A New Jersey lawsuit accuses talc product manufacturer, BASF, and their attorneys, of conspiring to destroy and fabricate evidence in thousands of asbestos injury cases.
In 2009, after a former BASF researcher admitted to knowing that the company's talc contained asbestos, the deception was brought to light. BASF, with the help of their attorneys, procured false representations from company employees and outside experts, and included false or misleading information in court filings. They tricked thousands of asbestos victims into thinking that their claims did not stand a chance in court.
When the defendants tried to have the case dismissed, a federal judge ruled that the plaintiffs "sufficiently stated facts to support claims of fraudulent concealment, spoliation, fraud, and civil conspiracy against the defendants."
Six plaintiffs are named in the lawsuit, all of whom lost loved ones to asbestos-related diseases. They claim that "as a result of misrepresentations by BASF and Cahill Gordon, they opted not to pursue their claims, voluntarily ended their suits without receiving full, fair, and just compensation, or suffered involuntary terminations of their injury suits based upon the defendants' misrepresentations and omissions."
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, an experienced asbestos or mesothelioma attorney can help ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Source: NJ Law Journal