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Washington – 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 of Texas claim Abundio Luna developed 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 ofWashingtonclaims 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.

http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/226376-update-24-asbestos-cases-filed-in-madison-county-march-22-26

 
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Washington – 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 Webbdeveloped 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.

http://www.madisonrecord.com/news/226370-17-new-asbestos-cases-filed-in-madison-county-march-29---april-2

 
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Washington – Asbestos Trades –Asbestos Lawsuits

 

Asbestos Lawsuits Gaining Momentum

December 9, 2009. By Jane Mundy

 

Seattle,Washington: 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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Washington – Asbestos Trades –Mesothelioma Asbestos Cases Filed

21 new asbestos cases filed inMadisonCountyAug. 17-21
8/28/2009 10:00 AM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of 21 newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Aug. 17 through Aug. 21.

The following complaints were filed:

--Denis Barnes, a gas station attendant, laborer, machine operator and home remodeler at various locations from 1956 until 1979, claims mesothelioma. Barnes 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-843.

--Jacqueline Bourassa ofMassachusetts claims her recently deceased husband, Leo Bourassa, developed mesothelioma after his work as a pipefitter at various locations from 1957 until 1979. Bourassa 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-849.

--Robert Boyer ofMissouri, a laborer and gas station attendant at various locations from 1972 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Boyer is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-845.

--Richard Brockman ofSouth Carolina, a pipefitter and pipe welder from 1962 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Brockman 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-856.

--Clarabelle M. Clark of Ohio claims her recently deceased husband, Donald B. Clark, developed lung cancer after his work as a boiler operator in the U.S. Navy from 1946 until 1950, as a boiler operator for Dibles Plumbing and Heating from 1950 until 1951, for Porcelain Products Co. from 1952 until 1953, for Moral Foundry from 1953 until 1954 and for National Machinery beginning in 1954. Donald B. Clark was also secondarily exposed to asbestos through his father's work at Murphy Brothers Foundry, according to the complaint. Clarabelle M. Clark 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-874.

--Lona J. Cribley of Michigan claims her recently deceased husband, Billy G. Cribley, developed lung cancer after his work as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 until 1956, as a farmer from 1956 until 1960, as a worker for Gulf Stream Coach from 1960 until 1967, as an oil well insulator from 1967 until 1969, as an insulator and painter from 1970 until 1977, as a laborer for General Motors from 1977 until 1990 and as an insulator from 1997 until 2004. Lona Cribley 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-859.

--Larry Culvahouse of Indiana, a laborer at various locations from 1965 until 1979, claims lung cancer. Culvahouse 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-855.

--Grady O. and Marline Estes of Alabama claim Grady Estes developed mesothelioma after his work at Firestone Tire and Rubber from 1944 until 1945, as a grinder for Midland Steel from 1956 until 1957, as a painter at Victor Chemical Works in 1960, as a steel worker for Munster Steel from 1960 until 1978 and as a pipefitter for Viking Engineering from 1978 until 1982. The Estes 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-858.

--Hilbert and Sally Flokstra of Florida claim Hilbert Flokstra developed mesothelioma after his work as a carpenter for Gray and Banks Construction from 1954 until 1968, as a carpenter for Fred O'Grady Construction from 1968 until 1970, as a carpenter for H&R Flokstra Construction from 1970 until 1971 and from 1976 until 1984, as a teacher of woodworking classes from 1976 until 1980 and as a supervisor and carpenter for Tom Woods Construction from 1984 until 1986. The Flokstras are represented by Elizabeth V. Heller and Robert Rowland of Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli and Rowland of Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-857.

--Salvador Gonzalez of California claims his recently deceased father, Salvador Gonzalez Sr., developed mesothelioma after his work as a laborer from 1975 until 1979. Salvador Gonzalez is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Anglides and Barnerd inEast Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-852.

