Widow of lung cancer victim files asbestos mass tort claim

By Jon Campisi | Oct 24, 2011

The wife of a Pennsylvania man who died last year from mesothelioma has filed a mass tort claim in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court against companies dealing in the manufacture and distribution of products containing asbestos.

Philadelphia attorney Steven J. Cooperstein, of the firm Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler, and Dallas, TX lawyer Chad R. Cotton, of Baron & Budd, P.C., filed the short-form complaint in the mass asbestos litigation at common pleas court Oct. 20 on behalf of Marlene Chojnacki, administratrix of the estate of the deceased Bruce Chojnacki.

According to the complaint, Bruce Chojnacki died at 60 years of age on Aug. 23, 2010, from lung cancer that his estate claims was caused by his exposure to asbestos-containing products during his years of employment.

Bruce Chojnacki worked as a tow truck driver, laborer and service technician manager throughout his working career, which began back in 1968, and ended with his death last summer.

The lawsuit states that Bruce Chojnacki did, in fact, smoke cigarettes. He averaged a pack a day starting in 1966.

The defendants named in the lawsuit are Navistar, Inc., SPX Corporation, Union Carbide Corporation, Carquest Corporation, Flsmidth, Inc., The Marley-Wylain Company, National Automotive Parts Associations, Ford Motor Company, Honeywell International, Inc. and Mack Trucks, Inc.

The plaintiffs seek relief as stated in the master long form asbestos complaint at common pleas court.

A jury trial is being demanded.

The case number is 111002630.

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