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Lawsuit Filed Alleging Asbestos Exposed Chemical Worker Suffered Fatal Mesothelioma

Lawsuit Filed Alleging Asbestos Exposed Chemical Worker Suffered Fatal Mesothelioma

Asbestos Litigation

A lawsuit was filed alleging that a former chemical operator at Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, New Jersey, was exposed to asbestos fiber and died of mesothelioma. The lawsuit filed in New Jersey Superior Court asserts that he suffered injurious exposure to asbestos as a direct result of his exposure to asbestos fiber at work. The estate of the deceased worker brought the action against several manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos fiber.


Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. operated a facility in Nutley, New Jersey, on a 127-acre campus for over 80 years and announced that it was closing in 2012. The US Environmental Protection Agency has monitored the former site for Cleanup Actions.

The lawsuit, Huk v Bird, Inc., was filed Friday in the Superior Court of New Jersey by the law firm of Jon L. Gelman LLC, and Motley Rice LLC, on behalf of the estate. It alleges that those companies that mined, processed, and sold asbestos-containing products were knowledgeable about the harmful effects of exposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing products and failed to provide those exposed with knowledge of possible precautions to protect against the harmful effects of asbestos exposure.


Mesothelioma is a rare cancer associated with asbestos exposure. The rates of asbestos-related fatalities are predicted to continue for decades to come. Despite public outcry and physicians’ urging, asbestos is still not banned in the United States.

Attorney Jon L. Gelman, who has been litigating asbestos exposure claims for over four decades, said, “It is alleged the asbestos companies put into the stream of commerce a defective, unsafe, and inherently dangerous product and failed to provide reasonable warnings.”

The defendants are Bird, Inc., Certain-Teed Corp., Frank A. McBride Company, Owens-Illinois, Inc, and Rapid American Corporation.


Jon L. Gelman of Wayne, NJ, is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters). For over five decades, the Law Offices of Jon L Gelman  1.973.696.7900 have represented injured workers and their families who have suffered occupational accidents and illnesses.

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