Asbestos in the News: Issue 128

Asbestos in the News: Issue 128
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 42 stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of asbestos and asbestos related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet asbestos news frequently.
FEATURED STORIES (4)
Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor: Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one. In India alone, the world’s biggest asbestos importer, it’s a $2 billion industry providing 300,000 jobs.
Suburban asbestos deaths blamed on ‘factory of death’: MORE than a dozen deaths in a Melbourne suburb have been blamed on an asbestos factory where children once played in piles of the deadly dust.
Home renovators the third wave of cancer victims being hit with asbestos-related diseases: WEEKEND warriors are playing “renovation roulette” — with asbestos fuelling a “third wave” of cancer victims, according to experts.
Asbestos victims win landmark legal battle as state faulted for poor ventilation: In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court said Thursday the government acted illegally in failing to mandate ventilation to protect workers at asbestos mills, holding the state liable for ¥330 million in compensation.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (10)
Protein Discovery Could Open Door to New Treatment for 1 in 5 Mesothelioma Patients: A protein expressed on the surface of some mesothelioma cells may play a significant role in how long mesothelioma patients survive. It may also offer a new way to treat the asbestos-linked cancer.
Winemaker’s Mesothelioma Blamed on Asbestos Filter: There is new evidence that some wine-making practices could increase the chance of developing malignant pleural mesothelioma. Italian researchers are reporting the first case of mesothelioma in a person whose only known exposure to asbestos was in the winemaking business.
Aduro BioTech Announces Interim Phase 1B Clinical Data of CRS-207 for the Treatment of Mesothelioma Accepted for Oral Presentation at the International Mesothelioma Interest Group Conference: Aduro BioTech, Inc., a leader in cancer immunotherapy, today announced that interim data from the Phase 1B clinical trial of its CRS-207 cancer immunotherapy in combination with chemotherapy as a front line treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma.
A “SMART” Treatment for Mesothelioma Doubles Survival: Any treatment that doubles the length of survival for cancer patients is a SMART treatment for any cancer, especially mesothelioma. The “SMART” treatment stands for Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy.1 Drs. Cho and colleagues tested the feasibility of treating mesothelioma with precisely delivered radiation therapy first, before surgery in 25 patients.1 The idea is to fry most of the mesothelioma cells with radiation therapy and then remove any remaining tumor and any damaged lung tissue.
Brigham and Women’s Study Shows Benefits of EPP Mesothelioma Surgery: The most aggressive surgical procedure for pleural mesothelioma, which involves removing a lung, the pericardium and major parts of the diaphragm, should remain a viable option for select patients, despite the growing debate over its usefulness.
PD-L1 a possible immunotherapy target in mesothelioma: Approximately 20% of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma have cancer cells that express a protein called programmed cell-death ligand 1 (PD-L1), which is associated with poorer outcomes, according to research presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain.
Scientists Say Blood Pressure Drug Stops Mesothelioma Tumor Growth in Mice: Japanese researchers say a medicine currently used to treat high blood pressure and certain prostate conditions may have the potential to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma.
New Report Finds MRI Assessment Technique May Make Surgical Biopsies Unnecessary for Some Mesothelioma Patients: Belgian scientists say a new method of reading MRI images may eventually replace the need for surgical biopsies in some patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
MicroRNA Research Could Lead to New Treatment for Mesothelioma: In the quest for an effective treatment against lung cancer and mesothelioma, researchers often dig deep into the genetic makeup of the diseases to understand how they grow. By figuring that out, they can then counteract the aggressive cancers by halting the growth. Researchers now say that it is a pair of microRNAs that should be the focus for suppressing tumor growth in lung cancer.
NCI Study Finds Orphan Drug May Extend Mesothelioma Survival: Scientists say the monoclonal antibody amatuximab may improve outcomes for mesothelioma patients on standard chemotherapy.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (9)
Back to (temporary) school for Huntington Beach kids displaced by asbestos: Overall, some 1,600 elementary students from three Ocean View District schools shuttered over possible asbestos contamination arrived at nine campuses across four school districts Thursday morning.
EPA Grant Helps Reduce Asbestos Exposure in Texas Schools: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $124,741 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited.
Oklahoma Receives Grant to Reduce Asbestos in Schools: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $204,000 grant for Oklahoma to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools.
Asbestos Hits Campus: An asbestos abatement notice was posted on a door in Rawl over fall break. The notice was to inform staff and students that asbestos was discovered on all of the three floor hallways.
Yardleys School in Tyseley in asbestos closure row with Birmingham City Council: Headteacher hits back at council claims that the school is safe to open – and posts photos of asbestos clean-up workers on site.
Former teacher Joe Gallagher died of terminal cancer after being exposed to asbestos while working at Warslow Secondary School: A former teacher died of terminal cancer after being exposed to asbestos during his time working at a Staffordshire Moorlands school.
East Penn board accused of asbestos cover-up: A barrage of questions – as well as accusations of an asbestos cover-up – was fired at East Penn School Board by several residents Monday night.
Calls for removal of asbestos in Leeds schools: Campaigners are calling for asbestos to be removed from classrooms after new figures reveal nearly three-quarters of schools in Leeds contain the dust.
