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Asbestos Ban Recommended by US Geological Survey

 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calls asbestos “a commercial designation for any mineral products composed of strong and flexible fibers, resistant to heat, corrosion, abrasion, and that can be woven.” Despite all of these remarkable properties, known since the time of Aristotle, controversy has followed asbestos due to numerous and well-documented adverse health effects. Various federal and state agencies and private sector organizations grapple with continuing public health concerns, such as the legacy of the Libby, Montana vermiculite mine, possible asbestos risks from the World Trade Center collapse and other related issues. They also continue to address current developments regarding the safety and efficacy of substitutes.

An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

Workers' Compensation News - April 6, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 5

 LOZANO v. FRANK DE LUCA CONSTRUCTION,--Appellate Division, A-2730- 01TI, March 27, 2003, not approved for publication. Denial of the petitioner mason's motion for medical and temporary disability benefits for injuries that he sustained while driving a go-cart when he was working for the respondent construction company affirmed; the petitioner was not entitled to workers' compensation benefits because he was "engaged in a recreational activity that did not arise out of or in the course of his employment"; moreover, the findings of the judge of compensation were supported by substantial and credible evidence.

Congoleum Corporation Seeks to Resolve Asbestos Liability

Congoleum Corp. (CGM) plans to seek bondholder approval to help resolve its asbestos liabilities. Congoleum Corp. (CGM) traces its history in the flooring business to Nairn Linoleum Co., which began operations in 1886. The company produces both sheet and tile floor covering products, with a wide variety of product features, designs and colors. Sheet flooring, in its predominant construction, is produced by applying a vinyl gel to a flexible felt, printing a design on the gel, applying a wearlayer, heating the gel layer sufficiently to cause it to expand into a cushioned foam, and, in some products, adding a high-gloss coating.

Asbestos Claimants Reach $200 Million Settlement With Corning
Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced that it has reached agreement with the representatives of asbestos claimants for the settlement of all...

 Workers can inadvertently carry hazardous materials home from work on their clothes, skin, hair, tools, and in their vehicles. As a result, families of these workers have been exposed to hazardous substances and have developed various health effects. Health effects have also occurred when the home and the workplace are not distinct -- such as on farms or in homes that involve cottage industries.

US Supreme Court Holds Workers' Fear of Cancer Compensable

The court rejected Norfolk’s proposed instructions, which would have (1) ruled out damages for fear of cancer unless the claimant proved both an actual likelihood of developing cancer and physical manifestations of the alleged fear, and (2) required the jury to apportion damages between Norfolk and other employers alleged to have contributed to an asbestosis claimant’s disease.

Combustion Engineering files for pre-packaged Chapter 11 to Resolve Asbestos Liability

 Zurich, Switzerland, February 17, 2003 – ABB Ltd. said today that its U.S. subsidiary Combustion Engineering, Inc. (CE) has filed for Chapter 11 in the Delaware bankruptcy court, based upon CE’s previously announced pre-packaged plan of reorganization.

 

US Supreme Court declines to become involved in the automakers attempt to consolidate cases in federal bankruptcy court.

GM, Ford & DaimlerChrysler lost in their attempt to transfer State court cases and Federal cases into the Federal-Mongul Corp. bankruptcy action. 

Who Is Exposed to Asbestos - Who is At Risk?
 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...
The Asbestos Companies Try to Cook the Books to Avoid Payments

Asbestos, "The Miracle Mineral", was always advertised as indestructible. The intractable legacy that it has left upon the judicial system is like the mineral's everlasting physical properties and the incurable diseases that it causes. Late September 2002, only weeks before the close of the 107th Congress, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT.), then Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, held congressional hearings concerning the status of asbestos litigation in the United States. 

 US oil services firm Halliburton has agreed to pay $4bn to settle a rash of asbestos-related compensation claims.

 US oil services firm Halliburton has agreed to pay $4bn to settle a rash of asbestos-related compensation claims.

The number of asbestos claims filed annually, the number and types of firms named as defendants in asbestos litigation, and the costs of the litigation to those defendants have all risen sharply in recent years. Given these trends, the authors examine the dimensions of asbestos litigation: How many claims have been filed? By whom? Against whom? For what kinds of conditions? At what cost and with what economic effects? And, if current trends continue, what will be the future costs of the litigation? 

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings to review the state of asbestos litigation and possible changes in remedies available for injured workers...
Workers' Comp Bill Targets Rule on 'Last Employers,' Helps Dependents

The Legislature will consider a bill this fall that could increase worker's compensation benefits to dependents after an employee's death and make it easier for workers suffering from occupational diseases, such as asbestosis, to obtain benefits.

Senator Hatch’s $108 Billion trust fund won’t meet future claims. What do victims do when the trust fund runs out of money? Likely future claims range from 1.9 million to 2.4 million. A trust fund designed to pay these claims could range as high as $245 billion (adjusted for inflation). Workers today are still being exposed. Estimates don’t include current exposures. The U. S. Geological Survey estimates that more than 29 million pounds of asbestos were used in product manufacturing in 2001. 

Woman Looks Back At Her Toxic N.J. Youth

Her body's betrayals, in her 45 years, range from asthma to infertility, from miscarried quadruplets to malformed organs. She wears a scar across her throat like a necklace that binds her to others who have had thyroid tumors removed.  

Workers’ Compensation News - December 1, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 35
 ASBESTOS CONGRESS POSTPONES ACTION ON ASBETSOS COMPENSATION BILL FOR AT LEAST 4 MONTHS As the Senate rushed toward its holiday adjournment, ...
Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Litigation

For over 3 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.

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