Alma Plantation accused of causing woman's mesothelioma through second hand exposure

By Kyle Barnett | May 17, 2013

Eric R. Nowak

NEW ORLEANS – A Greenville, Miss. woman is suing several companies alleging each contributed to her asbestos exposure and subsequent contraction of mesothelioma.

Elizabeth Gailyne Sutherland filed a lawsuit against Alma Plantation LLC, Anco Insulation Inc., Arrowood Indemnity Company, Eagle Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Taylor-Seidenbach Inc. and the McCarty Corporation in the Orleans Parish Central District Court on March 11.

Sutherland asserts her husband’s work for defendants led to her inhalation of asbestos containing material and contraction of mesothelioma.

The defendants are accused of knowing the hazard their material contained but failing to warn petitioner, her husband and others of the potential danger of contact with the material, failing to provide safety equipment, failing to provide general ventilation in work areas, failing to warn that asbestos dust could be carried on the employee's clothing and expose members of their households and selling, distributing and manufacturing asbestos containing products.

An unspecified amount is sought for physical pain and suffering, medical expenses and rehabilitation, loss of earning and disability.

Eric R. Nowak of New Orleans-based Harrell & Nowak LLC will represent Sutherland in court.

This case has been assigned to Division M Judge Paulette R. Irons.

Case no. 2013-02388.

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