Boston school opening delayed by asbestos find: Schoolchildren are waiting to move into a new £4m building after its planned September opening was delayed. Boston Pioneers Free School Academy, which is run by the Phoenix Family of Schools Academy Trust, was due to move its pupils from Tunnard Street into the new site on Fydell Crescent in September 2014. David Tebbutt, Trust Leader for Business, said the school had been delayed for a number of reasons including asbestos being found.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (12)
Dunning no closer to asbestos compensation: A CESSNOCK man awarded a record $2.2million payout for mesothelioma is stunned that BHP Billiton is appealing the verdict.
Pa. Law Shields Heidelberg From Worker Asbestos Suit: A Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed a successor to the Mergenthaler Linotype company, Heidelberg USA Inc., from an asbestos wrongful death suit on Wednesday, ruling that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate asbestos exposure occurred with the frequency and regularity required under Pennsylvania state product liability law.
Family of man who died of mesothelioma take former employer to court: Three judges have allowed the family of a man who died from mesothelioma to take his former employer to court over claims the firm caused him to contract the illness.
Asbestos victims deserve relief: The Supreme Court, in a recent ruling that awarded state compensation to health problems suffered by former employees at asbestos mills in Osaka Prefecture, has made it clear that the government — with its regulatory powers — is responsible for ensuring the safety and health of workers at industrial sites. Since it takes decades for symptoms to emerge in patients after they have inhaled asbestos dust, the scope of health damage might expand beyond the people who have so far taken legal actions to seek compensation. The government needs to take the top court decision seriously and move quickly to offer financial help to the victims, many of whom are already advanced in age.
We’ll Fight Hardie on Asbestos: Unions: The nation’s leading union body has signalled its intention to fight any attempt by James Hardie to avoid meeting an expected shortfall in funds available to compensate victims of asbestos diseases, according to media reports.
Residents Ask City to Stop Mt. Manresa Demolition After Asbestos Violations: Angry residents demanded the city halt work at Mount Manresa at Tuesday night’s Community Board 1 meeting after construction crews were fined $67,000 for lying about asbestos.
Washington Supreme Court Ratifies Employer Immunity for Asbestos Exposure: The Washington Supreme Court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer defending an asbestos lawsuit brought by a former employee. In Walston v. Boeing Co., No. 88511-7 (September 18, 2014), the Supreme Court confirmed that Washington’s workers’ compensation scheme largely immunizes employers from civil liability suits, even when a risk of harm is known by the employer.
Employers’ Asbestos Liabilities Do Not Extend to Workers’ Spouses: Two federal judges recently dismissed the claims of the spouses of workers who purportedly carried asbestos fibers home from their workplaces. In July 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismissed a case alleging that an employer negligently allowed a worker to bring asbestos fibers home on his clothes that caused mesothelioma to develop in his wife, holding that the defendant company was not aware of the danger at the time. (Bootenhoff et al. v. Hormel Foods Corporation et al., 2014 WL 3810383, August 1, 2014.) Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who oversees the federal asbestos MDL, interpreted Pennsylvania law and issued a similar ruling. (Gillen v. The Boeing Company et al., 2014 WL 4211354, August 26, 2014.)
Malone men get prison for improper asbestos removal: A Malone property owner and his employee will begin serving prison sentences later this month after pleading guilty to federal charges relating to an asbestos-renovation project.
High Court ruling over ‘Swindon disease’ welcomed by asbestos cancer legal expert: Leading industrial disease solicitor Brigitte Chandler, a partner in law firm Charles Lucas & Marshall’s Swindon office, has welcomed a legal ruling meaning people dying from cancer caused by asbestos exposure will not have to pay legal fees out of damages they have been awarded.
Asbestos victims react with fury to court claim changes: ASBESTOS campaigners have reacted with anger at court changes they feel downgrades their compensation claims.
British Employer Fined for Flouting Asbestos Regulations: British authorities don’t take kindly to businesses that do not enforce asbestos regulations. A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a license to carry out such work.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (3)
Poughkeepsie asbestos removal planned because of grant: A $100,000 grant will be used to rid a local community center of asbestos, said Family Services officials via news release.
Questions remain over Stamford police relocation: When, and if, city police officers will move from their Bedford Street headquarters after federal safety inspectors found asbestos in a plaster ceiling this spring remains an open question, city officials said this week.
Asbestos Concerns Close Groton City Hall: Groton city offices and the Groton Utilities building were closed Monday over asbestos concerns, according to the city’s official Facebook page.
MISC. (4)
Asbestos warning for homeowners: Canterbury homeowners carrying out their own earthquake repairs could be at risk of asbestos contamination, government and local body agencies warn.
WorkCover finds loose-fill asbestos in Sydney homes for first time; more positive tests in city likely: Deadly loose-fill asbestos has been discovered in houses in Sydney’s western and northern suburbs, the ABC has learned, the first positive tests for the carcinogen in the city.
HSE revives asbestos awareness programme: The free Beware Asbestos web app, for phones, tablets and laptops (www.beware-asbestos.info) leads tradespeople through a list of simple multiple-choice questions about the type of building they are working in, the job that they are doing, and the type of asbestos containing material they are working on.
