Brand
Get Your FREE Case Review 24 Hours A Day
To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in addition to face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation.

Mesothelioma & Asbestos

We are a nationwide leader in asbestos litigation with more than 20 years of experience and a staff that is highly qualified and specially trained to handle complex asbestos cases.

Arrow
Mesothelioma
& Asbestos
Mesothelioma
& Asbestos

Learn more about mesothelioma, symptoms & treatment, frequently asked questions and more.
Arrow
Mesothelioma
& Asbestos
Mesothelioma
& Asbestos

Learn more about mesothelioma, symptoms & treatment, frequently asked questions and more.
Arrow
Mass Torts, Defective Drugs & Products
Mass Torts, Defective Drugs & Products
We help victims of dangerous drugs (Actos, Mirena, Lipitor, etc.) and faulty devices (hip implants, pacemakers, etc.)
Arrow
Mass Torts, Defective Drugs & Products
Mass Torts, Defective Drugs & Products
We help victims of dangerous drugs (Actos, Mirena, Lipitor, etc.) and faulty devices (hip implants, pacemakers, etc.)
Arrow
Personal Injury &
Workers' Compensation
Personal Injury &
Workers' Compensation

We help clients who need assistance with work-related injuries linked to asbestos and other serious problems.
Arrow
Personal Injury &
Workers' Compensation
Personal Injury &
Workers' Compensation

We help clients who need assistance with work-related injuries linked to asbestos and other serious problems.
Mesothelioma
Lawsuit Claims.

Do You Have A Case?
Find Out In 4 Easy Steps!
Take Our Mesothelioma
Evaluation Survey.

Answers About Your Case In Minutes.
Get A Free Claim Review In 4 Easy Steps!
Do You Have a
Mesothelioma
Claim?

Take Our Short Case Assessment & Speak With A Lawyer In Seconds!
Mesothelioma
Lawsuit Claims.

Do You Have A Case?
Get a FREE Case Assessment
in 4 Easy Steps
You Are Now Here:

W.R. Grace & Company

W.R. Grace & Company is well known for producing an insulation product called “Zonolite.” The company was founded in Peru in 1854 by William Russell Grace. Initially, the company produced fertilizer and gunpowder, but quickly began producing machinery. In 1899, the company was incorporated in New York. The company quickly expanded its productions by acquiring chemical companies and eventually moved its corporate headquarters to Columbia, Maryland. Additionally, Grace was the first corporation to open a foreign-owned factory in the People’s Republic of China by opening a sealing plant in Shanghai. Despite such success, however, W.R. & Company has a checkered history — one littered with criminal indictments.

W.R. Grace & Company manufactured a diverse line of products that contained asbestos. Asbestos was often used in industrial settings and for insulation because it was inexpensive and heat-resistant. Most Grace products were used in the construction industry. Thus, many workers involved in the construction industry were exposed to deadly asbestos, particularly those involved with roofing, concrete, insulation and waterproofing. Further, it is estimated that W.R. Grace & Company’s vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, supplied about 80% percent of the nation’s insulation. The vermiculite, however, in the Libby mine was contaminated with asbestos.

Poisonous Insulation And The Risk Of Illness

Tens of millions of homes in the United States are lined with poisonous insulation from the Libby mine. When the asbestos in a building is disturbed, even by simple restorations, such as installing a ceiling fan, fibers break off into the air where they are be inhaled by residents.

As early as the 1920s, physicians recognized that exposure to asbestos caused severe sickness when asbestosis was identified by British medical journals. At the same time, insurance companies in the United States and Canada stopped selling life insurance to asbestos workers.

Moreover, safer substitutes for most asbestos uses were known as early as the 1930s. Nevertheless, W.R. Grace chose to protect its substantial profit margins rather than discontinue use of the toxic mineral. W.R. Grace was, notoriously, the subject of a book and film called “A Civil Action.” This story is based on the lawsuits of residents of Woburn, Massachusetts. Residents of Woburn, a small suburb of Boston, noticed high rates of leukemia. Scientists from Harvard University concluded that the leukemia was the result of W.R. Grace’s practice of dumping chemicals in the water supply. W.R. Grace settled the suit with the people of Woburn for $8 million in an out-of court settlement.

