Chicago, IL (August 7, 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.
Following two successful settlements in July, the Vogelzang Law team began August with momentum as they prepared for several upcoming trials. At this month’s first Asbestos Call at the Daley Center, attorney Michael Maienza prepared for two trials set for fall of this year.
The Vogelzang Law team had been preparing for trial on behalf of Jim Thomas, a Local 17 insulator. During his lifelong industrial career, Mr. Thomas worked in a variety of positions in refineries, steel mills, oil facilities, and chemical facilities. Here, he allegedly experienced asbestos exposure in multiple locations. Mr. Thomas passed away earlier this year and is survived by his wife.
The firm had previously entered and continued several motions to compel discovery against multiple defendants. These motions, some of which requested documentation from several oil companies, can help push the case forward by pressuring defendants to comply with the Court’s case management orders if they have yet to respond to discovery requests. These motions seek information which will support Mr. Thomas’s testimony regarding products and working conditions. Maienza reached amicable agreements with the attorneys last week, representing a positive step in Mr. Thomas’s case towards gathering necessary information.
In addition, Maienza entered a briefing schedule for motions for summary judgement, which was granted. Motions for summary judgement will be heard on the first day of trial, which is set to begin in November 2018.
Vogelzang Law also entered and continued several motions to compel discovery in the case of Wilbur DeBolt, a steel worker and United States Air Force veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma in May 2017. In addition to his work in steel mills, Mr. DeBolt also worked with various valves, pumps, and insulation, which caused his alleged asbestos exposure. These motions seek information regarding products and working conditions as testified by Mr. DeBolt.
Mr. DeBolt’s case is set for trial in October 2018.
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.