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  • U.S. Navy investigates report of cancer cluster at Guantanamo

    07/27/2015 7:31:57 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2015 | By David Rohde
    NEW YORK--The U.S. Navy is investigating a complaint that seeks the evacuation of civilian and military lawyers from parts of the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, following reports of cancer cases among personnel working on the trials of detainees there. At least seven civilians and military members who worked on detainee trials at Guantanamo Bay have been diagnosed with cancer, according to the complaint, which was filed with the U.S. Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General. The complaint calls on American military officials to remove personnel from court facilities on the base and test them and the base...
  • Asbestos found in children’s crayons, toys

    07/09/2015 7:34:20 AM PDT · by dware · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.08.2015 | Fox News
    our brands of children’s crayons and two kids’ crime scene fingerprint kits were found to contain asbestos, according a report released Wednesday. The tests were commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) action fund, a government-certified laboratory and confirmed by another government-certified laboratory.
  • Feds probe NYC civil court following Silver’s arrest (can you say kickback?)

    02/01/2015 5:33:39 AM PST · by Liz · 14 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 2/1/15 | Isabel Vincent, Melissa Klein and Susan Edelman
    The American Tort Reform Assn calls NYC's asbestos court the nation’s top “judicial hellhole”. Silver has been blocking tort-reform bills for decades. Silver's arrest centers on his no-show legal work for asbestos-profiteer, Weitz and Luxemberg, (as well as millions in bribes and kickbacks from fixing real-estate cases)..... judges with ties to Silver and his lifelong pal, Jonathan Lippman, the chief judge of the state Court of Appeals, presided over the cases. Silver was “of counsel” to Weitz & Luxemberg which earned unusual fast-track “red-carpet treatment” “better judges” and first dibs on jurors. Sherry Klein Heitler, the chief asbestos judge (at...
  • War Memorial demo uncovered asbestos

    12/24/2014 5:49:49 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    News & Record ^ | 12/24/14 | Joe Killian
    GREENSBORO — City employees and contractors may have been exposed to asbestos while working toward the demolition of War Memorial Auditorium. **SNIP** Brandon Hill, a construction project manager with the city, described the problem in an email on Oct. 13, after which work was halted and the building was shut down. “What we found was the worst case scenario of what we tried to warn staff about in August,” Hill wrote. “By allowing the scrappers and everyone else to come into the building before it was abated has caused a rather large issue.” “No one should be allowed in the...
  • [Howie] Carr: Drumbeats for Liz

    12/21/2014 2:16:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 21, 2014 | Howie Carr
    Elizabeth Warren for what? Granted, the American electorate has been significantly dumbed down over the past few decades — think Barack Obama and Deval Patrick. But is the country really so far gone that it would turn to a plagiarizing fake Indian who thinks western Mass. has a seacoast and that Jeanne Shaheen is from Vermont? Er, yes. So by now you know about this boomlet for the former one-32nd Native American who now claims to be Okie down to her toes. Hundreds of Obama aides (enough said) are swooning over her. Some of the moonbat groups have posted Internet...
  • Elizabeth Warren Defrauded Asbestos Victims While Practicing Law Without a License

    09/25/2012 5:35:27 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 9/24/12 | Daniel Greenfield
    Elizabeth Warren Defrauded Asbestos Victims While Practicing Law Without a LicensePosted by Daniel Greenfield Sep 24th, 2012 Laws? They’re for little people. Laws don’t apply to Harvard professors. They apply to Harvard janitors. Compassion? Liberals are great at that. Just ask Elizabeth Warren who was paid nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help Travelers Insurance deny asbestos compensation to asbestos victims… and she did it while practicing law without a license. And wearing a fake Cherokee headdress. After this latest story, I have a feeling that Elizabeth Warren wishes she had run for the Senate in Oklahoma, instead...
  • Warren Denies Asbestos Claims Harvard prof's work helped suppress asbestos-related