--Mack J. Hambicki ofArizona, a mechanic, laborer and manager at Hambicki Brothers from 1963 until 1978, a mechanic at Auto Pallets from 1961 until 1963, a laborer and mechanic at Valley Waste, a truck driver and mechanic at American Gooseneck, a mechanic, laborer and manager at HBI and a manager and laborer at HBI Brothers, alleges mesothelioma. Hambicki is 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: 09-L-877.

--Jens Kieler ofWashington claims his recently deceased father, Hermann E. Kuljurgis,developed mesothelioma after his work as arepairman and electrician from 1956 until 1979. Kieler 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-850.

--Ronald and Margaret Killebrew of Pennsylvania allege Ronald Killebrew developed mesothelioma after his work as a mechanic at several auto body shops from 1961 until 1968, as a laborer and assembler at Sears Manufacturing from 1968 until 1973 and as a laborer for Kaufman's from 1973 until 2000. The Killebrews 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, William H. Barfield and Aaron Plumlee of The Lanier Law Firm inHouston will serve of counsel. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-876.

--Jerry Kirksey ofAlabama, a laborer at various locations from 1963 until 1967, claims lung cancer. Kirksey is represented by Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Angelides and Barnerd of East Alton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-844.

--Randel Ladd ofTennessee claims his recently deceased brother, Paul E. Ladd, developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1954. After his discharge, Ladd worked at the Roane Hoseiry Mill, according to the complaint. Randel Ladd 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-875.

--Carlos Madrid ofCalifornia claims his recently deceased brother, HectorMadrid, developed mesothelioma after his work as a longshoreman at various locations from 1969 until 1979. Carlos Madrid 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-851.

--Theresa Martin ofIllinois claims her recently deceased husband, Rodger Martin, developed mesothelioma after his work as a supervisor at various locations from 1956 until 1991. Theresa Martin is 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-866.

--Deanna Pritchett ofMissouri claims her recently deceased father, Keith Everman, developed mesothelioma after his work as a fireman, switch adjuster and plumber at various locations throughoutIllinois andNebraska from 1944 until the late 1990s. Pritchett 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-865.

--Beverly A. Showalter ofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, Frederick A. Balster, developed lung cancer after his work at Amoco Oil for more than 50 years. Showalter 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-863.

--Kimberly Sylvester ofIllinois claims her recently deceased father, Peter Kostiuk Jr., developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer from 1960 until 1979 at various locations. Sylvester 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-854.

--Geraldine Tepper ofFlorida claims her recently deceased brother, Marvin Tepper, developed mesothelioma after his work as a printing press operator at various locations from 1962 until 1979. Robert Phillips, Perry J. Browder and Rosalind M. Robertson of Simmons, Browder, Gianaris, Anglides and Barnerd inEast Alton will be representing Geraldine Tepper. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-848.

--Robin Unger ofMinnesota claims her recently deceased father, Willie Unger, developed lung cancer after his work as a laborer, welder and home remodeler at various locations from 1960 until 1979. Unger 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-853.

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Washington – Asbestos Trades – Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Nine new asbestos cases filed Aug. 10-14
8/24/2009 1:30 PM By Kelly Holleran 

A total of nine newasbestos suits were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Aug. 10 through Aug. 14.

The following complaints were filed:

--Mary Balthasar ofIowa, a bookkeeper and office manager in 1980 and from 1986 until 1992, claims mesothelioma. Balthasar was also exposed to asbestos through her family members, who performed home remodeling projects and worked on cars, according to the complaint. Balthasar is 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-833.

--Rowland Deems ofNebraska, an electrician at Union Pacific Railroad from 1946 until 1952 and from 1954 until 1964, a member of the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1964 and an outside salesman for Omaha Compound from 1969 until 1996, claims mesothelioma. Deems is represented by Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates in Edwardsville. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-832.

--Charles and Mary Sue Denning ofLouisiana claim Charles Denning developed mesothelioma after his work as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1956 and as a research scientist from 1966 until 1992 at Behr Laboratories. The Dennings are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-831.

