‘Asbestos Litigation’ Category

Study Finds Increased Rates of Mesothelioma in Firefighters

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According to a new study, firefighters are fighting more than fires — they’re also battling deadly cancer.

Our nation’s 1.1 million firefighters are among the first responders to save people in an emergency––and among the first to come in contact with hazardous materials such as asbestos. A study funded by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that firefighters...

EPA Refuses to Move Forward with Asbestos Ban

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New documents indicate a refusal to protect the public and vulnerable populations.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not move forward on an asbestos ban, despite Congress giving the agency the power to do so under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act. Further, the agency said it will not prohibit new uses or review exposures from abandoned uses of...

Pearl Harbor and the Ongoing Fight for Life

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On Dec. 7, the United States takes time to remember and honor all the service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

On this day in 1941, 2403 people died and 1143 were injured when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. They destroyed 20 American naval vessels including 8 battleships and over 300 airplanes. The next day, President...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Asbestos in Crayons

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Crayons purchased by a consumer advocacy group were found to contain asbestos.

Crayons purchased at a Chicago Dollar Tree have tested positive for asbestos. U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a consumer advocacy organization, tested six kinds of crayons from various brands. Green Playskool crayons showed trace amounts of the asbestos fiber tremolite.

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$117M Verdict in Talcum Powder-Induced Mesothelioma Case

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The jury determined that Johnson & Johnson knew its baby powder contained asbestos in New Jersey’s first talc asbestos trial.  

A Middlesex County, New Jersey jury ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and the talc company, Imerys Talc America (ITA), to pay $117 million in damages to a local couple after the husband developed mesothelioma after three decades of using...

Groundskeeper Awarded $289M Roundup Cancer Verdict

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In a groundbreaking trial, a Northern California jury unanimously agrees Monsanto Roundup pesticide was a contributing cause of Bay Area school groundskeeper’s incurable cancer. The award was later reduced to $78 million.

CALIFORNIA –– A San Francisco jury has awarded DeWayne Lee Johnson $289 million finding Monsanto liable for contributing to Mr. Johnson’s terminal...

J&J Knew for Decades that Asbestos Lurked in its Baby Powder

A Reuters Investigation Reveals a Powder Keg of Deception.

Facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its talc caused cancer, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) insists on the safety and purity of its iconic product. But internal documents examined by Reuters show that the company’s powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that J&J kept that information from...

The Great Smog of London: When Weather and Toxic Chemicals Collide

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Five days of smog crippled a city and sparked the need for change in industrial practices and clean air laws.

It began on December 5, 1952. What started as a typical, cold London day with a thick layer of fog surrounding the city’s national treasures did not last long. The fog began to turn yellowish brown as it mixed with thousands of tons of soot pumped into the air from factory...

The Connection Between Disasters and Asbestos Danger

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Environmental disasters can potentially expose first responders and the public to asbestos, putting them at risk for mesothelioma.

The possibility of asbestos exposure after environmental disasters continues to be an issue in the U.S. From natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy to the tragic events of 9/11, there is much to be learned about how to handle toxic...

Donora: The Town that People Owe a Debt of Gratitude for Clean Air

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The wake-up call that made people realize that dirty air can kill began in the small town of Donora, Pennsylvania.

October 27 is the day of remembrance for the Great Smog of Donora, a public health and environmental disaster. That day in 1948 was the impetus for the clean air movement. Five days of smog left almost 20 people dead, and nearly 6,000 of the 14,000 Donora, Pennsylvania,...

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