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New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, Smoker of 40 Years, Files Suit Alleging Asbestos Link to Her Cancer

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A class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a New York politician that accuses more than 70 companies of potentially causing her to develop lung cancer from asbestos.

The New York Post reports that the class-action suit was filed on behalf of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy and the complaint names more than 70 companies for potentially exposing her to asbestos — including Goodyear Tire, Con Ed and Pfizer.

However, the suit reportedly fails to mention that the 69-year-old Democrat smoked heavily for 40 years — and that she never actually worked with the cancer-causing substance.

McCarthy’s attorney, Daniel Blouin, claims she came in contact with asbestos in her youth when her father and brothers worked as boiler makers in Navy yards and powerhouses. He says toxic fibers attached to their clothing.

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“Ms. McCarthy never directly worked with asbestos products herself, although she now finds herself a victim of this deadly carcinogen whose health effects were well known by the manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos products for decades before Ms. McCarthy was ever exposed,” Blouin reportedly said in an e-mail to the New York Post.

The New York law firm representing McCarthy specializes in suing former manufacturers of products containing asbestos, a carcinogenic insulation material, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

McCarthy, a 16-year-veteran of Congress, took a medical leave from her post in June to get treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Sources: New York Post, Bloomberg Businessweek