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Firefighters and city reach asbestos settlement

A group of more than 50 firefighters has dropped their multi-million dollar asbestos lawsuit after reaching a settlement with the city with whom they are employed. The settlement agreement will allow the firefighters to receive medical monitoring and care for the remainder of their lives, which will hopefully allow them to discover any negative effects of asbestos exposure as soon as possible.

EPA report: there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos

Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a warning, reminding government agencies that any exposure to asbestos can cause long-term health damage and harm to those who are exposed. "Asbestos is a human carcinogen with no safe level of exposure," reiterated EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr.

Study: chemotherapy slightly increases mesothelioma survival rate

Mesothelioma is a terrible disease for many reasons. Not only does it cause severe pain and discomfort in those afflicted with it, but it also comes with a dismal rate of survival. Following a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is rare to survive more than a couple of years. This is one of the reasons that victims of asbestos exposure should be given every opportunity to be compensated for their pain and suffering.

Residents raise concerns about planned Illinois asphalt plant

During a recent meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission of Lake in the Hills, Illinois, several residents of the nearby town of Cary voiced their concern about a proposed asphalt plant. Specifically, the residents are worried that the act of grinding asphalt shingles and turning them into material for road resurfacing would cause asbestos dust to be released into the air. However, the commission apparently did not believe those concerns were valid, issuing its recommendation that the plant be built.

Plaintiff's illness spurs acceleration of asbestos lawsuit

After being diagnosed with mesothelioma one year ago, a former plastics company employee filed a lawsuit against his former employer and a company that provided the raw asbestos with which he worked for more than 10 years. Under the laws of New York, where the lawsuit was filed, the severity of the man's mesothelioma entitled him to an expedited lawsuit. Earlier this week, the jury ruled in favor of the plaintiff, awarding him damages of approximately $2 million.

Asbestos destruction stalls demolition of Illinois' "Blues Brothers" mall

After many stops and starts, the demolition of an Illinois shopping mall that was featured in the 1979 movie "The Blues Brothers" will reportedly begin by the end of this month, city officials say. The announcement comes more than five years after the Illinois state attorney general sued the city to stop the demolition of the mall because of the high levels of asbestos present throughout the old building.

Tort reform advocates target asbestos lawsuits in West Virginia

After a recent report labeled the state of West Virginia as "fertile ground for asbestos litigation," tort reform advocates in that state and throughout the country are clamoring for change. The report, which was published by the Mesothelioma Center, stated that West Virginia is in the top 10 states for asbestos-related lawsuits despite being the 38th most populous state in the country.

Courthouse asbestos lawsuit ends in settlement

Last month, an engineering firm agreed to settle an asbestos lawsuit, with the agreement marking the largest asbestos settlement thus far in the state of Missouri. However, as was pointed out by the plaintiff's attorney, no amount of money could ever make up for the loss of the plaintiff, who succumbed to mesothelioma during the course of the suit.

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