Mesothelioma-related lawsuits recently filed in Louisiana due to workers’ exposure to asbestos

8 Jul 2014 by under Legal, News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Mesothelioma related lawsuits recently filed in Louisiana due to workers exposure to asbestosSeparate lawsuits were filed in Louisiana recently due to the development of mesothelioma in two unsuspecting individuals – engineering clerk James Capdeboscq and , a former union president who is now deceased.

The widow of Mr. Gaudet, Audrey Gaudet, filed suit for an unknown amount of damages against multiple companies after her husband’s alleged wrongful death, including Trinity Industries Inc., Meadwestvaco Corp., Bechtel Corp., Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Texaco Inc., American Sugar Refining Inc., Wyeth Holdings Corp., Mosaic Global Holdings Inc., Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., Union Carbide Corp., Entergy Louisiana LLC, Occidental Chemical Corp., Pharmacia Corp., Tin Inc., Arcelormittal LaPlace LLC, McDermott Inc., EECI Inc., Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Eagle Inc., McCarty Corp., Reilly-Benton Company Inc., Taylor-Seidenbach Inc., Asbestos Corporation, Ltd., J.A. Jones, Inc., Uniroyal Inc., Anco Insulations Inc. and The Cajun Company.

From 1948 until 1979, Mr. Gaudet was employed as a sheet metal worker and a member of the Sheet Metal Worker’s Union #11. The suit says that Stanley was involved with various sites for a wide range of employers throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. Although he stayed a union member until 1988, he was also union president and/or representative for many years, requiring him to visit numerous asbestos-laden job sites.

The most dangerous levels of exposure to asbestos was while he was fulfilling his duties to the union at corresponding facilities, such as  the Domino Sugar Refinery, American Cyanamid Refinery, Texaco Refinery, Monsanto and Hooker Chemical, according to the complaint.

In conjunction with the damages for physical pain, impairment, suffering and disability, Mrs. Gaudet will also be seeking reparations for the mental anguish, medical, funeral and burial expenses, all past, present and future earnings as well as loss of love, affection, services, support, society and quality of life. She is currently being represented by David R. Cannella of Cannella Law Firm LLC. The case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Also seeking restitution for his development of mesothelioma, James Capdeboscq is suing several corporations for their alleged negligence in exposing the worker to asbestos.  Defendants named in Mr. Capdeboscq’s suit are Asbestos Corporation Limited, Burmaster land and Development Co. LLC, CBS Corporation, Crane Co., Eagle INC., Georgia-Pacific LLC, Home Insurance Co., Hopeman Brothers INC., Houston General Insurance Co., International Paper Co., Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., McCarty Corp., Casualty Co., Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Reilly-Benton Co., Taylor-Seidenbach INC., Union Carbide Corp., Uniroyal INC., Zurich American Insurance Co., Avondale Industries Inc. f/k/a Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Inc., Albert Bossier, Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, Highlands Insurance Co., Onebeacon Insurance Co., and The Travelers Insurance Co.

According to Mr. Capdeboscq, he and other workers were not actively warned of the presence of asbestos while performing their duties for the Avondale Shipyard in Bridge City, La. Despite having to handle asbestos on a day-to-day basis, the plaintiff claims that the defendants ignored and/or actively concealed important safety information dealing with the health effects of asbestos. The negligence lawsuit accuses the corporations of failing to provide a safe place to work, failing to provide adequate measures to control the level of exposure to asbestos and failing to inform the plaintiff of the hazards of asbestos exposure.

Mr. Capdeboscq’s lawsuit seeks to hold the defendants liable for medical expenses, loss of quality of life, disability, lost earnings and mental anguish for an undisclosed amount of damages. Currently representing the plaintiff in this negligence suit will be Mickey P. Landry from the firm of Landry & Swarr in New Orleans. The case has been assigned to Division F Judge Christopher J. Bruno.

The Louisiana Record (Stanley Gaudet’s story)
The Louisiana Record (James Capdeboscq’s story)


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