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States Wrestle with Mesothelioma Laws & Violations


The city of Paterson, New Jersey is facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for putting city workers at risk for deadly mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. A state labor department inspection determined that Paterson had committed 43 OSHA safety violations, including 13 “serious” violations related to asbestos removal. The labor department says the city failed to properly supervise, train or monitor employees charged with removing asbestos ceiling tiles from a city building. They’re also charged with failing to provide the workers with the proper safety equipment. Asbestos is the primary cause of malignant mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer. Workers exposed to the asbestos now face an increased lifetime risk of developing mesothelioma. Paterson could face fines of $4,500 per day … Continue reading States Wrestle with Mesothelioma Laws & Violations »

Libby Residents Settle Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits

Residents of Libby, Montana who have contracted mesothelioma and other disease from exposure to asbestos will share a $43 million dollar settlement. The settlement is a response to 200 lawsuits filed over the contaminated W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine outside of Libby.  A Montana district court ruled that the state failed to “warn and protect” Libby residents about the dangers of asbestos, which include mesothelioma.  According to the Los Angeles Times, payouts for the 1,300 plaintiffs will range from $500 to more than $50,000. The state did not admit liability as part of the settlement and those who signed it agreed to release the state from future claims. Although the Libby mine has been closed since 1990 and the Environmental Protection … Continue reading Libby Residents Settle Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits »

Mesothelioma Verdicts Highlight the Asbestos Danger

Some large mesothelioma settlements this summer have resulted in more $25 million for victims of the disease from coast to coast. In New Orleans, former shipyard worker Leopold Granier, Jr. won his $1.5 million suit against Union Carbide, Avondale Shipyards and Cajun Insulation, alleging that the companies were negligent in allowing his exposure to cancer-causing asbestos.  Granier worked at the Avondale shipyard, which was once the largest employer in the state of Louisiana.  The jury found that the companies named in the suit produced products that were a “substantial and contributing cause” of Granier’s mesothelioma.  The shipyard is slated to close in 2013 because of reduced business from the Navy. In San Diego, a 70-year old Navy veteran won a $2.4 million … Continue reading Mesothelioma Verdicts Highlight the Asbestos Danger »

Mesothelioma Case Ends in $208 Million Verdict

A jury in California has awarded what may be the largest punitive damages award in state history to a woman who says she got mesothelioma cancer from washing her husband’s asbestos-laden work clothes.  Rhoda Evans and her husband Bobby were awarded $8.8 million in compensatory damages and $200 in punitive damages after the Los Angeles jury decided that the manufacturer of the asbestos pipes Bobby Evans worked with knew how dangerous they were but failed to put warning labels on them. Bobby Evans worked for the L.A. Department of Water and Power from 1974 and 1998.  As part of his job, he had to cut asbestos cement water pipes manufactured by CertainTeed Corporation.  Cutting the pipes created asbestos dust, which Evans then … Continue reading Mesothelioma Case Ends in $208 Million Verdict »

Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits Continue Worldwide

Victims of mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, and other asbestos-related illnesses, continue to file and win lawsuits around the country. A Bloomington, Illinois factory worker was recently awarded $17.87 million after she contracted mesothelioma following exposure during the 1960s.  According to Illinois newspaper, The Pantagraph, Jayne Menssen was a secretary at Union Asbestos and Rubber Company from 1967 to 1969.  The suit alleged that the owners of the company, Pneumo Abex LLC and Honeywell International Inc., knew about the risks of asbestos and did not warn their employees. The Chevron oil company is facing a similar lawsuit from the family of a Texas man who died of asbestos exposure.  Shelton Fontenot worked as a pipefitter … Continue reading Mesothelioma and Asbestos Lawsuits Continue Worldwide »