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Kaiser Gypsum to set up trust fund to handle pending asbestos claims

A North Carolina company facing thousands of asbestos-related lawsuits recently decided to create a “trust fund” to help them settle all pending claims, a report of mesothelioma.com said on October 4.

Reports said Kaiser Gypsum, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on September 30 in a federal court so they could eventually address the estimated 14,000 lawsuits filed against them by asbestos victims in the past years. The company, known for manufacturing various construction materials, was using “chrysotile asbestos” due to its effectiveness in strengthening their products. Since the 1970’s, there were over 38,000 lawsuits filed against Kaiser by people made ill as a result of asbestos exposure. As part of the bankruptcy, the company is expected to undergo reorganization by creating a “trust fund” for all the pending lawsuits. The company lost hundreds of millions worth of asbestos settlement, reports also said.

Asbestos exposure could result in fatal respiratory illnesses such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. If you accidentally inhaled asbestos, a legal counsel could help you figure out if can receive compensations you need for treatment. Simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get in touch with a lawyer.

Alabama survivors awarded $3.5M after death of mother

Alabama Judge Lynwood Smith recently decided that Shannon Jean Bobo Cox and Melissa Ann Bobo should be awarded $3.5 million after their mother, Barbara, died of mesothelioma cancer in 2013. Barbara, who regularly cleaned the clothes of her late husband, James, developed pleural mesothelioma in November of 2011.

Reports showed that James clothes contained asbestos dusts which accumulated in the course performing his duties as an employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear plant. In 1997, James succumbed to lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure. Court papers claimed that Barbara was also exposed to asbestos, even though she was not working at the nuclear plant.

This case serves to illustrate the incredibly devastating and far-reaching effects of asbestos exposure. Even inhaling residual dust can lead to severe medical complications. If you or a loved one has been exposed to this dangerous material and contracted mesothelioma as a result, our attorneys may be able to help you pursue a claim to compensation. To learn more, fill out the contact form at the top of this page.

Widows awarded millions for their husbands’ suffering

The widows of two workers who died of asbestos-related cancer will both get millions worth of remunerations for all the suffering their husbands experienced, the New York Daily News reported on July 7.

In the ruling by an appellate court, the widows of Ronald Dummit and Dave Konstantin were granted $8 million each. Both of their husbands died of mesothelioma cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The contractor firm that they worked for was found to be aware of asbestos hazards without alerting workers who may be exposed. Dummit reportedly inhaled asbestos fibers while working on old ship boilers, while Konstantin assisted in the construction of the Olympic Tower when he was exposed to the harmful mineral fibers.

Individuals who have been exposed to asbestos are at risk of dying from mesothelioma cancer or other asbestos-related diseases. When negligent firms fail to protect employees from exposure, they can be held liable for any suffering or costs incurred. If this has happened to you or a loved one, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get more information on how asbestos can affect you and how a lawyer may legally assist you.

Garlock plans to claim lesser financial responsibility in upcoming asbestos lawsuit

In the upcoming trial involving Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC and claimants, the company plans to claim that it owes only $125 million in asbestos liabilities, despite plaintiffs saying that the actual amount is closer to $1.3 billion.

It must be decided how much the company owes before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charlotte, North Carolina begins the trial on July 22 to determine whether  Garlock can be held financially liable for causing mesothelioma, both currently and in the future. This court decision will largely affect the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition.

People have been alleging that exposure to asbestos in Garlock’s gaskets, conveyor belts, among others caused their diagnosis of mesothelioma. However, in a pretrial brief this week, Garlock stated that it will argue  it has “little to no responsibility” regarding these claims.

Mesothelioma, which usually affects the lungs, the abdomen, or the heart, is a fatal cancer typically caused by asbestos exposure. For further information about asbestos, mesothelioma, and the options available to those who have developed this disease due to someone else’s negligence, fill out the contact form on this page.

Bill requiring asbestos plaintiffs to disclose trusts receives approval at Wisconsin Assembly

Wisconsin lawmakers approved a bill that will require asbestos plaintiffs to make their current asbestos claim or their intention to file a personal injury lawsuit regarding asbestos public knowledge .

The Wisconsin Assembly, in a vote of 58-39, passed Assembly Bill 19, which will force asbestos plaintiffs to disclose claims filed with asbestos bankruptcy trusts before taking action on the same claim and getting started with initial court proceedings with a solvent business. The measure is now pending approval in the state Senate.

Representative Andre Jacque (Republican of De Pere), author of the bill, said the intent of the measure is to practice transparency by making information regarding a plaintiff’s litigation plans concerning companies he is accusing of committing asbestos-related negligence readily available.

