While Pfizer Inc. may be best known for its contributions to the pharmaceutical world, a recent ruling in New York may lead to a renewed focus on the company’s past dealings with asbestos as well.
An NY federal appeals court recently ruled that Pfizer can be sued in asbestos or mesothelioma lawsuits in Pennsylvania that involve asbestos exposure caused by the now-bankrupt Quigley Co. The company, which manufactured asbestos products from the 1930s until the 1970s, was acquired by Pfizer in 1968, Business Insurance reported.
Quigley – and, in many cases, Pfizer – has been named the defendant in 160,000 mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits that allege the company’s products harmed them. While a bankruptcy ruling regarding Quigley had initially imposed a stay on any of the lawsuits against Pfizer, the NY appeals court overturned the decision and ruled that the lawsuits could proceed.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos that was caused by a specific company or product, and has since been diagnosed with a deadly illness such as mesothelioma, there are legal options at your disposal. Call Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing a mesothelioma claim.