o' theely oma.
You've all seen the TV spots. A non-actor says "My name is Doug, and I have mesothelioma" You are then encouraged to contact the Law firm that sponsors the ad if you have ever worked in any environment that involved handling asbestos.
Meso. is a form of lung desease that has been tied to past exposure to asbestos. It was the subject of dozens of lawsuits over 30 years ago. Apparently it still has life.
It has become a cash cow to the tort law industry.
Recently a judge threw out a bunch of cases as "frivilous". This can involve fines and costs against those bringing such suits.
If you have any interest in the tort law racket a must read is John Grishams novel "King of Torts". You will learn a lot.