The plaintiffs, Ernest V. and Mary Quiroz, allege Ernest’s father was exposed to asbestos at work and brought asbestos fibers home on his clothing, which exposed his family to the carcinogen as well. Health risks occur when asbestos fibers become airborne and are either inhaled or ingested. Ernest contracted mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen, and died in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
A primary school in Auckland, New Zealand, is expecting students to attend class while asbestos abatement 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 asbestos 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 asbestos, but school officials reportedly said that was too long to keep it near the children. Read the rest of this entry »
The California Department of Water Resources said Thursday that authorities found the asbestos 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.
After 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 asbestos, according to The Press Democrat. Read the rest of this entry »
After the bill was passed by Iowa’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 »
The UK’s House of Commons is permanently dialing down the air conditioning for fear of asbestos, and reportedly the move follows authorities having to consider an emergency evacuation after “deadly levels of asbestos 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 »
A work group commissioned by the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery says enough evidence now exists to advise mesothelioma patients against extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP). Read the rest of this entry »
Following the lead of federal legislation making its way through Congress, Iowa’s Senate approved a bill last week 27-22 aimed at restricting “double-dipping” asbestos-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 asbestos trust claim and a host of other information, within 90 days of filing an asbestos 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 »
The Furthering Asbestos 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 »
Jurors 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 asbestos. 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 »