    09/21/2012 5:56:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/21/12 | staff
    In her Thursday debate against Sen. Scott Brown (R., Mass.), Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren said she did not assist the nation’s largest insurer deny settlements in asbestos-related cases. “It’s just not true,” Warren said of the charge. “The Boston Globe has looked at this; they’ve written about it.” Warren wrote a U.S. Supreme Court brief for Travelers Insurance in 2009; in the case–Travelers v. Bailey–the company sought to achieve permanent immunity against any new asbestos-related claims through the establishment of a $500 million trust. After Warren left the case, and as an extension of the legal work she did,...
  • The Illustrated Results of Obama's "Community Organizing"

    01/15/2012 4:16:19 PM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    If I didn't know better, I'd think this was Beirut in the nineteen seventies. But, in reality, it's the current state of the housing for which Barack Obama claims responsibility as a "community organizer." It turns out the developers enriched by his government-funded subsidies did a heck of a lot better than the folks who once lived here. As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a...
  • International Academy a Respected Asbestos Think Tank

    11/15/2011 8:44:17 AM PST · by Miami Vice · 2 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 11-15-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Independent scientific research institutes whose work influences the policies of the U.S. government as well as governments abroad, also impacts litigation in the states, an economics professor says. "The information from these think tanks does bubble up," said Professor Alex Tabarrok, chair of the Economics Department at George Mason University in Virginia. And one such organization is the Collegium Ramazzini, an independent international academy founded in 1982 by Irving J. Selikoff, Cesare Maltoni and other scientists. Selikoff is credited as a pioneer in field of asbestos research, having established a link between the inhalation of asbestos...
  • Philly's Complex Litigation Center is profit center, says reformer

    11/10/2011 12:18:41 PM PST · by Miami Vice · 2 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 11-10-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    In New York, they call it the Bronx Jury Effect. Here, it's called the South Philadelphia Jury Effect, which looks something like a wealth redistribution scheme, according to a legal observer. "Philadelphia's courts have been bad for years," said James Copland, Director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Reform. Copland said the effect is a net result of juries that will award exorbitant amounts to plaintiffs who are suing anyone - such as doctors or large corporations - they perceive as being able to pay and that they believe should pay out large amounts. Empirical data exists that indicates...
  • The science of asbestos: The arguments for juries

    10/31/2011 3:02:02 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 6 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 10-31-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    With so much at stake for businesses weighted down by litigation costs, can juries in asbestos cases be trusted to render fair and just verdicts? While there is general agreement on some pieces of the scientific puzzle - for example there's no dispute that amphibole fibers cause mesothelioma - there are differences among highly regarded scientists about the effects of chrysotile fibers. Two Philadelphia lawyers, one a plaintiffs attorney the other a defense attorney, were asked how they address asbestos science in the courtroom.
  • The science of asbestos: A survey of experts

    10/13/2011 4:27:58 AM PDT · by Miami Vice · 4 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 10-11-13 | MIchael P. Tremoglie
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - There are some who say all forms of asbestos are unsafe and to be exposed to any amount is hazardous, while others say that one form of asbestos can be handled safely. Then there are some who are not sure. Some of the leading scientific researchers, experts in the field of mesothelioma research and occupational medicine, have divergent opinions on the nature of the hazards caused by asbestos. Four scientists were asked four questions about asbestos. Each one of them has distinguished ...
  • Contractor gets six-year prison sentence for asbestos removal

    09/26/2011 2:56:30 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 17 replies
    Legal Line News ^ | 9-26-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A Rochester man has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating the Clean Air Act and making false statements to a federal inspector. Keith Gordon-Smith, 54, was also sentenced to serve three years of probation following his prison term and ordered to pay a $1,100 fine. U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa pronounced sentence on Gordon-Smith in federal court in Rochester on Wednesday. His sentence comes less than two weeks after ...
  • The science of asbestos: Conflicting definitions