Navy seeking more time to rid ships of asbestos: The Naval Service is seeking more time from the Heath & Safety Authority (HSA) to remove asbestos from two ships which have been out of commission since last May.

Asbestos in the News: Issue 126

Asbestos in the News: Issue 126
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 34 stories we thought may interest you!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of asbestos and asbestos related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet asbestos news frequently.
FEATURED STORIES (2)
Saltburn woman died of cancer caused by washing husband’s asbestos covered work clothes: A woman died from a terminal cancer caused by inhaling asbestos dust while she washed her husband’s work overalls.
Component in Spice May Help Slow Mesothelioma Growth: Yet another study has demonstrated the potential mesothelioma-fighting properties of curcumin, an anti-inflammatory polyphenol that is the primary component in the spice turmeric. The latest study suggests that applying curcumin along with cancer-fighting peptides may increase the levels of a protein inhibitor that can slow the progression of mesothelioma.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (8)
CU-NantBioScience Collaboration Targets Ral Protein for Treatment, Could Halt Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Growth: One of the keys to defeating mesothelioma, lung cancer, or any aggressive cancer, is to prevent it from metastasizing or spreading throughout the body. Earlier this month, MesotheliomaHelp reported on the discovery of a new gene that could help stop metastasis. Now, researchers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center report they have found a protein known to contribute to metastasis, and they aim to develop a novel therapy to target the protein to stop cancer growth.
Georgia Regents University Launches Immunotherapy Clinical Trial: The Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, a national leader in immunotherapy research, has opened its first clinical trial for mesothelioma patients.
Mesothelioma risk endures over long-term: Western Australian researchers have determined the risk of developing mesothelioma continues to increase even 40 years after a person’s first exposure to asbestos.
Possible Link between Asbestos and IPF: People who worked with asbestos drilling mud and other products that contained asbestos might already be well aware of the potential for serious health problems such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Asbestos Suspected in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: British researchers say they found evidence of a link between asbestos exposure and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a disease in which lung tissue thickens or scars and prevents oxygen from moving around the body. It is often diagnosed instead of asbestosis if the patient cannot recall being exposed to asbestos. The European Lung Foundation reported the new findings in September 2014.
New Treatments Have Improved Outcomes for Peritoneal Mesothelioma: The newest studies on peritoneal mesothelioma indicate that the outlook for people with this rare asbestos-linked cancer are better than ever.
Could High Breath Temperature Lead to a Mesothelioma Diagnosis?: Although there is nothing good about being diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any cancer, the saying “the sooner the better” is the best way to receive the diagnosis. An early diagnosis offers cancer patients the best chance at survival. However, most tests are invasive, expensive and slow-to-process leading patients to take the wait-and-see approach. Now, researchers report that a simple temperature reading of a patient’s exhaled breath could “change the way we currently diagnose the disease.”
WA tops country as ‘third wave’ deadly asbestos victims diagnosed: West Australians are being diagnosed with mesothelioma at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country, with two out of every three victims likely to have contracted the deadly disease at work.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (7)
Huntington Beach Schools Suspend Asbestos Removal Effort In Response To Complaints: School officials in Huntington Beach have halted an asbestos abatement project after hearing complaints from parents and a vocal school board member.
UO moves to correct problems with worn asbestos floor tiles: A university contractor will begin sealing floors in 59 faculty and staff offices in two campus buildings Monday night as part of a project that will prevent the release of asbestos fibers from worn floor tiles.
Arctic College students concerned about asbestos in residence: A couple of minor renovations are raising major concerns for students and staff at Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunatta residence in Iqaluit.
Asbestos debris dumped near East Penn school; some residents want an investigation: Two East Penn School District residents on Monday urged board members to pursue an investigation of who dumped asbestos siding and other construction debris near Wescosville Elementary School.
High School Discovers Asbestos in Gym: A local high school’s cleanup is much more complicated after asbestos was found in the wreckage.
Wales Street Primary School principal formally stands aside following asbestos scare: Mr Sexton was removed to the department’s north-western regional office eight months ago while an investigation in relation to the asbestos found at the school was conducted.
Renovations in Haley Center see removal of asbestos: Rooms 3184 and 3194 in Haley Center were closed this week for asbestos removal with no threat to public health.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (10)
Next asbestos bankruptcy could see Garlock-style fight or Bondex-style deal: When the next asbestos-related bankruptcy occurs, the Garlock Sealing Technologies case and Bondex International case will provide the debtor with two separate approaches for resolving disputes over asbestos liability.
Watchdog faults EPA on failed asbestos tests: The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog criticized it for mismanaging tests on methods for demolishing buildings with asbestos.
Judge: Asbestos claimant only included defendants to keep case out of federal court: When determining whether the court had jurisdiction over an asbestos case, a Louisiana district judge has concluded that the claimant only joined certain defendants to the case in an effort to keep it in state court.
Difference in litigating asbestos cases in federal court? They have to be ‘worked up,’ lawyers say: Since asbestos cases have found their way back into federal courts across the nation, attorneys from both sides of the asbestos litigation field have agreed that litigating in district courts is nothing to be afraid of.
Serial offender fined $225,000 for illegally dumping asbestos waste: Serial dumper Dib Hanna has been fined $225,000 for illegally dumping 90 tonnes of building waste including asbestos in Picnic Point, in Sydney’s south west.
