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June 5, 2012
Joan Ruble v. Rinker Materials Corp.
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Joan Ruble and her husband filed a personal injury lawsuit against Rinker Materials, alleging his terminal mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos in Rinker products. After he died, she moved to continue the lawsuit as a personal representative of his estate. The trial court, however, dismissed the case, ruling Florida's Wrongful Death Act required that a new suit be filed. The Third District Court of Appeal upheld that decision.