Mississippi families file class action lawsuit over alleged asbestos exposure at Frito-Lay plant

Workers who were exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer or other illnesses may qualify to file a lawsuit.

A Mississippi family has filed a class action lawsuit against Frito-Lay, alleging that employees at it Jackson, Mississippi manufacturing plant were exposed to asbestos on the job, putting them at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer or other asbestos-related diseases. The lawsuit was filed by the son of a man who worked at Frito-Lay’s Mississippi plant and was diagnosed with lung cancer, which his son believes was caused by asbestos exposure.

Jimmie Ruffin, the worker in question, worked at the Frito-Lay plant in Jackson from 1974 to 1999 as a pest control worker and machine operator. Mr. Ruffin died suddenly in 2019 from lung cancer. Shortly thereafter, Ruffin’s son filed a lawsuit against Frito-Lay over allegations of asbestos exposure at the plant where his father worked.

In the lawsuit, Ruffin’s son alleges that while employed by Frito-Lay, his father regularly used pesticide sprays that contained asbestos. The lawsuit alleges that lawsuits filed against Frito-Lay by workers in other parts of the country have already proven that the company’s plants were contaminated with asbestos.

Families File Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Asbestos Exposure

After his father’s death, Ruffin’s son and seven other families whose loved ones worked at the Jackson, Mississippi plant filed a class action lawsuit against Frito-Lay. The lawsuit alleges that the company’s plant was contaminated with asbestos materials, putting workers at risk of developing diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, silicosis, or cancer.

The class action lawsuit against Frito-Lay calls on the company to compensate the families of workers who were exposed to asbestos at the company’s manufacturing plants and later diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. The families of workers who developed mesothelioma or other diseases after working at the Frito-Lay plant in Jackson allege that the company broke the law by failing to inform workers about their risk of asbestos exposure.

The State of Mississippi has a three year statute of limitations on legal claims involving mesothelioma and asbestos. However, lawyers representing the families of Frito-Lay workers who filed the lawsuit say that these families only recently learned that their loved ones’ illnesses were connected to asbestos exposure at the Frito-Lay plant, which they say will allow the lawsuits to move forward.

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If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis, silicosis, or other asbestos-related diseases, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive compensation from the company or companies responsible for your illness. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced asbestos attorney, who can advise you regarding your legal rights.

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