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La. Court Tosses Asbestos Claims Against Huntington Ingalls on Timeliness Grounds

NEW ORLEANS –– A Louisiana federal court has awarded summary judgment to Huntington Ingalls Inc. in an asbestos exposure suit, finding that the claims were time-barred in light of the fact that the plaintiff was unreasonable in her “inaction” to file the suit within one year of her mother’s death.

In the Dec. 3 order, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed the claims with prejudice.

Plaintiff Judith Punch Rivera filed the underlying complaint on behalf of her mother, Dolores Punch. Rivera says that her mother developed mesothelioma as a result of laundering her husband’s ...

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