Environmental

Companies settle asbestos lawsuit mid trial

talc justice Companies settle asbestos lawsuit mid trialA lawsuit filed by the widow of a former auto mechanic for Rohm & Haas, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, against her deceased husband’s employer and dozens of companies alleging the companies exposed him to asbestos-containing products that caused his lethal cancer diagnosis, was settled during trial in a Philadelphia court. The details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Ruth E. Mendick, representing her deceased husband James Leonard Mendick, sued companies like Rohm & Haas, General Electric, ABP Induction, Ingersoll-Rand Company and Honeywell International accusing the companies of negligence and outrageous conduct, strict liability, conspiracy, breach of warranty and wrongful death and damages.

According to the lawsuit, from 1957 to 1958 Mr. Mendick performed auto repairs and worked with asbestos-contaminated brake shoes for Gulf Oil Gas Station in South Fork. From 1959 to 1997, he worked for Rohm & Haas in the Bristol and Croydon plants. During that time, he worked with pipe fitters, insulators, and carpenters and was exposed to asbestos fibers while working with thermal insulation on piping, kettles, boilers, valves, pumps, turbines, gaskets and packing.

Mr. Mendick also performed brake maintenance on his own vehicles and remodeled his own residences using asbestos-containing joint compound products.

On June 13, 2016, Mr. Mendick was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of tissue surrounding organs like the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and can take decades to develop. Mrs. Mendick’s lawsuit claimed her husband’s disease was a direct result of working with asbestos.

Source: Pennsylvania Record