Mesothelioma News

Texas above average for asbestos deaths in U.S.

February 2nd, 2016

According to the Environmental Working Group, Texas is above the national average for asbestos deaths. The Texas average is 4.9 per 100,000 people compared to a national average of 3.3 per 100,000 people. Asbestos deaths are most commonly due to mesothelioma cancer, a deadly disease that is a direct result of asbestos exposure. More »

New York Supreme Court jury awards $1.42 million to mesothelioma victim’s family

January 2nd, 2016

A New York Supreme Court jury in Buffalo awarded $1.42 million to the family of a man who died 4 months after receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis. The jury found that John Crane Inc. was responsible for exposing William Voelker to asbestos, the carcinogenic material that led to his mesothelioma cancer. More »

Australian con man subjects residents to asbestos exposure

November 20th, 2015

A con man in Australia pretending to be a licensed asbestos remover has caused multiple residents in Perth to suffer asbestos exposure.  David Leslie Patrick Back operated under the name Southside Asbestos Removals, using false license and registration numbers to convince residents and companies he was properly removing asbestos from their properties. More »

Michigan man given 5 years in prison for asbestos violations

June 8th, 2015

A contractor from Michigan will serve up to 5 years in prison after knowingly exposing his employees to asbestos during a demolition. Roy Bradley was found guilty of 4 counts of violating the clean air act, by failing to remove asbestos from a building before destroying it, failing to wet the asbestos, failing to train employees in asbestos handling and failing to ensure the asbestos was removed properly. More »

Oklahoma governor declares Department of Labor primary authority on asbestos cleanup

June 8th, 2015

Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin has signed into law a bill that declares the Department of Labor the primary authority on asbestos cleanup. The bill is aimed to ensure asbestos removal in old and historic buildings that are either destroyed or renovated happens in a safe and effective manner. More »

Russians block UN proposal to ban asbestos

May 21st, 2015

Six countries blocked a United Nations vote to permanently ban the exporting of carcinogenic asbestos, including Russia and India. Although the vast majority of countries support restricting asbestos due to its dangerous association with causing mesothelioma cancer and other diseases, a consensus is needed to create the ban. More »

Family of Texas man awarded $18.6M in mesothelioma lawsuit

September 26th, 2014

The family of a man from Tyler, Texas was awarded $18.6 million in their mesothelioma lawsuit against tire manufacturer Goodyear. Carl Rogers worked at a Goodyear plant for 30 years before being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in 2008. Rogers passed away in 2009. More »

Travelers Insurance group to pay more than $500 M in asbestos claims

September 5th, 2014

Travelers Insurance has been ordered to pay more than $500 million to satisfy asbestos lawsuit claims against one of its policyholders, Johns-Manville Corporation. Johns-Manville manufactured insulation containing the carcinogenic substance asbestos until its bankruptcy in the 1980s. More »

United States House of Representatives shuts down during asbestos scare

August 27th, 2014

The House of Representatives side of the United States Capitol building shut down due to an asbestos contamination scare. Workers during asbestos removal warned that a spill could have potentially affected the House side of the Capitol, halting all tours and leading people to exit the building while samples were collected to determine potential risk. More »

Buffalo city hall officials plead guilty in asbestos case

May 23rd, 2014

Two city of Buffalo officials have plead guilty in an asbestos case where they admitted to putting other people’s lives in danger. The City Hall Inspectors were in charge of ensuring the asbestos removal of 63,000 square feet of buildings was thorough, but lied about asbestos being released into the air near three schools and several parks. More »

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