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June 2016 Archives

How lawyers fight the asbestos industry's cover-up

In our last two posts, we discussed the wide-spread attempts by the asbestos industry to hide from the public the truth about the health hazards of asbestos. In this post, we are going to show how aggressive lawyers who are committed to the welfare of their clients have developed techniques to meet and defeat the asbestos industry's cover-up.

The asbestos cover-up: a brief history (Part II)

In our previous post, we wrote about the refusal of the asbestos industry to acknowledge the health hazards posed by airborne asbestos fibers. In this post, we will review the ongoing efforts of the asbestos industry to deny these hazards posed by asbestos-containing products and to create a phony science intended to limit the legal liability of companies that mine or use asbestos.

The asbestos cover-up: a brief history (Part I)

Most people in North Carolina are aware of the health hazard posed by airborne asbestos fibers. Some know that inhalation of asbestos fibers causes asbestosis and that asbestos is the only known cause of a lethal form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. At the same time, these people are unaware of the long battle waged by manufacturers of asbestos and asbestos-containing products to prevent information about this hazard from being widely disseminated or used in court cases involving claims for damages due to asbestos product exposure. In this two-part post, we will provide a brief history of the war between the asbestos industry and the advocates who have urged a complete ban on the use of this fluffy mineral.

Court rules that distributor must warn of asbestos hazard

In a ruling that could affect asbestos claimants in North Carolina and elsewhere, a state supreme court has reinstated a jury verdict in favor of a worker who died from exposure to asbestos fibers. The trial court set aside the verdict in favor of the man's employer, but the decision was reversed on appeal.

Improper asbestos removal leads to criminal charges

This blog has written repeatedly about the criminal and civil liability faced by private parties in North Carolina and elsewhere who undertake renovation or demolition of older buildings without obtaining permits for asbestos removal or using approved asbestos-removal contractors. A case from another state - Washington - underscores hazard created by the improper removal of asbestos-containing products.


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