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If you are interested in discussing a potential case, please contact us by e-mail via this Web site or call  1-973-696-7900.

For over 4 decades, Jon Gelman has represented thousands of individuals who have become ill as a result of exposure to asbestos fiber. He is the author of a nationally recognized treatise, now in its 3rd edition, on the subject. He has lectured extensively on asbestos litigation. On behalf of his clients he has successfully brought claims against the suppliers, manufacturers and health research groups of asbestos fiber and products. These types of claims are usually referred to as product liability cases.
Resolution of the claim may involve several avenues: litigation (individual or consolidated with other cases), a class action, a court-approved settlement, an administrative claim or settlement, or a claim filed in bankruptcy. How your case is prosecuted will depend on what companies are responsible and the present economic/legal status of the company. 

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral which was widely used in the manufacture of a variety of products beginning in the late nineteenth century. Although the majority of exposure to asbestos occurred between 1940 and 1980, in occupations such as construction, shipyards, railroads, insulation, sheet metal, automobile repair, and other related fields, exposure coninutes to this day. Asbestos fibers are inhaled by workers and remain in the lungs where they can cause disease. Fibers are also inhalled by family members or any other person coming into contact with asbestos whereever it may be. We believe that the evidence shows that the companies which manufactured these products knew that their products would injure people, and that they actively conspired to hide this information in order to keep selling their products, and as a result they are now being held liable for the resulting injuries.

Medical Information

What diseases are caused by asbestos?

It is generally medically accepted that asbestos can cause various types of lung disease, including pleural changes, with or without impairment, and asbestosis, which is a fibrosis or scarring of the lungs, also with or without impairment. Also associated with asbestos exposure are certain cancers of the lung, and a very rare cancer of the lining of the lung, or lining of the stomach, called mesothelioma.
In certain limited circumstances, there has been an association between asbestos exposure and other cancers of the digestive tract such as esophageal, laryngeal, kidney, stomach, and colon-rectum, cancers. What is a latency period? The time between an exposure to asbestos and the development of disease is called the latency period. The average latency period for asbestos related disease is typically ten to twenty years from the first exposure, although in some, more rare instances, diseases may develop in shorter or longer time frames.

Treatment Guidlines

Click here for the NCCN (National Comprehensive Cancer Network) Guidlines for the Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Product Identification

An essential element in your case is to determine and prove which asbestos companies’ products caused exposure to you. This is an important aspect of the claim. Yu may have been exposed to asbestos fiber in the products that you not only worked with but those products that were in the area where you worked or lived.


This is the traditional legal remedy which is the filing of a lawsuit against certain companies. A lawsuit must be filed within a certain period of time as permitted by a Statute of Limitations. This time period varies from state to state. Filing a lawsuit requires preparation of a case for trial including depositions and interrogatories (questions answered under oath). Settlements may occur during the prosecution of the case. Certain defendants may settle the case prior to trial or during a trial.


Certain companies that may be responsible for your asbestos injury are under the protection of the bankruptcy court and may have separate claim procedures.
These companies include:

  • Johns Manville
  • UNR (Unarco)
  • Amatex
  • H.K. Porter
  • 48 Insulation
  • Paycor
  • Nicolet
  • Raytech
  • Raybestos
  • Raytech-Raybestos Manhattan
  • Gatke
  • Keene Corporation
  • Standard
  • Eagle Picher
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Pittsburgh Corning and Celotex
All of these are in various stages of bankruptcy which will affect how, when and if you will ever receive compensation from them.





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Who's at risk?
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Many occupations and lifestyles have a history of exposure to high levels of asbestos fiber. If you have engaged in one or more of the following occupations, you may wish to discuss this exposure with your physician. It is always important to tell your doctor of your history of asbestos exposure, whether direct or indirect. In addition to the following trades, all residents of towns with former asbestos manufacturing plants and all household residents of exposed workers are at risk of developing asbestos-related medical conditions.

  • Asbestos plant workers Metal lathers
  • Auto mechanics
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Boilermakers
  • Pipe coverers
  • Brake mechanics
  • Pipefitters Carpenters
  • Plasters
  • Custodians
  • Plumbers
  • Demolition workers
  • Power plant workers
  • Drywall tapes
  • Powerhouse workers
  • Electricians
  • Railroad workers
  • Engineers
  • Roofers
  • Industrial plant workers
  • Sheetmetal workers
  • Insulators
  • Iron workers
  • Roofers
  • Laborers
  • Longshoremen Steamfitters
  • Machinists
  • Telephone repairmen
  • Maintenance workers
  • Tile setters
  • Masons
  • U.S. Navy personnel
  • Merchant Marine
  • Welders

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Potential N.J. Job Sites
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Job Sites in NJ where Asbestors may have been present

