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Asbestos worker’s family awarded $9M in mesothelioma lawsuit

April 20th, 2011

A jury in Texas has awarded a $9 million verdict to the family of a former asbestos worker who died of mesothelioma. Jurors found that Robert Henderson was exposed to asbestos while working at a Dow Chemical plant in Midland, Michigan and at Alcoa Inc., which caused him to develop mesothelioma. (more…)

Company will pay $307.5 million to settle asbestos lawsuits

February 16th, 2011

Cooper Industries has agreed to pay approximately $307.5 million to settle asbestos lawsuits involving Pneumo Abex LLC. A Cooper subdivision had guaranteed that it would fulfill obligations to Pneumo Abex regarding mesothelioma and asbestos lawsuits that had been filed against the latter company. (more…)

Asbestos inspector sentenced to five years for faked safety reports

January 26th, 2011

A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced a former asbestos safety inspector to more than five years in prison for faking hundreds of asbestos and lead test reports. Saverio F. Todaro pleaded guilty in March to mail fraud, environmental crimes and making false statements in connection to his work as a certified asbestos investigator. (more…)

North Dakota road material may increase mesothelioma cancer risk

December 22nd, 2010

Exposure to dust from a mineral used on gravel roads in North Dakota may be linked to an increased risk of mesothelioma, a new study has found. Earlier studies have linked exposure to erionite dust to an increased rate of mesothelioma diagnosis in Turkey. (more…)

Quebec health officials criticize Canada’s support of asbestos industry

December 2nd, 2009

Health officials in Quebec have called for the Canadian government to stop supporting the use and mining of asbestos. In a letter to Canada’s health minister, the health officials criticized the country’s government for continuing to support the asbestos industry even after the mineral has been banned in many other countries for its connection to an increased cancer risk and other side effects. (more…)

India orders investigation of former US Navy ship over alleged asbestos contamination

October 16th, 2009

The Indian government has begun an investigation to determine whether a former United States naval ship scheduled to be dismantled contains toxic materials. The government’s investigation comes in response to protests by environmental groups who claim that the ship contains hundreds of tons of toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and asbestos. (more…)

Woman alleges she was fired for speaking out about asbestos contamination

October 6th, 2009

The former senior county clerk in Potsdam, New York says she may file a lawsuit against the city alleging that she was illegally fired after speaking out about asbestos contamination at a local building. Shelly Warner-Levison alleges that she was fired in retaliation for comments made about the presence of asbestos at the Potsdam Civic Center. (more…)

Variety columnist dies of mesothelioma due to Navy asbestos exposure

September 10th, 2009

Army Archerd, a reporter who spent over 50 years covering Hollywood with the trade publication Daily Variety, has died after a five year battle with mesothelioma. He was 87 years old. (more…)

Sheet metal workers at increased risk of asbestos diseases

August 18th, 2009

A new study by researchers at Duke University has found that sheet metal workers are at a significantly higher risk of several asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. The American Journal of Industrial Medicine study examined health records for nearly 18,000 sheet metal workers who had taken part in a 20 year screening program. (more…)

Mesothelioma deaths rose by 9% from 1999 to 2005

July 1st, 2009

A report by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has found that deaths from malignant mesothelioma rose by almost 9% between 1999 and 2005. The study uncovered a total of 18,068 reported mesothelioma deaths over that time period. (more…)

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