By Roger Renstrom, Plastics News
Laguna Niguel, California -- A widow has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Gordon Clark and his now-closed Clark Foam business in Laguna Niguel.
Maria Teresa Barriga filed the litigation in Orange County Superior Court in mid-July after her husband Martin Barriga, who worked in the Clark Foam factory between 1986 and 2002, died at age 36.
The suit identifies a litany of ways Clark Foam employees were exposed to chemicals such as toluene diisocyanate(TDI).
TDI can become toxic when heated and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is a possible carcinogen.
Clark Foam closed abruptly in early December, and many of its assets for making rigid polyurethane foam surfboard blanks were auctioned in March.