593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir. 1979), 78-1380, Cadieux v. International Tel. & Tel. Corp.

Docket Nº78-1380.
Citation593 F.2d 142
Party NameLouise CADIEUX, Administratrix, Plaintiff, Appellant, v. INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH CORP., et al., Defendants, Appellees.
Case DateFebruary 21, 1979
CourtUnited States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

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593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir. 1979)

Louise CADIEUX, Administratrix, Plaintiff, Appellant,

v.

INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH CORP., et al.,

Defendants, Appellees.

No. 78-1380.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit

February 21, 1979

Argued Jan. 5, 1979.

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Andrew J. Genna, New York City, with whom Stanley J. Levy, Melvin I. Friedman, Kreindler & Kreindler, New York City, Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney, Providence, R. I., and O'Brien, Shafner, Garvey, Bartinik & Stuart, Groton, Conn., were on brief, for plaintiff, appellant.

Dennis J. McCarten, Providence, R. I., with whom William A. Curran, Providence, R. I., was on brief, for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical and Teledyne, Inc.

John F. Dolan, John W. Kershaw, and Rice, Dolan, Kiernan & Kershaw, Providence, R. I., on brief, for Raytheon Co.

Harry W. Asquith, Edward W. Moses, and Swan, Jenckes, Asquith & Davis, Providence, R. I., on brief, for Varian Associates.

Guy J. Wells, Bernard P. Healy, and Gunning, LaFazia & Gnys, Inc., Providence, R. I., on brief, for Intern. Tel. & Tel. Corp. and Rockwell Intern. Corp.

Joseph A. Kelly, and Carroll, Kelly & Murphy, Providence, R. I., on brief, for The Bendix Corp.

Francis V. Reynolds, and Anthony F. DeMarco, Providence, R. I., on brief, for General Dynamics Corp.

Before COFFIN, Chief Judge, CAMPBELL, Circuit Judge, JULIAN, [*] Senior District Judge.

COFFIN, Chief Judge.

This is an appeal in a diversity case from the district court's dismissal of a wrongful death action as time barred. We affirm.

Plaintiff-appellant sues as administratrix of her husband's estate. The decedent was an electronics technician who worked on

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equipment manufactured by the defendants. As a result, he was allegedly exposed to microwave and X-ray radiation. At the age of 31, the decedent developed pancreatic cancer and died on October 4, 1974, shortly after the disease was first diagnosed. In late 1975, one of decedent's co-workers also developed terminal cancer at the age of 34. Concluding that defendant-appellees' equipment had caused her husband's death, appellant brought suit on June 2, 1977. The district court dismissed the suit as filed outside of Rhode Island's two year statute of limitations for wrongful death. R.I.G.L. §§ 10-7-2 & 10-7-7. 1

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    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • June 11, 2002
    ...thereof, thereby eliminating one possible delay in assembling a personal injury case." Cadieux v. International Tel. & Tel. Co., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir. 1979). See also Pacheco v. Rice, 966 F.2d 904, 907 (5th Cir. 1992) (noting that the "requirement of diligent inquiry imposes ......
  • 628 F.Supp. 1219 (D.Mass. 1986), Civ. A. 82-1672, Anderson v. W.R. Grace & Co.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • January 3, 1986
    ...whether to apply a state discovery rule to a wrongful death action in Cadieux v. International Telephone & Telegraph Corp., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir.1979) (Rhode Island law). The Court of Appeals relied on two factors in holding that the Supreme Court of Rhode Island would not extend the d......
  • 501 A.2d 446 (Md. 1985), 38, Trimper v. Porter-Hayden
    • United States
    • Maryland Court of Appeals of Maryland
    • December 17, 1985
    ...Canadian Mines, Ltd., 757 F.2d 548 (3d Cir.1985) (former Pennsylvania statute); Cadieux v. International Telephone and Telegraph Corp., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir.1979) (Rhode Island statute); Bazdar v. Koppers Co., 524 F.Supp. 1194 (N.D.Ohio 1981); Stiles v. Union Carbide Corp., 520 F.Supp. 865......
  • 425 A.2d 428 (Pa.Super. 1980), Anthony v. Koppers Co., Inc.
    • United States
    • Pennsylvania Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • November 7, 1980
    ...of death. 19 Pa.Cmwlth. at 634-35, 339 A.2d at 127. To this we may add that in Cadieux v. International Telephone & Telegraph Corp., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir. 1979), the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, interpreting Rhode Island law, held that the discovery Page 439 rule did not app......
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  • 204 F.Supp.2d 216 (D.Mass. 2002), Civ. A. 99-40065, Cutting v. United States
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • June 11, 2002
    ...thereof, thereby eliminating one possible delay in assembling a personal injury case." Cadieux v. International Tel. & Tel. Co., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir. 1979). See also Pacheco v. Rice, 966 F.2d 904, 907 (5th Cir. 1992) (noting that the "requirement of diligent inquiry imposes ......
  • 628 F.Supp. 1219 (D.Mass. 1986), Civ. A. 82-1672, Anderson v. W.R. Grace & Co.
    • United States
    • Federal Cases United States District Courts 1st Circuit District of Massachusetts
    • January 3, 1986
    ...whether to apply a state discovery rule to a wrongful death action in Cadieux v. International Telephone & Telegraph Corp., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir.1979) (Rhode Island law). The Court of Appeals relied on two factors in holding that the Supreme Court of Rhode Island would not extend the d......
  • 501 A.2d 446 (Md. 1985), 38, Trimper v. Porter-Hayden
    • United States
    • Maryland Court of Appeals of Maryland
    • December 17, 1985
    ...Canadian Mines, Ltd., 757 F.2d 548 (3d Cir.1985) (former Pennsylvania statute); Cadieux v. International Telephone and Telegraph Corp., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir.1979) (Rhode Island statute); Bazdar v. Koppers Co., 524 F.Supp. 1194 (N.D.Ohio 1981); Stiles v. Union Carbide Corp., 520 F.Supp. 865......
  • 425 A.2d 428 (Pa.Super. 1980), Anthony v. Koppers Co., Inc.
    • United States
    • Pennsylvania Superior Court of Pennsylvania
    • November 7, 1980
    ...of death. 19 Pa.Cmwlth. at 634-35, 339 A.2d at 127. To this we may add that in Cadieux v. International Telephone & Telegraph Corp., 593 F.2d 142 (1st Cir. 1979), the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, interpreting Rhode Island law, held that the discovery Page 439 rule did not app......
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