    09/26/2011 1:22:49 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 14 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 9-26-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos litigation has become a multibillion-dollar industry -- bankrupting large corporations, enriching lawyers and courts and providing much needed relief to victims of the deadly diseases that exposure to some types asbestos in specific amounts will cause. Asbestos has been called by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks "the worst occupational health disaster in U.S. history." But Franks, R-Ariz., condemned much of the legal process of those who are suing to recover damages caused by some of these substances. There is much about asbestos that is unknown. It is not all settled science. There is general scientific concurrence...
  • Republicans Go After Asbestos Lawsuit Fraud and Abuse

    09/12/2011 3:14:29 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 18 replies
    Legal News Line ^ | 9-12-11 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The practice of making duplicate claims from asbestos tort and trust systems was hammered by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) during a House subcommittee hearing Friday. Franks said that asbestos litigation has long been - and continues to be - rife with deception and exploitation, negatively effecting asbestos victims, the legal system and the employment of American workers. He noted that it has been five years since Congress provided oversight of asbestos litigation. At the time, widespread fraud in mass asbestos screenings was uncovered. "This massive fraud turned the worst occupational health disaster in U.S. history into one of the country's...
  • EPA Knew About Montana Contamination [3 yrs.....]

    07/18/2011 10:18:38 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Associated Press via ^ | 10:38 am MDT July 18, 2011 | By The Associated Press
    <p>BILLINGS, Mont. -- Federal regulators knew potentially contaminated bark and wood chips were being sold from a Superfund site in the asbestos-tainted town of Libby, Mont., for three years before they stopped the practice.</p> <p>That revelation comes in a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.</p>
  • 'In Libby, There Was No Maybe' About Dangers [Montana zonolite (+asbestos) used as insulation in US]

    12/03/2010 1:21:45 PM PST · by Tirian · 4 replies
    AOL ^ | Nov 29, 2010 | Andrew Schneider
    "...The EPA experts thought it unbelievable that an environmental accident could destroy so many in one tiny town and they didn't know about it. For the most part, the townsfolk themselves had no idea of the scope of the disease that had been killing them for years... Public health and occupational medicine researchers determined that the Libby asbestos may be more carcinogenic than any other type and that it brought on illness more rapidly. While most asbestos has a latency period -- the time from the inhalation of fibers to the onset of disease -- of 20 to 40 years,...
  • Sebelius, Baucus Rebuked In Mont. Over Health Care

    08/28/2010 7:09:54 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 17 replies
    The Street ^ | Aug 23, 2010 | MATT VOLZ
    LIBBY, Mont. (AP) — Instead of saying thanks, some residents rebuked Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Max Baucus on Monday for the very law that could help potentially thousands of asbestos victims here. The health care reform law passed last year expands Medicare coverage for the sick residents of Libby, where years of asbestos pollution from a vermiculite mine made this the nation's deadliest Superfund site. About 400 Libby residents have signed up for the new coverage as of this week, Sebelius said. But many of those from this northwestern Montana town of 3,000 who came to listen to...
  • Libby Residents Pack Meeting With Health Secretary

    08/23/2010 6:04:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    KECI ^ | August 23, 2010 | KECI Staff
    LIBBY, Mont. -- Today people in the small northwest Montana town of Libby showed the Obama administration their story of sickness and loss. U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a meeting with residents, over expanded Medicare benefits.Sen. Max Baucus included coverage for Libby residents in last year's health care bill. There's a provision in the bill that includes coverage for people affected by public health emergencies. Baucus wanted Sebelius to see the town of Libby and its health problems for herself."It's very important to bring people who make key decisions--bring them to Montana, to see what I'm talking about," explained...
  • Dan Walters: State rock controversy enters new phase

    08/18/2010 10:31:49 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/18/10 | Dan Walters
    Last month, this column revealed that legislation to remove serpentine as California's state rock was more than the symbolic gesture it appeared to be. Sponsored by an organization with close financial ties to law firms that specialize in asbestos liability lawsuits, Senate Bill 624 flatly declares that "serpentine contains the deadly mineral chrysotile asbestos, a known carcinogen, exposure to which increases the risk of the cancer mesothelioma (and) California has the highest rate of mesothelioma deaths in the nation." Those words could bolster lawsuits by those exposed to serpentine, but they also raised the hackles of geologists who said they...
  • Scientists seek former students in toxic MT town

