –Asbestos Company - Asbestos Related Diseases

Second asbestos suit filed on pipe-fitter's behalf names 19 defendants 
7/21/2008 12:38 PM By David Yates 

Bryan Blevins

During his career as a pipe-fitter,Gliese Bergeron worked around andbreathed asbestos dust. When he developed an "asbestos-related disease," he sued and received a claim. 

Now he's seeking additional monetary compensation for a "different malignant asbestos-related injury," court papers show. 

ProvostUmphrey attorney Bryan Blevins filed suit on Bergeron's behalf against the A.O. Smith Corp. and 18 other companies. The lawsuit was filed July 17 in Jefferson County District Court. 

Bergeron's petition says the A.O. Smith Corp., along with the 18 other companies named in the suit, knowingly and maliciously manufactured and distributed asbestos-containing products throughoutJeffersonCounty. 

Bergeron worked as a pipe-fitter and maintenance planner for various employers, "which caused him to suffer from...industrial dust diseases caused by breathing the asbestos-containing products," the suit says.

However, the complaint fails to list specific dates and locations of Bergeron's employments.

The suit further alleges the defendants in the lawsuit were negligent for failing to adequately test their asbestos-laced products before flooding the market with dangerous goods and for failing to warn the consumer of the dangers of asbestos exposure. 

Some of the defendants listed in the lawsuit include the CBS Corporation and iron supplierZurn Industries. 

In addition, the petition faults Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Corp. (3M Corporation) and American Optical Corp. for producing defective masks that failed to provide respiratory protection. 

Although Bergeron has already sued and received a claim, the suit says, "Plaintiff now seeks damages against defendants not released in the previous actions pursuant to Pustejovsky v. Rapid-American Corp." 

In the precedent-setting Pustejovsky opinion in 2000, theTexas Supreme Court held that a victim of asbestos may later have a second lawsuit for an asbestos-related cancer if he develops the cancer at a future date. 

The opinion reversed a long history ofTexas cases holding that a person may only bring one lawsuit for an asbestos-related injury, even if he develops a second, catastrophic asbestos-related cancer at a much later date. 

"The court must apply a separate accrual rule in these cases because a single action rule would forbid a second suit and in doing so force the asbestos plaintiff to file premature litigation on speculative claims, which the court in Pustejovsky notes is neither efficient or desirable," the suit said. 

Bergeron is suing for exemplary damages, plus physical pain and suffering in the past and future, mental anguish in the past and future, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement in the past and future, physical impairment in the past and future, and past and future medical expenses. 

Judge BobWortham of the 58th Judicial District has been assigned to the case.

Case No. A182-077

http://www.setexasrecord.com/news/213806-second-asbestos-suit-filed-on-pipe-fitters-behalf-names-19-defendants

 
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Texas – Asbestos Trades – $1 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

Over $1 Million Awarded in Mesothelioma Cancer Lawsuit

Submitted by thescribe on October 20, 2009 - 12:48pm. 

ATexas jury awarded over $1 million to the wife of an engineer whodied frommesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Frequently,mesothelioma is a cancer of thelining of the lungs. Mesothelioma often develops 30 or more years after exposure to asbestos. Thus, people withmesothelioma tend to be older people. Mesothelioma is a threat not only to life but also to the financial well-being of older people who may have already retired. Amesothelioma diagnosis imposes burdensome medical expenses and threatens to deplete money saved for retirement.

In themesothelioma lawsuit involving the engineer, it is believed that the engineer was exposed to asbestos from his job. The engineer had worked with asbestos-laden additives to drilling lubricants. The engineer's asbestos exposure occurred when he inhaled dust from asbestos-containing cement additives that were used in a cement mixing hopper. Inhaled asbestos fibers can become trapped in the lungs or other organs. These fibers can lead to the development of cancers such as lung cancer,mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Unfortunately, many jobs involve the risk of asbestos exposure andmesothelioma. Workers at risk of developingmesothelioma are construction workers, mechanics, pipefitters, plumbers, machinists, boilermakers, shipyard workers and others. Many workers are at risk because asbestos was used in a wide range of products. Asbestos does not burn and therefore, it was used in brakes, other friction products and in insulation material.

The engineer afflicted withmesothelioma passed away earlier this year.

