A suit has been filed by Texas attorney Tina Bradley against 14 defendants, alleging that chemical companies such as Union Carbide acted with tortuous indifference by exposing her client to asbestos and that insurance companies such as MetLife conspired to conceal the facts regarding the mineral’s hazards.

The suit was filed in the District Court of Jefferson County, Texas on June 20 on the behalf of Jerry and Barbara Martin. Able Supply Co., Freeman Hardware, and Pump Co. and Garlock Inc. are some of the defendants in the case.

Because at least one defendant based out of Texas is named by the suit, Bradley has asserted that Jefferson County is the proper jurisdiction and has asked for the suit not to be removed to a federal court.

The original petition says that Mark was an employee of Freeman from 1962 through 1970 working with and installing asbestos products across the country. According to the suit, the negligence of each of the defendants in the case is a direct and proximate cause of the illnesses suffered by Martin. The suit alleges negligence by the defendants due to their manufacture, distribution, design, and sale of products that contain asbestos, which Martin worked around.

The suit also alleges negligence by MetLife through their failure to provide and suppression of information concerning the inherent dangers of asbestos.

The plaintiffs are seeking exemplary damages in addition to damages for past and future physical pain and suffering, disfigurement, physical impairment, and medical expenses as well as court costs.
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