3M, Dow, GE, and MetLife Face Claims from Two North Carolina Mesothelioma Victims

Some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies are facing litigation from two separate North Carolina families affected by malignant mesothelioma. August Adams and his wife Diane have asked the court to let them consolidate their claim with a claim filed by the widow of Clarence Greene in order to save time, money, and stress on all parties involved.

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North Carolina Families Seek Consolidation of their Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Though Clarence Greene died in 2019 and August Adams is still fighting his disease, the way that the two mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos is extremely similar, and that is why they are asking the court to consolidate the cases they’ve filed against 3M Company, Dow Chemical, General Electric, and MetLife. Both August and Clarence spent the decades from the mid-1950s through the 1980s working at a DuPont plant in Kingston, North Carolina, and that is where they say they were exposed to asbestos.

While the corporate giants are arguing that the two mesothelioma claims are too different to be joined into a single trial, a representative for both families calls the cases “about as similar as any two cases could possibly be,” and asserts that “the burden on the court, jurors and parties can be significantly reduced through consolidation.”

Companies’ Negligence Blamed for Mesothelioma, While MetLife is Accused of Hiding Asbestos’ Dangers

Though the two mesothelioma victims worked in the plant in different capacities, each of their claims point to having been exposed to the same asbestos-contaminated equipment and materials in the same environment, during the same period of time. Both plaintiffs have also named MetLife Insurance as a defendant, alleging that the company conspired to cover up the risk posed by exposure to the carcinogenic material.

The federal judge overseeing both cases is currently considering the families’ petition, which reads in part, “The interests of judicial economy, and the parties’ convenience and expense all heavily favor consolidation by allowing them to combine the two claims into one.”

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Paul Danziger

Paul Danziger


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.

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