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Texas – Asbestos Company – $2.1 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

Kaiser Gypsum Inc. Reaches Settlement in Asbestos Case

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

A plasterer, who worked in and aroundSan Francisco,California for forty-two years, will receive $2.1 million in a recent settlement with Kaiser Gypsum Company and Hanson Permanente Cement, Inc.

The plasterer wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma in 2006. In the lawsuit, he alleged that asbestos was an ingredient of the stucco and other plaster products he worked with between 1955 and 1997, which were sold by Kaiser Gypsum and Hanson Permanente.

Kaiser Gypsum has been a defendant in several asbestos lawsuits over the past several years. In 1999, a jury inPortland,Oregon, awarded $1.5 million dollars to a formerhod carrier diagnosed with asbestosis and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer known to result from asbestos exposure. Evidence in the trial showed that Kaiser management was aware of the health risks associated with asbestos exposure no later than 1965, and possibly as far back as 1952.

The man had worked as ahod carrier between 1956 and 1986.

More recently in May of 2006, aSan Francisco jury awarded a man and his wife $5.9 million after only two days of deliberation. The man, who was not a smoker, was diagnosed with malignantmesothelioma and lung cancer in January of 2005–both of which were attributed tochrysotile asbestos fibers used in the company’s drywall products.

Yet another case was one in which a woman of Dallas County,Texas, sued Kaiser Gypsum over the death of her husband, a former pipefitter who was diagnosed withmesothelioma in January of 2003 and died ten months later. The jury in this case awarded her $650,000 after only seven hours of deliberation.

In their verdict, members of the jury found Kaiser Gypsum 100% liable for the man’s cancer and resultant death. It was determined that Kaiser Gypsum had known of the health risks of asbestos exposure as early as 1972, yet deliberately and maliciously failed to take steps in protecting employees.
Kaiser Gypsum products now known to have contained asbestos include Finishing Compound and Joint Compound, used in drywall installation.

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Texas – Asbestos Company – $30.3 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

 

N.J. Court Affirms Record $30.3 Million Award in Asbestos Exposure Case

New Jersey Law Journal

April 06, 2010

 

ANew Jersey appeals court on Monday upheld a$30.3 million verdict in anasbestos-exposure mesothelioma case, the largest known award in the state.

The defendants lost on every issue, including the standard of causation to be applied in light of the plaintiff's short history of working withasbestos-laden materials.

The suit, Buttitta v. Allied Signal, A-5263-07, was brought by Susan Buttitta whose husband, Mark, a 50-year-old advertising executive fromGlenRidge, died from mesothelioma in 2002, a year after he was diagnosed.

In February 2008, aBergenCounty jury awarded damages of $8 million for pain and suffering; $2 million for loss of consortium; $9,281,660 for lost earnings; $2,030,544 for loss of services; and $3 million to each of Buttitta's three daughters for loss of parental care.

Dozens of companies were sued but only two -- Borg-Warner Corp. and Asbestos Corp. Ltd. -- were the left by the time of the verdict. Two others, C.L. Zimmerman Co. and Honeywell International, settled during trial, while General Motors Corp. settled beforehand, all three on confidential terms.

The suit combined direct exposure claims characteristic of traditional asbestos litigation with indirect or "take home" exposure, as recognized by the state Supreme Court in Olivo v. Owens-Illinois, Inc., 186 N.J. 394 (2006).

Buttitta was allegedly exposed as a child to asbestos by his father, who handled brakes and clutches containing asbestos working at a GM warehouse inBloomfield and carried the fibers home on his work clothes.

Buttitta also encountered asbestos directly in the early 1970s, when he was in college and spent summers and winter breaks working at a GM warehouse inEnglewood handling auto parts.

On appeal, Borg-Warner and Asbestos Corp. raised such issues as what standard of causation applies in a mesothelioma case; whether a preliminary hearing was needed to admit testimony of the plaintiff's expert; whether liability should be allocated against the settling defendants; and whether remittitur should have been granted.

On causation, the appeals judges agreed with Superior Court Judge Brian Martinotti that the "frequency, regularity and proximity" test for asbestosis cases should be viewed differently in the context of a claim involving mesothelioma which, unlike asbestosis, can develop from infrequent exposure to a relatively small amount of asbestos.

