W.R. Grace and Co. Executives Plead Not Guilty

Former Grace executives plead not guilty to charges that they knowingly endangering residents of Libby, Montana, and concealed information about the health affects of its asbestos mining operations.

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, six W.R. Grace and Co. executives and their dozen-plus lawyers appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leif Erickson on Tuesday to plead not guilty to charges that they knowingly concealed information about the deadly health effects of their company's vermiculite mine in Libby.

The defendants are also accused of obstructing the government's cleanup efforts and wire fraud. To date, according to the indictment, approximately 1,200 residents of Libby area have been identified as suffering from some kind of asbestos-related abnormality.

News Source: Billings Gazette  |  Published: February 28, 2005  |  Read Full Story


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