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Fears regarding Wisconsin Assembly Bill 19

A bill proposed in Wisconsin has received flak from its critics due to their allegations that such a proposal can cause the lengthening of asbestos-caused mesothelioma claims cases, essentially disabling the ability of courts to award victims before their conditions worsen or they die.

Assembly Bill 19, introduced by DePere State Rep. Andre Jacque, provides discovery and scheduling requirements for a plaintiff filing a personal injury case. The bill mandates that a plaintiff should make it known to a court that he or she is filing a case, with the case only moving forward if the court has decided that there is enough proof of claim. Jacque said the bill is designed to prevent attorneys from “seeking additional awards beyond what fair compensation might be.”

The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard arguments both for and against the bill on Thursday, April 4.

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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.

New Orleans wife files asbestos lawsuit

New Orleans-based Carol Phillips filed a case against her husband’s former employers in St. John the Baptist District Court for his asbestos-related death. The case was then transferred to a federal court in New Orleans on April 2.

The lawsuit alleges that the victim was exposed to asbestos on a variety of occasions, which led him to develop mesothelioma, eventually leading to his death.

ABB Combustion Engineering Inc., Centerpoint Energy, Inc., Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Nebraska Public Power District, and the City of Grand Island were accused of negligence and premises liability for not being able to provide an adequate working environment, not assessing the kind of work Phillips and his co-workers did and not determining whether this was detrimental to their employees’ health or not, and failing to give warnings, proper ventilation, and safety equipment to ensure that asbestos exposure would not be a threat to the workers.

Sadly, asbestos exposure can lead to the deadly disease mesothelioma. To understand more about this and related topics, feel free to get in touch with a representative today.

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