    06/05/2010 9:20:35 PM PDT · by Newtoidaho · 3 replies · 336+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 04, 2010 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Researchers have embarked on an ambitious study to track the health of thousands of high school graduates over a half century in a Montana town where a toxic mine has killed hundreds of people and made it the deadliest Superfund site in the nation. People who attended Libby High between 1950 and 1999 and then moved away are being asked to submit to tests to help determine the extent of contamination caused by asbestos mining and processing in the northwestern Montana town. Researchers will track down many of the 13,000-plus graduates with the help of the...
  • The Space Shuttle Tragedy's Green Connection

    08/06/2003 9:44:00 AM PDT · by Maria S · 11 replies · 703+ views ^ | August 6, 2003 | Jon Berlau
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, said in July that it had found the "smoking gun" that caused the space shuttle Columbia to break apart as it re-entered the Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1: a piece of foam that had peeled off the external fuel tank and struck the shuttle's wing 1 minute and 22 seconds after liftoff. But many experts looking at the tragedy that killed seven astronauts say there is a deeper cause. They say that the metaphorical smoking gun should be painted green. Because of demands that the agency help to front for...
  • EPA declares health emergency in Montana town (Libby needs asbestos clean-up from vermiculite mine)

    06/17/2009 12:11:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 996+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/17/09 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has declared a public health emergency in a contaminated community, targeting a Montana town Wednesday for immediate federal attention. The declaration by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson involving Libby, Mont., will not result in an evacuation, but will require an extensive cleanup and better health protections for residents with asbestos-related illnesses. -- Asbestos contamination from a now-closed vermiculite mine near Libby has been cited in the deaths of more than 200 people and illnesses of thousands more. Jackson said the public health emergency declaration was the first time the EPA has...
  • W.R. Grace acquitted in Montana asbestos case

    05/09/2009 1:48:36 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 19 replies · 1,351+ views
    LATimes ^ | May 9, 2009 | Kim Murphy
    A federal jury on Friday acquitted W.R. Grace & Co. and three of its former officials of charges that they knowingly exposed residents of Libby, Mont., to asbestos poisoning associated with a mining operation and conspired to hide it. The verdict brings to an ignominious end one of the most significant criminal prosecutions the government had ever filed against a corporate polluter. The acquittals raise new questions about prosecutorial failings in the Justice Department, which already was reeling from the dismissal of its corruption case against former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).In Libby, where an estimated 1,200 residents have died or...
  • Ex-Graceofficials on trial in asbestos poisoning

    02/19/2009 5:53:39 AM PST · by ninonitti · 6 replies · 521+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Thursday, February 19, 2009 | By Kirk Johnson
    LIBBY, Montana: A reckoning in one of American history's worst industrial disasters, which unfolded here over seven decades as an asbestos-tainted mineral was dug from the ground and processed, begins Thursday when five former mine executives go to trial on federal criminal charges. The case is highly unusual in that prosecutors have generally avoided criminal charges in the broad arena of asbestos law, leaving the issue to the civil courts.
  • 'Toxic' French aircraft carrier docks in Britain

    02/08/2009 5:05:35 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 31 replies · 1,380+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/8/2009
    A former French aircraft carrier containing 700 tonnes of contaminated materials has docked in Britain. The ship, which used to be known as the Clemenceau, completed its journey from Brest, in France, to join the ranks of "ghost ships" gathered at Graythorp, in Teesside. Environmentalists and local campaigners fear asbestos contained onboard the warship could harm the environment At 738ft (225m) long and 213ft (65m high), the 32,780-tonne vessel will become the largest ship to be recycled in Europe and will bring jobs to the area, but the project has faced criticism from environmental campaigners. Seven other decommissioned vessels, known...
  • Asbestos remover sent to prison