  • Asbury Park Convention Hall
  • Atlantic City
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Atlantic City Electric
  • Atlantic City High School
  • Atlantic City Hospital
  • Atlantic City Post Office
  • Atlantic City Power-Deep Water Plant
  • Bally's Casino
  • City Hall
  • Claridge Hospital
  • Convention Hall
  • Holiday Inn
  • Howard Johnson
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Avenel
  • DuPont
  • Basking Ridge
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Basking Ridge High School
  • Basking Ridge Post Office
  • Bayonne
  • Allied Chemical
  • Bayonne Hospital
  • Best Foods
  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Exxon Bayonne Refinery
  • International Nickel
  • Military Ocean Terminal
  • Naval Supply Depot
  • US Army Transportation Corp
  • Bayway
  • Exxon Refinery
  • Standard Oil
  • Bedminster
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Belford
  • JCP & L
  • Belle Mead
  • 3M
  • Belle Mead Army Depot
  • Belleville
  • Belleville Hospital
  • Clara Maas Hospital
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Belvidere
  • Celanese
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Berlin
  • DuPont
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Bernardsville
  • Bernardsville Elementary School
  • Bernardsville High School
  • Bloomfield
  • General Motors
  • Hartz Mountain
  • Peerless Tube
  • Boonton
  • Drew Chemical
  • Bound Brook
  • American Cyanamid
  • Elizabethtown Water
  • Inter Chemical Corp.
  • Kalco Chemical
  • Brick
  • Brick Memorial High School
  • Bridgeport
  • Monsanto Chemical
  • Bridgeton
  • Bridgeton High School
  • Bridgeton Hospital
  • Cumberland County Jail
  • Bridgewater
  • American Hoechst
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Bridgewater High School
  • Diehl Manufacturing
  • Ethicon Ortho Pharmaceutical
  • Bridgewater/Somerville
  • Mack Motors/Mack Truck
  • Burlington
  • Burlington County School
  • Burlington Court House
  • Burlington Hospital
  • Celanese
  • Hercules
  • Hooker/Occidental Chemical
  • Camden
  • Campbell Soup
  • Industrial Liquid Chemical Company
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • New York Shipbuilding
  • Cape May
  • Cape May Court House
  • Cape May Library
  • Carney's Point
  • DuPont
  • Carteret
  • Continental Can
  • Engelhard
  • FMC
  • Cedar Grove
  • Overbrook Hospital
  • Chatham
  • Chatham High School
  • Cherry Hill
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Cherry Hill High School
  • Cherry Hill Medical Center
  • Garden State Racetrack
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Clark
  • Celanese
  • L'Oreal Cosmetics
  • Municipal Building
  • Clifton
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Continental Can
  • Givauden Corp.
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Inter Chemical Corp.
  • No. 3 School
  • Passaic Metal Products
  • Clinton
  • Hunterdon State College
  • Hunterdon State School
  • Cranbury
  • Cities Service Refinery
  • Cranford
  • Cranford Municipal Building
  • Cranford Post Office
  • Enjay Chemical
  • IBM
  • Deepwater
  • DuPont
  • Denville
  • Hercules
  • Merck
  • Dover
  • Dover General Hospital
  • JCP & L
  • National Gypsum
  • Dunellen
  • National Starch
  • East Brunswick
  • East Brunswick High School
  • ITT Continental Baking
  • East Hanover
  • East Hanover Elementary School
  • JCP & L
  • Nabisco
  • East Orange
  • Cresent Park Towers
  • Parkway House
  • East Paterson
  • Marcal Paper
  • East Rutherford/Little Ferry
  • Flintkote
  • East Windsor
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Eatontown
  • Allied/Bendix
  • Fort Monmouth Army Base
  • Monmouth Mall
  • Pathmark
  • Edgewater
  • DuPont
  • Hills Brothers Coffee
  • Lever Brothers
  • Edison
  • American Can
  • Camp Kilmer
  • Ford Motor
  • Herbert Hoover School
  • J.M. Huber Co.
  • JFK Hospital
  • Mead Container Plant
  • Middlesex County College
  • Mobil Chemical
  • Egg Harbor
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Elizabeth
  • Alexian Brothers Hospital
  • American Gas Furnace
  • Christopher Columbus School
  • Cities Service Refinery
  • City Federal Savings & Loan
  • Elizabeth Chemical
  • Elizabeth General Hospital
  • Elizabethtown Gas
  • Exxon Refinery
  • General Chemical
  • George Washington School
  • Grover Cleveland Jr. H.S. No. 1
  • Hampshire House
  • Inter Chemical Corp.
  • James Mitchell School
  • Kean College
  • Madison Monroe School No. 16
  • Nabisco
  • National State Bank
  • Naval Reserve Armory
  • Park United Methodist Church
  • Sunoil Company
  • Elmwood Park
  • Marcal Paper
  • Englewood
  • Dwight Morrow High School
  • Englewood Hospital
  • Englewood Cliffs
  • Lipton Tea
  • Ewing Township
  • Ewing High School
  • Fair Lawn
  • Ciba Geigy
  • Eastman Kodak
  • Nabisco
  • Farmingdale
  • JCP & L
  • Finderne
  • Johns-Manville Research
  • Flemington
  • Lipton Tea
  • Florham
  • Allied Chemical
  • Florham Park
  • Exxon Research
  • Fords
  • Ashland Oil
  • Carborundum
  • Hatco Chemical
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Forked River
  • JCP & L (Oyster Creek)
  • Fort Lee
  • Colony North Apartments
  • Holy Angels Academy
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Franklin Lakes
  • IBM
  • Freehold
  • 3M
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Charms
  • Freehold High School
  • Freehold Raceway
  • JCP & L
  • Nestle's/Nescafe
  • Peerless Tube
  • Garfield
  • Garden State Paper
  • Garfield Post Office
  • J.P. Stevens
  • Garwood
  • National Gypsum
  • Gibbstown
  • DuPont
  • Hercules
  • Gillespie
  • Hercules
  • Glassboro
  • Glassboro State College
  • Glen Gardner
  • JCP & L
  • Gloucester
  • GAF
  • Grasselli Station
  • Ashland Chemical
  • DuPont
  • Grasselli/Linden
  • GAF
  • Hackensack
  • Bergen County Court House
  • Bergen Record
