Conflicting Evidence Means that Goodyear Can’t Have Lung Cancer Lawsuit Dismissed

For years, American manufacturers ignored warnings that asbestos in their products could lead to users and employees being sickened by mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other serious illnesses. The practice didn’t stop until the public became aware of the danger, and companies began facing lawsuits seeking compensation for the damage that they’d caused. Now those same companies try to use the legal system to evade responsibility. Fortunately, the American legal system has rules designed to level the playing field.

Goodyear

Asbestos in Goodyear Gaskets Frequently Blamed for Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is just one of many companies frequently named as a defendant in mesothelioma and lung cancer lawsuits, as the company’s asbestos-containing gaskets were frequently used by people who worked in automotive repair. In a recently heard case, Robert O. Waldon’s survivors filed a personal injury lawsuit against the company.

In response to the lung cancer lawsuit, Goodyear filed a legal petition asking for the case to be dismissed rather than going to trial. This type of legal filing is called a motion for summary judgment: it argues that the plaintiff’s claim does not contain enough evidence to warrant the case being heard by a jury.

Judge Decides Against Asbestos Company’s Argument in Lung Cancer Lawsuit

In reviewing the arguments from both the lung cancer victim’s family and the company, Justice Adam Silvera of the Supreme Court of New York County reminded both sides of the high level of proof that a defendant must present to have a plaintiff’s case dismissed. He said that in mesothelioma and lung cancer cases in general, and this case in particular, Goodyear could only have the case dismissed if it could establish that its products could not possibly have caused Mr. Waldon’s lung cancer.

The judge then turned to the evidence that each side had presented. He noted that the company had provided expert reports from an industrial hygienist and a physician and that Mr. Waldon’s family had provided testimony in conflict with the company’s, including evidence from the company’s manufacturing history that indicated that they had used asbestos-containing sheet gasket material in its fabrication process.

As a result of the direct conflict and Goodyear’s failure to provide an estimate of how much asbestos Mr. Waldon would have been exposed to during his career, he said the company had failed to meet the burden required for summary judgment, and the case must be decided by a jury.

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Paul Danziger

Paul Danziger

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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.

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