Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Hurricane Harvey could create asbestos risk during clean up

28 Aug 2017 by under News
harvey tmo 04aug05 100x100 Hurricane Harvey could create asbestos risk during clean up

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As Houston, Texas, area residents seek shelter from flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm at landfall Friday night, they face weeks, months and even years of rebuilding — of trying to restore the havoc nature caused. In the process of rebuilding or demolishing or sanitizing, residents will likely face clean-up threats  through exposure to toxic chemicals and building materials, including asbestos, as MyMeso has previously reported. (more…)


Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill

24 Apr 2017 by under News

480px Seal of Missouri 100x100 Missouri may pass asbestos claims transparency bill Nearly a quarter of states have asbestos claims transparency laws on the books, and Missouri is poised to raise the number to 13, according to the St. Louis Record. Even if the bill making its way through the General Assembly does not pass this session, it is expected to be reintroduced during the next one. (more…)


Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos-related defense costs

6 Apr 2017 by under News

Goodyear Blimp   Spirit of Innovation 100x100 Insurance company contests Goodyear Tire asbestos related defense costsGoodyear Tire and Rubber Co. faces approximately 62,000 claims involving asbestos-related injuries in , Maryland, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. The claims allege exposure to asbestos through the tire company’s products, including floor tiles, gaskets and furnace hoses, according to Law360. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. filed a petition in federal court Wednesday to declare it has no duty to pay defense costs, though Goodyear says otherwise due to an insurance policy. (more…)


House Judiciary Committee approves controversial FACT Act to regulate asbestos trusts

20 Feb 2017 by under Legal, News

United States House of Representatives 2017 100x100 House Judiciary Committee approves controversial FACT Act to regulate asbestos trusts

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill last week targeting asbestos injury compensation. The bill, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (FACT Act) or H.R. 906, claims to “weed out unmeritorious class action claims,” according to Forbes. The act, which met tough opposition during its last run, was reintroduced by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) this year in hopes a Republican majority in Congress would see the bill signed into law by the Republican president.

H.R. 906 passed the committee by a 19-11 vote. And though it has managed to slip back onto the docket, all of the previous opposition still applies, as Legal Newsline confirmed it was the same version as last year’s bill. (more…)


Multiple Texas companies cited by OSHA for asbestos violations, other hazards

24 Mar 2016 by under News

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Multiple Texas companies cited by OSHA for asbestos violations, other hazards   According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), five Texas companies have been cited for failure to notify construction workers of asbestos and other hazards during a renovation. As a result, the companies are now faced with a total of $185,150 in fines. (more…)


Dallas high school students plan “walk out” if school fails to address asbestos concerns

7 Dec 2015 by under News

renovations South Oak Cliff High School 100x100 Dallas high school students plan walk out if school fails to address asbestos concernsAsbestos is not something to be ignored, and some students in a local Dallas, Texas, high school are making their concerns of the school’s condition heard by threatening to walk out. (more…)


Texas renovators fined for exposing workers to asbestos

4 Dec 2015 by under Legal, News

Asbestos danger sign 300x222 Texas renovators fined for exposing workers to asbestosThree Austin, Texas-based commercial real estate renovators face paying a total of $112,000 in fines for exposing their workers to asbestos at a residential construction worksite in San Antonio, federal safety regulators said. (more…)


Dallas County locals voice growing fears about asbestos removal from East Village construction

25 Sep 2014 by under News

Asbestos at demolition site East Village WFAA News image 100x100 Dallas County locals voice growing fears about asbestos removal from East Village constructionDALLAS –  Nearby residents of Dallas County’s upcoming East Village development have begun expressing concern regarding a construction site with excessive amounts of dust clouds and debris around North Central Expressway and Haskell Avenue. Residents say they are afraid they may be exposed to harmful asbestos in material being removed during demolition of an existing building on the site, pointing to mounting piles of rubble. (more…)


Asbestos ruling in Texas gives hope for future mesothelioma plaintiffs

22 Jul 2014 by under Legal

Gavel Scales of Justice American flag square 100x100 Asbestos ruling in Texas gives hope for future mesothelioma plaintiffsThe Texas Supreme Court just pushed back against asbestos plaintiffs by raising the burden of proof to show that the defendant’s products caused mesothelioma; however, the plaintiffs avoided a situation that attorneys believed would have voided all asbestos lawsuits. (more…)


Meso Foundation announces 2013 research award grants

5 Feb 2014 by under News, Organizations, Research/Treatment

MARF logo square Meso Foundation announces 2013 research award grantsThe Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) this week announced the 2013 recipients of mesothelioma research grant money totaling $500,000. Five projects were selected for funding. Each will receive $100,000. The Foundation has contributed $8.7 million in funding for mesothelioma research since the program began. (more…)