  • Bergen Technical School
  • Bloomingdale's
  • Hackensack Hospital
  • Hackettstown
  • Hackettstown Elementary School
  • M & M Candies
  • Haddonfield
  • Haddonfield High School
  • Hamilton Township
  • Mercer County Vocational School
  • Hancocks Bridge
  • JCP & L (Salem)
  • Harrison
  • Crucible Steel
  • General Motors
  • IBM
  • National Industrial Supply
  • Nopco Chemical
  • Occidental Petroleum
  • Otis Elevator
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Hightstown
  • Cities Service Refinery
  • McGraw Hill
  • Peddie School
  • Hillside
  • American Can
  • Bristol Meyers/Squibb
  • Hoboken
  • Bethlehem Steel Shipyard
  • Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Eric Lackawanna Railroad
  • General Foods/Maxwell House
  • Hoboken High School
  • Hoboken Shipyard
  • Lipton Tea
  • Todd Shipyard
  • Holland Township
  • JCP & L (Gilbert)
  • Holmdel
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Bayshore Hospital
  • Lily Tulip
  • Hopewell
  • IBM
  • Howell
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • Irvington
  • Madison Junior High
  • Pabst Brewery
  • Iselin
  • JFK High School
  • Iselin/Woodbridge
  • Engelhard
  • Jackson
  • Great Adventure
  • Jersey City
  • American Can
  • Central Jersey Railroad
  • Christ Hospital
  • Clorox
  • Colgate Palmolive
  • Continental Can
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • Eric Lackawanna Railroad
  • Hercules
  • Hudson County Admin. Building
  • J.I. Hass Co.
  • Jersey City Sewerage
  • Jersey City State College
  • Lehman Brothers Corp.
  • Lipton Tea
  • Mallinckrodt Chemical
  • Monsanto Chemical
  • Keansburg
  • Keansburg High School
  • Kearny
  • Badische/BASF
  • Congoleum Nairn
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • Drew Chemical
  • DuPont
  • Federal Shipyard
  • Kearny High School
  • Kearny Post Office
  • Koppers Coke
  • Monsanto Chemical
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Keasbey
  • Carborundum
  • Kenilworth
  • Monsanto Chemical
  • Keyport
  • DuPont
  • Lakehurst
  • Naval Air Engineering Center
  • Laurel Spring
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Lawrenceville
  • Lawrenceville High School
  • Lawrenceville Prep School
  • Linden
  • Allied Chemical
  • American Cyanamid
  • Bayway Refinery (Exxon)
  • City Federal Savings & Loan
  • Coca Cola
  • Continental Copper & Steel
  • Eljay Chemical
  • Enjay Chemical
  • Esso Oil
  • Exxon Bayway Refinery
  • General Motors
  • Hatco Chemical
  • Linden Chemical
  • Linden High School
  • Linden Housing Project
  • Linden Oil Fields
  • Linden Vocational School
  • Mathers Springs
  • Napco Chemical
  • National State Bank
  • New Jersey Chemical Co.
  • Nopco Chemical
  • Standard Oil Company Refinery
  • Tosco Refining
  • Little Egg
  • Little Egg Harbor Powerhouse
  • Little Ferry
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Livingston
  • Bamberger's Livingston Mall
  • Livingston College
  • Livingston Mall
  • Newark Academy
  • Lodi
  • Felician College
  • Inter Chemical Corp.
  • Long Branch
  • Long Branch High School
  • long Branch Library
  • Lyndhurst
  • Lyndhurst High School
  • Madison
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Drew University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson College
  • Madison High School
  • Mahwah
  • Abex/American Brake Shoe
  • Ford Motor
  • Manalapan
  • Manalapan High School
  • Manalapan School
  • Manville
  • Intermediate School
  • Johns-Manville
  • Maplewood
  • Maplewood High School
  • Maplewood Library
  • Marlboro
  • Marlboro School
  • Marlboro State Hospital
  • Mays Landing
  • Mays Landing County Jail
  • Menlo Park
  • Bamberger's
  • Mercer
  • Mercer Airport
  • Metuchen
  • Mobil Chemical
  • Middletown
  • Lily Tulip
  • New Monmouth High School
  • Milford
  • Milford Elementary School
  • Millington
  • Asbestos Corporation Limited
  • National Gypsum
  • Milltown
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Millville
  • Millville High School
  • Monmouth Junction
  • Cities Service Refinery
  • Montclair
  • Montclair High School
  • Montclair Post Office
  • Montclair State College
  • Mountainside Hospital
  • Montvale
  • Mack Truck
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Morris Plains
  • Graystone Park Hospital
  • Mennen
  • Morristown
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • General Chemical
  • Governor Morris Hotel
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Morris County College
  • Morris County Court House
  • Morristown Museum
  • Morristown State Hospital
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Mount Holly
  • Mount Holly Court House
  • Mount Holly Hospital
  • Murray Hill
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Engelhard
  • National Park
  • Coastal Oil Refinery
  • Neptune
  • Jersey Shore Medical Center
  • New Brunswick
  • Delco Battery
  • Douglas College
  • IMC Chemical Group
  • J.O./Midland Ross
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • New Brunswick Borough Hall
  • New Brunswick High School
  • New Brunswick Vocational School
  • New Jersey Turnpike Authority
  • Okonite
  • New Milford
  • New Milford High School
  • Newark
  • Allied Chemical
  • Anheuser Busch
  • Ashland Chemical
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Ballentine Brewery
  • Bamberger's
  • Benjamin Moore Paint
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Breyer's Ice Cream
  • Broadway Junior High School
  • Camden Street School
  • Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
  • Celanese
  • Channel 13
  • Chock Full Of Nuts
  • City Hall
  • Diamond Shamrock
  • DuPont
  • Engelhard
  • Eric Lackawanna Railroad
  • Essex Chemical
  • Essex County Court House
  • Esso Refinery
  • Farmer's Market Building
  • Federal Court House
  • Federal Office Building
  • Fireman's Fund Insurance