--Donald and Margaret Hybels ofMichigan claim Donald Hybels developed mesothelioma after serving in the U.S. Army from 1944 until 1946. Donald Hybels also began working as an electrician in 1946 and worked at Muskegan Electric, Moore Electrical Service, Rowen and Blair Electric Company and Hybels Electric Service, according to the complaint. The Hybels 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-837.

--Mary and Stephen Monasmith ofArizona claim Mary Monasmith developed mesothelioma after her work as an office manager from 1994 until 2008. Mary Monasmith was also secondarily exposed to asbestos fibers through her family members, according to the complaint. The Monasmiths are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-834.

--J.C. Morrow ofOklahoma, a laborer, insurance salesman and compositer at various locations throughoutOklahoma,Kansas,Arkansas,California,Washington,Alaska andHawaii from 1950 until 1992,claims mesothelioma. Morrow is 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-828.

--Julie Rockingham ofIllinois claims Addist Rockingham died after developing mesothelioma. Addist Rockingham was exposed to asbestos after his work as a steelworker for more than 30 years and as a member of the Army, according to the complaint. Julie Rockingham is represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint ofAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-835.

--Tawny and Keith Stetzel claim Tawny Stetzel developed mesothelioma after her work as a medical lab technician from 1987 until 2009. The Stetzels are represented by Richard L. Saville Jr. and Ethan A. Flint of Saville andFlint inAlton. Madison County Circuit Court case number: 09-L-830.

--Ronald E. Wilson and Alice Malone-Wilson ofArizona claim Ronald E. Wilson developed colon cancer after serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 until 1958 and the U.S. Navy from 1958 until 1984. Ronald Wilson was also a merchant seaman from 1985 until 1988, according to the complaint. TheWilsons 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-836.

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Washington – 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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Washington – 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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Washington – 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 of asbestos manufacturing 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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Washington – 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 Garvin developedmesothelioma 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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 Washington – 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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Washington –Asbestos Company - Mesothelioma Jury Award

Second hand exposure to asbestos dust is basis for claim

06/08/2005

Ronald Lunsford said his father worked for the Brower Company in 1958 at a Texaco refinery inAnacortes,Washington. and frequently returned home from work with asbestos dust on his clothes, hat, car, and tools.Lundsford claimed he was exposed to that dust.

Years later, Lunsford was diagnosed withmesothelioma. Because he had been exposed to asbestos over a number of years from a variety of sources, Lunsford sued several parties, includingSaberhagen Holdings Inc., which was the successor of Brower. Lunsford alleged Brower/Saberhagen providedasbestoscontaining insulation to the refinery where his father worked, and thatSaberhagen should be held strictly liable for any injuries caused to him by the Brower asbestos.

Saberhagen asked theWashington trial court to grant judgment before trial, asserting the company could not be held strictly liable for Lunsford's injuries because he was not a user of the asbestos products. Product-liability law provides for strict liability for "one who sells any product in a defective condition reasonably dangerous to the user or consumer," and makes the seller liable "for physical harm thereby caused to the ultimate user or consumer."

The trial court concluded that Lunsford was not a user ofSaberhagen's asbestos, thus granted its request for summary judgment. Lunsford appealed to theWashington Court of Appeals, which noted some state courts expand the coverage of the product-liability law to include bystanders and other persons the manufacturer could reasonably foresee would come into contact with its product. The court reinstated Lunsford's claim stating, "The question for the jury is whether it was reasonable for the manufacturer to foresee that Lunsford would be exposed to its product through his father."

At trial, the court noted Lunsford had the burden of showing it was foreseeable he would come into contact withSaberhagen's product, the product was unreasonably dangerous, and he was injured by the product.

Lunsford v.Saberhagen Holdings Inc., 106 P.3d 808 (Wash.App. 2005), Court of Appeals ofWashington, Feb. 14, 2005.

