The Asbestos Legal Journal, authored by Justinian Lane, offers information on asbestos litigation and claims from those suffering from diseases related to asbestos exposure and their families. Asbestos was used by builders and manufacturers at the turn of the 19th century, and its popularity continued well into the 20th century, unfortunately exposure to asbestos has been known to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and a form of pneumoconiosis called asbestosis. Mr. Lane, who lost two close relatives to cancers caused by asbestos exposure, brings a personal touch to this blog, and covers a litany of litigation and legislation relating to asbestos exposure.
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The popular press is giving a lot of attention to an asbestos verdict out of Mississippi last week. The Mississippi jury awarded a single defendant $322 million dollars in a lawsuit brought against Union Carbide Corporation and Chevron. (The breakdown was $22 million in compensatory...
One of the lowest forms of Internet marketing is to visit the web sites of your competitors and leave worthless comments with links back to your own website. Companies do this for two reasons. First, it puts their name in front of your readers. Second, generating a link back to...
Whenever a client contacts me with an asbestos case, one of the first tasks I have to perform is to determine where the client was exposed to asbestos. I have several resources to do this, including lists compiled by the companies who made asbestos products. I had an opportunity to look up...
In September of 2010, a Brazoria county jury awarded $27.5 million dollars to the widow of an asbestos worker. The asbestos lawyers who handled this case did a great job. Unfortunately, because Texas law is not particularly friendly to injured citizens, the actual amount the widow will...
On August 12th of 2010, a Los Angeles jury awarded $1,619,000 in an asbestos lawsuit filed against manufacturers of asbestos friction products. Friction products is asbestos-lawyer shorthand for "clutches and brakes that contain asbestos."Like many asbestos lawsuits, this one was filed...
On November 3rd of 2010, a West Virginia jury found that a pipefitter's mesothelioma was caused by exposure to John Crane gaskets. The attorneys for both parties entered into a confidential agreement in which John Crane would pay a specific amount of money if they were found liable by...
On November 12th of 2010, an Onondaga County jury returned a $1 million dollar verdict in a mesothelioma lawsuit filed against John Crane. The lawsuit was filed by a gentleman who worked on tugboats as early as 1954. During the years he worked on a tugboat, he was exposed to gaskets and...
Every asbestos lawyer knows that getting a big jury verdict doesn't actually mean you won anything. Asbestos companies always appeal their losses, and the appellate courts can easily wipe out a great asbestos verdict. In fact, they often do. So I was happy to see an asbestos...
In 1911, Dr. Collis described the experiences of a factory in which asbestos mattresses were made: Asbestos. - Following up information received from the Registrar-General, it was found that five deaths of persons suffering from pthisis [A type of tuberculosis.] had occurred in five years among a...
In 1899, Dr. H.M. Murray performed an autopsy on an asbestos worker who died in his mid thirties. This man was the tenth individual in his work area to die at a young age due to a breathing impairment. Dr. Murray noted that the man had interstitial fibrosis and "curious bodies" in his...