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Asbestos found in makeup sold by national retail chain

An investigative report recently had several samples of makeup tested to determine if there was anything included in the products that was not listed as an ingredient. The report tested the "Just Shine Shimmer Powder" sold by Justice, a popular girls' apparel store. According to the Scientific Analytical Institute in Greensboro, the makeup tested positive not only for heavy metals barium, chromium, lead and selenium, but also tested positive for asbestos.

What is the underlying legal theory of Asbestos lawsuits?

Asbestos used to be a main component of many products due to its affordability, accessibility and versatility. For most of the 20th century, asbestos was used in tiles, insulation, automotive parts and even consumer products such as small appliances, baby powder and potting soil. Before its potentially lethal effects became widely known, asbestos companies and manufacturers had evidence of its dangers and continued to market it to the public.

Asbestos victims get $25 million settlement

Most defendants in cases involving asbestos exposure are private corporations that mined or used asbestos in the many products that contained the hazardous mineral. In any case, the state of Montana agreed to pay $25 million to settle a product liability case brought by more than 100 people who lived in the tiny town of Libby.

Redevelopment proposal stirs fears of asbestos

This blog has written repeatedly about how the redevelopment or demolition of older buildings stirs up fears of releasing asbestos fibers into the environment. In a large number of these projects, the asbestos is a component of pipe insulation, fireproofing or floor and ceiling tiles, and the asbestos can easily be contained and disposed of. Now, a redevelopment proposal in Davidson, North Carolina has stirred neighbors' fears of asbestos product exposure for a very good reason: the building proposed for demolition was used as an asbestos factory from 1930 to 1960.

Study shows pre-adolescent asbestos exposure causes lung damage

Even though the health hazards of exposure to asbestos fibers have been the subject of many scientific studies, the subject is still prompting additional research. A new study concerning the exposure to asbestos fibers during the pre-adolescent years demonstrates again that asbestos and asbestos product exposure damages the lungs.

Proving the source of asbestos in a product liability case

People who believe that they may have been exposed to asbestos often wonder how the sources of the asbestos can be determined. After all, asbestos was produced and used by a large number of companies before the health risks became widely known. Nevertheless, lawyers who specialize in representing persons who have experienced asbestos product exposure and who suffer from one or more asbestos-caused illnesses have a number of methods of answering this question.

Quebec town tries to leave name in the past

This blog has told many stories about victims of asbestos and of the diseases that it causes, but one victim is struggling to survive a different kind of illness: the effects of its name. Much of the asbestos that has caused illness and death in the United States and all over the world was mined in southern Quebec, and the town at the center of the mining operations adopted the name of the mineral that appeared to have created a never-ending stream of prosperity. Now, the town of Asbestos, Quebec is trying to escape the consequences of its unfortunate name.

Mesothelioma victim triumphs on appeal

A recent post on this blog explored the topic of take home liability for illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos-containing products. Take home liability refers to claims for asbestos product exposure made by persons who were exposed to asbestos fibers when they laundered or otherwise handled the clothes of the person who worked in the vicinity of airborne asbestos fibers. A recent state court decision clarified the law of take home liability that may help asbestos exposure victims in North Carolina and other states.

Is asbestos still a health hazard?

Most people in North Carolina know that asbestos has caused countless cases of serious respiratory disease including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, but many people also believe that the hazards of asbestos product exposure are a thing of the past. This belief is mistaken. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the United States Department of Labor, has adopted extensive regulations to protect humans from what is very much a current hazard.

What are asbestos-related diseases?

Many people in North Carolina have contracted an asbestos-related disease because of on-the-job exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. This post will summarize the symptoms of the three diseases that are most commonly caused by asbestos product exposure: mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

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