Louisiana Appeals Court Affirms $2.3 Million Award in Mesothelioma Survival Action: A Louisiana state appeals court has affirmed a $2.3 million verdict in a mesothelioma survival action, rejecting defense claims that the case was filed too late and that the decedent’s degree of suffering was insufficient to justify an excessive award.
Principal told to resign over students’ exposure to asbestos: The former principal of a Thornbury primary school, Chris Sexton, has “formally relinquished” his position at the school following a departmental investigation into the exposure of children to asbestos.
Wash. SC rules Workers’ Comp law doesn’t extend to asbestos-related diseases: The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the exception to the state’s Workers’ Compensation law does not extend to asbestos-related diseases because it is impossible to have absolute knowledge that an injury is certain to occur.
Flint and Associates files asbestos case in St. Clair County: A man is suing dozens of companies he alleges manufactured products responsible for giving him mesothelioma.
£170,000 award for rail worker’s widow: SWINDON widow Mary Neil has received a six-figure payout following the death of her husband, who was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis while working for British Rail for more than 40 years.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Construction Violations Released Asbestos Into Denver Apartments: Steve and Kim Weiner are so afraid of the health conditions in their apartment they won’t even let family help them move out.
A ticking timebomb: The asbestos compensation crisis facing Greater Manchester’s town halls: Town hall bosses throughout Greater Manchester are facing a ‘ticking timebomb’ of mounting claims from people struck down with conditions linked to deadly asbestos.
Asbestos complicates HVAC, roofing work at McKean County Courthouse: The McKean County Commissioners have authorized a contract with Northeastern Environmental Management of Bradford to encapsulate up to 1,000 linear feet of asbestos-containing pipe insulation in the McKean County Courthouse.
Asbestos concern closes Capitol Shopping Center in Dover: The Capitol Shopping Center at 1026-1056 N. DuPont Highway will remain closed until an asbestos abatement is complete.
Leaking pipes lead to discovery of asbestos: Leaking pipes in the Vista Dining Center led Mt. Hood’s facilities personnel to the discovery of asbestos in ceilings over the Student Union this summer.
MISC. (2)
Fleet-wide check under way after asbestos found on Naval ships: A FLEET-WIDE CHECK of all Irish Naval Service ships is now under way, after asbestos was found on board a number of vessels.
Mr Fluffy homes can be demolished safely, asbestos taskforce head Andrew Kefford says: As Canberrans turn their minds to the hazards of a mass demolition of Mr Fluffy asbestos houses, Asbestos Taskforce head Andrew Kefford has moved to reassure people it can be done safely.

Asbestos in the News: Issue 125

Asbestos in the News: Issue 125
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!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of asbestos and asbestos related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet asbestos news frequently.
FEATURED STORIES (1)
How asbestos exposure leads to mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lungs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral fiber the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says was once “added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.”
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (9)
WA tops country as ‘third wave’ deadly asbestos victims diagnosed: West Australians are being diagnosed with mesothelioma at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country, with two out of every three victims likely to have contracted the deadly disease at work.
Aggressive Therapy Shows Hope for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients: Repeating an aggressive procedure that removes recurring cancer tumors from a patient’s abdominal cavity and bathes the area in a heated chemotherapy solution is extending the lives of some peritoneal mesothelioma patients.
Doctors Find Lower Treatment Response in Those with Rare Type of Mesothelioma: Researchers say patients with the rarest and most deadly subtype of mesothelioma are least likely to have good outcomes with chemotherapy treatment.
Understanding asbestos and mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lungs. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral fiber the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says was once “added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance.”
Study Suggests Asbestos Bans May Take Decades to Lower Mesothelioma Rates: Italy’s 1992 asbestos ban is expected to cause a significant decrease in the number of mesothelioma cases in the country – but not for at least another decade. Researchers in the Occupational Health Unit of the Local health Authority of Padua reached that conclusion after studying 1,600 Italian pleural mesothelioma cases over a 23 year period.
‘Variations’ in mesothelioma care: More needs to be done to ensure people who suffer from asbestos-related cancer are seen by specialist doctors, a new report has suggested.
Killer Asbestos: When most people hear the word asbestos, they think of lead paint, yellow Formica counter tops, Happy Days lunch boxes, and children riding bikes without helmets. Asbestos is thought to be a thing that died years ago. Most folks live their lives without ever worrying about asbestos exposure and the horrible disease associated with it, mesothelioma. Those people would be shocked to learn that asbestos is still around and still a threat. Just ask Heather, a woman who continues to battle cancer because of it.
New Study Suggests Mesothelioma Diagnosis May be Possible from Lung Fluid Alone: A team of Japanese cancer researchers say mesothelioma can be diagnosed using a sample of excess lung fluid – but only if the test is performed at exactly the right time.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cases linked with asbestos exposure: Some cases of the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may be linked with asbestos exposure, according to the results of a new study.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (3)
Asbestos removal underway at Greenall High School: Workers are continuing to remove asbestos insulation that was disturbed during an August wind storm that rocked the Greenall High School, east of Regina.
Swampscott school’s asbestos test negative after early dismissal: School Committee Chairman Ted Delano said today should be a normal day at Hadley Elementary School after students and staff were dismissed early Friday due to concerns of asbestos in crumbling plaster at the century-old building.
