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Machine makers can now be sued by asbestos victims

An appeals court ruled this week that asbestos victims can file lawsuits against the maker of brake shoe grinding machines after it was determined that asbestos fibers were released from the lining of the brakes.

The lawsuits were filed by a former mechanic and three other families who lost their loved one to an asbestos-related disease. The lawsuits state that the machine, made by Hennessy Industries, exposed the workers to asbestos.

The mechanic is suffering from asbestosis and the three other victims passed away in 2007 and 2008. This ruling overturned a decision made in June 2010 that stated that Hennessy Industries did not use asbestos in the machine and that they were not responsible for toxic substances that may have come from other company’s products.

The decision was reversed because it was discovered that the purpose of the machines was to grind down the lining of brakes, which would release asbestos as a result.

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Faster drug approval bill proposed to help mesothelioma sufferers

New legislature is currently being proposed to lawmakers and if passed, it would allow the Food and Drug Administration to quickly pass new and innovative treatment for Mesothelioma sufferers.

The bill is called the Faster Access to Specialized Treatment and it will basically allow patients that do no have time to wait for access to get medical options quickly.

The current approval rate for new drugs takes a very long time and for people who suffer from mesothelioma, they do not have much time. If a scientist discovers a new medicine that may be able to shrink a tumor, the FDA will be able to approve the bill quickly and make it more possible for mesothelioma patients to seek new treatment.

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Vermont towns to decide fate of asbestos mines

Two towns in Vermont will be voting whether or not an asbestos mine will be named as a site of Superfund hazardous waste or not.

If named a Superfund hazardous site, it will be cleaned up and turned into a biomass plant in the future. There is currently a developer that is interested in the abandoned mine site, but the area must be cleaned first and this could cost up to $2 million.

Last year, the two towns were asked to vote yes in order to turn the mine into hazardous waste site, but some are opposed because it may cause property taxes to raise in the area.

The cleanup for this process is said to take up to 10 years to complete and the EPA has stated that it will not be on the Superfund list unless it was approved by nearby towns.

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Vermont school officials settle asbestos lawsuit

A school district in Montpelier, Vermont has settled an asbestos lawsuit with a local flooring company allegedly involving improper handling of asbestos-laden material.The floor company has settled the matter with the middle school for $65,000.

Two years ago, a middle school in the district underwent an improvement project, but the middle school is claiming that the flooring company, Morrison-Clark, failed to wet the asbestos before the removal and failed to inform the EPA before the removal began.

This incident could have released tiny asbestos particles into the air which can then cause the particles to lodge into a person’s lung. After the particles lodge into the lungs, symptoms can be dormant for up to 50 years.

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Women files asbestos suit after death of brother

A West Virginia woman has filed a mesothelioma suit against 65 companies after the death of her brother from mesothelioma.

The woman is claiming that her brother’s death was caused by working with asbestos-laden products that were made or used by the defendant companies. Her brother was diagnosed with mesothelioma on February 22 and died on March 5. He worked for Amco Steel from 1965 to 1986 as a rigger.

Exposure to asbestos is the primary cause of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. The disease can lay dormant for up to 50 years before an indidvidual begins to feel symptoms.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that takes the lives of 3,000 Americans a year. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim.

Jury awards man $14 million in asbestos suit

A Florida jury has awarded a 57-year-old man $14 million in a mesothelioma suit.

The suit claimed that the man was exposed to asbestos while working at his family’s construction company during the 1970s. During this time, asbestos was used in joint compounds in the construction industry and was used in nearly 3,000 construction projects.

The jury found that Union Carbide, a chemical manufacturing company, was negligent for selling the asbestos fibers to companies. The company was founded in 1917 and sold asbestos fibers to companies until 1985.

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Couple files second asbestos suit

A couple filed a second asbestos suit in Madison County Court for the husband who, according to the claim, developed an asbestos-related disease from his career as an insulator.

The couple claimed that 59 defendant corporations caused the husband to develop the asbestos-related disease, which caused him to be disabled and disfigured. The couple filed one complaint in St. Clair County Court on April 27 and a similar complaint on May 3.

The couple is seeking punitive, exemplary, and compensatory damages to sufficiently punish the corporations who they feel are to blame for the husband’s disease.

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New York schools evacuated

Public School 115 on West 177th Street in Washington Heights, New York, was evacuated this morning after school officials discovered water damage during the previous week had compromised the structural integrity of the ceilings. This interruption of the first day of class following Spring Break was caused by officials’ fears that the water damage indicated a potential asbestos contamination.

Matthew Mittenthal, a spokesman for the New York Education Department, said that the city was confident that there was no danger in the school, but in the interest of safety would do a full cleanup tonight before reopening the school tomorrow morning.

This school evacuation was the second of the day, as a building in Hunts Point in the Bronx that housed four public schools had been evacuated earlier after the detection of elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

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No records to prove safe asbestos removal from Topeka prison

No records have been found to document the safe removal of asbestos and EPA compliance during the 2005 renovation of a women’s dormitory at the state prison in Topeka.

Although proper safety documentation exists for the years 2006 and 2007, reports claim that in 2005, staff members and inmates removed asbestos-containing flooring materials from the dormitory, at times crushing the materials into powder during the removal. The workers were not trained in renovation work and were not warned of the dangers of asbestos exposure.

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Virus Therapy Proves Hopeful

A new type of virus therapy is being explored which could help cancer patients who would otherwise be undergoing chemotherapy treatment. In this new form of virus therapy, a virus would be used to strategically attack only cancerous cells, leaving the healthy cells untouched. This is in stark contrast to chemotherapy treatment, in which healthy and cancerous cells are attacked indiscriminately.

This treatment would be even more effective if the virus could be harnessed to express the anti-viral protein interferon-beta.

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