Crown Cork & Seal, now known as Crown Holdings, is a packaging products manufacturer with more than 139 plants across several continents. Although the company still remains successful today, it’s responsible for using asbestos in products from a business that it acquired, which led to asbestos-related lawsuits.
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Crown Cork & Seal History
In 1882, Crown Cork & Seal founder William Painter invented an easier way to seal the containers of items such as beer, soda, and tea.
This simple invention revolutionized the industry of sealing bottles, and in turn, the company became one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world.
During World War II, the company began developing a gas mask canister to help the servicemen. However, the company received a citation from the government for creating and distributing the product.
Afterward, the company created and developed several other products, including Pour-N-Seal, Merit Seal, and Kork-N-Seal.
As the company continued to expand throughout the 1960s and 1970s, so did the amount of asbestos-related illnesses.
Crown & Cork did not manufacture asbestos products, but its acquirement of Mundet Cork in 1963 made them responsible for all of the Mundet Cork asbestos-related lawsuits.
Crown & Cork purchased Mundet Cork because of its development of cork-lined bottle caps. Yet, the bottle caps were also made with asbestos.
Crown Cork & Seal Lawsuits
Since Crown Cork & Seal bought Mundet Cork, the company faced a string of asbestos-lawsuits, generally from former Mundet Cork employers, contractors, and consumers.
The following lawsuit is one example of the many asbestos-related lawsuits that Crown & Cork faced.
In June 2012, Frederick Schulte, a ship fitter and iron fitter for the McDermott Incorporated Shipyard, won a $12 million verdict after a Louisiana jury found Crown & Cork and other companies responsible for his asbestos-related illness.
Although Schulte didn’t work for Mundet Cork, he was affected by the company’s asbestos-containing pipes that were used at his place of employment.
After numerous years of asbestos exposure, Schulte was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011.
According to court documents, the airborne asbestos fibers he ingested while working on and around Mundet Cork products contributed to his illness.
Other companies that manufactured asbestos were also found liable, including Westinghouse Electric Corp., Reilly Benton, International Paper Company, Crosby Valve, McDermott, and Avondale.
The defendants were also found responsible for withholding information on the dangers of asbestos exposure.
It took only 10 months from the time of Schulte’s mesothelioma diagnosis to win his mesothelioma lawsuit.
Crown Cork & Seal became liable for a variety of asbestos-containing products that Mundet Cork manufactured, including:
- Mundet Pipe Covering
- Mundet Finishing Cement
- Mundet Cork Asbestos Insulation
- Mundet Cork Insulating Cement
- Mundet Block Insulation
Crown Cork & Seal Today
As mentioned earlier, Crown Cork & Seal is still in operation today under the name Crown Holdings. The company now remains the biggest metal manufacturing business in the world.
Crown Holdings packages products such as food, drinks, household products, industrial products, and health and beauty for a myriad of various businesses.
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Paul Danziger grew up in Houston, Texas and earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. For over 25 years years he has focused on representing mesothelioma cancer victims and others hurt by asbestos exposure. Paul and his law firm have represented thousands of people diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer, recovering significant compensation for injured clients. Every client is extremely important to Paul and he will take every call from clients who want to speak with him. Paul and his law firm handle mesothelioma cases throughout the United States.