Wis. Supreme Court Denies Asbestos Death Claim

July 22, 2010

The Wisconsin State Supreme Court says a brake maker wasn’t negligent in a machinist’s death.

Walter Tatera, a former Hales Corners machine shop worker, died of cancer in 2004. His estate sued FMC Corp., a Milwaukee brake manufacturer, alleging disks the company sent to Tatera’s shop contained asbestos and caused his cancer.

A Milwaukee judge found the company was not liable or negligent in Tatera’s death. A state appeals court last year, however, ruled FMC could be sued for negligence.

The Supreme Court reversed that ruling in a 4-3 decision. The court says FMC’s conduct didn’t amount to affirmative negligence.

Jill Rakauski, an attorney for Tatera’s estate, says she’s disappointed and believes the estate should be allowed to make a claim.

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