 

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Washington – 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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Originally published Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Autopsy is waived for asbestos victim

ASeattle man who is suing a handful of chemical companies for causing his asbestos-related cancer scored a legal victory Thursday when a judge ruled that his case does not have to comply with a long-standing county policy requiring an autopsy.

By Jennifer Sullivan

Seattle Times staff reporter

James Ross, 71, who has asbestos-related cancer, with his wife,
Esther. Ross said he didn't want to put his wife through an autopsy
after his death, which would have been required under litigation against
asbestos makers.

GREG GILBERT / THESEATTLE TIMES

James Ross, 71, who has asbestos-related cancer, with his wife, Esther. Ross said he didn't want to put his wife through an autopsy after his death, which would have been required under litigation against asbestos makers.

Since being diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer two years ago, James Ross has come to accept his terminal illness. It's the hours after the Queen Anne man takes his final breath that have him concerned.

After filing a lawsuit last year against several manufacturers of asbestos products, Ross, 71, learned that mesothelioma victims who die in the midst of civil litigation inKingCounty must undergo an autopsy.

Ross objected, saying a physician has diagnosed him with the cancer and an autopsy will be unnecessary. He asked aKingCounty judge to issue a protection order to spare his wife, Esther, the emotional stress of enduring an autopsy while trying to plan his funeral.

"I have said no, for philosophical reasons," Ross said. "They're pestering widows. They don't need that."

On Thursday, King County Superior Court Judge Paris Kallas issued a carefully worded order that waives the autopsy requirement for Ross. The ruling does not overturn the county's autopsy policy for mesothelioma victims embroiled in litigation, nor does it forbid defense lawyers from later petitioning a judge to order an autopsy on Ross' remains.

"The court grants Mr. Ross' motion for a protective order ... this does not prevent the defense from specifically seeking permission for an autopsy," Kallas wrote in her ruling.

For Ross, the judge's order means his remains will not be automatically subjected to an autopsy if he dies in the midst of litigation.

The autopsy requirement was adopted in 1984, whenKingCounty was overwhelmed with claims stemming from cancer-causing building materials, saidSeattle attorney Matthew Bergman, who is representing Ross.

Twenty years ago, it was impossible to detect mesothelioma without an autopsy, but medical technology has evolved and now mesothelioma can be diagnosed before a person dies, Bergman said.

In his motion to have Ross' body kept off the exam table, Bergman pushed to have the county stop performing autopsies on those who had filed suit for asbestos-related damages.

While Kallas denied Bergman's move to throw out the autopsy requirement, Bergman says Ross' case lays the groundwork for other court challenges to the post-death examination.

"I believe, based on this precedent, it will be impossible for anybody [suffering from mesothelioma] to undergo an autopsy," said Bergman, who said he has handled nearly 250 mesothelioma lawsuits since 1998.

I have done a lot of these cases, and the grief these families go through is horrific."

James Apa, spokesman for Public Health — Seattle and King County, said the most recent statistics his office has on hand are from 1999 to 2001, when there were 67 mesothelioma deaths in the county.

Ross said he worked for 51 years as a Seattle-based brakeman and conductor for Great Northern Railway (now BNSF Railway), and the companies that later bought the onetime railroad giant.

He thinks his illness was caused by the chemicals on the brake shoes and by asbestos in products he used to remodel his home.

The retiree's case is scheduled for trial in March, Bergman said.

When diagnosed two years ago, Ross was given about eight months to live, Bergman said.

A lawyer representing drywall company Kaiser Gypsum, one of the companies Ross is suing, could not be reached for comment Friday.

In a previous court filing, lawyers for the companies have argued that Ross did not have protection from the autopsy because he was not arguing for protection based upon religious beliefs.

Bergman said many mesothelioma victims have been granted protection from an autopsy inKingCounty based upon religious beliefs. Ross, who said he is not against autopsies because of such a belief, calls this argument "rank discrimination."

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

 
 
 
 
 
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