Thus, Buttitta's "rather brief work history" with asbestos was sufficient to establish medical causation of mesothelioma 30 years later, Judges Francine Axelrad, Clarkson Fisher and Paulette Sapp-Peterson held in a per curiam unpublished opinion.

Another causation-related issue was Martinotti's decision to allow deposition testimony from an unrelated case inTexas to be read to the jury.

Part of Borg-Warner's defense was that its asbestos-related products were not present in the GM warehouse when Buttitta worked there. It was tough to prove because Borg-Warner had destroyed its records of sales to GM facilities inNew Jersey when it got out of the clutch business.

The disputed testimony was from John Froning, former manager of GM's clutch and manual transmission group, who testified in theTexas case that from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s Borg-Warner was GM's "prime" supplier of clutches.

Borg-Warner tried to keep out Froning's testimony as irrelevant, but the appeals court agreed with Martinotti that the real question was whether the testimony was too circumstantial, which was for the jury to decide.

The panel also saw no merit in Borg-Warner's argument that Martinotti should have held a hearing on whether to admit the testimony of plaintiff's experts. The company called "novel and unsupported" their opinions that asbestos fibers in Buttitta's biopsied lung tissue were consistent with occupational rather than background exposure, that there was no safe level of exposure and that Buttitta's exposure caused his mesothelioma.

The appeals court said it didn't matter that no expert could identify the specific asbestos-containing product causing the mesothelioma, given Buttitta's testimony about having handled dust-covered boxes and automobile parts.

The judges also rejected the argument that part of the verdict should be allocated against settling defendants GM, Honeywell and Zimmerman, finding no error in Martinotti's denial of a request to include them on the verdict sheet. There was insufficient evidence to allocate liability, the court said, despite evidence that Buttitta was exposed to asbestos-containing parts made by all three and the fact that a reasonable jury could conclude that those other parts were concurrent causes of his death.

Borg-Warner also lost its argument that the $11,030,544 awarded for loss of spousal and parental services was excessive and should have been remitted to $1,088,754, the amount set by the plaintiff's expert.

The appeals judges deferred to Martinotti's "feel of the case" in denying remittitur, saying the award "may have been generous, as recognized by the judge, but it was based on the undisputed evidence that Mark was an active and engaged father, and would have been expected to provide significant intangible services to his children such as guidance, training and counseling."

Asbestos Corp., a Quebec, Canada, company that supplied asbestos to GM and Zimmerman, unsuccessfully appealed rulings that found New Jersey courts had personal jurisdiction over the company and imposed sanctions -- striking its answer and defenses and limiting its role at trial -- for its failure to comply with discovery rulings that allegedly clashed with Quebec law.

Arnold Lakind, of Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader in Lawrenceville who argued the appeal for the plaintiff, says he is not aware of a larger mesothelioma verdict in the state.

The second largest one he knows of is also one of his cases, a $7.8 million verdict against ExxonMobil in May 2008. Plaintiff Bonnie Anderson claimed she contracted mesothelioma from laundering clothing worn by her husband to his job at the Exxon Bayway Refinery inElizabeth. Oral argument of ExxonMobil's appeal is set for April 26.

Borg-Warner's attorney, Paul Zidlicky of Sidley Austin inWashington,D.C., declines comment. The company, now known as Burns International Services Corp., was also represented by Norah Grimbergen of Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas inNew Brunswick.

Deborah Knight, of Goldfein & Joseph inPhiladelphia, the lawyer for Asbestos Corp., did not return a call.

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Texas – Asbestos Trades – Mesothelioma Death

 

Industrial Engineer Dies from Mesothelioma

 

Source:Lexington Herald-Leader,Lexington,KY, July 6, 2008, extracted

September 30, 2008.

 

Menard, Don Luther

 

Don Luther Menard died at age 73, on Nov. 24, 2008, at his home inBellevue,Washington. He died after a battle with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of lung cancer which is caused by asbestos exposure. Don was born Feb. 6, 1935 inAltus,Oklahoma to Rev. Raphael (Ray) W. Menard and Florence MaeBelle Doughty Menard.

He graduated fromPurcellHigh School in 1953. He was honored in his senior high school yearbook as class ''wittiest'', a distinction he kept throughout his life. In

1960, he received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management fromOklahomaStateUniversity. There, he became an active member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. He later held memberships to the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers.

In 1960, he married Marie Pettyjohn. They had three daughters and divorced in the early 70s.

