However, the motion was denied.
The asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit is Kathleen Tooey v. AK Steel Corp., a case well-known in legal circles for the twists and turns it has taken in the seven years since originally appearing in the legal pipeline. Kathleen’s husband, John, worked for Ferro Engineering, a division of Oglebay Norton Marine Services Co. for a period of 18 years spanning from 1964 through 1982. John Tooey was employed in the sales department of a firm that manufactured so-called “hot tops” products used in the molding process for molten steel.
Years later, Tooey developed Mesothelioma - an occurrence not uncommon within the realm of exposure to asbestos and the long latency periods usually seen between initial (and ongoing) exposure to asbestos and the emergence of asbestos cancer years, and often decades, after the fact.
The Tooey asbestos lawsuit was originally threatened by the Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) of Pennsylvania, which holds that job-related asbestos claims need to be filed within 300 weeks of a plaintiff’s last relevant employment in order for the exclusive remedies of the WCA to apply.
John Tooey’s asbestos mesothelioma appeared well past the 300-week window. In 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that common law claims against employers for asbestos exposure were not foreclosed by the 300-week provision, thus remanding the Tooey case back to Allegheny County state court.
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For his part, Judge Marmo did not issue the reasoning for his denial.
The asbestos compensation lawsuit is Kathleen Tooey v. AK Steel Corp., Case No. 08-005721, in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.