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The Lone Industry Using Asbestos Today

Close to 20 years ago asbestos was primarily used in roofing products (62% of the market), but even then, domestic consumption had dramatically decreased as most manufacturers began using asbestos substitutes and replaced asbestos-containing products. The last asbestos mine closed in 2002 and industries like the chlor-alkali industry were completely dependent on outside imports to […]

Doctrine of Strict Liability

In 1965, the American Law Institute published the second edition of Restatement of the Law of Torts and set into motion a special rule on strict liability, which states in Section 402A “One who sells any product in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to the user or consumer or to his property is subject to […]

Huge Fines for Improper Asbestos Removal at Westinghouse

Earlier last month improper asbestos removal  at the former Westinghouse plants in Churchill, PA was reported after photographs of unsafe asbestos abatement tactics were discovered and reports of untrained and unprotected workers were confirmed. The Allegheny Health Department fined the owners and developers of this site $1.4 million – the largest monetary fine for an […]

Legislative Changes Affect Claims, Arbitration for Victims of Elder Abuse

As the elderly population continues to rise in the United States, the need for home care positions and facilities continues to be in high demand. Unfortunately, the staff to patient ratio is on the decline, resulting in a lack of care and neglect in some patients. The growing problem of elder abuse in the United […]

Asbestos Exposure Victims – the Bystander Effect

With many of the asbestos manufacturers having gone bankrupt, many cases today rarely involve victims who were heavily exposed to asbestos (i.e., working with the product directly). Instead, studies have found that victims of asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis are a result of bystander exposure or minimal asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma causes […]

Asbestos Litigation: What Took So Long?

Suspicions of asbestos fibers being tied to pulmonary problems date back thousands of years, when a first century Greek geographer mentioned a lung sickness in his slaves who worked weaving asbestos fibers into cloth. Centuries passed, and it wasn’t until 1906 that the first asbestos related death was officially documented. A post-mortem examination performed by […]

Railroad Workers: Do You Know Your Rights?

The development of railroads during the Industrial Revolution played an important part in the growth and expansion of the United States, which at that time, was a relatively young country.  Arguably, one of the most important inventions was the steam engine, which powered locomotives that revolutionized transportation and commerce during that time period. Steam engines […]

Regulatory Accountability Act: Extinguishing Hopes of Banning Asbestos

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law a long awaited bill that places stronger regulations on toxic chemicals but unfortunately, a recent piece of legislation that has already swept through the House could tear it all down and undermine the work of The Clean Air Act, The Toxic Substance Control Act, and The Occupational […]

Improper Asbestos Removal Reported at Westinghouse

Westinghouse Electric Company, later renamed Westinghouse Electric Corporation was founded in 1886 by George Westinghouse. It soon became one of the largest and most successful electric companies in the United States, rivaling Thomas Edison’s electric company (later known as General Electric). Two of the largest factories under the Westinghouse name were in East Pittsburgh and […]

Asbestos Exposure Linked To Doll Manufacturers

The first uses of asbestos date back thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that its use became rampant not only because of its versatility, but also because of the mineral’s unique characteristics; it’s durable, heat resistant, and abundant.  Occupational exposure to this carcinogen is one of the main contributing factors in […]

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