Asbestos Still a Public Health Problem According to CDC

When you say the words “asbestos” and “mesothelioma,” the first thing to comes to many people’s minds is often “isn’t that problem about over?” Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asbestos is still a big public health problem. In fact, mesothelioma and asbestosis, along with other asbestos-related conditions, are still

Sen. Patrick Leahy on Need for Transparency in Asbestos Trusts

The FACT Act imposes unacceptable reporting requirements on those seeking compensation from the asbestos trusts. Veterans, teachers and first responders all agree that it opens them up to potential identity theft. The Ranking Member of the Committee issued a press release yesterday stating his position on the matter. I give you Sen. Patrick Leahy on need for transparency in asbestos trusts.

Veterans, First Responders and Teachers: Say No to FACT Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing opposition to the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) today. As part of that opposition, two letters were sent to the Judiciary Committee Chair, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the committee’s Ranking Member, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The message from veterans, first responders and teachers: say no to FACT Act.

FACT Act Passed in House of Representatives

Corporate America and the politicians it owns scored a victory on January 8 when the FACT Act passed in House of Representatives after long debate and several Democrat-proposed amendments being rejected. It moves on to the Senate and, if passed there, has a hot date with a Presidential veto.

Removing Asbestos Can Be Deadly Duty

Yesterday, I wrote a piece on the 3rd wave of asbestos disease in America. Today, I want to look at another piece of that problem. People like Kris Penny are exposed to asbestos through working in environments that contain it. There is another segment of the population that will soon be a part of the 3rd wave and they are asbestos remediation workers. Removing asbestos can be deadly duty.

U.S.’ 3rd Wave of Asbestos Disease

When we hear the words “asbestos” and “mesothelioma,” we automatically think of victims in their 60s, 70s or 80s. Individuals who worked as miners, millers & manufacturers or insulators and shipbuilders in a time before safety measures were in place are the usual mesothelioma patients. Meet Kris Penny, the face of the U.S.’ third wave of asbestos disease.

Alleged Cover-up Could Blow Roof off of Asbestos Litigation

The appeals ruling involved a class-action suit filed by relatives of alleged asbestos victims who accused BASF and Cahill of a systematic cover-up involving the destruction of key documents involving Engelhard asbestos litigation. Although the case in itself is not injury related, evidence of a cover-up could revive many previously litigated cases and cases in which plaintiffs settled for less than they would have had they attained access to factual information.

This is not a Punchline: TSCA Reform is likely on the Horizon

6/24/2015 For the first time in nearly 40 years, significant reforms to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) may finally take place as the House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday by a 398-1 vote on HR 2576, offering major changes to the law. The passage comes as a Senate panel advanced another