Tenn. Supreme Court to decide Alcoa asbestos suit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Supreme Court will decide whether the Alcoa corporation is responsible for the asbestos-related death of a former worker's daughter.

Amanda Satterfield had a rare cancer directly associated with asbestos exposure. She died from the disease in 2005 at the age of 25.

Her father, Doug Satterfield, worked hauling asbestos for Alcoa Inc. The suit claims that the asbestos dust her father brought home on his clothes caused his daughter's cancer.

Alcoa attorney John Lucas argued in court Tuesday that the company should not be responsible for the illness of a non-employee.

He said a ruling against the company would create "an infinite universe of potential plaintiffs." The court is expected to rule by early April.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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