  • First National Bank
  • Gateway Complex
  • General Electric
  • Hemminger Co.
  • Hospital of Medicine & Dentistry
  • IBM
  • IMC Chemical Group
  • Inmount Chemical
  • Inter Chemical Corp.
  • Ivy Hill Apartments
  • Ivy Hill School
  • Martin Luther King School
  • Medical Center of Newark
  • Metropolitan Insurance
  • Military Park Building
  • Mutual Benefit Life Insurance
  • National State Bank
  • New Jersey Medical Center
  • Newark Airport
  • Newark College of Engineering
  • Newark College of Medicine
  • Newark High School
  • Newark Main Library
  • Newark Museum
  • Newark News
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Paragon Oil
  • Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority
  • Sunoil Refinery
  • North Bergen
  • Meadow View Village
  • Memorial High School
  • Mundet Cork/Crown Cork
  • Owens Corning Fiberglas
  • Nutley
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Orange
  • Canada Dry
  • Paramus
  • Bergen Community College
  • Bergen Mall
  • Bergen Pines Hospital
  • Garden State Plaza
  • Gimbel's Garden State Plaza
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Paramus Fashion Center Mall
  • Paramus Park Mall
  • Paramus Recreation Center
  • Parlin
  • Jersey Billets
  • Parlin Post Office
  • Parlin/Sayreville
  • DuPont
  • Hercules
  • Parsippany
  • Godiva Chocolate
  • Passaic
  • Continental Can
  • Hercules
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Okonite
  • Pantasote
  • Passaic General Hospital
  • Passaic Herald News
  • Passaic High School
  • Paterson
  • Allied Chemical
  • Barnert Memorial Hospital
  • Coca Cola
  • Continental Can
  • ITT Continental Baking
  • Passaic City Hall
  • Passaic County Community College
  • Passaic County Court House
  • Paterson General Hospital
  • Paterson High School
  • Paulsboro
  • Mobil Oil
  • Valero Energy
  • Penns Grove
  • DuPont
  • Perth Amboy
  • American Smelting/ASARCO
  • Anaconda Copper
  • Celotex/Philip Carey
  • Cheesebrough Ponds
  • IMC Chemical Group
  • New Jersey Shipbuilding
  • Phillipsburg
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • Piscataway
  • American Standard
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Beecham Pharmaceutical
  • Continental Can
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Nuodex
  • Plainfield
  • Mack Truck
  • Mobil Chemical
  • Muhlenberg Hospital
  • National Starch
  • Pleasantville
  • Atlantic City Press
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Pompton Lakes
  • DuPont
  • Port Newark
  • Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock
  • Pan American Steamship Co.
  • Port Reading
  • Amerada-Hess
  • Princeton
  • American Cyanamid
  • Educational Testing Service
  • FMC
  • Hyatt Regency
  • Rahway
  • Merck
  • National State Bank
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Raritan
  • Ethicon Ortho Pharmaceutical
  • Ortho Pharmaceutical
  • Raymond Boulevard
  • Howard Savings Bank
  • Red Bank
  • American Can Company
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Ridgefield
  • Bergen Powerhouse
  • Ridgefield Power Station
  • Rochelle Park
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Salem
  • Hope Creek Nuclear Power Station
  • Salem Nuclear Powerhouse
  • Sayreville
  • Essex Chemical
  • JCP & L (Sayreville)
  • National Lead
  • New Jersey Steel
  • Secaucus
  • Chock Full Of Nuts
  • National Starch
  • Short Hills
  • Lord & Taylor
  • Skillman
  • New Jersey State Hospital
  • Somerset
  • Ortho Pharmaceutical
  • Somerville
  • Diehl Manufacturing
  • Ethicon Ortho Pharmaceutical
  • South Amboy
  • JCP & L (Werner)
  • South Bound Brook
  • GAF
  • South Brunswick
  • Badische/BASF
  • South Kearny
  • Metropolitan Refractories
  • Summit
  • Allied Chemical
  • Celanese
  • Ciba Geigy
  • Overlook Hospital
  • Teaneck
  • Fairleigh Dickinson College
  • Holy Name Hospital
  • Teterboro
  • Allied/Bendix
  • Continental Can
  • Toms River
  • American Cyanamid
  • Ciba Geigy/Toms River Chemical
  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • Totowa
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • New Jersey Training School
  • Trenton
  • American Standard
  • Bayer Aspirin
  • Celanese
  • Central High School
  • Department of Transportation
  • Duck Island Powerhouse
  • General Motors
  • Hamilton Township Library
  • Health & Agriculture Building
  • Helene Fuld Hospital
  • Justice Complex
  • Mercer County Court House
  • Mercer Hospital
  • Miller Housing
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • New Jersey Dept. of Education
  • New Jersey State House
  • New Jersey State Museum
  • New Jersey State Police Headquarters
  • New Jersey Taxation Building
  • USS National
  • Union
  • Engelhard
  • Jefferson School
  • Livingston School
  • Memorial General Hospital
  • Ventnor
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • Verona
  • Mobay Chemical
  • Vineland
  • Cumberland County College
  • Municipal Electrical Plant
  • New Jersey Veterans' Home
  • Washington
  • JCP & L
  • Watchung
  • JCP & L
  • Wayne
  • American Cyanamid
  • Bamberger's
  • Coastal Eagle Point
  • GAF
  • J.C. Penney
  • Weehawken
  • JCP & L
  • New York Central Railroad
  • North Hudson Hospital
  • West Jersey Ave.
  • Medical Arts Building
  • West Linden
  • International Harvester Co.
  • West Long Branch
  • AT&T/Bell
  • Monmouth College
  • West Orange
  • Chock Full Of Nuts
  • Korvettes
  • Westfield
  • Koppers Coke
  • Linden Grammar School
  • Westville
  • Mobil Oil
  • Texaco Refinery
  • Whippany
  • AMF
  • JCP & L
  • Wildwood
  • New Jersey Bell Telephone
  • New Jersey Natural Gas
  • Willow Island
  • Willow Island Electric Plant
  • Wood Ridge
  • Curtiss-Wright
  • Woodbridge
  • American Cyanamid
  • Woodcliff Lake
  • Ingersoll Rand
  • Wrightstown
  • Fort Dix
  • McGuire Air Force Base
  • Wyckoff
  • IBM
  • Yards Creek
  • JCP & L

