Posts Tagged ‘Utah’

Judge dismisses discovery motion in asbestos trusts suit

20 Sep 2017 by under News

whistleblower reward justice 375x210 100x100 Judge dismisses discovery motion in asbestos trusts suitA -based judge dismissed a motion last week that was filed on behalf of a number of states after trusts failed to answer discovery requests in a suit alleging they are mismanaging funds, according to Forbes. (more…)


Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill

24 Apr 2017 by under News

480px Seal of Missouri 100x100 Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill Nearly a quarter of states have claims transparency laws on the books, and is poised to raise the number to 13, according to the St. Louis Record. Even if the bill making its way through the General Assembly does not pass this session, it is expected to be reintroduced during the next one. (more…)


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 had settled the lawsuit it had filed against several asbestos 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. (more…)


Mesothelioma claims the life of Merlin Olsen

11 Mar 2010 by under Events, News, People

merlin olsen 100x100 Mesothelioma claims the life of Merlin OlsenNot three months ago, on Dec. 31, it was announced that football and television star Merlin Olsen had been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Today I learned that he has passed away, a victim of this horrible disease that lies in wait to kill. He was only 69 years old.

Olsen was a star defensive lineman for the Rams football team, who went on to a television acting career. He played Jonathan Garvey on the series Little House on the Prairie and was the title character of Father Murphy. He also appeared on Fathers and Sons and Aaron’s Way, and filled the role of sportscaster at both CBS and NBC.

Online celebrity news magazine TMZ broke the news in December that Olsen and his family had filed a lawsuit against several companies, including NBC Studios, NBC Universal and 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, claiming they were responsible for exposing him to asbestos, which causes mesothelioma. Also named in the suit are Sherwin Williams and Lennox Industries, whose products Olsen says he was exposed to during jobs in his youth.

Read his obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

On December 8, 2009, his alma mater, State University, where he was selected twice as an NCAA All-American, among other honors, announced it would name its football field after him – Merlin Olsen Field. How truly sad that he will never see a team take the field that now bears his name. Watch the tribute video created by the university at the announcement:

What a sad loss of a man who truly seemed to care genuinely for others, for his family and his community. He will be genuinely missed.