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GA Court of Appeals Reverses Decision In Favor of Mesothelioma Victim

Kevin Sinyard developed malignant pleural mesothelioma following a 25-plus year career as a pipefitter. Three of the defendants include premises defendants (Georgia Power, Ford Motor Company, and Piedmont Hospital), where Sinyard worked from 1975 until 1989. The trial court granted summary judgment to all three defendants. However, the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the decision. Read More

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Johnson & Johnson’s Asbestos Testing On Prisoners Revealed in Court Documents

A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that “More than 50 years ago, nearly a dozen men incarcerated in Philadelphia enrolled in an experiment funded by Johnson & Johnson, according to unsealed documents. Now, those studies have come back to haunt the world’s largest maker of health-care products. In one study, inmates were paid to Read More

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Judge Approves J&J Strategy To Resolve Talc Lawsuits in Bankruptcy Court

As reported in Reuters news service, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) can use the bankruptcy system to resolve multibillion-dollar litigation claiming its talc products cause cancer, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday, February 25, signing off on a legal maneuver that enables the company to avoid fighting more than 38,000 individual lawsuits. J&J used a strategy Read More

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Montana Jury Awards Asbestos Victim $36.5 Million

A Cascade County, Montana jury delivered a $36.5 million verdict on Thursday, after it determined the insurance carrier wasn’t protected by the W. R. Grace bankruptcy in Libby, Montana more than two decades ago, and that it had a separate duty to warn workers like Ralph Hutt of the dangers. According to an article in Read More

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Senators Knock ‘Texas Two-Step’ Bankruptcy Tactic Used by J&J in Talc Cases

Lawmakers criticized Johnson & Johnson’s use of a Texas statute and the bankruptcy code to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging the company’s talcum powder products gave women cancer, with some senators accusing the business of abusing the law. The comments came during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday examining the so-called “Texas Two-Step,” where a Read More

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Can Minimally Invasive Imaging Guided Ablation Offer New Options For Mesothelioma Victims?

Image-guided tumor ablation is a minimally invasive, image-guided therapy used to treat tumors from liver cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, and bone cancer. Image-guided ablation may also be used to reduce the size of a tumor so it can be more easily eliminated by conventional treatment such chemotherapy or radiation. Image-guided ablation may also provide Read More

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$610 Million Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Formed By Owens-Illinois Subsidiary

Owens-Illinois Glass announced that its subsidiary, Paddock Enterprises, LLC, has reached a tentative agreement for a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization that will establish an asbestos bankruptcy trust with $610 million in initial funding. In the past four decades, the company paid out hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts, and was still facing liabilities Read More

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Social Security Accelerates Benefits For Pericardial Mesothelioma Victims

The U.S. Social Security Administration already covers both pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, more common forms of the cancer, as part of the Compassionate Allowances program for years, but pericardial mesothelioma was never included – until now. SSA has added pericardial mesothelioma to its Compassionate Allowances list, accelerating the disabilities application process for this very Read More

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Study Reveals That Less Invasive Mesothelioma Surgery Increase Median Survival Rates

According to the results published in the journal Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the mesothelioma patients those who had less invasive extrapleural pneumonectomy had a longer survival rate than those who had the more conventional extrapleural pneumonectomy.The study also included those who had pleurectomy/decortication. The outcomes for each surgery revealed a significant difference in Read More

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Farmers and Agricultural Workers At Risk For Mesothelioma

Most of us think of industrial and heavy industry jobs when we think of workers exposed to asbestos. However, a  study conducted by Italian researchers has found that the deadly mineral endangered employees in other, less obvious settings, including agricultural laborers employed by farms. Much of the equipment and machinery used on farms is known Read More

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