Quoted from http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/en/newsdetails/news/national/400-former-dockyard-workers-file-US-suits-over-asbestos-exposure-20120220
Monday 20 February 2012 – 09:57
400 former dockyard workers file US suits over asbestos exposure
The heirs of some 400 former dockyard workers have filed individual and class action lawsuits in the United States after the death of the workers from lung cancer following exposure to asbestos.
The heirs of some 400 former dockyard workers have filed individual and class action lawsuits in the United States, seeking their right to compensation in damages for occupational exposures to asbestos products while working – among other places – on US warships.
Most of the workers have died of malignant mesothelioma caused by the direct and proximate result of occupational exposures to asbestos products while working on US warships while anchored at the then HM Drydocks, which later became the Malta Drydocks.
The cases were filed at the US Bankruptcy Court of New York against a number of companies which provided the asbestos materials for the US warships while in dock. The companies, which have since been declared bankrupt, are still liable for damages under US law.
But the heirs are now challenging the US courts to order a trust – set up to compensate those who became ill from asbestos exposure – to include them after it wrongly concluded that their exposure occurred off US soil.