Angelakis explains Hadley evacuation: Pamela Angelakis, Swampscott Superintendent of Schools, released Hadley Elementary School students and staff early today. Earlier this morning she was informed by her staff that two small areas of crumbling plaster had been observed in the school building. Out of an abundance of caution , Students and staff were released immediately so that the material could be tested for the possible presence of asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (7)
High-Profile Asbestos Cases Leave Judges Pondering Trust: America’s longest-running personal injury litigation arena is approaching full disruption, with high-profile cases and finger-pointing on issues ranging from concealing evidence to judges in the nation’s largest trial court feeling “sad” at the disrespect shown by lawyers.
Ind. court says plaintiff misrepresented work history in asbestos suit: An Indiana appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s conclusion that an asbestos decedent was not a credible witness after “misrepresenting” his work history, thus leading expert witnesses to believe he was exposed to a greater amount of asbestos fibers during his employment.
Order allowing punitive damages in NYC asbestos cases violated state law: Asbestos defendants opposing punitive damages in the New York City Asbestos Litigation court have requested a stay on the order in order to renew and reargue the issue.
New asbestos compo plan ‘morally bankrupt’: ASBESTOS victims have rejected a “morally bankrupt” proposal for James Hardie to ditch lump sum compensation packages in favour of instalment payments.
Salinas nursing home, contractors settle asbestos-related lawsuit: A lawsuit settlement reached between a Salinas nursing home and contractors for violating asbestos-related laws netted $295,000 in civil penalties and costs, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
Family of former Goodyear subsidiary employee awarded $18.6 million in asbestos-related case: A jury in Dallas County, Texas, has awarded an $18.6 million verdict to the family of a former employee at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. subsidiary. The employee died of mesothelioma in 2009 after being exposed to asbestos at his job, said Chris Panatier, lead counsel for the family and partner at Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC.
Asbestos Litigation Summit Tackles Issues of Trust: The insular and well-heeled world of American asbestos litigation is gathering atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill this week for what amounts to an annual current-events snapshot, and this year things may get a bit testy in the industry triangle of plaintiff attorneys, defense firms and insurance companies.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (5)
Asbestos discovery delays reopening of Horsham’s Costas: The reopening of Costa in Horsham town centre has been delayed following the discovery of asbestos inside the coffee shop.
War veteran fears asbestos poisoning after housing association neglect: A war veteran has told of his fears of asbestos poisoning after a housing association failed to repair a damaged ceiling in his home.
Capitol Hill Employees Worry About Asbestos Exposure: The asbestos emergency that temporarily closed the House side of the Capitol was a scary ordeal for Architect of the Capitol and Capitol Police employees working the overnight shift.
Asbestos could kick Stamford cops out of station: What started as a project to upgrade heating and air conditioning systems in the city’s police station now has the city facing OSHA violations and possibly $50 million or more for a new building project.
Asbestos closes Cambridge council chambers: The city council chambers have been closed to the public after asbestos was detected in the ductwork and crawl space.
MISC. (3)
Owners of asbestos-contaminated homes fear they could be forced out of neighbourhoods: Members of the Mr Fluffy homeowners’ group are outraged at the suggestion homes could be subject to a compulsory buyback, with owners forced to compete on the open market to get their blocks back.
Joe Sample, jazz pianist and Crusaders co-founder, dead from mesothelioma 75: Joe Sample, jazz pianist and founding member of the Crusaders, died Friday from mesothelioma. He was 75.
The Dangers Of Removing Asbestos: Asbestos is one of the most dangerous fibers that are usually present in older homes. It poses serious health risks, thus, needs to be removed and disposed of by licensed professionals. Because of the dangers it causes and the nature it has, it is recommended that you hire a professional asbestos removal company to do the removal for you.

Asbestos in the News: Issue 124

Asbestos in the News: Issue 124
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!
Please share this information so that we can continue to increase awareness of asbestos and asbestos related illnesses. Follow us on twitter because we tweet asbestos news frequently.
FEATURED STORIES (4)
Remove asbestos from all schools, pleads cancer payout mother: A woman with terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos when she was a pupil today called for the deadly substance to be removed from all school buildings.
Family gets $18.6M Goodyear mesothelioma case: The family of a Tyler man, who died after contracting mesothelioma after years of exposure working at the Kelly Springfield/Goodyear plant, was awarded $18.6 million by a Dallas County jury last week, and attorneys for the plaintiff said the amount was warranted.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day will be observed on Sept. 26: Mesothelioma Awareness Day, Sept. 26, is a day recognized by both New Jersey and U.S. legislative resolutions. One third of meso patients have been exposed to asbestos in our nation’s shipyards, others through home renovation, or laundering exposed clothes. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and is one of the most aggressive cancers.It grows in linings of lungs, heart, abdomen and testes until it can strangle those organs. NJ is 5th in meso mortality.
Asbestos: the killer that still surrounds us: Andrew Lawson was the kind of man whose force of personality could shake things up, even in a gargantuan organisation like the NHS. A consultant anaesthetist, he devoted his career to sparing the sick both the agonies of illness and the torments of treatment. Among those who sought him out, his wife remembers, was an MI6 officer who had to live with the crippling after-effects of torture.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (4)
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cases linked with asbestos exposure: Some cases of the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) may be linked with asbestos exposure, according to the results of a new study.
