The list of companies accused of exposing actor Ed Lauter was released recently. More than 20 defendants were listed in the mesothelioma wrongful death lawsuit, and there is a possibility the list may grow, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney.
Lauter’s widow, Mia Lauter, and her children Ben, Emma, Anton, and Ameke Lauter filed the lawsuit on the deceased actor’s behalf in the Los Angeles Superior Court in April. Among the many defendants listed include, but are not limited to:
- Blockbuster LLC
- Union Carbide
- General Electric Co.
- Foster Wheeler AG
- Viacom Inc.
- Soco West, Inc.
- John Crane
- Ford Motor Co.
- CertainTeed Corp.
- Honeywell Int’l. Inc.
- Ingersoll-Rand PLC
According to the Lauter family’s attorney, although a myriad of defendants have been named, not all of them have been officially served with a complaint. The attorney also stated that the list could grow as more evidence surfaces. The family had to file the lawsuit quickly, as California state law mandates that any wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within six months from the date of the victim’s death. Therefore, the most crucial companies were named first, but there is a strong possibility that more will be named.
Lauter, a famous actor known for his work in films such as The Prometheus Project and The Longest Yard, and much more, was reportedly exposed to asbestos while working on various sets and on locations during his many roles. The exposure occurred for at least 20 years, during the time of period of around 1958 through 1979. He was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma in the summer of 2013. He died four months later, in October of 2013, at the age of 74.
Consequently, Lauter’s family filed a lawsuit shortly after for an unspecified compensation amount. However, the lawsuit states that the family is seeking punitive damages in order to punish the companies who carelessly and recklessly exposed the actor to asbestos. Additionally, they are seeking damages for medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, loss of present and estimated future earnings, and loss of financial support for each family member.
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are usually associated with jobs such as construction, military work, and various labor-type occupations. Yet, the family’s attorney stated that even though not all actors are at risk of asbestos exposure, the ones who worked around motion picture equipment that contained asbestos and studios that were built with asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) may be at risk as well.
Regardless if the victim of an asbestos-related disease was an actor or in any other occupation in which there was a risk of asbestos exposure, anyone has the right to file lawsuit against the parties responsible for putting lives at risk. If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos, you may entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and much more. To speak with an experienced lawyer and for a free case consultation, contact our experienced mesothelioma law firm today.
Mia Lauter vs. CBS Corp. Case No. BC542286; Superior Court of the State of California for County of Los Angele