A roundup of recent asbestos-related news and information that you should be aware of. An ongoing list of reported asbestos hot spots in the US from the Asbestos News Roundup archive appears on our asbestos map.
Jefferson County, TX: The widow and children of a man who recently died after developing pulmonary asbestosis, have filed an asbestos lawsuit alleging that John Dixon Sr., developed the illness and died as a result of spending a career working around products that contained asbestos.
Agnes Dixon, Jane Lampman, Molly Abshier and John Dixon Jr. filed a lawsuit against E.I. Dupont De Nemours and Company, Tin Inc. formerly known as Temple Inland Forest Products, Tin Inc. formerly known as Temple-Eastex, Inland Paper Board and Packaging, Temple Inland, Inland Container, Inland Orange and Owens Illinois.
They allege John Dixon Sr., was exposed to asbestos dust and fibers throughout his career at DuPont and Owens Illinois. As a result, he developed pulmonary asbestosis and died on Sept. 20, 2010. Dixon’s widow and children also allege that the defendants negligently failed to warn workers of the dangers of asbestos exposure. In their complaint, the plaintiffs seek exemplary and punitive damages, plus damages and court costs. (SETexasrecord.com)
Libby, MT: People suffering from asbestos-related illnesses including asbestosis and mesothelioma have been awarded a $43 million settlement by a judge in Montana. The people were made ill as a result of their exposure to asbestos from the infamous W.R. Grace asbestos mine in Libby, Montana. Reports indicate that a large part of the settlement will be paid by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.
The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed against the state and the mine by former miners and their families who accused the state of failing to properly oversee the mine or warn workers of dangers there. Miners had originally sued W.R. Grace but after the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2001, they sued the state for failing to adequately protect them, court documents state.
Some 1,400 people are expected to receive payouts from the settlement, which was approved September 8, by Montana District Court Judge Jeffrey M. Sherlock, ending ten years of legal wrangling. However, while the settlement ends numerous cases and claims against Montana it “expressly reserves their claims against all other responsible parties,” according to the agreement.
Many of the victims of asbestos exposure from the Libby mine are now over 65, and others have since died of asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis and cancers such as mesothelioma, records show. (Insurancejournal.com)
Los Angeles, CA: The family of Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame football player and actor, has reached a settlement in their asbestos lawsuit. Olsen’s family alleged in their suit that Olsen was exposed to asbestos-containing products throughout the course of his career working on construction sites, which he did in his youth. The lawsuit was filed against several asbestos companies that the family say caused the rare form of cancer Olsen developed late in life. The settlement includes 10 companies that made or used the asbestos-containing products.
A notice of settlement was filed by the attorneys for Olsen’s wife and children in Los Angeles. No further details were provided. Olsen, who was a member of the Los Angeles Rams “Fearsome Foursome” in the 1960s, died in March 2010 after losing his fight against asbestos mesothelioma. (Forbes.com)