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Will the New Asbestos Regulation Put the Public at Risk?

Will the New Asbestos Regulation Put the Public at Risk? August 17, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Washington, DC: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has enacted a new rule to purportedly strengthen oversight on asbestos: it will review applications for using asbestos in consumer products. But the agency’s critics and consumer groups argue that this rule makes it easier for asbestos to be used in consumer products, from construction materials to plastic bags.
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Asbestos Mesothelioma Passed from Father to Son, Guilty Verdict for Defendant Liberty Utilities (Park Water) Corp.

Asbestos Mesothelioma Passed from Father to Son, Guilty Verdict for Defendant Liberty Utilities (Park Water) Corp. June 25, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: A California jury recently awarded Alfred Mata and his wife $11.4 million in an asbestos lawsuit against Liberty Utilities (Park Water) Corp. Alfred developed mesothelioma from his father, who worked with water pipes that contained asbestos and brought the fibers home on his clothes.
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Legal Wrangling Over Cost of Asbestos Settlement Continues Long After Victim Dies

Legal Wrangling Over Cost of Asbestos Settlement Continues Long After Victim Dies July 1, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Phoenix, AZ: Litigation surrounding the death of an underground pipe worker allegedly exposed to asbestos, demonstrates what often goes on behind the scenes that serves to shift the focus away from the victim, and onto defendants seeking to cover their financial losses. Many an asbestosis lawsuit has alleged failures on the part of employers and those responsible for work sites have resulted in unprotected exposure to asbestos, causing asbestosis disease, mesothelioma and other diseases associated with exposure to the deadly carcinogen.
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$4 Million Mesothelioma Plaintiff Verdict Upheld on Appeal

$4 Million Mesothelioma Plaintiff Verdict Upheld on Appeal May 13, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
New York, NY: A victim of mesothelioma who has been made to wait for two additional years while his asbestos lawsuit jury award was appealed by the defendants, has seen his asbestos lawsuit battle finally come to an end after an appeals court upheld a lower court ruling.
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The Story of Libby Montana and Asbestosis

The Story of Libby Montana and Asbestosis April 9, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Birmingham, AL In January 2017, after more than a decade of litigation, 1,000 vermiculite mine workers and residents of the town of Libby, Montana were awarded a $25 million settlement in compensation for exposure to asbestos from the W.R. Grace Company vermiculite mine that caused dozens and dozens of cases of asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer.
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Evidence in Asbestosis Claim Failed to Meet California Minimums for Plausibility

Evidence in Asbestosis Claim Failed to Meet California Minimums for Plausibility March 14, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Los Angeles, CA: While some might characterize it as a case of legal hair-splitting, a California appeals court nonetheless upheld state legal statutes and affirmed a lower court’s ruling in granting summary judgement to the defendant in an asbestosis lawsuit. The ruling was based on grounds that the plaintiff was unable to prove exposure, or probability of exposure, to asbestos.
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Asbestosis Risk has been known since Roman Times

Asbestosis Risk has been known since Roman Times January 11, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Edmonton, AB: While a class action lawsuit waged against Halliburton Co. has gone on for some 14 years, it’s been more than 114 years that knowledge about the dangers of asbestos and asbestosis lung disease has been known. Only in the last few decades has the industrialized world taken the risks of asbestos seriously by phasing asbestos out in certain products, and asbestos abatement procedures for the renovation industry has reflected the adoption of asbestos as a carcinogen, and a truly hazardous material.
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Asbestosis Lawsuit Plaintiff Hopes for a New Day with New Trial

Asbestosis Lawsuit Plaintiff Hopes for a New Day with New Trial November 12, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
West Palm Beach, FL: An asbestosis lawsuit that originally found for the plaintiff but was overturned on appeal, has seen the appellate ruling upheld after the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida refused to revisit its ruling.
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Mother and Son Launch Asbestosis Lawsuit Over Death of Husband and Father

Mother and Son Launch Asbestosis Lawsuit Over Death of Husband and Father September 24, 2016. By Gordon Gibb.
Spring Branch, TX: An asbestosis lawsuit has been filed against the giant multinational petroleum enterprise Chevron alleging gross negligence that led to the death of a husband and father from Texas. Plaintiff Margaret Stephens, who hails from Spring Branch in Texas, is joined by her Australian-based son Gary Stephens in her lawsuit against Chevron USA.
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Report: Number of Asbestos Claims Dropped in 2015

Report: Number of Asbestos Claims Dropped in 2015 July 17, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC: A report issued by a product liabilities consulting firm suggests the number of asbestos lawsuits in 2015 is down slightly from 2014. But the same report notes that the number of defendants has increased. Asbestos lawsuits have been filed by people who became ill after their exposure to the carcinogen, alleging people were not properly warned about the risk of serious, fatal illnesses associated with asbestos exposure.
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