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Aldridge v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.
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Aldridge and others (plaintiffs) were former employees—or surviving representatives of former employees—who worked for Kelly-Springfield Tire Company (Kelly-Springfield) at its manufacturing plant. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (Goodyear) (defendant) supplied various chemicals to Kelly-Springfield for use in its operations. Goodyear supplied about 10 percent of the hazardous chemicals used at the plant. Plaintiffs sued Goodyear in federal district court, alleging that the chemicals supplied by Goodyear caused them to develop various occupational diseases, like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and lung disease.Plaintiffs in the instant matter provided additional evidence that was intended to show a link between the chemicals provided by Goodyear and plaintiffs’ diseases. Two expert witnesses for plaintiffs submitted affidavits in which they claimed that each of several named chemicals supplied by Goodyear was a “substantial contributing cause” of plaintiffs’ diseases. Each expert’s opinion was purportedly based on training, experience, scientific research, and scientific literature. Neither affidavit discussed any specific training, studies, or methods; any description of how a particular chemical caused a plaintiff’s particular disease; the level of exposure required for a particular chemical to cause a particular disease; or potential alternative causes for plaintiffs’ diseases. Goodyear moved for summary judgment.
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