Peter Angelos

Maryland high court weighs deadlines in asbestos lawsuits

Maryland high court weighs deadlines in asbestos lawsuits

Maryland’s highest court is weighing whether to give workers who were sickened by asbestos exposure more time to sue their employers.

State law now allows 20 years for workers or their families to make claims regarding illness or death from exposure to asbestos. But a case heard Friday by the Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis involves a steamfitter, James F. Piper, who worked at a Maryland power plant in the 1970s and died more than four decades later from mesothelioma.

Advocates say that if Piper’s estate wins the case, it could potentially open the door to lawsuits from others in similar situations who did not get sick until after the deadline to sue had passed. A...

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