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Jon L. Gelman has been named to the 2016 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers. Each year, only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor.

Jon L Gelman Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance

 The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) has elected Jon L. Gelman as a distinguished new member.

NJ Workers' Compensation Benefits Increase in 2015

 NJ Workers' Compensation Rates will increase for accidents ocurring or diseases manifesting in 2015.

A New Study Confirms Time Will Not Beat Mesothelioma Risk

 Risk of mesothelioma continues after exposure and does not diminish with age.

Asbestos is the world’s worst industrial killer

 At least 107, 000 workers die every year from diseases caused by exposure to asbestos

Asbestos Disease Remains a Problem Despite Lower Consumption in the US

 Recently release statistics from the US Geological Survey brings some hope to reducing asbestos disease in the US. 

NIOSH Announces That 9/11 Cancers Are to be Covered Under Zadroga Act

The National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety today announce publication of a Rule that will allow for medical treatment coverage for 9/11 cancers suffered by 1st responders and residents of lower Manhattan as a result of September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

Social Media to Expand Your Workers' Compensation Practice: Jason Gelman Speaks At AAJ Convention

How to use social media to expand your workers' compensation practice was the subject of a presentation by Jason Gelman at the American Association of Justice's annual convention in Chicago.

50 Cancers To Be Covered Under the 9-11 Zadroga Health Claim Fund

The New York Times is reporting this afternoon that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has approved for compensation payments 50 types of cancers from the $4.3 Billion Zadroga 9-11 Fund.

Jon Gelman Rated "Superb" by Avvo

 Jon L. Gelman has received the top rating of "Superb" from Avvo. The rating indicated a perfect score in: experience, industry recognition and professional conduct.

Jon Gelman Attends College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Ceremony

Jon L. Gelman, a Charter Fellow of The College of Workers Compensation Lawyers, attended the annual dinner meeting of the organization in San Antonio, Texas last week. At the meeting several new fellows were inducted into the organization.

Support The North American Declaration to Ban Asbestos - Sign The Petition

 The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) which combines education, advocacy, and community to provide a unified voice for asbestos victims, today announced with the Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims the release of the North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Diseases.

Senators Schumer and Nelson Told Military to Issue Respirator Masks for Soldiers Who Work Near Burn Pits

U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) announced today that, in response to their recent request, the military has agreed to identify ways to promote greater access and use of protective equipment to service members who work near toxic ‘burn pits’ in the war zone. 

WR Grace Asbestos Bankruptcy Plan Receives Initial Approval

  A Delaware Bankruptcy Judge has approved a reorganization plan  for the former asbestos manufacturer, WR Grace.

Cooper Industries to Pay $307.5 Million to Settle Pneumo Abex Asbestos Claims

  Cooper Industries has reportedly settled an indemnification  lawsuit. and agreed to pay Pneumo Abex asbestos trust $307.5 Million. The trust funds will be used to pay victims of asbestos exposure.

Lawsuit Filed By Former Hoffman LaRoche Employee Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

A lawsuit was filed alleging that a former pharmaceutical maintenance specialist at Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, New Jersey was exposed to asbestos fiber and suffers from asbestosis. 

Auto Mechanic Files Lawsuit Alleging Asbestos Related Disease

A lawsuit was filed alleging that a former auto mechanic, who worked in auto body shops throughout New Jersey, was exposed to asbestos fiber and suffers from lung cancer.


Bar Date Announced for Raytech Asbestos Claims

TheRaytech Trust, encompassing the claims of The Raybestos Manhattan and Raymark Industries, Inc.,  has established a bar date for asbestos liability claims.

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day Resolution Approved by Congress
Veterans at Increased Risk for Mesothelioma

  The US Department of Veterans Affairs  has now recognized that veterans may be at an increased risk for the development of mesothelioma, a cancer associated with exposure to asbestos fiber.

Lawsuit Filled Alleging Asbestos Exposed Chemical Worker Suffered Fatal Mesothelioma

 A lawsuit was filed alleging that a former chemical operator at Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, New Jersey was exposed to asbestos fiber and died of mesothelioma. 

Allianz Firemans Fund Increases Asbestos Reserves by $301 Million

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company a Division of Allianz has announced that it will increase its asbestos and environmental risks reserve by $301 Million. The company stated, "The move follows the completion of its regular independent external asbestos exposure review."

The Health Reform Act Charts a New Course for Occupational Health Care

The occupational healthcare program embodied in the recently enacted legislation has the potential for being the most extensive, effective and innovated system ever enacted for delivering medical care to injured workers.

Complaints Surge About Halliburton Sickening Burn Pits

 A recent report in Mother Jones reveals that soldiers, exposed to the dust and fumes from burn pits, coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, are reporting illness at record numbers.

OSHA is Listening

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is soliciting suggestions and comments concerning workplace safety. OSHA's concern is that, "No one should have to be injured or killed for a paycheck."

Possible Vaccine for Mesothelioma

A vaccine has been demonstrated as safe for potential use against mesothelioma. The research, conducted by Netherlands scientists was reported in an advance publication of  the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care.

The Occupational Disease Pilot Program & Healthcare

Legal Talk Network Host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce welcomes Jon L. Gelman to discuss health care and workers’ compensation and the Occupational Disease Pilot Program:

St. Paul Travelers Announces $90 Million Settlement of Common Law Asbestos-Related Direct Actions

The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. announced that it has executed an agreement resolving substantially all common law asbestos-related direct actions pending against its Travelers Property Casualty Corp. subsidiaries ("Travelers"). These actions allege, among other things, a general, non-statutory duty to disclose to the public the hazards of asbestos. The settlement, if it receives court approval, would also bar similar future direct actions against Travelers. 

