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Johnny Carson's sidekick is mold litigant

April 10, 2002
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LATHAM, NY — A $20 million lawsuit filed by television personality Ed McMahon is likely to draw more attention to toxic mold. The suit names cleanup contractors, as well as the property insurer and two adjusters. The Associated Press recently reported that mold has invaded former "Tonight Show" sidekick McMahon''s Beverly Hills home after a pipe burst last summer, flooding the den. Mold was discovered there a month later and has reportedly spread to other areas of the house, including the air conditioning ducts. Claiming he was sickened by toxic mold, McMahon has filed the lawsuit against his insurance company, American Equity Insurance Co. McMahon claims he and his wife became seriously ill and their dog died from mold-related health problems. Mold issues are providing opportunities, as well as challenges, to a broad spectrum of the property industry, including cleaning professionals. "Some feel that the issue of mold might surpass the $20 billion legacy of litigation left so far in the wake of asbestos issues," Jeff Heilbrunn, Marketing VP, Lighthouse Laboratories, LLC, a new provider of toxic mold lab testing services, Park Ridge, IL, told CM e-News Daily/CMMOnline Tuesday. Some carpet cleaning industry professionals have expressed trepidation about those opportunities, however (click here for pertinent info).