Asbestos Companies and the Corporate Cover Up

The history of asbestos use has left a legacy of illness in hundreds of thousands of American families. It has been called one of the largest man-made epidemics in U.S. history. Sadly, it was preventable.

In this video, our asbestos lawyers share more detailed information about companies failing to warn employees of asbestos dangers.

The connection between serious respiratory diseases and asbestos exposure became known in the 1930s, when doctors began warning factory owners, mine owners and asbestos manufacturers of its dangers. Despite warnings from medical professionals, business owners continued to expose workers to asbestos without providing them adequate protective gear designed to prevent inhalation of the toxin’s fibers. Learn more about asbestos exposure.

The Asbestos Cover Up

As years went on, executives at asbestos manufacturing companies continued to cover up asbestos-related illnesses among their employees. They were able to do evidence such as doctor’s notes, reports and memos detailing the dangers of asbestos. Instead of preventing asbestos exposure or providing protective gear to employees, executives quietly offered compensation to those dealing with health problems from asbestos exposure that occurred on the job. This payment forced employees to keep quiet about the underlying cause of their illnesses.

Eventually, the asbestos corporate cover-ups became apparent. The cover-ups primarily came to light through the efforts of labor and trade unions striving for safer working conditions. The discovery of 6,000 pages of documents called the Sumner Simpson papers revealed a cover up of the dangers of asbestos exposure planned by asbestos industry executives. The conspiracy dated back for nearly half a century when the secret documents were found by a plaintiff’s attorney in 1977. Since then thousands of victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families have used the court system to secure justice and hold asbestos companies accountable.

Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits

Corporate cover-ups coming to light led to an increase in mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits. Asbestos lawsuits provide justice to the innocent sufferers of deadly diseases, such as mesothelioma, whose diagnoses were caused by companies who continued to manufacture, sell and design asbestos products despite being made aware of dangers. Although asbestos is not entirely banned in the United States, litigation filed by union workers, veterans and other workers has helped to raise awareness of asbestos health hazards and the dangers of asbestos exposure.

The tragedy surrounding the asbestos industry in the United States is that a vast majority of the harm it caused was entirely preventable. As early as the first century, asbestos exposure was suspected to cause health problems. Throughout the twentieth century, doctors connected a number of diseases to the negative effects of asbestos contamination. Yet, despite knowing the dangers, a number of companies continued to manufacture, sell and design asbestos products.

Companies Known for Asbestos Exposure Lawsuits

From the Industrial Revolution through the 1980s, many companies used asbestos in manufacturing without significant regulation. As a result, many people encountered the substance at their workplace.

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos through your work, browse our list of companies known to be linked to asbestos exposure. If you have worked at one of these asbestos companies in the past, you should let your doctor know that you may have been exposed to asbestos and find out more about filing an asbestos exposure lawsuit.

If you have suffered from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease due to the negligence of an employer or manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation through an asbestos exposure lawsuit. Learn more about filing a lawsuit by scheduling a free consultation with one of our mesothelioma lawyers.

Click to view a partial list of asbestos companies that sold asbestos, manufactured products containing asbestos, or designed products that required the use of asbestos.

  • A.O. Smith
  • P. Green Industries, Inc.
  • T. Callas Co.
  • W. Chesterton Company
  • Abex Corporation
  • Aerojet General
  • AGCO Corp.
  • Airco, Inc.
  • Allied-Signal, Inc.
  • Allis Chalmers
  • Amchem Products, Inc.
  • American BrakeBlok
  • American Optical
  • American Standard
  • Anchor Packing Company
  • Armstrong Contracting & Supply (“AC&S”)
  • Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
  • Arvinmeritor, Inc.
  • ASARCO, Inc.
  • Asbestos Corporation, Ltd. (“ACL”)
  • Asten-Hill
  • Atlas Turner / Atlas Asbestos Company
  • Aurora Pump
  • Bell Asbestos Mines, Ltd.
  • Bendix
  • Benjamin Foster Company
  • Boeing
  • Boise Cascade Corp.
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Bird & Son
  • Bondex International
  • Borg-Warner Corporation / Burns International Services Corp.
  • Bridgestone Firestone
  • Buffalo Pumps, Inc.
  • Calaveras Asbestos, Ltd.
  • Capco Pipe Company, Inc.
  • Carlisle / Motion Control
  • Caterpillar
  • Celotex Corporation
  • Certainteed Corporation
  • Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
  • Chrysler
  • CleaverBrooks
  • Combustion Engineering
  • Congoleum Corporation
  • Continental Teves
  • Cooper Industries
  • Crane Co.
  • Crown, Cork & Seal Company
  • Daimler Chrysler, Inc.
  • Dana Corporation
  • DB Riley
  • Deere & Co.
  • Deleval
  • Domco Products
  • Dow Chemical Co.
  • Dowman Products
  • Eagle-Picher Industries, Inc.
  • Eaton Corp.
  • Fibreboard Corporation
  • Flexitallic Gasket Company
  • Flintkote
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Forty-Eight Insulations
  • Foster Wheeler
  • GAF-Ruberoid
  • Gardner Denver
  • Garlock, Inc.
  • General Electric Company
  • General Motors
  • General Refractories Company
  • Genuine Parts Co. / NAPA
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Gould Pumps, Inc.
  • Hamilton Materials
  • Harbison-Walker Refractories Company
  • Hill Brothers Chemical Company
  • Honeywell International, Inc.
  • K. Porter Company
  • Industrial Holdings Corp.
  • Ingersoll-Rand
  • International Paper
  • John Crane
  • Johns-Manville Corp.
  • Joy Machinery Co.


  • Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation
  • Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc.
  • Keene Corporation
  • Kelly-Moore Paint Company
  • Kelsey-Hayes Co. / Fruehauf
  • Kentile Flors, Inc.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • Lincoln Electric Co.
  • Lorillard Tobacco Corp. / Kent
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Mack Trucks, Inc.
  • Maremont Corp.
  • Marley Cooling Tower Co.
  • Mead Westvaco Corp.
  • H. Detrick Company
  • National Gypsum Company
  • Nicolet (Keasby-Mattison)
  • North American Refractories Company
  • Northrup Grumman
  • Owens-Corning Fibreglas Corporation
  • Owens-Illinois, Inc.
  • Paccar
  • Peerless Industries, Inc.
  • Phelps Dodge
  • Philip Carey Corporation (now Rapid American Corporation)
  • Pittsburgh Corning Corporation
  • Pneumo Abex Corporation
  • Proko Industries, Inc.
  • Quigley Company, Inc.
  • Raybestos Manhattan / Raybestos Industries, Inc. / Raybestos Corporation
  • Raytheon
  • Reynolds Metals Co. / Atlantic Asphalt & Asbestos Co.
  • Riley Stoker Corporation
  • Rockbestos Product Corporation
  • Rockwell
  • Rock Wool Manufacturing Company
  • Sager Corp.
  • SCAPA Dryer Fabrics, Inc.
  • Sepco Corporation
  • Sherwin Williams Co.
  • Spicer
  • Synkoloid
  • Texaco Oil Company Refinery
  • H. Agriculture & Nutrition
  • Turner & Newall
  • Unarco Industries
  • Union Carbide Corporation
  • Uniroyal Holding, Inc. (Asbeston)
  • S. Gypsum Company
  • S. Steel Corporation
  • Wagner Electric Corporation
  • Weil-McClain
  • Western Auto Supply Co.
  • Westvaco
  • Weyerhaeuser
  • R. Grace & Co.
  • Western Electric
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation

 

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