Plaintiff, age 82, worked in Iran for American contractors when he was allegedly exposed to asbestos insulating products. He has lived in California for over 30 years.
10% to Fluor Corp with no finding of punitive; 15% to Fluor Enterprises Inc. WITH a finding of punitive; 15% to Middle East Fluor WITH a finding of punitive.
Confidential settlement prior to jury rendering verdict on amount of punitive damages.
Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. by Mark Bratt, Benno Ashrafi and Venus Burns, Los Angeles.
Hugo Parker, LLP by Edward Hugo and Shaghig Agopian, San Francisco.
Schaffer, Lax, McNaughton & Chen by Jill Franklin, Kevin McNaughton and Yaron Dunkel, Los Angeles.
Barry Horn, M.D., pulmonology, Oakland.
Barry Castleman, Ph.D. - public health, Baltimore, MD.
Arnold Brody, Ph.D., pathology, Raleigh, NC.
Kenneth Garza, industrial hygiene, Denver, CO.
David Fractor, Ph.D., economics, Pasadena.
Sara Guentz, R.N., nursing and rehabilitation, Long Beach.
Plaintiff Farid Malek worked at the Abadan Refinery in Abadan, Iran from the 1950s until approximately 1979. He moved to the United States in approximately 1980 and has been a long-time resident of Orange County, CA. On or about March of 2015 he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a fatal cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos.
Plaintiffs alleged the Fluor defendants exposed him to asbestos while he was working in various departments at the Abadan Oil Refinery in Iran. The Fluor defendants were alleged to have built two major refinery units, a Catalytic Reformer (aka Unifiner-Platformer) in the early 1960s and a Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) in the late 1970s. The Fluor defendants were alleged to have used asbestos-containing products, including insulation, without taking any precautions to protect the refinery workers.
Additionally, plaintiffs contend it was illegal in the United States to install asbestos insulation at the time Fluor was alleged to have installed insulation on the CDU project in Iran. It was also alleged that Fluor had leftover asbestos insulation from a prior project the company sold into the CDU project to maximize profit without regard for the health and safety of the refinery workers.
Defendant contended plaintiff was never exposed to asbestos by any of the Fluor entities.
Mesothelioma, a fatal cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos.
Medical expenses, loss of social security income, loss of ability to provide household services.