July 28, 2011 – Today, a Federal Magistrate Judge in the U.S. Judicial Panel on Asbestos Products Liability Multi-District Litigation recommended the denial of summary judgment for defendant Crane, Co., in an asbestos lawsuit1 filed by the law firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP on behalf of a career submariner in the U.S. Navy who is suffering from mesothelioma.

Magistrate Judge Sides with Retired US Navy Submariner in Asbestos Lawsuit

US Navy submarinePHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 28, 2011 – Today, a Federal Magistrate Judge in the U.S. Judicial Panel on Asbestos Products Liability Multi-District Litigation recommended the denial of summary judgment for defendant Crane, Co., in an asbestos lawsuit1 filed by the law firm of Levy Konigsberg LLP (“LK”), on behalf of a career submariner in the U.S. Navy who is suffering from mesothelioma.

The plaintiff in this lawsuit, Alan Donn, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. During his Navy career, Mr. Donn, a resident of Groton, Connecticut, served aboard several nuclear submarines, including the USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN 600), USS Greenling (SSN 614), USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601), USS Flying Fish (SSN 673), USS Narwhal (SSN 671), and USS Billfish (SSN 676).

During the course of his service, Mr. Donn worked around both naval and shipyard personnel working on various pieces of equipment and machinery using asbestos-containing gaskets, packing and thermal insulation, including steam piping, pumps, valves, turbines, generators, steam traps, and air compressors. Although Mr. Donn, as an officer, did not generally work hands on with asbestos-containing materials himself, he supervised and stood watch while others did so, including during new construction and major overhauls of submarines. As a result of such “bystander asbestos exposure“, Mr. Donn later developed mesothelioma, an asbestos-caused cancer that occurs most commonly in the pleura or peritoneum that line the lungs and abdominal cavities, respectively.

Mesothelioma lawyers at LK filed suit on Mr. Donn’s behalf against both the manufacturers of the equipment aboard the submarines, on which Mr. Donn worked, as well as the owner of the New London, Connecticut, and Quincy, Massachusetts, shipyards, at which work was performed on these submarines.

Crane, Co., a manufacturer of asbestos-containing valves used aboard several of the submarines, on which Mr. Donn served, filed a motion asking the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for an order granting summary judgment in its favor. Crane argued that there was insufficient evidence that Mr. Donn was exposed to asbestos from its products. Mr. Donn’s mesothelioma attorneys from LK opposed Crane Co.’s motion, pointing out that Mr. Donn testified that he was present for work on valves hundreds of times during his career and that approximately 75% of those valves were manufactured by Crane Co.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth T. Hey issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that Crane Co.’s motion be denied. If the United States District Court adopts Judge Hey’s recommendation, Mr. Donn’s asbestos lawsuit against Crane Co. will continue to go forward toward trial.

Mr. Donn is represented by mesothelioma lawyer Amber Long of Levy Konigsberg LLP, a New York City based law firm that has been specializing in representing victims of mesothelioma for more than twenty-five years.

For more information about this or other mesothelioma lawsuits, please contact Levy Konigsberg LLP at 212-605-6300 or 1-800-MESOLAW (1-800-637-6529), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

ATTENTION: Mesothelioma has no known cure and often causes severe pain, suffering, and other types of damage, such as loss of consortium, and loss of income. Additionally, due to the exceedingly high cost of mesothelioma treatments, many families exhaust savings and accumulate financial debt in order to pay for the medical expenses of their family member.

Under the law of most states, pain and suffering from mesothelioma may be compensated through the award of money damages, usually obtained with the help of experienced mesothelioma attorneys. In some states other types of damages may also be recovered.

Asbestos litigation affords mesothelioma victims the opportunity to receive financial compensation and hold accountable the companies that caused their asbestos exposure.
IMPORTANT: If you or your family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer as early as possible to determine if you have a mesothelioma case and to:
  • Preserve your rights to bring a legal action against the responsible parties within the limited time frame allowed by law, known as statute of limitations;
  • Obtain maximum compensation in your case by being able to:
    • Preserve evidence and establish facts of the asbestos exposure while the claimant is still alive and able to provide information;
    • File and resolve a lawsuit against the responsible parties before they file for bankruptcy or, if they already have, to obtain compensation before their bankruptcy trust funds run out of money;
  • Expedite your case, as courts tend to give higher priority to mesothelioma lawsuits where the claimant is still alive.
Find out whether you have a case by speaking to one of our experienced mesothelioma lawyers via our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 1-800-MESO-LAW (1-800-637-6529) or by submitting an email inquiry (see form above). Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
NOTE: While our offices are located in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Georgia, many of our mesothelioma lawyers are licensed to practice law in a number of U.S. states and have the capability and extensive experience of representing mesothelioma clients throughout the United States. You are encouraged to contact us with any questions.

1 Alan H. Donn v. A. W. Chesterton Co. Inc., et al.

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