Son sues major New Orleans businesses over father’s asbestos-related death

By Max Schramel | Sep 17, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The son of a man who died due to asbestos exposure is suing the companies he claims are responsible for the exposure.

Scott Laurent filed suit against the City of New Orleans, Gentilly Racing Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Daimler North America Corporation, Volkswagen of America, BMW of North America, American Honda Motor Company, General Electric Company, Anco Insulations, The McCarty Corporation, Taylor-Seidenbach, CBS Corporation and Foster-Wheeler in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on July 24.

Laurent claims the City of New Orleans beginning in 1958 employed his late father, Frederick J. Laurent, to work at the city’s brake tag station and Gentilly Racing prior to the time that job-related diseases were covered by the Louisiana workers’ compensation statute.

Gentilly Racing employed Laurent Sr. from 1970 to 1977. During that time his son claims Laurent Sr. was exposed to asbestos fibers and dusts resulting in his subsequent death on Dec. 10, 2013. In addition, the plaintiff claims his father suffered severe asbestos exposure in the aforementioned buildings, corporations and businesses owned by the city.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for his father's mesothelioma death, an overexposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing products, and medical expenses as a consequence of insulation issues Laurent Sr. suffered working at aforementioned businesses in the city.

The plaintiff is represented by Kevin C. Schoenberger of The Law Office of Kevin C. Schoenberger.

The case has been assigned to Div. C Judge Sidney H. Cates IV.

Case no. 2014-7294.

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