Merlin Olsen family settles asbestos lawsuit

29 Sep 2011 by under Legal, News, People

merlin olsen 100x100 Merlin Olsen family settles asbestos lawsuitThe Associated Press reported last week that the family of famed football and television star Merlin Olsen had settled the lawsuit it had filed against several companies. The family was seeking to hold 10 companies responsible for asbestos exposure that they say caused Mr. Olsen to contract , from which he died in March 2010 at age 69. The lawsuit alleged Mr. Olsen was exposed to asbestos in his youth, when working on construction sites. Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that usually affects the lining of the lungs and/or the abdomen. It typically takes mesothelioma a long time to develop after exposure.

According to the AP report, details of the settlement were not disclosed by Olsen’s family. The notice of settlement was filed in Los Angeles on Sept. 14, according to the AP report.

Merlin Olsen was a native of Logan, Utah. He played football for Utah State University and earned All-American honors during his junior and senior years. He went on to play professional football as a member of the Los Angeles Rams, where he was part of the “Fearsome Foursome” in the 1960s. Following his pro ball career, he worked as a sports broadcaster for both NBC and ABC.

Olsen is perhaps best remembered among younger generations for his television career outside the sports booth, with roles on the popular TV shows “Little House on the Prairie,” and as the title character in “Father Murphy,” and on “Aaron’s Way.” Additionally, he appeared in a number of television commercials throughout the years.

On December 8, 2009, Utah State University announced it would name its football field after him – Merlin Olsen Field. Sadly, he did not live long enough to see a USU team play on the field bearing his name.

The Herald Journal (Logan, Utah)

14 Responses to “Merlin Olsen family settles asbestos lawsuit”

  1. Asbestos Expert

    The strange thing is that even the romans knew about the dangers of asbestos, so it beats me how these companies can claim they didnt know about the dangers! Such a little thing to provide safety masks!

  2. BeasleyAllen

    That is so true! Thanks for pointing that out. I think often people don’t realize just how long manufacturers and industry have known about the dangers of asbestos. It is hard to believe an employer would not do everything it could to protect its workers, but sadly all too often that is the case. Profits over people. Thank you for your comment!

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  8. Susan

    Merlin Olsen was represented by the law firm of Baron & Budd – here is their website:
    This firm has represented a number of celebrities.

  9. Susan

    Merlin Olsen was represented by the law firm of Baron & Budd – here is their website:
    This firm has represented a number of celebrities.

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  14. JT

    It’s too bad that he had to die from such a horrible disease. Why do we do these things to ourselves?