Asbestos Lawsuit Reinstated by Wisconsin Appeals Court

A Wisconsin appeals court reinstated a part of a Del Rio, Texas woman’s asbestos lawsuit that claims many of the Wisconsin’s brewing companies and other businesses are responsible for her husband’s asbestos-related death.

The News Tribune reports that Sandra Brezonick filed a lawsuit against the Pabst Brewing Company and Miller Brewing Company, along with numerous other companies after her husband, John Brezonick, developed malignant mesothelioma after working at the jobsites between 1990 through 2006. John, a steamfitter, died from complications with the disease.

Last year, a judge dismissed Brezonick’s claims against Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Pabst, Miller, and Sprinkmann Sons Corporation, stating that state law prevents people from filing lawsuits dealing with any injuries that occurred when working on improvement project. Yet, this year, the 1st District Court of Appeals reversed the judge’s decision, stating that the companies didn’t prove that Brezonick did improvement work instead of repair work.

John Brezonick’s work duties consisted of installing pipes and frames at Pabst, which consisted of maintenance work at the brewery, not improvement work. He also performed the same type of work when he working at the Miller plant, and attorneys for Miller were unable to prove that John did any sort of improvement work.

Brezonick’s asbestos attorney was happy with decision, claiming that the Court of Appeals made a “great decision.”

“This will allow for all the defendants who might have some fault to be included.”

Brezonick agreed to a phone interview after learning that her case had been reversed. She was elated by the news and hopes that mesothelioma will become more recognized.

“It’s just such a great gift that the appeals court has given us. I know if my husband were still here, he would be ecstatic that it’s being recognized (that mesothelioma) is such a horrible thing.”

The companies have yet to respond to the Court of Appeal’s decision.

Brewing Companies and Asbestos

Brewing companies in the United States have a long history of asbestos use, dating back to the 1800s. At one point in time, the majority of breweries in the nation used asbestos is almost every product and application, due to the mineral’s affordability, ease of use, and resistance to heat and fire. This, of course, placed a myriad of workers at risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses, such as malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, and asbestos-related lung cancer.

Although breweries no longer rely on asbestos, workers are still at risk of asbestos exposure since the breweries were constructed with ACMs.

In Wisconsin alone, the following breweries were constructed with ACMs:


  • Blatz Brewing Company
  • Burlington Brewing Company
  • Housman Brewing Company
  • John Gund Brewing Company
  • Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company
  • Northern Brewing Company
  • Pabst Brewing Company
  • Miller Brewing Company

Additional Help and Resources for Brewery Workers

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