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Whalen, the Navy, GE and Mesothelioma

ASBESTOS, MESOTHELIOMA, CANCER Whalen, the Navy, GE and Mesothelioma: A recent motion was filed by a Defendant in the case against General Electric and others.  The case is filed in the United States District Court, N.D. California and documents what many Navy veterans face today – past potential asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.  The Defendant lost the motion.

To find out more on the case, see Case no. C 14-00436-WHA – April 3, 2014.

A brief summary of the facts include:

  • The facts as alleged in the complaint are as follows: plaintiffs are husband and wife, Robert and Linda Whalen.
  • Robert Whalen worked as a nuclear inspector for the United States Navy between the years of 1964 and 1990, discontinuously.
  • During that time, plaintiff was allegedly exposed to asbestos on various United States Navy ships and shipyards.
  • He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2013.
  • Plaintiffs filed this personal injury action on January 29, 2014, seeking to recover from various defendants allegedly responsible for plaintiff’s exposure to asbestos.
  • Plaintiffs assert three claims for relief based on (1) strict products liability, (2) negligence, and (3) loss of consortium
  • Defendants are nine corporations and dozens of their alternate entities.
  • On February 24, 2014, defendant General Dynamics filed the instant motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6)

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