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- February 15, 2012, 3:43 PM
Ex-Naval Ship Workers Sue Over Asbestos Claims
By Jacqueline Palank
Wall Street Journal Bankruptcy Blog
Several people seeking compensation for diseases and death due to asbestos exposure on U.S. naval ships say those responsible for issuing payment are unfairly discriminating against them because they aren’t U.S. citizens.
The allegations form the basis for a newly filed lawsuit related to the 1982 bankruptcy of Johns Manville Corp., a manufacturer of building products that used Chapter 11 to resolve a wave of litigation by people claiming to have become ill from the asbestos in its products.
The latest suit, filed Tuesday in Manhattan bankruptcy court, concerns asbestos-related illnesses contracted by men from England, Greece and Malta who worked on active-duty U.S. warships docked in their home countries as well as in places like Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor and Virginia’s Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Some of the men died from their illnesses, which include malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and gastrointestinal cancer.
Each man (or his representative) filed a claim against a trust set up to compensate those who became ill from Johns Manville’s products. The men say their illnesses resulted from their exposure to the asbestos dust and fibers contained in Johns Manville products found in the U.S. naval ships’ boiler rooms, engine rooms and other confined areas. They say the trust has wrongly concluded that their exposure occurred off U.S. soil.