Pittsburg Corning Plans to Pay Asbestos Victims $825 Million

PPG Industries (Pittsburg Corning Corp.) and its insurers plan to pay out millions of dollars to victims of asbestos disease. In a bankruptcy reorganization plan filed with the Court for its approval, it was announced that PPG intended to pay out $825 Million in cash over the next 15 years.

IARC To Review Human Carcinogens-metals, arsenic, dusts & fibers (asbestos)

 "Sufficient evidence is now available to show that asbestos also causes cancer of the larynx and of the ovary."

Is The Recovery Of The Workers’ Compensation System An Illusion?
Privacy Went Out The Window

Our modern electronic world has many benefits and conveniences, but the free flow of information also creates privacy concerns. In the realm of health care, privacy protections are needed to preserve patients’ dignity and prevent harms such as discrimination. But such protections can also have unintended consequences for health care, and the health research that is vital for making medical advances. More than 10 years ago Congress called for a set of federal standards, now known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule, to protect the privacy of personally identifiable health information while still allowing the flow of information needed to promote high-quality health care.

US Supreme Court to Review Manville Asbestos Bankruptcy Order

The US Supreme Court has decided to review a decision interpreting a 1986 Bankruptcy confirmation plan order. The order formed the basis of a settlement by Travelers Insurance Company to resolve claims against it for conspiracy in concealing information about the dangers of asbestos.

Asbestos Continues to Reduce Potential Years of Life

Asbestos exposure continues to have high rates of death in the US.

Asbestos Dealer of Death - Canada

The Canadian delegation to the Rotterdam Convention was able to lobby effectively to prohibit a ban on asbestos for another two years. The Canadian mines will continue to churn out the killer fiber and ship it to unsuspecting countries as a result of an effective major lobbying effort of the Canadians to sway the votes of India, Pakistan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The Politics of Asbestos – US Government Failed the People Declares Senator Baucus

 At a recent hearing of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senator Max Baucus presented a report revealing that the Federal government failed to take the appropriate action to declare Libby, Montana a public health emergency in 2002. The disregard of the federal government led to a lack of funding and manpower in cleaning up the asbestos contamination according to the Senator.

National Cancer Institute Establishes Web Site to Answer Questions About Malignant Mesothelioma

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has established a resource on the Internet that provides a direct link to resources available concerning mesothelioma: treatment, prevention, genetics, causes, clinical trials, literature, statistics and research and related information.

US Department of the Interior Reports 36 Locations in NJ with Naturally Occurring Asbestos

The US Geological Survey has reported that NJ ranks 2nd highest in the number of naturally occurring asbestos sites (mines) in the Eastern US.

New Chemotherapy Treatment Reported "Responsive" to Mesothelioma

A new set of drugs has been reported responsive in treating mesothelioma, a tumor caused by exposure to asbestos fiber. The British Journal of Cancer has reported that cisplatin and vinorelbine effective in the treatment of mesothelioma.

The Asbestos Debate is Over

Almost 45 years following the historic 1964 NY Academy of Medicine conference in New York experts continue to memorialize the history of asbestos related disease. Now enters, defense expert John E. Craighead, who has written his viewpoint on the subject.

W.R.Grace to Settle Asbestos Claims for $3 Billion

W.R. Grace and Co. has announced that it will fund a trust for resolving all current and future asbestos-related personal-injury claims. The company entered bankruptcy 7 years ago with 135,000 asbestos claims pending.

NJ Workers' Compensation Carriers Win a "Get Out of Jail Card" on Asbestos Liability Claims

Workers' compensation insurance companies have a long history of guarding themselves from liability from asbestos exposure issues. Recently the NJ courts have ruled that workers' compensation insurance companies are shielded from liability when the insurance company performs hygiene studies and does not take action to protect the employees that it has insured under the policy.

Workers' Compensation News - February 26, 2008, Volume 5 Issue 501

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A jury has reached what is believed to be the highest
asbestos verdict ever in New Jersey, awarding $30.3 million to the surviving
family members of a former automotive worker.

Federal-Mogul Wins Court Approval of Settlement Plan for $9.4 Billion Potential Asbestos Claims

Federal-Mogul Corp., auto parts manufacturer, won court approval of a reorganization plan that resolves potentionally $9.4 billion of dollars in asbestos claims that forced the company into bankruptcy six years ago.

Asbestos Found in Toys Still Being Sold

Asbestos, a know cancer causing agent, has been found in toys still being sold in the US. The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit and two brands of children's play clay along with many household products still in stores for sale have been reported by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

Dana Corp. Asbestos Settlement Receives Court Approval

Dana Corp. won approval of the US Bankruptcy Court for the potential resolution of 150,000 asbestos claims against the auto parts manufacturer. The settlement will be paid from insurance proceeds.

Is The EPA in a Rush To The Bottom for Asbestos Experts?

The US EPA (Environmental; Protection Agency) has published an announcement to seek appointments to its Scientific Advisory Panel with asbestos experts in short course. In a notice published in the Federal Register on October 26, 2007 the US EPA announced a deadline of November 16, 2007.

The House of Lords Steps Backward in Time in Asbestos Compensation

The British House of Lords in a recent decision has take a step backward in time and has ruled that those who suffer pleural plaques (scarring of the lungs) as a result of asbestos exposure are unable to claim compensation. Parliament declared, " If the pleural plaques are not in themselves damage, do they become damage when aggregated with the risk which they evidence or the anxiety which that risk causes? In principle, neither the risk of future injury nor anxiety at the prospect of future injury is actionable. "

Workers' Compensation News - June 25, 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 106

For the First Time, the City Connects a Death to 9/11 Dust 
New York City’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, has for the first time directly linked a death to exposure to dust from the destruction of the World Trade Center. 

