December 13, 2004

Fine for asbestos maker called 'sellout' by environmentalists

SPRINGFIELD -- A Lake County environmental group believes a former producer of asbestos products in Waukegan should face $84 million in state pollution fines rather than the "disgracefully low" $145,000 fine being sought by Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

News Source: Sun-Times  |  Published: December 13, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Library is asbestos free

MILLIS - It's official: Visitors can now safely return to the public library, which reopened last week after no traces of asbestos were found.

News Source: Milford Daily News  |  Published: December 13, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Asbestos suits hit wall in county

The number of cases has dropped steadily since May, when Circuit Judge Timothy McCarthy, who presides over the court's asbestos division, began questioning why thousands of claims were showing up in South Florida, even though they had no local connection.

News Source: Palm Beach Post  |  Published: December 13, 2004  |  Read Full Story

December 10, 2004

Ohio legislators pass lawsuit award limits

COLUMBUS - Even as it made another stab at restricting lawsuit jury awards, the Ohio General Assembly was already anticipating a court challenge.

News Source: toledoblade.com  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Asbestos Concerns Force Students To Leave Ledyard Middle School

Ledyard - Ledyard Middle School officials moved students to another school Thursday after learning that ceiling tiles, some of which contained asbestos, may have been moved during the installation of new light sensors.

News Source: The Day  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Study looks at cost of asbestos illness

HELENA - Medical costs for people sickened by asbestos exposure in Libby are expected to top $32.2 million over the next five years, new estimates show.

News Source: billingsgazette.com  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

DA cites asbestos in seeking relocation

Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley said yesterday she wants the state to move all her employees out of the Middlesex County courthouse in Cambridge as quickly as possible amid growing alarm over asbestos in the 22-story building.

News Source: Boston.com  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Teachers' union criticizes state over school asbestos

HONOLULU (AP) _ The Hawaii State Teachers Association is criticizing state officials for the slow response to the discovery of asbestos at a Windward Oahu School.

News Source: KPUA.net  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Equitas Mulls Asbestos Reserve Strength

Equitas, which reinsures and is running off liabilities of Lloyd's syndicates prior to 1993, said it needs more study before it decides if asbestos reserves will need strengthening.

News Source: National Underwriter  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Man reaches $4 million deal in asbestos lawsuit

EDWARDSVILLE - A Chicago-area man who sued in Madison County for his asbestos-related lung cancer has reached a settlement his attorney said will bring his total compensation to about $4 million.

News Source: Belleville  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Settlement reached in asbestos case

A civil lawsuit filed in the 32nd Judicial Court on behalf of a Wisconsin man who died of asbestos-related cancer was settled out of court over the weekend.

News Source: The Sweetwater Reporter  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Asbestos Discovery Concerns King Intermediate School

KANEOHE, Hawaii -- The discovery of asbestos at King Intermediate School has some parents and teachers worried.

The teacher's union is advising its 71 members at the school to get chest X-rays and to file for worker's compensation to cover the cost of the X-ray, KITV 4 News reported.

News Source: TheHawaiiChannel.com  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Specter wants quick action on U.S. asbestos bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Sen. Arlen Specter, who is expected to be the next chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on Wednesday he hoped to produce a bill early next year to create a national fund for compensating asbestos victims.

News Source: Reuters  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

EPA credits $131,000 fine toward asbestos work in Yonkers

YONKERS - The Environmental Protection Agency fined Yonkers schools $131,000 for failing to comply with federal asbestos laws under a settlement that allows them to apply the penalty to repairs and training, according to an agreement released yesterday by federal authorities.

News Source: TheJournalNews.com  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Court Revives Second Hand Asbestos Case

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey may be liable for injuries resulting from second hand exposure to asbestos at its work sites, the Appellate Division, 1st Department, ruled Thursday.

News Source: law.com  |  Published: December 10, 2004  |  Read Full Story

December 06, 2004

Some aid vowed in plan over asbestos

People who lived near or worked in a Dearborn factory that spewed asbestos dust for decades will get guidance, advice and resources, federal and state officials promised at a public hearing.

News Source: Detroit Free Press  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

ABB cancels bond swap offer after asbestos ruling

ZURICH, Dec 6 (Reuters) - ABB (ABBN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) has cancelled an offer to exchange two of its existing bonds for a new fixed-rate bond after a U.S. court last week rejected the Swiss engineering group's proposal to settle potentially ruinous asbestos claims.

News Source: Reuters  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Halliburton Says Court Clears Asbestos Settlement

HOUSTON - Halliburton Co. Friday said a federal court had signed an order that would end the company's asbestos liability later this month, clearing another hurdle for two of its subsidiaries to emerge from bankruptcy.

News Source: Planet Ark  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Asbestos removed from school

Making certain all buildings in the Montague Area Public Schools (MAPS) district are free of asbestos, work is already underway clearing material away from Oceana High School in Rothbury.

News Source: White Lake Beacon  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Wife to continue husband's battle

A QUEST for compensation begun by a man suffering from asbestos-related cancer has now been taken up by his widow in response to his final wishes.

News Source: Cambridge News  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

ABB Shares Slump After U.S. Court Rejects Asbestos Settlement

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of ABB Ltd., the world's biggest maker of electricity transformers, fell as much as 12 percent after a U.S. court threw out a $1.3 billion plan to resolve more than 135,000 asbestos lawsuits.

News Source: Bloomberg  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

U.S. appeals court rejects ABB asbestos plan

The claims from workers who suffered exposure to asbestos at ABB units including Combustion Engineering will now return to lower courts for renegotiation.

News Source: Reuters  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Jury hears opening statements on asbestos trial

Opening statements regarding a civil lawsuit which was filed on behalf of a Wisconsin man who died of asbestos related cancer was heard Wednesday by a jury in the 32nd Judicial Court.

News Source: Sweetwater Reporter  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Asbestos proposal on panel agenda

This fall, Kathy Rossland-Hulce, who for more than four years has led a grassroots effort to improve asbestos testing in the schools, submitted a petition with 73 signatures to the school board requesting that it accept an offer from some residents to pay for testing in the section of WMS that opened in 2001.

News Source: BrookfieldJournal.com  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

Suit: Hubby's clothes gave her cancer

A Queens housewife says she contracted a fatal form of cancer from washing her husband's work clothes.

Now Elizabeth Holdampf, 59, of Bellerose is suing the Port Authority, which employed her husband for nearly four decades.

News Source: New York Daily News  |  Published: December 6, 2004  |  Read Full Story

 

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