According to the KCIC report Asbestos Litigation: 2015 Year in Review, there were 4,820 total asbestos claims in 2014. That number dropped to 4,465 in 2015. But despite the drop in overall claims, the number of defendants increased. That's because asbestos lawsuits tend to name multiple defendants - in some cases, even hundreds of defendants.
KCIC notes that the average number of defendants in an asbestos lawsuit increased from 64 in 2014 to 69 in 2015. One lawsuit went so far as to name 361 defendants. In contrast, only 12 lawsuits named a single defendant. Almost half the lawsuits filed named between 51 and 150 defendants.
The report notes that the Madison County, IL, has the most filings, with 1,123 asbestos lawsuits filed in 2015. That's well ahead of Baltimore City, MD, which came in second with 506 lawsuits. Most lawsuits that were filed concerned mesothelioma, followed by lung cancer.
When it comes to defendants, KCIC notes that the same defendants tend to top the list of complaints. The top defendant company by number of claims filed against them was named on 89 percent of the lawsuits filed in 2015 and one of the top 10 companies was named in 99 percent of the lawsuits.
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One lawsuit was recently filed in St. Clair County against a variety of defendants alleging battery, manufacturing defect, and fraudulent misrepresentation. That lawsuit, according to the Madison-St. Clair Record (7/7/16), alleges Fred Roth, a former U.S. Marine, was exposed to asbestos fibers from products he worked with. The lawsuit claims the defendants knew or should have known about the toxic implications of ingesting or inhaling asbestos.
The lawsuit is case number 16-L-265.