 

From 1958-1964, Don served in the US Air Force. He has worked in the oil and gas industry all over the world, including in Oklahoma,Texas, California, Louisiana, Lybia, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and

Afghanistan. Don was a true patriot and until his illness beginning early this year, he proudly contributed to the war effort as an independent contractor inIraq andAfghanistan.

In his spare time, he loved learning about and traveling to many countries of the world. He was looking forward to traveling next toTibet andIndia when he wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma in June of this year.

 

He is survived by his beloved daughters, Debbie Ferrier of Tulsa, OK, Susan Menard of Bellevue, WA, and Shari Menard of Helsinki, Finland grandchildren, Kevin, Chelsea and Keenen Ferrier of Tulsa, OK, and Allison Milburn of Bellevue, WA sisters, Patsy M. Hardin ofTulsa,OK and Martha M. Menard of Denton, TX brother-in-law, Carl Siberts and 9 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raphael W. Menard and Florence MaeBelle Doughty Menard, and sister, Helen Ruth Menard Siberts, and brother-inlaw,

Lynn Hardin. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel atBostonAvenueMethodistChurch inTulsa, at 1:00pm, on Saturday, December 6.Moore's Funeral Home inTulsa is in charge of arrangements 918-622-1155. He told us, ''Don't send flowers, they make me sneeze!''. Gifts may be made to: The John McNamara Foundation,21115 Devonshire St.,Chatsworth,CA91311 (www.thejohnmcnamarafoun dation.org) or Asbestos Disease Awareness

Organization,1525 Aviation Blvd., Suite 318,Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (www.banasbes tos.us) or Pacific Heart, Lung and Blood Institute,11818 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200,Los Angeles, CA 90025 (www.phlbi.org).

He devoted his life to raising his three daughters, who wish to express: We will always remember his lifelong devotion to us, and his undying love, friendship and fatherly protection. He is, and always will be, our hero.

 

Published on Legacy.com, 12/8/2008

 

 
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Texas – $5.2 Million Mesothelioma Verdict

 

Worker's Family Wins $5.2 Million Asbestos Verdict

 

Feb 24, 2004 | AP A jury awarded $5.2 million in damages Tuesday to the family of a refinery worker who died of lung disease that he blamed on exposure to asbestos-laden insulation made by a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.

The jury inEl Paso County deliberated about two hours before returning the verdict against Quigley Co.

Lawyers for the family of Luis Ytuarte Sr. said during a weeklong trial that he became ill after many years of handling a powdered insulation that Quigley made to protect furnaces, pipes and boilers.

Ytuarte was an insulator, brick mason and laborer in a Phelps Dodge Corp. copper refinery inEl Paso from 1948 through the mid-1980s.

He wasdiagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure, in February 2002 and died nine months later at age 77.

A lawyer for the Ytuarte family, said Quigley officials knew about the dangers of the asbestos in the insulation for years but continued to sell the product until 1974.

"It boils down to the jury feels you have a company that chose profit over safety and worker health," said the Ytuarte family lawyer.

The jury awarded the family $2.7 million in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages.

The award will be reduced by the amount that the family has received in settlements from other companies that made asbestos-containing products used at the plant,Moreno said. He estimated those settlements totaled about $500,000.

A separate lawsuit by the family against Phelps Dodge is scheduled to go to trial in October in the same courtroom of Judge Javier Alvarez.

 

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February 25, 2004 -Texas jury awards asbestos victim $5.2M

 

ATexas jury has ordered an insulation manufacturer to pay the family of a deceased refinery worker $5.2 million in damages (Ytuarte v. Quigley Co. Inc.). The deceased worked as an insulator, mason and laborer for Phelps Dodge Refining Corp. from 1948 through the mid 1980s and frequently handled insulation, called Insulag, used on pipes, boilers and furnaces. Insulag was manufactured by Quigley Corp. The plaintiffs allege that the company knew as early as 1959 that the asbestos contained in Insulag posed a health threat but continued to manufacture and sell Insulag until 1974. The plaintiff died one year after being diagnosed with mesothelioma at age 77. The jury ordered Quigley Corp. to pay $2.706 million in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages. Other defendants which manufactured asbestos-containing products used at the Phelps Dodge facility had previously settled their liability for $500,000. The award against Quigley will be reduced by the amount obtained in the previous settlements.

