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Widow files asbestos lawsuit against multiple companies

The wife of a man who recently passed away from an asbestos-related illness has filed a personal injury lawsuit against more than a dozen companies that she says were responsible for exposing her husband to the asbestos fibers that ultimately caused his disease and death.

In her asbestos lawsuit, the widow claims that the 19 companies named in the lawsuit negligently caused her husband, who worked as a crane operator, furnace operator and pot repairman for more than three decades, to be diagnosed with fatal lung cancer. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that the companies claimed that equipment was of good quality when it actually contained dangerous asbestos products.

The widow also claims that the companies named in the suit should have known that the faulty equipment could cause health defects. As such, the widow alleges, the companies caused her husband to develop a disease that resulted in his untimely death. In sum, the lawsuit contains 10 causes of action and seeks damages of more than $80 million.

Of the companies named in the lawsuit, some are fairly well known, such as CBS Corp., Westinghouse Electric Corp., Georgia Pacific, GE Inc. and Ingersoll-Rand Co. Some of the lesser-known defendants include Owens-Illinois Inc., Trane US Inc., Foster Wheeler LLC and Kaiser Gypsum Co. Inc.

As with many asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits that are filed against companies both large and small, the widow's attorney told a local newspaper that he does not expect the lawsuit to make it to trial. Most companies named in asbestos suits generally prefer to settle the claims against them instead of taking their chances with a jury.

Source: Watertown Daily Times, "Malone widow seeks millions over husband's death," Josh Gore, Jan. 14, 2012

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