11/17/2008A lawsuit has been filed against A.W. Chesterton and 38 other companies for conspiring to conceal the hazards of asbestos to human health and purposely inflicting Ronald Deem with an asbestos-related disease. The personal-injury suit was filed on Deem’s behalf by Shirley Deem on May 23 in the District Court of Orange County, Texas seeking compensation for the alleged asbestos exposure.
According to the claim, companies like Viacom, General Electric, and Zurn Industries were aware that the products they manufactured containing asbestos would go to market without being inspected for defects.
According to the suit, the defendants conspired to cause the personal injuries, diseases, illness and/or death of Deem through exposure to asbestos. It said that they conspired by misrepresenting and suppressing the truth regarding the dangers of asbestos.
According to the suit, Deem was most likely exposed to asbestos while he was working at shipyards, steel mills, refineries, paper mills, chemical plants, the military, and other U.S. facilities. However, no specifics regarding location or time of employment were given.
Shirley Deem has filed suit seeking damages for past and future physical pain, mental anguish, loss of wages, loss of earning capacity, disfigurement, physical impairment, and medical expenses. She is also seeking punitive and exemplary damages.
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