Ohio court seeks rubber workers’ heirs for asbestos payouts

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A northeast Ohio court disbursing payouts from legal claims is looking for heirs to hundreds of rubber workers who died or became very ill because of exposure to asbestos.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Summit County Probate Court has about $2 million to distribute. Heirs have been found for many of the deceased workers with pending claims, but heirs of about 850 workers still haven’t been located. The list has been posted on the court’s website.

An $80 million fund was created in 2004 after insurance giant Travelers Cos. settled with lawyers for thousands of workers who had asbestos-related claims.

That means payouts for about 19,000 cases around the country. Summit County has the most, with about 6,000.

Heirs were located in about half of the county’s pending cases.

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