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Virginia Beach Municipal Government Set to Move out of Asbestos Plagued City Hall

ThroneberryLawGroupNationwideMesotheliomaAttorney.jpgAfter almost 50 years in the same building at the Municipal Center in Princess Anne, Virginia, the city of Virginia Beach is finally prepared to move its seat of government to a new City Hall, one that is free of asbestos. In fact, city employees were finally able to convince the powers that be that the time was right to make the move by highlighting the dangers the asbestos-laden insulation and floor tiles could pose to municipal workers doing the city's business.

Over 100-Austin Airport Workers Exposed to Asbestos During Renovations

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for iStock-95843330.jpgA recent report by KXAN revealed that as many as 120 workers for the city of Austin, Texas were likely exposed to asbestos during renovations to offices at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport's Maintenance Complex Building. As a result, eight construction workers directly involved with the renovations where the asbestos was reported will receive lifetime medical monitoring to ensure any adverse health events are diagnosed and treated immediately.

New York City Courts Rule Asbestos Cancer Victims can Ask for Punitive Damages in Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Thumbnail image for iStock-460053679.jpgNew York City's asbestos courts recently issued new orders expanding the rights of mesothelioma cancer victims to seek enhanced damages from defendants for the harm caused by dangerously designed and manufactured products. The order is a reversal of a previous New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) declaration that deferred claims for punitive damages indefinitely and deprived mesothelioma victims the opportunity to hold wrongdoers accountable for their indifference to public safety.

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.

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