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Location: Los Angeles, California
Case: Shahabi v. A.W. Chesterton Company, et al.
Court: Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC 379085.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Simona Farrise of Farrise Law Firm, Santa Barbara, California and Michael Armitage, Kevin Oliver and Benno Ashrafi of Waters & Kraus, Los Angeles, California.
Judge: The Honorable Robert H. O’Brien
Case Synopsis: Mr. Amanollah Shahabi, a 76-year-old Iranian-American engineer, worked at oil refineries for over forty years in Iran and the U.S. Mr. Shahabi specialized in pre-commissioning and commissioning oil refineries for the state run National Iranian Oil Company. Mr. Shahabi was heavily involved in operations and management of the oil refineries.
Mr. Shahabi relocated to the U.S. in the early 1980’s where he worked as a consultant while obtaining his U.S. citizenship. He later worked for Bechtel on site at the Chevron refinery in Segundo, California. Since age 65, Mr. Shahabi had retired and then returned to work several times as a consultant.
For over forty years, Mr. Shahabi was exposed to asbestos-coated and asbestos-containing parts when he worked at oil refineries. In June 2007, Mr. Shahabi was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a terminal cancer caused by asbestos exposure.