    11/18/2008 9:15:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies · 760+ views ^ | 11.01.08 | JOHN PETRICK
    A New York City contractor was sentenced to three years in state prison Friday for releasing hazardous asbestos dust and debris in a Paterson church when removing insulation without a license. Tyrone Maple, 51, of the Bronx was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark in Paterson for illegally removing the asbestos at Friendship Baptist Church. The church also hosts A Whole New World Daycare. Maple, a church member who works as a boiler repairman in New York, was hired to remove the insulation last December so that plumbers could repair leaky steam pipes leading from the basement boiler. As...
  • How To Debate a Girl, and Win (Media desparation alert!)

    09/05/2008 4:36:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies · 481+ views
    Slate ^ | 9/5/2008 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Joe Biden can beat Sarah Palin by pretending she's a man. And that he's not Joe Biden. You have a problem. In less than a month, you will face off against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a vice-presidential debate in St. Louis, and were you anyone but Joe Biden, it would likely be a rout. Last week, Palin proved herself a charming, confident, and gifted reader of speeches. But that doesn't change the fact that two years ago she was the mayor of a town of 6,000, crusading against dirty books at the local library. You are a six-term senator...

    09/02/2008 5:00:47 PM PDT · by Paul Revere 76 · 26 replies · 300+ views
    LA TIMES ^ | Andrew Malcolm
    The family of Joe Biden, who will be officially nominated as the vice presidential candidate of the Democratic Party's 'reform Washington' ticket with Barack Obama Thursday night, appears to be enmeshed in the same D.C. money game that Obama denounces. One of the senator's sons -- Hunter, a Washington lobbyist -- and the senator's brother, James --received a $1 million investment in their purchase of a hedge fund company from the senator's largest political donor, an Illinois law firm, SimmonsCooper. The brother and the son subsequently repaid the $1 million to the law firm, which specializes in representing asbestos victims....
  • The asbestos ‘game’ exposed at last

    05/11/2008 5:03:50 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 33 replies · 204+ views
    The Boston Hearld ^ | May 11, 2008 | Hearld editorial staff
    The fraudulent nature of many legal cases alleging damage from exposure to asbestos, long documented in legal and other publications, was officially confirmed to the world by a savvy federal judge in Texas three years ago. However, if allegations in a new report are true, similar rip-offs are still being tried. The most disheartening thing about the report, “Trial Lawyers Inc. Asbestos,” fifth in a series from the Manhattan Institute, is that the reader can count on the fingers of one hand the number of doctors and lawyers who have been punished for abusing the system. A federal grand jury...
  • Clearing the Air Over Asbestos

    04/10/2008 11:17:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 235+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 10 April 2008 | Steve Mitchell
    Enlarge ImageEvildoer.Scientists may have figured out how asbestos fibers (indicated by arrows and shown ensnared by an immune system cell) trigger lung scarring and cancer.Credit: Jürg Tschopp/University of Lausanne Researchers may have cracked the mystery of how asbestos causes life-threatening lung damage and cancer. A new study shows that the material triggers key immune system proteins that set off chronic inflammation. As a result, a commonly used arthritis drug might ward off the lung problems induced by exposure. Over decades, asbestos fibers inhaled into the lungs can lead to cancer and scarring that interferes with breathing. Although these risks...
  • Sleuths Find Asbestos in CSI Toy

    12/14/2007 8:26:05 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 25 replies · 452+ views
    Consumer Affairs ^ | December 14, 2007 | Consumer Affairs
    It is one of the most popular toys on children's wish lists this holiday season, but independent laboratory tests show the "CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationT Fingerprint Examination Kit" contains asbestos. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Public Justice, a Washington, D.C. public-interest law firm, are demanding that companies involved in the distribution of the toy protect children and other customers from exposure to the substance, which has been linked to fatal lung cancer and other serious diseases. The toy is made in China. In a letter to CBS, the toy's licensor; Planet Toys of New York City, the toy's...
  • "Asbestos Hillary" CARTOON featuring have it both ways Hillary Clinton...

