Earlier in the week, a man from Wyoming filed an asbestos related lawsuit in Madison County, claiming that he has been diagnosed with a deadly form of asbestos related cancer, and claiming that nearly one hundred companies are responsible for him contracting the disease, which is known to be a form of cancer that is linked to asbestos exposure.

The plaintiff, Richard Hawley, claims that he was employed between 1946 and 1999 as a farmer and rancher at various locations. In July of this year he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a deadly form of cancer related to exposure to airborne dust and fibers from asbestos. He has named ninety eight defendants in his lawsuit.

Hawley claims that the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit should have been aware of the dangers of airborne asbestos dust and fibers, and should have provided the necessary protection. Many plaintiffs have been named as defendants, including Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, General Motors, MetLife, Owens-Illinois, Philips Electronics, Union Carbide and Western Auto, among others.

According to the lawsuit: “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.”

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