06/21/2012 Mesothelioma Lawsuit Filed Naming over 450 Defendants: A Mesothelioma Lawsuit was filed by a California Mesothelioma Lawyer, in the superior court of Los Angles naming, CALAVERAS ASBESTOS, LTD; Edelbrock Corporation; Ford Motor Company; Mazda Motor of America, Inc.; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Union Carbide Corporation; Does 1-450, as defendants.
The 450 Does, or John Does names in this suit makes the case somewhat unusual. An Unknown defendant or a John Doe or a Doe can be named in the filing of a Mesothelioma Lawsuit. The assumption is that these unknown parties’ identities will be discovered during the course of the Mesothelioma Lawsuit and will later be added to the lawsuit as defendants by their proper names. The listing of unknown parties is not unusual in Mesothelioma Lawsuits considering the fact that a Mesothelioma Victim may have been exposed to Asbestos by Numerous employers over the span of their working life. That 450 unknown parties were named in this particular Mesothelioma Lawsuit is what makes this case noteworthy.
The suit alleges that the defendants exposed the plaintiff to Asbestos are were directly or indirectly responsible in some capacity for exposing the plaintiff to Asbestos. Given that Asbestos is the only cause of Mesothelioma Cancer, any party that exposed or participated in exposing someone to Asbestos can find themselves the subject of a Mesothelioma Lawsuit.
It is highly unlikely that 450 additional defendants will be identified and properly named in the Los Angles case however, the plaintiff should be able to dismiss as many of the “Does” not identified from the list of identified defendants during the course of the case.
Mesothelioma Lawsuits often have unusual and noteworthy aspects not seen in other cases. The fact that it can take decades for Mesothelioma Cancer to develop and a worker in a given profession that makes them more prone to Asbestos Exposure may have numerous employers in their life time, makes the naming of multiple defendants and unknown defendants common in Mesothelioma Lawsuits.
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