    11/16/2007 10:04:37 AM PST · by IPWGOP · 10 replies · 87+ views ^ | 11/16/2007 | IPWGOP
     Nov. 16, 2007 based on the following news story: Clinton plays the gender card for a win "This pantsuit is asbestos tonight" - Hillary Clinton   This cartoon/graphic is free for noncommercial use in emails, blogs, and forums.
  • China Recalls Hillary Clinton's Asbestos Pantsuit

    11/16/2007 5:29:11 AM PST · by xtinct · 5 replies · 102+ views
    ScrappleFace ^ | 11/16/07 | Scott Ott
    Chinese authorities today announced a sweeping recall of garments manufactured with asbestos, including the pantsuit worn by Sen. Hillary Clinton during last night’s Democrat presidential debate. Sen. Clinton’s trousers were marketed mostly through retailers in the Washington D.C. region, and made from “a political-grade fabric that provides protection from spontaneous combustion, thus avoiding the embarrassment of ‘pants on fire’.” Because asbestos is the leading cause of lung cancer in laboratory mice and rats, experts said it posed a particular danger to Sen. Clinton’s rivals on the stage last night. The Chinese government apologized to the former First Lady for shipping...
  • FDA rebuffs call for aspartame probe

    07/06/2007 9:11:02 PM PDT · by Coleus · 123 replies · 1,384+ views
    CNN ^ | 06.30.07
    A U.S. consumer group called for an urgent Food and Drug Administration review of the safety of aspartame on Monday, but the FDA said there was no immediate need to do so despite a new study showing the sweetener may cause cancer.  Italian researchers published a new study last week that showed aspartame -- widely used in soft drinks -- might cause leukemia, lymphoma and breast cancer in rats.   "This is the second study by the same lab showing that aspartame causes cancer in rats," Center for Science in the Public Interest executive director Michael Jacobson said in a telephone...
  • Report Says U.S. Misled City on Dust From Ground Zero

    06/22/2007 3:00:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 800+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 21, 2007 | ANTHONY DePALMA
    WASHINGTON, June 20 — Federal environmental officials misled Lower Manhattan residents about the extent of contamination in their condominiums and apartments after the collapse of the World Trade Center, according to a preliminary report released on Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office. According to the report, made public during a Senate subcommittee hearing, the Environmental Protection Agency did not accurately report the results of a residential cleanup program in 2002 and 2003. More than 4,000 apartments in Lower Manhattan were professionally decontaminated in that program, and the agency reported that only a “very small” number of air samples taken in...
  • Thompson Will Take On Outsider Role After Playing Access Man

    06/14/2007 5:33:49 AM PDT · by Reform4Bush · 49 replies · 644+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Jeffery Birnbaum
    By all accounts, Fred D. Thompson will soon be running for president, portraying himself as a Washington outsider on the campaign trail. But over the past three years he showed up every two weeks or so at a lobbying and law firm in downtown D.C. to plot how best to persuade Congress to help a British company. His main assignment: to use his connections to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to extract information about goings-on inside Congress and use it to benefit his multibillion-dollar client. In exchange for this insider wisdom he was paid a cool $760,000. Even casual...
  • Yes, It's Asbestos (Around Sacramento)

    01/12/2007 4:09:03 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 757+ views
    Science News Magazine ^ | 1-12-2007 | Janet Raloff
    Yes, it's asbestos Janet Raloff Federal mineralogists have now corroborated what toxicologists from another agency reported last year: Sierra-foothills communities around Sacramento, Calif., are built atop soils naturally laced with asbestos. The confirmatory findings appear in a December 2006 report by Gregory P. Meeker and his team at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Denver. Last spring, a San Francisco–based Environmental Protection Agency team demonstrated that everyday activities, such as bike riding, gardening, and baseball, could churn up high concentrations of asbestos-laden dust from soils in the foothills area (SN: 7/8/06, p. 26: In response, a construction-materials trade group...
  • The $40 Billion Scam. How slick lawyers have turned a genuine health crisis into a ripoff ...