 

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Texas - Mesothelioma Death Lawsuit

16 new asbestos cases filed in Madison County Sept. 21-25
10/9/2009 2:23 PM ByKelly Holleran 

A total of 16 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 21 through Sept. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Mary Bertrand of Ontario alleges the recently deceased Robert Bertrand developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and insulator at various locations throughout Illinois and Canada from 1969 until 2008. Mary Bertrand will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville and Flint in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1003.

--Robert and Isabelle Bullock of Ohio claim Robert Bullock developed mesothelioma after his work as a teacher, minister, bus driver, toll booth operator and self-employed operator of various camps and resorts throughout Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York from 1950 until 2005. The Bullocks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1004.

--Walter Cain, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1971 and from 1975 and 1977 and a worker at various other jobs until 2007, claims mesothelioma. Cain will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville and Flint in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1017.

--Bruce Klabunde of North Dakota claims his recently deceased mother, Elizabeth Klabunde, developed mesothelioma after her work as a receptionist and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Bruce Klabunde will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1011.

--Gerald and Kathleen LaBathe ofTexas claim Gerald LaBathe developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army in 1951 and in the National Guard from 1954 until 1974. Gerald LaBathe was also a member of the Asbestos Workers' Local 34 and worked in numerous refineries and chemical plants, according to the complaint. The LaBathes 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-1018.

--Dolores Molloy of Illinois claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Molloy, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and mechanic at various locations from 1948 until 1985. Dolores Molloy will be represented by Nate Mudd of French and Mudd in St. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1025.

--Fabian Moyano claims his recently deceased father, Guillermo Moyano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a superintendent from 1970 until 1979. Fabian Moyano will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1010.

--Dexter Napier of Georgia, a laborer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Napier will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1012.

--Donald Pattison claims recently deceased Arthella Pattison developed mesothelioma after her work at St. Johns and Orvid-Elsie schools. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Reo Ivan Pattison, who worked as a press operator. Donald Pattison will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville and Flint in Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1026.

--Adriana M. Perez of Florida, a laborer at ABC Print Shop in Miami from 1964 until 1979, a laborer at Haiti from 1964 until 1968, an office worker at Nikki Lu in the 1980s and a secretary at a doctor's office in 1985, claims mesothelioma. Perez claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance worker at a foundry, according to the complaint. Perez 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-1002.

--Richard W. and Geraldine F. Reeves of Indiana claim Richard W. Reeves developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1958, as a bill collector for various credit and accounting firms from 1958 until 1970 and as a boilermaker for various employees through the international Boilermaker Union from 1970 until 1995. Richard W. Reeves was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who was a millwright for various employers from 1947 until 1955, according to the complaint. Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing the Reeves. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1005.

--Ella D. Ridout of Texas claims her recently deceased husband, Thomas G. Ridout, developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1973, as an iron worker, welder and crane operator for various construction companies from 1974 until 1994, as a general foreman for Martin K. Eby from 1994 until 1995, as a general foreman for H.B. Zachry from 1995 until 2001, as a superintendent for Wanzek Construction from 2005 until 2006 and as a general foreman and general superintendent for Fluor. 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-1006.

--Anne M. Schmuhl of Ohio claims her recently deceased father, Julius M. Storti, developed mesothelioma after his work with Transformer Engineering Corp. from 1943 until 2006. Schmuhl 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-1014.

--Danielle Taurmina of New York claims her recently deceased stepfather, Mario Bosio, developed mesothelioma after his work as a civil engineer and a home remodeler at various locations from 1978 until 1979. Taurmina will be represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd in East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1013.

--Maurice Wintermann of Illinois, a boilermaker, janitor and laborer at various locations from 1950 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Wintermann will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Neilson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm in St. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1009.

--John J. Worthen of Illinois, a bricklayer for Worthen Brick Construction Company from 1971 until 1976, a bricklayer for Coppers in 1974, a bricklayer for Ser-Steel from 1976 until 1977 and a bricklayer for National Steel and US Steel from 1977 until now, claims lung cancer. Worthen 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-1015

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Texas - Mesothelioma Death Lawsuit

16 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountySept. 21-25
10/9/2009 2:23 PM ByKelly Holleran 

A total of 16 new asbestos lawsuits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Sept. 21 through Sept. 25.

