A Utah man has filed a lawsuit against fifty nine defendants, claiming that they are responsible for the exposure to asbestos that has led to him contacting the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma. George Geisler claims that he was exposed to the deadly substance while working at various locations throughout Utah and Illinois since 1978.

Among the defendants named on the lawsuit are General Motors, Goodyear, Honeywell International, Ingersoll-Rand, John Crane, Owens-Illinois, Bondex International, CBS, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, and Philips Electronics.

The lawsuit states: “The plaintiff’s exposure and inhalation, ingestion or absorption of the asbestos fibers was completely foreseeable and could or should have been anticipated by the defendants.” It adds that the plaintiff suffers “great physical pain and mental anguish, and also will be hindered and prevented from pursuing his normal course of employment, thereby losing large sums of money.”

The complaint goes on to state: “In addition to compensatory damages, an award of punitive damages is appropriate and necessary in order to punish the defendants for willful, wanton, intentional and reckless misconduct and to deter them and others from engaging in like misconduct in the future.”

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