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What is the Latency Period for Mesothelioma?

NationwideMesotheliomaAttorneyThroneberry.jpgMesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer, often affecting the thin lining of tissue around the lungs or abdomen, caused by exposure to a flaky white mineral called asbestos. One of the most striking characteristics about the disease is the latency period between asbestos exposure and showing cancer symptoms.

Michigan Cracks Down on Cities Over Mishandling of Asbestos During Demolitions

Thumbnail image for iStock-95843330.jpgAccording to a recent article by the Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality may soon go after the city of Detroit, along with demolitions contractors, for health and safety violations over asbestos mismanagement. The article states that the state DEQ traditionally only levied fines against demolitions contractors for violations involving asbestos, but since Detroit has allowed rampant violations to continue and owns many of the properties where the alleged violations took place, the DEQ is within its right to pursue the property owners.

North Carolina Asbestos Claims Bill Creates Burdensome Restrictions for Mesothelioma Victims

Thumbnail image for iStock-477569695.jpgNorth Carolina state lawmakers recently voted to advance and asbestos claims bill that could potentially place burdensome restrictions on mesothelioma victims attempting to recover vital compensation needed to cover the costs of medical treatment. The House II Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 to advance Senate Bill 470 for a vote in the Senate, setting up a showdown between parties over the extent to which mesothelioma victims may be required to disclose certain information to the courts.

Missouri Appeals Court Upholds Punitive Damages Award in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for iStock-460053679.jpgA Missouri state appeals court recently upheld a substantial plaintiff's verdict in an asbestos cancer lawsuit alleging that the defendant, an industrial parts manufacturer is to blame for the victim's mesothelioma diagnosis and subsequent death. The defendant sought to overturn a jury's order to pay the plaintiff's estate $10 million in punitive damages as punishment for manufacturing engine gaskets containing deadly asbestos fibers.

New York Appeals Court Affirms Plaintiff's Verdict in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

iStock-92402940.jpgA New York appeals court recently upheld a significant plaintiff's verdict in an asbestos cancer case against equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., Pacemaker Steel & Piping Co., Millar Steel & Industrial Supply Co. Inc. over allegations that the defendants' products caused his mesothelioma. The $4 million verdict was a long time in the making for the plaintiff, who had to wait two extra years to finally receive the compensation and justice he deserved for his injuries caused by the defendant's dangerously designed products.

Illinois Appeals Court Upholds Alabama Mesothelioma Victim's Right to File Lawsuit

Thumbnail image for iStock-460053679.jpgA three-justice panel of the Illinois First District Appellate Court recently reversed a Cook County judge's decision to boot a lawsuit brought by an Alabama family on behalf of their deceased father claiming the victim developed mesothelioma while working in the state. The ruling is a huge victory not only for this particular plaintiff but other asbestos cancer victims attempting to hold wrongdoers accountable and recover compensation for all damages incurred.

Top Asbestos Exporters Block International Ban on Deadly Carcinogen

Thumbnail image for iStock-526953477.jpgThe scientific world was recently shocked after six members of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP-8) managed to block the addition of chrysotile asbestos from the Convention's list of hazardous substances. The block came despite a unanimous recommendation from the Convention's scientific committee to name the substance to the list, which leading scientists in the field called "ridiculous," according to reports.

$110 Million Verdict for Virginia Woman with Ovarian Cancer Allegedly Caused by Asbestos-Contaminated Talc Powder

iStock-460053679.jpgA St. Louis federal jury recently awarded a Wise County, Virginia woman a $110 million verdict over allegations that talcum powder produced by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) contained enough asbestos to cause the victim's ovarian cancer. The lawsuit is just the latest substantial award given to talcum powder cancer victims but one of the first to allege the product contained cancer-causing asbestos.

Missouri Could be 13th State to Pass Asbestos Claims Transparency Law

iStock-477569695.jpgMissouri could be the next state to adopt so-called asbestos claims transparency laws that could have a tremendous impact on the legal rights of victims struck by a mesothelioma diagnosis due to a manufacturer's negligence. While supporters of the bill tout the legislation's cost savings and ability to preserve asbestos bankruptcy trusts for future claims, the reality is that the law would force claimants to disclose sensitive information and make it more difficult to recover much needed compensation.

Appeals Court Issues Order Clarifying Compensation for Medical Bills in Mesothelioma Case

powerplant.jpgThe 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently handed down its ruling in an asbestos cancer lawsuit concerning the degree to which victims may recover for their medical expenses after insurers and healthcare providers reduce costs. The Alabama judge's ruling in the case sets a significant precedent for future mesothelioma lawsuits filed against government entities like the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in this suit.

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