It’s a widespread but false impression that asbestos is banned in the U.S. Many Americans may have heard that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned most asbestos uses and products in the 1970s and 80s. Unfortunately, this was overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991, allowing the asbestos industry to reign on. […]
For people who crave the scenic beauty of living by the sea in a home that has stood the test of time, the chance to buy an old lighthouse may seem like a dream come true. But when it comes to remodeling one, the dream may become a nightmare. Lighthouses, like many older structures, need […]
Turmoil is brewing in Lexington-Richland School District Five in South Carolina, and parents aren’t happy. Fitsnews reports that in mid-April, workers in protective gear were seen removing asbestos from Chapin High School during school hours. When a school board member called to inquire about this, she was told that no asbestos removal was taking place. […]
It’s an old story, but one that we’re hearing more and more these days–and about which more and more of us are getting justifiably angry in these days of little corporate accountability and oversight.
When corporate defendants settle lawsuits, it is often for one or more of three reasons: The corporation realizes it can’t win. The corporation may very well win, but the cost of litigation would make it a Pyrrhic victory. The corporation is concerned about its public image.
With news of school shootings every year sensationalized by the corporate media, it’s all too easy to overlook the far greater and much more common danger in our schools–toxic buildings. Faculty at two high schools in Fullerton, California, reported at the end of the last academic year that school district administrators failed to issue warnings […]
Recently resolved bankruptcy court litigation involving asbestos-product maker W.R.Grace & Co. will likely benefit the thousands of sick individuals who have brought mesothelioma lawsuits against the company. According to The Daily Inter Lake, W.R. Grace recently ended bankruptcy court litigation that has dragged on since 2001 and agreed to a $19.5 million that will fund […]
David Holter worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Inc., for 14 years between 1965 and 1979. Today, he suffers from mesothelioma; his 11-count suit, which names 37 additional defendants in addition to Goodyear, seeks compensatory damages for medical expenses related to the treatment of mesothelioma as well as punitive damages.
If you live in a house that was either built or last remodeled during the late 1960s or early 1970s, chances are good that you are living under “popcorn” ceilings–which contain asbestos. This type of ceiling texture–which resembles cottage cheese more than it does popcorn–was considered the height of modernity during the Age of the […]
While it is commonly known that asbestosexposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other types of lung cancerlater in life, it must not be ignored that asbestos can lead to the development of other illnesses too. Monday’s edition of Dr. Paul Donohue’s syndicated “To Your Health” column dealt with a question asked […]