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Update on Earlier Entry – Defendant Attempts to Move Case

An entry to our blog in July told the story of James Weese, a worker who filed a lawsuit against over 100 defendants claiming that they knew that he was being exposed to asbestos and should be held liable for the mesothelioma that he developed. Since then, there has been some legal action in regards to this matter, although how it will affect any outcome remains unclear, according to a story published in the Madison County Record.

“Union Carbide removed a Madison County asbestos case that was filed by James Weese of Tennessee to federal court claiming it is allowed to rely on federal officer removal statutes.

Weese filed suit against 118 defendant corporations on June 27, alleging he was diagnosed with mesothelioma after working with or around asbestos during his 50-year career as a pipefitter, laborer and welder.

Asbestos cases are rarely removed to federal court from Madison County. However, in this instance Union Carbide claims Weese’s allegations against them arose from Union Carbide’s actions as contractors at United States Government Agencies building nuclear weapons in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

According to Union Carbide, the company intends to assert the “government contractor defense” in response to Weese’s allegations.”

This story about this development is technical in nature, and may only serve to delay matters for awhile. Regardless, we hope for the best for Mr. Weese, and if you’ve been injured as a result of exposure to asbestos, you need to contact Williams Kherkher’s mesothelioma attorneys for a free consultation. You can do so by calling toll-free (866) 950-9000.

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