Asbestos conspiracy theory laid out at Ill. appellate court
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Companies that conspired to hide the hazards of asbestos occupy the same legal position as those that supplied asbestos to workers, according to attorney James Wylder of Bloomington, Ill.
He captured the essence of his conspiracy theory for Fourth District appellate judges on April 26, in a brief seeking to preserve McLean County jury verdicts against Honeywell and Pneumo Abex.
Wylder and associate Lisa Corwin hold Honeywell liable for conspiracy as successor to brake maker Bendix, and hold Pneumo Abex liable as successor to American Brake and Block.
Some of their clients worked at Unarco, an asbestos plant in Bloomington.
Their theory allows them to present evidence of events that happened 50 to 100 years ago.
It allows them to spread liability from bankrupt asbestos companies like Johns-Manville and Raybestos Manhattan to solvent companies.
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