Asbestos is a substance that is known to cause mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the healthy operation of internal organs, including the lungs and the heart. For more information on the illness, recommended treatments, and litigation advice, feel free to contact our offices.

Penalty of $850,000 fine to be meted out to erring businessman

A Springfield Township businessman, David Sugar, Sr., will have to pay $850,000 to compensate for the asbestos contamination that his company’s team wrought upon unsuspecting civilians during their demolition of an old steel mill in Steubenville, Ohio.

Sugar, who also violated the law when he bribed ex-Congressman Jim Traficant in 2003, was sentenced by Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese, Jr. to pay the fine for not taking consideration of the asbestos dispersed in the area when he had the old Weirton Steel plant demolished.

Sugar had already been sentenced to other penalties for other charges related to the case last year, including 15 weekends in jail, three years of probation with house arrest, and a $10,000 fine after admitting guilt to four counts of Clean Air Act violations.

Asbestos are responsible for causing a serious disease known as mesothelioma. Tragically, this extremely deadly disease effects numerous Americans each year due to irresponsible and reckless people, like Sugar. For more information about this disease, asbestos, and other related topics, visit our site or get in touch with a representative.

Two indicted after Riverside asbestos removal

Two men were recently indicted on charges of improperly removing asbestos from a former hospital in Riverside.

According to court officials, the two men, ages 53 and 59, were charged with illegally removing asbestos without a license, using workers that were not qualified to do so, and failing to use the correct equipment when removing the carcinogenic.

The former hospital is a four story building that was used as a hospital between the years 1935 and 1995 and then a nursing home until 2005. The building was then vacant until its demolition in 2010. The contractors allegedly used inmates and day laborers to do the job and failed to follow state and federal laws that are put in place in order to remove the products safely.

 

Oak Ridge cleanup workers file asbestos lawsuit

Nearly half-dozen Oak Ridge cleanup workers have filed a lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court after claiming that they were exposed to asbestos without protective gear, along with other hazardous material, nearly a decade ago.

The lawsuit was filed last weekend and is seeking compensation from a number of government contractors who were involved in a cleanup project in 2000 and 2001 at the Department of Energy’s K-25 plant.

Six plaintiffs filed the lawsuit after working at R&R Electric Corp. as independent contractors. The plaintiffs claim in the lawsuit that they were told that the condensers that they were using did not contain asbestos particles and that they were denied protective gear when they asked for it.

They are now claiming that they were exposed to asbestos among other toxic materials while working. Lawyers representing the men have stated that they have experienced medical problems as a result of being exposed at the Oak Ridge Cleanup.

If you would like to learn more about how asbestos exposure happens, contact us today.

Philadelphia fire house closes because of asbestos concern

The fire house that is home to Ladder 15 and Medic Unit 47 will be closed in order to fix repairs, according to the Philadelphia Fire Department.

The fire department stated that the closure is due to an investigation to a possible asbestos presence on the encasing of some of the older pipes. Asbestos is a toxic material that is known to cause lung cancer, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis.

Asbestos is usually not a threat until it is disturbed. Once it becomes airborne, it can lodge into the lung and metastasize. All of the firefighters and medic members will be transferred to nearby firehouses while their home station is closed. Once all repairs are done, the firehouse will be reopened.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and you would like to learn more on the topic, contact us or visit our site today  at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org with any questions that you may have.

Marine veteran dies from mesothelioma before making it to court

A Marine veteran, John Johnson, who developed malignant mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job, filed a lawsuit against multiple companies, but passed away before he was ever able to make it to court.

Johnson’s family is now claiming that the defense attorneys stalled so that Johnson would die before he could ever receive any money for his pain. In  California, asbestos defendants can have up to 20 hours of plaintiff depositions and even though Johnson’s doctors stated that 12 hours of deposition time would be more than Johnson could handle, he had to give a total of 25 hours total from the companies he sued.

His family stated that he put off going to court in order to make all of the deposition hearings. This included the last deposition, on Jan. 23 when he answered questions from dozens of attorneys. Forty minutes after this deposition, Johnson collapsed and he was taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital, where he died the next day.

Cases like this one have some concerned that legal technicalities are preventing asbestos victims from getting the compensation they deserve. Asbestos law is not a factor of determining whether or not asbestos causes mesothelioma, but more then letting the defendant blame someone else for these claims. Officials are now hoping for a better solution to help asbestos victims.

For more information on this case, please visit the LA Times online today.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result, contact us today.

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