Owens Corning Settles Asbestos Cases for $5.8 Billion Dollars

Bankruptcy Court Approves Owens Corning’s Plan of Reorganization. Toledo, Ohio – September 26, 2006 – Owens Corning (OWENQ.OB) today announced
that Judge Judith Fitzgerald of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of
Delaware approved the company’s Plan of Reorganization. The Bankruptcy Court’s
approval of the plan paves the way for Owens Corning to emerge from bankruptcy by
the end of October 2006.

Workers' Compensation News - JuL 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 407
Workers' Compensation News - June 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 406a

The NJ DWC reported a 5% decline in the filing of claims in 2005 (37,248) from 2004 (39,212). The statistic also represents a 31% decline from 1992 (54,164). This is consistent with the 25% decline in the number of indemnity claims paid in NJ from from 1992 to 2002 as reported by NJ CRIB. NJ Medical costs have soared 108% during the same period of time while indemnity has risen only 48%..

Workers' Compensation News - May 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 405
Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 403
Workers' Compensation News - February 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 402


Congressional Budget Office Again Reports That The Proposed Federal Asbestos Trust Fund Is Inadequate

 The Congressional Budget Office again indicted that the proposed asbestos reform trust fund would be inadequate. In a letter to Senator Spector it commented as follows: "The proposed trust fund might or might not have adequate resources to pay all valid claims. There is a significant likelihood that the fund’s revenues would fall short of the amount needed to pay valid claims, debt service, and administrative costs. There is also some elihood that the fund’s revenues would be sufficient to meet those needs. The final outcome cannot be predicted with great certainty.

Proposed Federal Asbestos Act Will Create Massive Inequities in Both Workers' Compensation and Medicare

Statement of Jon L. Gelman Attorney at Law Before the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on the Fairness in Asbestos Resolution Act of 2005 January 11, 2005

Cancer Reported as the Leading Cause of Job Fatalities in the World

 The International Labour Conference (ILO) in Geneva reported that cancer was the cause of 32% of the world wide job related deaths in the world.

Workers' Compensation News - September 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 311

FRAGRANCE AND FLAVOR INDUSTRY HIT WITH $15 MILLION VERDICT Jury Awards $15 Million in Making of Popcorn -This self regulated industry becomes prime target.
A jury on Friday awarded a former popcorn-plant worker $15 million after finding that his exposure to butter-flavoring fumes led to his severe respiratory problems.

Federal Asbestos Legislation Will Erode Workers' Compensation

The Senate Judiciary Committee is now considering proposed Federal legislation that will have significant impact upon Workers' Compensation systems throughout the United States. Since the enactment of workers' compensation legislation decades ago, asbestos and other latent disease claims continue to be an enormous challenge to compensation programs.

Workers' Compensation News - August 24, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 310

NJ: WC JUDGES HAVE DISCRETION TO RULE ON VALIDITY OF A TDB LIEN. In a complex decision involving causal relationship, apportionment of liability and reimbursement of a TDB lien that Appellate Division responded to a statement made by the trial Judge, "...I am no longer a Judge, I am a statutory collection agency for the Labor Department," by reversing his decision and remanding the matter for hearing.

Workers' Compensation News - August 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 309

Esther Weissman, 73, labor lawyer, helped to alter compensation law.

Workers' Compensation News - July 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 308

WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM FREQUENCY DOWN. NCCI announced that the decline in claim frequency continued through 2004. Over the last five years there have been significant declines for all types on injuries. However medical costs continues to be the leading driver of costs. The medical share of total workers' compensation costs has now risen to 55% countrywide and in some states is approaching 70%. 

Workers' Compensation News - June 10, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 307

CMS TO ISSUE NEW MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYER GUIDANCE. Under mounting pressure from many organized groups, CMS (The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services) has indicated that it will shortly release a new set of "Questions and Answers" in order to, yet again, redefine its procedures. 

Workers' Compensation News - May 23, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 306

NY WORKERS' COMPENSATION RATES. New York Rates: Follow the Bouncing Ball. New York is famous for being a high cost state for workers compensation. By any reasonable measure, New York falls within the top four states for high comp cost, sharing the dubious spotlight with California, Texas and Florida 

Workers' Compensation News - May 10, 2005 Volume 3 Issue 305

Cancer Reported as the Leading Cause of Job Fatalities in the World - New Report Reveals That Medicare is Covering $23 Billion in Medical Costs That Should be Paid by Workers' Compensation 

Workers' Compensation News - April 4, 2005 Volume 3 Issue 304

OC's asbestos liability put at $7 billion by U.S. Judge. Choosing a midpoint between estimates of opposing creditor groups, a federal judge has ruled that Owens Corning is exposed to $7 billion in potential claims by people who were made sick by exposure to asbestos insulation produced by the firm until the early 1970s. 

Workers' Compensation News - March 2, 2005 Volume 3 Issue 303

W.R. Grace and Executives, in Asbestos Concealment Action. Charged With Fraud, Obstruction of Justice, and Endangering Libby Montana Community 

Workers' Compensation News - February 3, 2005 Volume 3 Issue 302

2nd Annual THIS YEAR IN WORKERS’ COMP: TOP 10 ISSUES & CASES - Tues., Mar. 8, 2005
A panel of state and national experts address TEN issues that can make or break your case, including a concise analysis of key cases that have been decided during the past year.