The following complaints were filed:

--Mary Bertrand ofOntario alleges the recently deceased Robert Bertrand developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer and insulator at various locations throughoutIllinois andCanada from 1969 until 2008. Mary Bertrand will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and David J. Page of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1003.

--Robert and Isabelle Bullock ofOhio claim Robert Bullock developed mesothelioma after his work as a teacher, minister, bus driver, toll booth operator and self-employed operator of various camps and resorts throughoutIllinois,Missouri,Pennsylvania andNew York from 1950 until 2005. The Bullocks will be represented by Timothy F. Thompson Jr. and Ryan J. Kiwala of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1004.

--Walter Cain, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1971 and from 1975 and 1977 and a worker at various other jobs until 2007, claims mesothelioma. Cain will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1017.

--Bruce Klabunde ofNorth Dakota claims his recently deceased mother, Elizabeth Klabunde, developed mesothelioma after her work as a receptionist and home remodeler at various locations from 1970 until 1979. Bruce Klabunde 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-1011.

--Gerald and Kathleen LaBathe ofTexas claim Gerald LaBathe developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army in 1951 and in the National Guard from 1954 until 1974. Gerald LaBathe was also a member of the Asbestos Workers' Local 34 and worked in numerous refineries and chemical plants, according to the complaint. The LaBathes 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-1018.

--Dolores Molloy ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Joseph Molloy, developed mesothelioma after his work as an electrician and mechanic at various locations from 1948 until 1985. Dolores Molloy will be represented by Nate Mudd of French and Mudd inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1025.

--Fabian Moyano claims his recently deceased father, Guillermo Moyano, developed mesothelioma after his work as a superintendent from 1970 until 1979. Fabian Moyano 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-1010.

--Dexter Napier of Georgia, a laborer at various locations from 1961 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Napier 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-1012.

--Donald Pattison claims recently deceased Arthella Pattison developed mesothelioma after her work atSt. Johns and Orvid-Elsie schools. She was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, Reo Ivan Pattison, who worked as a press operator. Donald Pattison will be represented by Richard L. Saville Jr., Ethan A. Flint and Andrew J. Balcer of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1026.

--Adriana M. Perez of Florida, a laborer at ABC Print Shop in Miami from 1964 until 1979, a laborer at Haiti from 1964 until 1968, an office worker at Nikki Lu in the 1980s and a secretary at a doctor's office in 1985, claims mesothelioma. Perez claims she was also exposed to asbestos fibers through her husband, who worked as a maintenance worker at a foundry, according to the complaint. Perez 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-1002.

--Richard W. and Geraldine F. Reeves of Indiana claim Richard W. Reeves developed mesothelioma after his work as a seaman in the U.S. Navy from 1955 until 1958, as a bill collector for various credit and accounting firms from 1958 until 1970 and as a boilermaker for various employees through the international Boilermaker Union from 1970 until 1995. Richard W. Reeves was also exposed to asbestos fibers through his father, who was a millwright for various employers from 1947 until 1955, according to the complaint. Randy L. Gori of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville will be representing the Reeves. W. Mark Lanier, Patrick N. Haines, Angela B. Greenberg, Sam T. Richard, Bridget B. Truxillo and Lauren H. Ware of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1005.

--Ella D. Ridout of Texas claims her recently deceased husband, Thomas G. Ridout, developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1973, as an iron worker, welder and crane operator for various construction companies from 1974 until 1994, as a general foreman for Martin K. Eby from 1994 until 1995, as a general foreman for H.B. Zachry from 1995 until 2001, as a superintendent for Wanzek Construction from 2005 until 2006 and as a general foreman and general superintendent for Fluor. 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-1006.

--Anne M. Schmuhl ofOhio claims her recently deceased father, Julius M. Storti, developed mesothelioma after his work with Transformer Engineering Corp. from 1943 until 2006. Schmuhl 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-1014.

--Danielle Taurmina ofNew York claims her recently deceased stepfather, Mario Bosio, developed mesothelioma after his work as a civil engineer and a home remodeler at various locations from 1978 until 1979. Taurmina 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-1013.

--Maurice Wintermann ofIllinois, a boilermaker, janitor and laborer at various locations from 1950 until 1990, claims mesothelioma. Wintermann will be represented by Andrew O'Brien, Christopher Thoron, Christina J. Neilson, Bartholomew J. Baumstark and Gerald J. FitzGerald of the O'Brien Law Firm inSt. Louis. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-1009.

