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- Tuesday, 02 October 2012 03:00
Jury Selection Started in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against 50 Companies
By Andrea Gressman
Both Robert Kreimer and his wife, Margie, filed a mesothelioma lawsuit against 50 defendant companies when he discovered he contracted mesothelioma, a disease caused by asbestos exposure. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma on November 11, 2010 and subsequently filed the asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit.
As stated in his mesothelioma asbestos lawsuit, Madison County Mesothelioma lawsuit number 10-L-1256, Kreimer worked for various contractors, including Johnson Controls, Robert Shaw, EJ Nolan, M.W. Kellogg Piping, Bechtel, Combustion Engineering, Babcock & Wilcox, and Kaiser Engineering, as well as a variety of other industrial and commercial sites in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He worked as a pipefitter from 1956-1986 and it is claimed in the asbestos exposure lawsuit that he developed mesothelioma as a result of this work and the negligence of the companies he worked for.
John Crane Co., the mechanical seal manufacturer, and Crane Co., the metal valve maker are the two defendants awaiting trial.
Additional Details of the Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit
The mesothelioma lawsuit does mention that the defendants should have anticipated possible exposure to asbestos fibers. However, conspiracies enter into the lawsuit. There was talk of agreements and conspiracies among the defendants and other companies working in asbestos-related fields to bring intentional harm to the plaintiff. It doesn’t end there.
There were agreements made between manufacturers, sellers, suppliers and premise owners and insurers such as Travelers and Liberty Mutual, as well as others which include the Johns-Manville Corp., Raymark Industries, Inc., and Celotex Corp to sow deception and misinformation to the decedents. There is even talk of destroyed evidence.
Among the destroyed evidence are preliminary reports of toxicology and epidemiology studies, records of interactions between agents and employees of the alleged conspirators, including trade association meetings, which the employees could have eventually benefited from. Additional destroyed evidence included inspection records which reported asbestos and other hazards.
Jury Selection Details in Asbestos Mesothelioma Lawsuit
Fifty-three prospective jurors participated in an interview given by a New York mesothelioma lawsuit attorney over concerns that their backgrounds and careers could play a part in their decisions involving an asbestos lawsuit currently under preparation in Madison County Associate Judge Clarence Harrison's courtroom.
Only general topics were discussed and no personal questions or questions considered intrusive were asked. The answers given will be considered subjective. The mesothelioma lawsuit lawyer encouraged people to share their thoughts on the asbestos lawsuit and freely give any information they thought was relevant to the mesothelioma lawsuit or may impair or affect their judgment on the asbestos lawsuit.
One of the mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys asked if anyone had unpleasant or negative experiences with a major company or corporation. Questions included unfair treatment and asking about how much asbestos might possibly lead to injury.
The defendants’ asbestos lawsuit attorney continued by asking the jurors if they believed that injured people should be compensated. A female juror expressed she would have difficulty in listening to testimony, while another admitted she may be unfair in her judgment. Another potential juror spoke up saying, "People say Madison County has a lot of lawsuits."
The speaking out from the potential mesothelioma asbestos lawsuit jurors continued. Another female juror accused companies of putting profits before morals, indicating that money is the driving force in people’s actions. She went on to say, "Money is the root of all evil, and a lot of people will do anything for money.”
The asbestos lawsuit attorney representing the plaintiff went on to say, “There's no cure for this disease, mesothelioma.” He also went on to state, "Mesothelioma is a completely separate cancer. If you're not exposed to asbestos, you don't get mesothelioma. We're just trying to get a fair jury.”
He then went on to ask if they were selected to be a part of the jury if they would able to listen to the details of the case. He explained that he would ask the jury to evaluate the trials and hardships of his client.
Looking at the questionnaire the jurors filled out, the plaintiff’s mesothelioma lawsuit attorney mentioned that many jurors said there is an overwhelming number of lawsuits saying, "I think a good many of you wrote there's too many lawsuits.” He then went on to say, “My client is asking for money. He can't ask for his health back. He can only ask for money."
The process would be simple in theory. The jurors would listen to the evidence, then the interpretation of the law by the judge, and then consider just the facts. A male juror told the plaintiff’s asbestos attorney that he felt unfit to handle the case, in which the lawyer expressed appreciation for his honesty.
A female juror was asked if she thought it was wrong to file a mesothelioma asbestos lawsuit because she didn’t do so after she was involved in an accident. A research scientist who also has teaching experienced felt he could sit on a jury and be unbiased in his judgment and 100% fair.
Additional Mesothelioma Lawsuits of the Past
Mesothelioma lawsuits filed in the nation’s largest asbestos docket hardly ever go to trial. They are usually dismissed before going to trial or settled out of court. The last mesothelioma lawsuit trial in Madison Country took place in March 2010, and was a mesothelioma lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., which ended in favor of the defendant.
Mesothelioma lawsuit attorneys for the plaintiffs requested more than $14 million in damages. A suit filed against Ford and other brake manufacturers claimed the products they sold led to a Chicago man’s asbestos mesothelioma.
If you would like to learn more about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit or asbestos lawsuit, visit the Mesothelioma Asbestos Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Investigation page to receive your free legal consultation.
Updated October 2nd, 2012
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