John K. Bice Co. (“BICE”) was engaged in the business of raw material and equipment supply between the 1940s and 1997. BICE was located in Los Angeles, California. BICE was incorporated in California in 1976. It was dissolved in 1997.
Between 1973-1983, BICE sold, supplied and distributed asbestos fiber to various companies including La Habra Products, Hamilton Materials, Riverside Cement, Westside Building Materials, Kaiser Gypsum, Merlex Stucco, W.W. Henry Co., Koppers Company and Douglas Oil Co. The asbestos fiber sold by BICE to its customers was supplied to BICE by Carey-Canada.
The handling, removal, installation or other disturbance of products containing asbestos fiber supplied by BICE causes the release of hazardous levels of the asbestos fiber into the breathing zone of the worker, thereby causing the worker to be exposed to unsafe levels of asbestos. Exposure to asbestos can cause asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
BICE was recently in the news, tied with the death of Merlin Olsen, who died in March, less than a month after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Merlin Olsen was a Hall of Fame NFL professional football player for the Los Angeles Rams from 1962 to 1976. He filed suit in Los Angeles against BICE as well as several other companies known to manufacture and supply asbestos containing products he was likely to have come into contact with.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos as a result of handling or being involved with Asbestos Fiber, and if you think such exposure may have caused you or your loved one to become ill with mesothelioma or any other form of asbestos related disease, please contact the lawyers at Clapper, Patti Schweizer & Mason for more information.