Wright v. Shell Offshore, Inc., et. al

[B]Date Decided[/B]: Feb 17[SUP]th[/SUP], 2011
[B]Decided By[/B]: Louisiana Eastern District Court (Federal)
[B]Court[/B]: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
[B]Citation[/B]: 2011 WL 690530
Eric and Carolyn Wright filed suit in the United StatesDistrict Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana asserting Jones Act claimsof unseaworthiness and maintenance and cure against Eric Wright’s formeremployer, Shell Offshore, Inc. The suit also contained products liability claims against variousmanufacturers engaged in the production of benzene-containing chemicals andsolvents.
Following the institution of this suit, Eric Wright died fromacute myelogenous leukemia leaving Carolyn Wright as his surviving spouse andpersonal representative. Carolyn Wright then amended the complaint to includewrongful death and survival claims. The amended complaint alleges that EricWright was exposed to benzene-containing products manufactured by 3M Company(“3M”) and that this exposure resulted in his death from leukemia.
Before the Court is 3M’s Motion to Dismiss for Failure toState a Claim. 3M argues that Carolyn Wright has failed to plead a singlefactual allegation showing what 3M product Eric Wright was exposed to, how hewas exposed, and why 3M should be held liable for his injuries.
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