--John J. Worthen of Illinois, a bricklayer for Worthen Brick Construction Company from 1971 until 1976, a bricklayer for Coppers in 1974, a bricklayer for Ser-Steel from 1976 until 1977 and a bricklayer for National Steel and US Steel from 1977 until now, claims lung cancer. Worthen 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-1015

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Texas - Mesothelioma Death

Texas Mesothelioma Asbestos Lawsuit Results in $11M Verdict

AboutLawsuits.com | April 2nd, 2010 at 9:31 am

ATexaspainter has been awarded $11 million in amesothelioma asbestos lawsuit againstBondex, Union Carbide and other manufacturers whose parts allegedly contained cancer-causing asbestos. 

A jury inDallas handed down the verdict on March 30 in favor of Vernon Walker and his wife, Patsy Walker. According to a press release issued by attorneys representing the couple,Walker was diagnosedwithmesothelioma cancer after working as a career painter in the construction industry.

Walker worked as a union painter on skyscrapers and other construction projects. The defendants in theasbestos exposure lawsuit said that the types of asbestosWalker had been exposed to, includingchrysotile andcalidria, do not cause asbestos-related cancer.

The $11 million verdict apportioned 40% of the liability forWalker’s cancer to Union Carbide, and the rest of the blame was divided among defendants that included product manufacturersBondex, Kelly Moore and Georgia Pacific. However, all of the defendants exceptBondex settled out of court before a verdictwas reached.

Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is found in the lining of the chest and lungs. The only known cause ofmesothelioma is asbestos exposure, and it is often not diagnosed until decades after exposure. As a result of the long latency period, the cancer is very advanced when it is diagnosed and life expectancy with the disease is limited.

Asbestos was widely used in a variety of manufacturing and construction applications throughout the last century, with use peaking in 1973. Most uses of asbestos were banned in the mid-1980s. Despite the ban, the U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the number ofmesothelioma deaths continues to rise each year due to the latency period, with the number expected to peak in 2010.

Asbestosmesothelioma lawsuits are the longest running mass tort inU.S. history, with the first asbestos exposure case filed in 1929. Over 600,000 people have filed lawsuits against 6,000 defendants after being diagnosed withmesothelioma, asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases.

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Senate OKs bill easing lawsuits on asbestos

By JAY ROOT - ASSOCIATED PRESS

April 18, 2009, 9:17PM

The bill, which passed 20-11 on a preliminary vote, would only apply to lawsuits involving mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer usually caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers.

Lower standard of proof

The legislation, which faces more hurdles before becoming law, would set a lower standard of proof for demonstrating that asbestos exposure was significant enough to cause the cancer.

All of the Democrats in the chamber voted in favor of the legislation.

But the debate dragged on for hours as Republicans, who rule the Senate 19-12, squabbled with each other over how much the bill might negatively impact businesses and whether trial lawyers deserved big contingency fees when they win asbestos cases.

“Trial lawyers chase big pots of money,” said Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston. “This is a big pot of money.”

The sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, said the bill would not “ruin the business climate inTexas,” and was designed to help a relatively small group of cancer victims.

He said sufferers of mesothelioma face huge delays and hassles trying to meet a relatively high standard of proof in asbestos lawsuits.

Without the legislation,Duncan said, “these people are gonna be dead by the time their case is finally resolved.”

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Mesothelioma Lawsuit inTexas Names 46 Defendants

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Orlando,FL 9/02/2008 06:42 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

 

A man diagnosed withmesotheliomahas filed an asbestos-related lawsuit claiming his disease was wrongfully caused. Tommy Davis filed the suit on August 26 in the Jefferson County District Court inTexas.

Exposure to asbestos is one of the main contributing factors to the development of mesothelioma, a chronic lung condition that reduces lung function and makes breathing difficult. Such a disease results when toxic asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested into the body. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos also causes the development of asbestosis.

Davis has filed against a total of 46 defendants, which include A.W. Chesterton, Union Carbide, Goodrich, and Zurn Industries. The lawsuit claims these companies exposedDavis to asbestos or contributed to his exposure by developing, manufacturing, and distributing products that contained the hazardous substance.

