Chicago, IL (September 4, 2018) —
The Daley Center hosts an Asbestos Call every other Tuesday, which serves as the time and place to track the progress of a lawsuit in preparation for the trial date. The Vogelzang Law blog provides bi-weekly Asbestos Call updates.
Last Tuesday, the Vogelzang Law team pushed ahead into 2019, setting another case for trial in September of next year. The team also made moves to advance several other cases as they prepare to litigate four trials in the remaining months of this year.
In the Vogelzang Law team’s first major development last week, attorney Wyatt Berkover set a trial date on behalf of Mr. Larry DeHaven, a lifelong union electrician. After graduating high school in 1954, Mr. DeHaven began his career as an industrial electrician. He worked in a multitude of facilities throughout his life, exposing him to many different asbestos-containing materials, including pipe covering.
Mr. DeHaven, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in August 2018, is currently fighting his illness. As a person living with mesothelioma, it is increasingly important to secure an expedited trial date to ensure that he and his family can see their day in court. Electricians make up one of the most at-risk groups for asbestos exposure and subsequent mesothelioma, due to a variety of asbestos-containing products commonly used in and around the profession. Mr. DeHaven’s trial is set for September 17, 2019.
On November 13, attorney Michael Maienza will represent the late Bennett Mulder, who was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in January 2017 before passing away in March of that year. Mr. Mulder worked in the glass industry throughout his life, where he was allegedly exposed to a variety of materials containing asbestos.
At the asbestos call on Tuesday, a briefing schedule was set regarding motions for summary judgement in Mr. Mulder’s case. This schedule helps regulate the case by setting clear deadlines for parties to file their respective summary judgement briefs, making it easier for all parties to continue.
In their final action last week, Vogelzang Law advocated for later trial dates for a handful of cases, including that of the late Mr. Huemmerich, who worked as a steelworker and repairman throughout much of his life. His trial has been moved to February 2019, providing more time for the Vogelzang Law team to develop the case and gather relevant documents and information.
The Vogelzang Law team continues to advocate for families across America who have been impacted by asbestos. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer linked to asbestos fibers, which are easily inhaled when working with asbestos materials. As a result, insulators, pipefitters, construction workers, mechanics, and more are among the most at-risk groups.