Jon Elson elson at pico-systems.com
Thu Jan 28 09:52:44 CST 2021

On 01/28/2021 02:29 AM, Curious Marc via cctalk wrote:
> We have had this guy harassing the Computer History Museum, then all unsuspecting restorers under the false pretense of doing computer materials history research. In the end we understood he was trying to find out if asbestos was used in the machinery or buildings that were used to make the IBM 1401. We believe he is trying to find a sleazy way to sue all the computer makers that have made computers in the past.
Wow!  I doubt there is an asbestos in the actual computer 
parts, but quite possible asbestos-containing floor tiles 
and pipe insulation WAS used in the factory buildings, or 
computer rooms where they were used.

Suing the manufacturers for something that was general 
practice 60 years ago seems a far stretch.  And, other than 
IBM, all the other computer makers are long gone.  Some may 
have been absorbed into other corporations, of course.  
Getting legal, what would be his standing for such a suit?
If he wants a class action, he has to find somebody that was 
harmed, and then track down others and/or heirs.

Well, some people just need to find real work, like digging 
ditches or driving trucks.


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