May 4, 2011
Would readers working for companies that are subject to no conceivable risk of asbestos litigation please step forward? Dear reader, not so fast ... The number of companies targeted by asbestos claimants continues to rise, with lawsuits currently involving about 10,000 different companies. Lawsuits remain pending against a range of companies far wider than the manufacturers of asbestos products. Defendants include companies that used asbestos in any way, whether directly in their products or incidental to their operations. The mere existence of asbestos on a company’s premises has subjected it to lawsuits. In one suit filed in Texas in November 2009, a truck driver who had contracted lung cancer sued more than 100 companies whose premises he claimed to have visited regularly.