Former Students at California School Sue over Asbestos Fear

February 8, 2017

A judge has cleared the way for dozens of former student’s in California’s Central Valley to take their school district to trial over fears that a job-training program exposed them to cancer.

Attorney Allen Sawyer said this week he represents 61 former students of the Merced County Office of Education. He alleges that a decade ago, they renovated asbestos-laden buildings at an old military base without proper protection.

In a separate case, three men who ran the program through a nonprofit were found guilty and sent to prison.

Sawyer says the district now owes the former students lifelong coverage for preventative health checkups and payments for the fear they might contract cancer.

An attorney for the county office of education, Leonard Herr, argues the students have access to health care provided through workers’ compensation.

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