Florida lung cancer victim files asbestos mass tort claim in Philadelphia

By Jon Campisi | May 2, 2013

A Florida man who had a history of working with products containing asbestos dust and

fibers has filed a mass tort complaint at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas over allegations that his asbestos exposure was the factual cause of his January lung cancer diagnosis.

Frank Kozlowski and his wife, Marie, of Melbourne Beach, Fla., filed a short-form complaint in the master asbestos litigation docket in Philadelphia on April 26 against 17 companies that the plaintiffs claim owe them damages due to Frank’s recent medical diagnosis.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Kevin Mulderig, of the Cherry Hill, N.J. firm Weitz & Luxenberg, says that Frank Kozlowski, who was a pack-a-day smoker from 1957 to 2006, was diagnosed as having lung cancer by his Florida physician on Jan. 21 of this year.

Aside from working as a laborer in the City of Brotherly Love for a brief period of time from 1959 to 1962, it doesn’t appear as though the plaintiff has a strong connection to Philadelphia.

According to his work history, Frank Kozlowski, in addition to his time as a Philadelphia laborer, also worked at the Portsmouth Naval Yard in New Hampshire from 1963 to 1967, and he did auto work at Ed Roth & Sons in Glassboro, N.J. in 1968.

Furthermore, the work history shows, Frank engaged in additional automobile work in West, N.J. and Franklinville, N.J. throughout the 1970s, and he spent time working at both the Bremerton Naval Yard and Naval Station Norfolk during the early-to-mid 1960s.

The following defendants are named in the complaint: Air & Liquid Systems Corp., Aurora Pump Co., Borg-Warner Corp., Byron Jackson Pumps, CertainTeed Corp., Dana Companies LLC, Foster Wheeler LLC, General Electric Co., Georgia Pacific LLC, Honeywell International Inc., IMO Industries Inc., Maremont Corp., Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Owens-Illinois Inc., Pneumo Abex LLC, and Warren Pumps LLC.

The plaintiffs seek damages as set forth in the master asbestos litigation at Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court.

The case ID number is 130404113. 

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