Can Mesothelioma Be Diagnosed with Lung Fluid Alone?: The diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma can be a complicated process, but a team of Japanese scientists says it can be greatly simplified by the right kind of test at the right time.
Organ Grown in the Lab May Some Day Lead to Enhanced Immune System in Mesothelioma Patients: In the past, scientists have developed synthetic, polymer organs, often called organs-on-a-chip, in order to better understand how cancer cells react to drugs and therapies. Now, researchers in Scotland have grown a “fully functional organ” in a mouse’s body by using cells created in a lab. The lab-grown thymus, which is where T-Cells are made, could result in a breakthrough in enhancing patients’ immune systems leading to an improved ability to fight off infections and cancers, such as mesothelioma.
Cancer Vaccine Holds Promise for Mesothelioma Treatment: Mesothelioma specialists often pay close attention to emerging cancer treatments to see if they can help in battling this rare disease. Lately, research on vaccines that treat ovarian cancer has captured the attention of many mesothelioma researchers and specialists.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (4)
East Penn plans to remove asbestos buried near elementary school: The East Penn School District in Lehigh County plans to remove construction debris containing asbestos that the district buried in the woods behind one of its elementary schools last year.
Asbestos present in campus buildings: Recent construction in the quad to remove asbestos has brought attention to the presence of the potentially hazardous material on other parts of campus, such as in residence halls and class buildings.
Parents ‘kept in the dark’ over toxic asbestos discovery at Harrow school: Parents feel they were “kept in the dark” after the discovery of toxic asbestos on school grounds was not mentioned in a letter explaining why the beginning of the new academic year was delayed.
Students return to school damaged by cold, asbestos: The first day of school at the Peck Place School in Orange looked normal, but nothing has been normal about this school in the last year.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (13)
James Hardie asbestos compensation scheme millions short after big dividends: The asbestos compensation body funded by James Hardie may need to draw on a taxpayer-backed loan arrangement to pay asbestos victims despite James Hardie showering its own investors with $US556 million in dividends in the past two years.
La. asbestos attorneys want clients’ info to remain sealed in Garlock case: The first motion to seal in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceeding was filed on Thursday by Louisiana asbestos attorneys, exactly one week before the deadline.
New York Property Owner and Manager Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Violate the Clean Air Act: John Francis Mills, 64, the owner of more than a dozen properties in Malone, New York, and Terrance Allen, 57, the maintenance manager of Mills’ properties, were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy to serve 21 months each in prison for conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act standards for the safe removal of asbestos during renovations of three of Mills’ properties, for releasing asbestos into the environment and failing to notify the authorities, all in violation of the Clean Air Act’s asbestos work practice standards, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).
Fraud charges reinstated against Cahill Gordon over asbestos case: International firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel, one of the most profitable in the US, is facing charges of fraud and fraud concealment after a federal appeals court reinstated the charges.
Judge Refuses to Dismiss Asbestos Lawsuit: Although many asbestos lawsuits are filed by employees who allege they were exposed to asbestos in the course of their work, some asbestos claims are known as “take-home asbestos exposure.” These asbestos mesothelioma cases allege that the person who developed the disease did not work with it, but was exposed to it by a loved one who brought asbestos fibers home on his or her clothing.
BASF Must Face Asbestos Coverup Fraud Claims, Court Says: BASF SE (BAS), the world’s biggest chemical maker, was ordered to face claims it fraudulently hid evidence that its talc products contained asbestos as it sought to scuttle thousands of personal-injury lawsuits.
Wisconsin AG fines demo firm for asbestos violatio: The office of Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has obtained a judgment against PJC Group LLC, requiring the company to pay $47,272 in forfeitures, court costs and mandatory surcharges for violating Wisconsin laws requiring an inspection for asbestos and the safe removal of any asbestos before renovation or demolition begins.
Asbestos MDL judge rules Boeing owed no duty to spouse for take-home exposure: Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who oversees an asbestos multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia federal court, has ruled that Pennsylvania law does not support imposing a duty to warn of take-home exposure in asbestos litigation.
Son files suit against numerous companies after father dies of mesothelioma: A man has filed a wrongful death suit against the City of New Orleans and numerous companies after his father contracted and died from mesothelioma.
Ulverston widow seeks justice over late husband’s asbestos-related death: THE widow of a former Ulverston pig farm worker is taking legal action over his death from an asbestos-related disease.
Anderson man sentenced for knowing endangerment by release of asbestos: Scott William Farmer, 37, of Anderson, was sentenced Aug. 19 in federal court in Spartanburg for knowing endangerment by release of asbestos, a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7413(c)(5).
Hove company fined for ignoring asbestos regulations: A Hove-based company which flouted asbestos regulations has been prosecuted for safety breaches and fined nearly £20,000.
OSHA Cites Douglass Colony Group Inc. For 11 Violations; Exposing Workers To Asbestos: Commercial roofer Douglass Colony Group Inc. was cited for four repeat and seven serious violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to protect workers from exposure to asbestos at a Denver work site. Proposed penalties total $81,000.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Inspectors find asbestos and lead at Normandy Park Recreation: Results from an inspection by Washington’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirm that traces of lead and asbestos are in the paint and insulation at Normandy Park’s recreation center.