    12/27/2006 10:45:02 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 25 replies · 1,232+ views
    Reader's Digest ^ | January 2007 | John M. Wylie II
    Manufactured for Money How slick lawyers have turned a genuine health crisis into a ripoff you won't believe. Dr. George (snip) Martindale's name was on several thousand documents claiming people suffered from an incurable work-related respiratory disease. (Attorney Daniel) Mulholland asked Martindale if he had ever intended his work to be used as an official diagnosis in a lawsuit or for any other purpose. "No, sir," he replied. (snip) Martindale went on to explain his role in what a federal court concluded was a massive legal scam. He had expanded his radiology practice by becoming a certified "B-reader," which meant...
  • Worthy initiative deserves passage

    06/19/2006 7:11:26 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 1 replies · 176+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 19, 2006 | Editorial
    The tort bar pretends to stand up for the little guy against large, bottom-line-obsessed corporations. Now that this conceit has been exposed as a fiction, the lawyers who dominate Congress should heed the call to end the rapacious practices of the nation's trial lawyers. Congress again is considering a bill to create, at industry expense, a fund for victims of asbestos-related disease. Today, people who worked with asbestos must wait for their cases to wend their way through the courts. The fund would be faster, more consistent and more attentive to companies' viability. The new plan, similar to one that...
  • 'The Breakfast Club' Actor Paul Gleason Dies At 67

    05/28/2006 4:03:46 PM PDT · by lunarbicep · 65 replies · 5,747+ views ^ | May 28, 2006
    Paul Gleason, who played the go-to bad guy in "Trading Places" and the angry high school principal in "The Breakfast Club," has died. He was 67. Gleason's wife, Susan, says her husband died Saturday at a Burbank hospital of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer linked to asbestos. Gleason appeared in over 60 movies, including "Die Hard," "Johnny Be Good," and "National Lampoon's Van Wilder." Most recently, he made a handful of television appearances in hit shows such as "Friends" and "Seinfeld." A native of Miami, Gleason was an avid athlete. Before becoming an actor, he played Triple-A minor...
  • WTC Morgue Worker Dies of Respiratory Illness

    03/20/2006 7:42:56 PM PST · by Calpernia · 33 replies · 1,287+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Monday, 20 March 2006 10:29PM
    NEW YORK -- A 41-year-old paramedic who worked at a morgue for months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center was buried Monday after dying of an asbestos-related cancer. Deborah Reeve, a 17-year paramedic, died on March 15 of mesothelioma, a lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos, her family said. Reeve developed a cough in late 2003 and retired at the end of 2004 after becoming too ill to work. Her doctors and family say her cancer was caused by exposure to toxic dust from the World Trade Center site. City health officials say it's...
  • Lawyers On Trial: Judge Reins In Silicosis Class Action Lawyers

    03/10/2006 10:02:59 AM PST · by Isara · 20 replies · 583+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 3/10/2006 | Editor
    ......the lawyers signed up tens of thousands of "victims" for class-action lawsuits — picking up along the way some plaintiffs who had also filed claims as victims of asbestos. U.S. Silica, the country's largest sand maker, was flooded by more than 20,000 lawsuits in a short period that began in November 2002...But some judges, notaly Clinton appointee Janis Jack of the Federal District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, aren't letting the trial lawyers run freely with silicosis as they did with asbestosis. Lawsuits on behalf of people diagnosed with asbestosis (which isn't always the same thing as actually having it)...
  • Asbestos Fund Opponents Kill Bill

