Thirty years after asbestos exposure man dies, lawsuit claims

By Michelle Keahey | Jun 13, 2011

More than thirty years after his exposure to asbestos, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed over a man's mesothelioma-related death.

Michael Grant Mason, representative of the succession of the Milan Arthur Barackman, filed suit against Foster Wheeler, General Electric Co., Owens-Illinois Inc., Rapid American Corp., Uniroyal Inc., Viacom Inc. and Riley Power Inc. on June 1 in federal court in New Orleans.

The alleged asbestos exposure occurred while Milan Barackman was aboard United States Navy vessels from approximately 1966 until the late 1970s. The exposure was a result of asbestos dust emanating throughout the USS Rehoboth, the USNS Albert J. Meyer, the USNS Flyer, the USNS Wyman, the USNS Kingsport and the Sgt. Alfred Schoup, the suit states.

Barackman was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year.

The defendants are accused of producing an unreasonably dangerous product, failing to warn, strict products liability, defective design and breach of implied and expressed warranties.

Mason is represented by Scott R. Bickford, Lawrence J. Centola and Roshawn H. Donahue of Martzell & Bickford in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-01309

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