Arizona Supreme Court will review take-home asbestos exposure case

22 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Legal

OznEpzk5 100x100 Arizona Supreme Court will review take home asbestos exposure caseThe Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments next month in a take-home asbestos exposure case, according to Legal Newsline.

The plaintiffs, Ernest V. and Mary Quiroz, allege Ernest’s father was exposed to at work and brought fibers home on his clothing, which exposed his family to the carcinogen as well. Health risks occur when fibers become airborne and are either inhaled or ingested. Ernest contracted , an -related cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, and died in 2014.  Read the rest of this entry »


New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classes

21 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

GHS pictogram silhouette1 100x100 New Zealand school faces criticism for asbestos abatement during classesA primary school in Auckland, New Zealand, is expecting students to attend class while procedures are underway, a move that has some parents fearing for the safety of their children.

Hobsonville Primary School is in the midst of a three-plus week removal process after the known human carcinogen was found in the ground where a new drop-off zone is set to be built, according to 1 News. Parents wanted the school to wait until Christmas break — the longest break the children have in their year-round school schedule — to remove the , but school officials reportedly said that was too long to keep it near the children. Read the rest of this entry »


Asbestos found at Oroville Dam site

20 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

 

Oroville dam aerial1 100x100 Asbestos found at Oroville Dam siteCalifornia’s damaged Oroville Dam faces another hurdle in its repair after air-quality control tests revealed the presence of naturally occurring .

The California Department of Water Resources said Thursday that authorities found the in what it said were limited areas of the site, according to the Associated Press. Crews are currently working to remove what remains of the more than 1.7 million cubic-yards of debris that accumulated at the bottom of the spillway last month after a large part of it failed.

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Jury finds in favor of Sonoma State whistleblower

17 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

Sonoma State University Seal 100x100 Jury finds in favor of Sonoma State whistleblowerAfter four days of deliberation, Sonoma County, California, jurors found in favor of a Sonoma State University employee who maintained he was fired from his position after raising concerns about the school’s handling of environmental hazards like lead and , according to The Press Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »


Iowa bill targeting asbestos claims headed to state governor

16 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Iowa House of Reps 100x100 Iowa bill targeting asbestos claims headed to state governor A bill restricting “double-dipping” in -related liability lawsuits is heading to the governor of ’s desk, The Courier reports.

After the bill was passed by ’s Senate March 8, it headed Tuesday to the State House, where it passed 56-39. Now, it is headed Tuesday to Gov. Terry Branstand for his signature. The bill, Senate File 376, cleared both chambers without a single Democratic vote cast in its favor. Read the rest of this entry »


UK House of Commons threatened by asbestos

15 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px Palace of Westminster 100x100 UK House of Commons threatened by asbestosThe UK’s House of Commons is permanently dialing down the air conditioning for fear of , and reportedly the move follows authorities having to consider an emergency evacuation after “deadly levels of were registered in the chamber,” according to The Express. Though follow-up readings were reduced to a “safe level,” according to the news source, authorities decided to permanently turn down the air last week to reduce exposure risk . Read the rest of this entry »


Extrapleural pneumonectomy ‘clinically ineffective,’ group says

14 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

lungs 1 002 100x100 Extrapleural pneumonectomy clinically ineffective, group saysA work group commissioned by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery says enough evidence now exists to advise patients against (EPP). Read the rest of this entry »


Iowa Senate passes bill targeting asbestos claims

13 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

670px Flag of Iowa.svg 1 100x100 Iowa Senate passes bill targeting asbestos claimsFollowing the lead of federal legislation making its way through Congress, ’s Senate approved a bill last week 27-22 aimed at restricting “double-dipping” -related liability lawsuits, according to The Des Moines Register.

With heated opposition from Democratic Senators, the Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill, which would require plaintiffs to meet deadlines, including the disposition of each trust claim and a host of other information, within 90 days of filing an claim. Cases would be dismissed for noncompliance. The bill’s floor manager, Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale), said it is intended to address problems, such as plaintiffs suppressing evidence, to ensure trust fund money is not depleted. Read the rest of this entry »


FACT Act headed to the Senate

10 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

640px United States Capitol west front edit2 100x100 FACT Act headed to the Senate The Furthering Claims Transparency (FACT) Act passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, by a 220-201 vote Thursday. The passage comes after the original FACT Act, H.R. 906, passed the House Judiciary Committee in mid-February and was rolled into the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 at the beginning of this month. Read the rest of this entry »


Jury deliberates Sonoma State whistleblower retaliation case

9 Mar 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

SSU Schultz Library 4630COPY 100x100 Jury deliberates Sonoma State whistleblower retaliation caseJurors began weeding through more than two months’ worth of evidence and testimony today in an effort to determine the outcome of a contentious whistleblower trial over environmental issues on Sonoma State University’s campus.

Former employee Thomas R. Sargent, 48, claims he lost his position at the California university after raising concerns about how the college handled environmental hazards, including lead and . He filed a whistleblower claim seeking $15 million in damages alleging retaliation ended his 24-year career at the school, MyMeso previously reported. Read the rest of this entry »