(5/10/13) A state appeals court has revived a civil suit filed four years ago by relatives of employees at the former Uniroyal-Goodrich tire plant in Eau Claire.
The plaintiffs said materials with benzene resulted in a number of employee deaths and injuries. Circuit Judge William Gabler threw out the case in 2011, saying the statute-of-limitations had expired. The judge said the claims should have been filed within three years after the actual deaths – but the plaintiffs said the three-year clock didn't start until the causes of the deaths and injuries were discovered. The appellate judges called that a "genuine issue of material fact," and they sent the case back to the circuit court. The lawsuit has a number of petroleum firms as defendants including Exxon-Mobil, Texaco, B-P, and Sunoco.