Mesothelioma Victims Center Points To Recent US Capital Shutdown As Indication That Many Older Buildings Can Still Put People At Risk For Exposure To Asbestos: The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “It is amazing to think the possibility of light exposure to asbestos could actually shut down the US Congress, but that is exactly what happened on July 10th of 2014. Today, whole buildings are shut down at the slightest possibility of asbestos, as opposed to no action being taken decades ago for workers exposed to the toxic and damaging effects of asbestos on a daily basis.
MISC. (1)
$8 Million Grant for Penn Mesothelioma Program to Study Effects of Therapy Plus Surgery on Patient Survival & Disease Progression: Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute have received an $8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the effects of photodynamic light therapy (PDT) in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, a rare, aggressive and deadly cancer that most often manifests itself in the lining of the lungs and is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. The grant will fund a clinical trial and additional studies looking at the effects of PDT on the patient’s immune response, the tumor cell itself and the blood vessels surrounding the tumor.

Asbestos in the News: Issue 123

Asbestos in the News: Issue 123
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 38 stories we thought may interest you!
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FEATURED STORIES (3)
Tampa jury awards nearly $37 million in asbestos case: A Tampa jury this week awarded nearly $37 million to asbestos plaintiffs in a brake-lining-exposure lawsuit, finding Pneumo Abex LLC 75 percent liable. The jury in the Florida 13th Judicial Circuit Court for Hills­borough County reached the verdict Wednesday. Chief Judge Manuel Menendez Jr. presided over the 21/2-week trial, which ended after two hours of deliberations.
Brief, Indirect Exposure Leads to Mesothelioma in Young Woman: A new report contains some disturbing news about just how little asbestos exposure it may take to cause malignant mesothelioma. Radiologists in New Delhi, India have published details of a case of mesothelioma in a young woman who experienced only very limited asbestos exposure as a child.
Asbestos Around the World… And What That Means for Us at Home: Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) say that asbestos should be banned.
ASBESTOS and HEALTH (11)
Protein Could be “Critical Biomarker” for Mesothelioma in Asbestos-Exposed Workers: An Italian research team says they have identified a protein that may help quantify risk and detect early mesothelioma in people who have been exposed to asbestos.
Deadly Mr. Fluffy Asbestos Products Are Still Affecting Australians: Despite a national cleanup effort two decades ago to eliminate the notorious Mr. Fluffy-brand asbestos products from homes in Australia, new evidence shows more than a thousand of those homes still are toxic.
New Clinical Trial: Using the Listeria Virus to Fight Mesothelioma: the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) will interview Stephen Isaacs, the chairperson, president and CEO of Aduro BioTech, during a new installment of the Foundation’s Meet the Mesothelioma Experts live broadcast. The interview will be led by the Meso Foundation’s executive director and mesothelioma expert nurse practitioner, Mary Hesdorffer, APRN.
Asbestos-related deaths ‘will peak in next five years’: ASBESTOS deaths are set to reach a record high in Oxfordshire in the next six years, it has been warned.
UK Research Targeting FAK in Blood Vessels Could Lead to Increased Effectiveness of Mesothelioma Treatments: Last week we reported on how the discovery of the key to blood vessel formation may lead researchers to develop a new treatment to slow mesothelioma growth. Now, researchers report that by targeting a specific molecule in blood vessels they may be able to increase the effectiveness of cancer treatments. This finding could also lead to a breakthrough in mesothelioma therapy.
Scientists Say Blood Sodium Could Predict Mesothelioma Outcomes: A new study at an Italian university finds that patients who develop a condition called hyponatraemia, or low blood sodium levels, during chemotherapy are less likely to respond to the treatment. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted a comprehensive article on the new research.
Can a Popular Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Treatment Cause Kidney Damage?: For mesothelioma patients, a number of factors come into play when trying to determine what treatment options will be most effective. For patients who choose to undergo chemotherapy treatments, the commonly used combination of pemetrexed and cisplatin is shown to have potentially harmful effects on a patient’s kidneys.
Study Finds Bacteria Compound Shrinks Mesothelioma Tumors: Australian scientists say a commercially available compound made of proteins produced by Staph bacteria has been used to successfully fight mesothelioma in lab mice.
CD157 important in malignant pleural mesothelioma: CD157 plays a pivotal role in the progression of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and may be useful in the stratification of patients into different prognostic groups, Italian research suggests.
IMRT for Mesothelioma: Experience Impacts Outcomes: A medical center’s level of experience with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can have a significant impact on the outcomes of mesothelioma patients who undergo the treatment. That conclusion comes from a new study conducted by cancer experts at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.
Discovery of Key to Blood Vessel Formation Could Lead to Treatment That Slows Growth of Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is a signature cancer of asbestos, affecting the lining of the lung or abdomen. The cancer is extremely aggressive, and the cancer cells continue to grow and multiply as additional blood vessels develop bringing more food and oxygen to them. Now, researchers believe they have found the key to blood vessel formation opening the door to developing a new cancer treatment.