Workers' Compensation News - January 5, 2005 Volume 3 Issue 301

New Report Reveals That Medicare is Covering $23 Billion in Medical Costs That Should be Paid by Workers' Compensation --$4.2 Billion Halliburton Asbestos Settlement Given Final Approval by Court -- Recent Court Decisions: Dinner Not A Deviation from Employment (NJ Supreme Court) -- Remicade linked to severe hepatic reactions, including acute liver failure, jaundice, hepatitis and cholestasis. -- 2nd Annual This Year in Workers' Compensation - The Top Issues and Cases - March 8, 2005 -- Medicare Secondary Payer Act - Waivers and Compromises CMS -- Social Security Announces 2.7 Percent Benefit Increase for 2005 Monthly Social Security and Supplemental -- FDA Statement on the Halting of a Clinical Trial of the Cox-2 Inhibitor Celebrex  

Workers' Compensation News - October 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 239
Workers' Compensation News - October 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 239

Vioxx Recalled Worldwide--How to Apply for a Handicapped Placard--Ford Door Latch Personal Litigation--CMS Assist(tm) - New Support Group for Professionals--Gelman to Speak at NOSSCR on Medicare

Workers' Compensation News - August 25, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 233

CMS ANNOUNCES IMPLEMENTATION OF BENEFICIARY ACCESS SYSTEM. The Beneficiary Automated Status and Inquiry System (BASIS) is available to participants of the Voluntary Data Sharing Agreement (VDSA) program. The BASIS allows you to make on-line Medicare entitlement queries to CMS’ Enrollment Data Base (EDB) to determine if an individual is a Medicare beneficiary and if so, obtain available entitlement information. The BASIS serves as a useful tool when you have a need to know specific information during the interval between quarterly file exchanges. 

Workers' Compensation News - August 18, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 232
National Gypsum Asbestos Bankruptcy Claims Settlement Announced

Who is National Gypsum? Incorporated in Delaware in 1925.Manufacturer and supplier of services for the building and construction industry. Miner of asbestos fibers. Popular trade name: Gold Bond Products
Asbestos products types – drywall, joint compounds, textures, shingles, cement boards, adhesives, acoustical plaster, fireproofing, insulation cement, raw asbestos fiber.

Workers' Compensation News - June 9, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 23 CompAssist (tm)

 MEDICAL GUIDELINES IN WC CASES APPROVED BY TEXAS SP CT--"In this opinion, we conclude that the Legislature authorized TWCC to set upper limits on reimbursement amounts and establish a reasonable time limitation on requests for medical dispute resolution

Workers' Compensation News - May 26, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 22

FRUSTRATIONS OF 9-11 VICTIMS SEEKING WORKERS' COMPENSATION--Many Who Served on 9/11 Are Still Pressing Fight for Workers' Compensation. It is in places like Judge Mark Solomon's workers' compensation courtroom in Brooklyn that lingering questions about the health consequences of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center are fought over day after day.

Report to Congress on Workers' Home Contamination Study

In 1992, the U.S. Congress passed the Workers' Family Protection Act (Public Law 102-522, 29 U.S.C. 671), which requested that the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety And Health (NIOSH) conduct a study to "evaluate the potential for, prevalence of, and issues related to the contamination of workers' homes with hazardous chemicals and substances...transported from the workplaces of such workers."

Workers' Compensation News - May 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 20 CompAssist (tm)

Asbestos: Federal Mediation Fails to Reach Accord. AIA remains committed to meaningful reform of deeply flawed litigation system. The following statement is in response to the end of negotiations over legislation to establish a national asbestos victims compensation trust fund (S. 2290). The negotiations were mediated by retired Federal Judge Edward Becker. This statement should be attributed to Robert E. Vagley, president of the American Insurance Association (AIA) 

Workers' Compensation News - April 28, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 18

Statement by OSHA Administrator John Henshaw On Worker Memorial Day 2004. "Today is Worker Memorial Day, a day to pay tribute to the men and women who have lost their lives on the job. We mourn with their families and friends, and we recognize that the loss of these very special people extends beyond the home; the loss is felt in schools, places of worship, at social gatherings, in local communities, and throughout the entire nation.

Workers' Compensation News - April 14, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 16

ASBESTOS-Take a look at USAction's new cartoon, “Halliburton's Doggone Good Deal.” First war profiteering, now an asbestos bailout scheme orchestrated by a company with oh-so-close relations to the White House.  

Workers' Compensation News - March 31, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 14 CompAssist (tm)

 CANCER RISKS IN SEMICONDUCTOR MANUFACTURING FACILITIES. A chipmaking trade group said on Thursday that it would sponsor a far-reaching study on cancer risks in semiconductor manufacturing facilities, after years of calls for such an effort by industry critics. 

Workers' Compensation News - March 24, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 13 CompAssist (tm)
Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 11 CompAssist (tm)
Asbestos Related Deaths to Increase Reports the International Labour Organization

Being concerned with continuous wide used of asbestos in the world, the EU and ILO convened the European Asbestos Conference in September 2003 in Dresden, Germany. Gerd Albracht, chairman of the Conference, underlined that "mmillions of workers and consumers have been exposed to asbestos dust. Twenty-thousand asbestos related lung cancers and 10,000 mesotheliomas occur annually across the population of Western Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Japan and Australia alone, but developing countries have much higher risks of exposure. In such countries, asbestos is thus a time bomb that looks set to lead to an explosive increase in asbestos related diseases and deaths in the next 20-30 years." 

NJ Ranks 2nd in Nation for Asbestos Related Deaths

Government Statistics on deaths due to Asbestos-related disease have been released and appear in a recently released report published by the Environmental Working Group of Washington DC. The report reveals that: Camden, Somerset, Middlesex and Bergen have the highest rates in the State of NJ. At Least 2,775 People Have Been Killed by Asbestos in New Jersey Since 1979

Past US Congressional Challenges to Asbestos Litigation

 A significant challenge to the rights of injured workers in third party asbestos litigation was introduced in Congress in 1999 by U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) in what he termed the "Fairness in Asbestos Litigation Act of 1998", S.2546.

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