    02/14/2006 4:50:49 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 538+ views
    AP ^ | 2/14/6 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON -- Opponents of a $140 billion trust fund for asbestos victims forced leaders to withdraw it Tuesday, but Majority Leader Bill Frist gave himself the option to bring it up again. The 58-41 vote to send the bill back to the Judiciary Committee was a severe setback. Opponents said the fund would be drained by claims against it, leave taxpayers liable and violate federal budget rules. The bill's supporters needed 60 votes to keep the measure alive on the Senate floor. They had 59 before Frist, R-Tenn., switched his vote at the last minute to leave open the option...
  • Key Democrat willing to curb asbestos suits

    02/14/2006 8:57:14 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 10 replies · 403+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Feb 13, 2006 | Susan Cornwell
    The leader of U.S. Senate Democrats said on Monday he would consider backing curbs on some asbestos lawsuits if the chamber would scuttle legislation removing all claims from court and paying victims from a $140 billion trust fund. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's urged senators to "get this bill off the floor" ahead of a major procedural vote, that could come as early as Tuesday, over whether the industry-funded trust could cost taxpayers in violation of budget rules. Reid, from Nevada, said an alternative to the national fund would be to keep asbestos claims in court, but revise the medical...
  • The Worst Bill Money Can Buy Revisiting asbestos — again.

    02/08/2006 10:39:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 466+ views
    NRO ^ | February 08, 2006 | Kate O'Beirne
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version February 08, 2006, 11:29 a.m. The Worst Bill Money Can Buy Revisiting asbestos — again. EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece appears in the (upcoming) February 27, 2006, issue of National Review. Claims to compensation for alleged asbestos-related illnesses prompted the Supreme Court to call for congressional action to deal with the “elephantine mass” of litigation. Six years later, Republicans are poised to pass an elephantine mess of legislation. Many Republican senators don’t wish to see this bill — which they have roundly criticized — become law. But the need they feel...
  • LIVE on SENATE FLOOR * Harry Reid calling for Filibuster *

    02/07/2006 2:47:45 PM PST · by davidosborne · 118 replies · 4,162+ views ^ | LIVE | US SENATE
    LIVE on Senate Floor.. Sen. Reid calling for Filibuster of Asbestos bill !! This is Reid vs Leheay ! this should be interesting
  • Asbestos Bill Sets Off Partisan Attacks

    02/06/2006 3:12:48 PM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 379+ views
    AP ^ | 2/6/6 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON -- The subject was a sober one, and new to the Senate floor: Should the Senate vote on a bill that would set up a $140 billion fund for people sickened by asbestos exposure? Within minutes, the exchange spiraled into familiar election-year territory with Democrats calling the legislation Republican payback to corporate lobbyists and GOP senators accusing the Democrats of obstructionism. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., objected to allowing a vote on the bill. He spoke only a few moments before uttering the name of disgraced influence peddler Jack Abramoff. "Washington has been run by the lobbyists. The...

    01/06/2006 8:12:53 PM PST · by voice of india · 23 replies · 898+ views
    THE HINDU ^ | Kalpana Sharma
    MUMBAI: The Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Wastes Management on Friday decided that the French warship, Clemenceau, should not enter India. This recommendation would be sent to the court in two days. G. Thyagarajan, chairman, said that in the light of new and additional information about the ship, the committee concluded that "it is not desirable for the ship to enter India's sovereign territory." The Clemenceau is expected to enter Indian territorial waters in four to six weeks. The committee, which met here, also heard two representatives from the French company, Technopure, contracted to decontaminate the ship. In a...
  • Asbestos Bill Will Have Its Day, But Chances Of Passing Are Slim

    12/01/2005 7:50:51 AM PST · by CAWats · 1 replies · 256+ views
    Insurers are concerned that creating a fund will only cause more people to file suits before the trust is up and running. Trial lawyers don't like it since it would limit fees in what has been a very lucrative field.The legislation would create a trust fund administered by the Labor Department. It would make payments to individuals who could prove they were harmed by asbestos. In exchange, the companies would be shielded from further liability. Lawyer's fees would be capped at 5% of the fund.