ASBESTOS in SCHOOLS (6)
Mold, asbestos found in Española school: State inspectors have “red-tagged” a school building in Española. According to the Albuquerque Journal, inspections found shocking violations including exposed wires, asbestos, inadequate ventilation and mold.
Charity blasts university over asbestos in rooms: TRINITY St David University, which has campuses in Carmarthen and Lampeter, is among three Welsh universities to confirm they have rooms containing asbestos.
Asbestos leak mitigated at Ridgefield High: Ridgefield School District officials have contained an asbestos fiber release in the high school’s locker rooms.
Waterloo Schools seeks state OK to spend for asbestos removal: Waterloo Community Schools will seek increased budget authority to cover the cost of asbestos removal and English language learner instruction during the past year.
Leaky roof, mold, asbestos found at Concept Schools’ Chatham site: Floor tiles made of asbestos. Those were just some of the problems Concept Schools had to contend with before getting a school building near Chatham ready for kids next month after scrambling to find a new location this summer, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
Asbestos scare sends school staff home: A wing of Cherryville High School was evacuated after workers drilled into asbestos.
LEGAL ISSUES and ASBESTOS (13)
Company given £15,000 fine for asbestos work: A COMPANY has been fined £15,000 after flouting asbestos regulations.
Douglass Colony Group Inc. Cited for Exposing Workers to Asbestos: According to a news release from OSHA, Commercial roofer Douglass Colony Group Inc. was cited for four repeat and seven serious violations for failing to protect workers from exposure to asbestos at a Denver work site. The Proposed penalties total $81,000.
Hove firm prosecuted after flouting asbestos laws: A Hove-based firm has been fined after it flouted asbestos regulations and removed some of the dangerous material just three weeks after being refused a licence to carry out such work.
Deckhand at various Louisiana drill sites files suit after contracting mesothelioma: A man working as a deckhand at various drill sites in Louisiana has filed suit after contracting mesothelioma and lung cancer, which he claims directly relates to his time working with asbestos-containing products.
Court case is a timely reminder about deadly asbestos: In 1994, Stephen Wickham bought a house. Like most home buyers, he carried out a number of renovations, including the demolition of an old corrugated fibro shed and the replacement of a section of fence made from the same material.
Second Circuit finds reinsurer can refuse to pay in asbestos cases with late filings: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Illinois law allows a reinsurer to refuse to pay claims in asbestos cases when notices are filed several years late.
Merseyside biscuit factory facing legal action over claims mother died from asbestos contact: A Merseyside biscuit factory is facing legal action over claims a mum- of-seven died from contact with asbestos there.
Historic victory after dad’s death in asbestos-link cancer tragedy: A judge awarded each of John McCarn’s five children £35,000 after accepting the family was robbed of at least another 18 years with their dad.
Man Gets 5 Year Prison Term for Illegal Asbestos Work: A New Jersey man who performed unsafe asbestos removal work at several schools and homes has been sentenced to five years in prison.
City inspectors sentenced to a year probation in Kensington Heights asbestos case: Two city inspectors were supposed to be the last line of defense to make sure cancer-causing asbestos material did not escape from the demolition of a long-vacant public housing project.
Anderson man sentenced for releasing asbestos while demolishing mill: An Anderson man was sentenced to more than three years in prison after prosecutors say he continued to demolish an old mill despite knowing the building contained hazardous levels of asbestos.
Garlock Creditors Oppose Bankruptcy Asbestos Plan Proposal: The official committee representing creditors with asbestos claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC will urge its constituents to vote against the company’s reorganization plan, even though Garlock said it pays claimants in full.
Brothers jailed for putting lives at risk after exposing workers to asbestos at Burslem building: BROTHERS Akram and Inam Hussain have been jailed after admitting putting at least seven people in danger by exposing them to asbestos.
ASBESTOS in PUBLIC BUILDINGS (2)
Samples of asbestos found at UHG: Samples of asbestos have been found by contractors working on a new car park at University Hospital Galway.
Asbestos Violations at Waterbury State Office Complex: Several asbestos related violations at the Waterbury State Office Complex were made public. Records from the Environmental Protection Agency show oversights in storing and transporting asbestos from the under construction state office complex.
MISC. (3)
Asbestos found on board third naval vessel: An asbestos clean-up has begun on a third Naval Service vessel after the potentially lethal substance was found on board.
Asbestos is not just a historical problem: Yet, that history brought with it a terrible legacy of industrial disease that has persisted long after the shipyards, coal mines and steel works have gone. Thousands of young workers were exposed to asbestos in shipyards and on building sites. At the time little was known of the dangers and the material was used freely, often without protection, in a whole host of heavy industries. Former workers even tell stories about having snowball fights with the stuff. But this isn’t a story from Scotland’s past. This is very much a story unfolding across Scotland today. The effects of that exposure are here with us in Scotland today and have an appalling impact on those who are affected. This is because asbestos-related disease often doesn’t appear until decades, after exposure to the dust.
What To Do if You Suspect Asbestos: Despite asbestos being widely known for it’s toxicity, it isn’t actually banned in the US. It is still being used and over 2 million pounds are imported annually. Most other countries have smartly made the use of asbestos illegal. However, a ban attempting to crack down on asbestos was struck down in the 1980s here in America.