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Garlock plans to claim lesser financial responsibility in upcoming asbestos lawsuit

In the upcoming trial involving Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC and claimants, the company plans to claim that it owes only $125 million in asbestos liabilities, despite plaintiffs saying that the actual amount is closer to $1.3 billion.

It must be decided how much the company owes before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charlotte, North Carolina begins the trial on July 22 to determine whether  Garlock can be held financially liable for causing mesothelioma, both currently and in the future. This court decision will largely affect the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

People have been alleging that exposure to asbestos in Garlock’s gaskets, conveyor belts, among others caused their diagnosis of mesothelioma. However, in a pretrial brief this week, Garlock stated that it will argue  it has “little to no responsibility” regarding these claims.

Mesothelioma, which usually affects the lungs, the abdomen, or the heart, is a fatal cancer typically caused by asbestos exposure. For further information about asbestos, mesothelioma, and the options available to those who have developed this disease due to someone else’s negligence, fill out the contact form on this page.

Man dies of mesothelioma but unsure of when he was exposed to asbestos

After Wilsden medical practice senior partner Dr. Roger Selby was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died on June 27 in his Narrows, Harden home, people were uncertain how he developed this serious cancer as neither he nor anyone else could remember him being exposed to asbestos. Despite this, Selby was able to successfully claim compensation from the government for being the victim of mesothelioma.

Selby said his brother had been in the wool trade, but that his brother had never come home covered with dust in Selby’s memory. Selby also apparently had never worked in boiler rooms and plants of the various hospitals he worked in, which included Guys in London, Darlington Memorial, military hospitals in Nairobi and Nicosia, and St. Luke’s Hospital in Bradford. He claimed that he also hadn’t been exposed to people performing construction or maintenance work.

Assistant Deputy Coroner Oliver Longstaff said mesothelioma is usually caused by an environmental factor, something which occurs externally, but that sometimes the disease can also occur naturally.

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