Asbestos in the News: Issue 117
At Got Mold? our goal is to keep our followers aware of asbestos related news stories. Each day, we scour the internet looking for relevant information. Here are 28 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (4)
$10.9 Million Awarded in California Mesothelioma Lawsuit: The family of a man who died of mesothelioma after he was exposed to asbestos has been awarded $10.9 million by a jury in Fresno, California.
Hidden Dangers in the Home: If you’ve ever talked to the owner of an older home, before everything became synthetic, you’ll often hear them boast about a higher level of craftsmanship and stronger, better quality materials. While this is often the case, there are also many hidden dangers in homes built before the mid to late 70’s. Today, we’ll be going over one of the most common and potentially dangerous building materials widely used in the U.S., asbestos.
Asbestos decontamination in Hungary to cost HUF 20bn-25bn: Removing asbestos from Hungarian residential buildings is expected to cost about HUF 20 billion – 25 billion. Decontamination is urgent and should be carried out as soon as possible, the Association of Hungarian Asbestos Decontaminators said.
Jury to Award $11 Mil Mesothelioma Verdict Against Ford Motor Co.: A Manhattan jury returned a verdict against Ford Motor Co. and awarded $11 million to a New York mesothelioma victim represented by the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (5)
Biomarkers accurately distinguish mesothelioma from non-cancerous tissue: Scientists have identified four biomarkers that may help resolve the difficult differential diagnosis between malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-cancerous pleural tissue with reactive mesothelial proliferations (RMPs).
New CT Method May Enable Safer, Earlier Mesothelioma Detection: A new way of using a CT scanner may make it possible to detect the signs of mesothelioma earlier in asbestos workers without exposing them to dangerously high levels of radiation.
Research Finds Ship Demolition Raises Mesothelioma Risk: Taiwanese scientists say people who work in shipbreaking, the dismantling of decommissioned ships, are more likely to die of mesothelioma or another asbestos disease.
Family fears asbestos exposure: Reynolds said the suspected contaminated material was cut by workers who were not wearing protective clothing or masks and while he was present.
People Exposed to Asbestos Don’t Outlive Risk of Mesothelioma: The risk of developing mesothelioma cancer after exposure never leaves or subsides, regardless of how long you live, a new study shows.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (1)
Sneads High School Removes Asbestos: A Jackson County school is facing a serious problem. Before workers can renovate the 60 year old cafeteria at Sneads High School they have to remove a major health threat: the cafeteria contains asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (12)
Businessman jailed after asbestos roof death: A businessman has been jailed for 12 months after his company illegally supplied roofing panels containing asbestos, which were so fragile that a construction worker fell through one of them and later died.
Duty to warn extended to nephew in Calif. asbestos case, court rules: A California appeals court has held that a company’s duty to warn of asbestos dangers extended to an employee’s nephew who developed mesothelioma – despite all other defendants in the case being the nephew’s own employers, where he was exposed to asbestos occupationally.
Asbestos plaintiffs lawyers: Garlock is the bad guy, not us: Last January, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges of Charlotte, N.C., issued a doozy of a ruling in the Chapter 11 of the gasket maker Garlock Sealing Technologies. Lawyers for asbestos claimants wanted Garlock to set aside more than $1 billion in a trust for thousands of current and future victims of asbestos exposure. Garlock, which maintains that anyone exposed to its long-ago products was also exposed to more potent products manufactured by other companies, argued that its liability was no more than $125 million. Plaintiffs lawyers based their estimate on Garlock’s settlement history; Garlock contended that it was manipulated into overpaying in settlements with plaintiffs lawyers who withheld evidence that their clients were exposed to other manufacturers’ products.
$1 Million Asbestos Mesothelioma Award Upheld, While Tooey Opens the Door: An asbestos lawsuit that was appealed by both sides in the case has concluded with an appellate court upholding findings of the original trial court and jury award.
Mesothelioma Victim Dies Just Before $11M Verdict Against Ford Motor: A Manhattan jury returned a verdict against Ford Motor Co. and awarded $11 million to the family of an auto mechanic, finding that Ford acted with reckless disregard for his safety, and that Ford bore nearly half the blame for his death.
Fifth Circuit declines to create ‘new rule’ in asbestos case over bar date: A federal appeals court has affirmed a bankrupt company’s request for summary judgment, arguing the asbestos claim filed against Placid Oil Company was discharged as claimants were given sufficient notice of the 1987 bar date.
Asbestos handling court case after recommendations were ignored: The court fined Angus Group, of Paisley, Scotland £109,000 plus £42,100 costs for breaches of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
Former Del. judge pens article, urges asbestos judges to read Garlock decision: In an article for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, former Delaware Superior Court Judge Peggy L. Ableman discussed the difficulties in her experiences accounting for bankruptcy trust recoveries in asbestos lawsuits due to lack of transparency and abusive practices.
CTU calls for asbestos ban: Australia, Britain and the European Union have all banned any importation of asbestos but New Zealand so far has only banned raw asbestos.
UnionsWA backs asbestos compo review: Unions have welcomed a West Australian government move to widen the ability of victims of asbestos-related illnesses and injuries to seek further compensation.
Boise-based company fined for asbestos violations near Orofino: The Environmental Protection Agency is asking an Idaho state entity to pay more than $3,000,000.
Attorney-General Michael Mischin calls for review of asbestos compensation laws: Attorney-General Michael Mischin has asked the Law Reform Commission to review the “once and for all” rule that limits victims to just one round of compensation for asbestos-related diseases.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Bnei Brak Asbestos Crisis Closes Buildings, Stores: According to officials, inspectors have discovered a large amount of asbestos in a warehouse next to the building. The 24 and 27 story towers themselves were built in 2004, when building with asbestos was illegal. However, the buildings were constructed next to a large abandoned warehouse, which was full of asbestos.
Report probes asbestos issue: A report to council Monday advised any renovations or systems upgrades to the existing police station would necessitate the removal of material containing asbestos.
‘Sexy’ asbestos email sent by Cera manager: A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) staff member sent contractors a link to a ”very inappropriate” YouTube video, depicting a fictional woman who wants to meet asbestos workers for sex before they die of cancer. The video clip, titled Asbestos Girl, features a woman talking to an asbestos worker in a bar about how people in his profession are brave ”because you know you’re going to die of mesothelioma”.
Dems Tone-Deaf on Veterans’ Asbestos Issue: Well, a disproportionate number of “meso” victims are veterans. A recent study indicated that, while vets are only 8 percent of the U.S. population, they are 30 percent of mesothelioma victims. The reason is that military equipment, including Navy ships, used a lot of asbestos. It can take decades to kill you, but those “meso” cases are hitting the courts today.
Removal of asbestos from navy ships begins: A specialist company has started removing asbestos from two Naval Service ships which have been locked down for a number of weeks due to the discovery of the potentially lethal substance onboard.
‘Resuscitate Shabanie, Mashaba asbestos mines’: TURNALL Holdings Limited managing director John Jere has said the country can generate over $180 million as fresh money into the economy through the resuscitation of asbestos mines in Shabanie and Mashaba.
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