According to the lawsuit, the defendants either knew or should have known about the dangers associated with asbestos exposure. The suit claims his exposure was foreseeable and should have been anticipated by the defendants.

The lawsuit also claims the defendants knew their products would enter the market without being inspected for defects.Davis believes the defendants conspired to suppress or misrepresent information that would have notified him about the dangers of asbestos.

The suit specifically states the “Defendants knowingly conspired among themselves to cause injuries, diseases, and illness and/or death by exposing him to asbestos,” and “committed conspiracy by willfully misrepresenting and suppressing the truth as to the risks and dangers associated with asbestos.”

Davis and Lou Thompson, a mesothelioma lawyer, are seeking punitive and exemplary damages, as well as compensation for emotional stress, lost income, loss of earning capacity, physical impairment, and medical expenses.

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Feds targetBigTex dirt danger

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Officials have been testing the contaminated soil at the oldBigTex site along the banks of theSan AntonioRiver south of downtown.

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By Anton Caputo- Express-News –Texas11/07/2008

Federal crews will begin removing toxic soil Monday from the oldBigTex site, potentially clearing the way for the redevelopment of the rundown collection of industrial buildings on the banks of theSan AntonioRiver.

The cleanup should eliminate the last vestiges of asbestos contamination that has lingered for decades and blocked plans to turn the dilapidated site into an artsy mixed-use development similar to the nearby Blue Star Arts Complex.

Area residents got their first look at the cleanup plan Wednesday night at a meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency, and were happy with what they saw.

Neighbors who live in nearby King William have been lobbying for better testing and cleanup at Big Tex since the San Antonio Express-News first reported in 2005 the link between the site and W.R. Grace & Co., which is known to have shipped millions of tons of asbestos-contaminated ore throughout the country.

“I think they should have done this a long time ago,” resident Ellen Garza said. “The sooner the better.”

EPA crews in full protective gear will begin removing at least 1,100 cubic yards of contaminated soil Monday, scraping off at least 6 inches of ground in multiple areas of the 7.5-acre site. The hazardous soil will be buried at a landfill.

EPA Site Coordinator Eric Delgado said workers will constantly spray the area with water to keep down dust and set up a system of air quality monitors to ensure no airborne asbestos fibers escape the site.

“The minute anyone sees dust, we will stop work. Even if it is just a poof,” he said. “That's just what we have to do. We realize we're not in the middle of nowhere. We're in people's backyards.”

Crews also will decontaminate two buildings on the site that tested positive for asbestos.

Sitting adjacent to the Blue Star Arts Complex and across the river from King William, the Big Tex site is named after the grain company whose logo still can be seen on one of the buildings. But it's the area's link with W.R. Grace that has caused trouble.

The company is known to have sent millions of tons of vermiculite ore from its mine inLibby,Mont., to 200 locations throughout the country despite, according to federal court documents, company officials' knowledge that the ore was tainted with tremolite, or amphibole asbestos.

TheSan Antonio site was one of the company's largest plants, processing more than 100,000 tons of the tainted ore from 1961 to 1989.Asbestos can cause lung cancer and other deadly illnesses, and the W.R. Grace asbestos is a particularly hazardous form. In Libby, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the rate of deaths from asbestosis, a lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos, was about 60 times higher than the national average.

Delgado said there are no known health problems linked to theSan Antonio site, but he said state health officials are attempting to find people who worked at the site. Health officials have said anyone who worked or played near the site when W.R. Grace operated in the area should notify their family physician.

Soil and air testing conducted atBigTex earlier this year showed asbestos contamination in 26 50-by-50 foot grids, as well as two buildings.

“No asbestos risk was detected offsite,” Delgado said. “That's a good thing.”

The cleanup will cost about $500,000. The EPA initially will pay the costs and then try to collect from any of the site's former or current owners judged responsible.

Owner James Lifshutz, who bought the site long after the asbestos operation shut down, didn't know whether the federal government would judge him responsible for the cleanup.

“That's yet to be worked out,” he said.

Lifshutz still wants to tear down the old facilities and replace them with his planned mixed-use development, but wouldn't hazard a timeline for the project. He was happy with the EPA's cleanup plans.

“I'm pleased that it appears this is finally going to happen, and that when it does happen there will be no questions left about he safety of the site,” Lifshutz said. “That's what I've been asking for all along.”

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