More recently, Libby, Montana, has brought into light W.R. Grace’s unconscionable corporate practices. In 1963, W.R. Grace bought the mine in Libby, Montana. Corporate records within W.R. Grace show that early in the 1970s the company’s officers knew that the vermiculite was contaminated with asbestos and that Libby residents were dying. Federal prosecutors criminally indicted executives from W.R. Grace on a number of charges related to covering up the dangers of asbestos. Most of the judge’s evidentiary rulings were overturned on appeal. Nevertheless, executives were acquitted in 2009. Still, many in Libby feel justice had not been served.

Soon after, the Environmental Protection Agency required W.R. Grace to pay a $250 million fine to reimburse the federal government for cleanup in Libby. That amount is the largest fine in history by the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Superfund” program. Bizarrely, when the E.P.A. requested documents from the company, the company mailed the documents to the E.P.A., which were covered in asbestos powder.

Because of these claims, the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001. Shortly before filing, the company transferred several billion dollars to spin-off companies as an attempt to protect itself from civil suits. The Justice Department found this to be a fraudulent transfer of funds, and the courts ordered that over $1 billion be returned to the company to be used to pay off the debts. As part of the bankruptcy proceedings, W.R. Grace has been ordered to set up a $3 billion trust to help compensate the victims of asbestos exposure.

Contact Us For Advice

If you or a loved one has been injured by W.R. Grace & Company, it is important that you contact The Gori Law Firm, immediately for more information on your rights.

A & I Company Trust

A-Best Trust

A.P. Green Trust

A.P.I Asbestos Trust

ABB Lummus Trust

AC & S Inc. Trust

Armstrong World Industries Trust

Artra-Synkoloid Trust

Asarco, LLC Trust

Babcock & Wilcox Trust

Bondex Trust

Brauer Supply Trust

Burns & Roe Trust

C.E. Thurston Trust

Celotex/Careytemp Trust

Christy Refractories Trust

Combustion Engineering Trust

Congoleum Trust

Eagle-Picher Trust

EJ Bartels Asbestos Settlement Trust

Ferodo Trust

Fibreboard Trust

Flexitallic Trust

Flintkote Trust

Fuller Austin Insulation Inc Trust

General Motors Corporation

GI Holdings Trust

Halliburton Company Trust

Harbison-Walker Trust

Hercules Chemical Company Trust

HK Porter Co. Inc. Trust

J.T. Thorpe Settlement Trust

J.T. Thorpe Company

Johns Manville Trust

Kaiser Refractory Trust

Keene Trust

Kentile Floors, Inc.

Leslie Trust

National Gypsum Trust

North American Refractories Trust

Owens Corning Trust

Pacor Trust

Pittsburgh Corning Trust

Plant Insulation Trust

Plibrico Trust

Porter Hayden Trust

Quigley Trust

Rapid American

Raytech Trust

Shook & Fletcher Trust

T & N Limpet Trust

THAN – TH Agriculture and Nutrition Trust

Thorpe Insulation Company Trust

U.S. Gypsum Trust

U.S. Mineral Products Company Trust

UGL Trust

W.R. Grace Trust

Western Asbestos Trust

Yarway Bankruptcy Trust

Why Choose The Gori Law Firm?

Experience

With over 100 years of combined legal experience, we guide our clients through the litigation process by addressing questions and concerns and about the outcome every step of the way. Read More

Results

The team at The Gori Law Firm fights hard for clients, working to get the compensation and the settlement they deserve, obtaining over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Read More

Team Approach

We are more than just experienced attorneys: our team is also made up of highly trained paralegals and professionals specially trained to deal with the demands of these complex cases. Read More

Faster Trial Dates
We know that obtaining funds in a timely manner will help cover medical expenses. The Gori Law Firm works quickly to recover funds and secure the earliest possible trial dates on our client's behalf. Read More

Recognition

  • Super Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American Association for Justice
  • ABA Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Fill Out Our Form Today To Get A Free Case Review.

Get a Free Case Review Today