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Goodyear’s Representatives Contradict Each Other Over Asbestos in Mesothelioma Lawsuit

The Supreme Court of New York County was asked by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to dismiss a mesothelioma lawsuit filed over a death blamed on asbestos in the company’s vinyl tile products. Though the basis for the motion for summary judgment was the company’s assertion that the tile products in question did not contain asbestos, testimony submitted revealed conflicting evidence from two different representatives of the company, leading the judge to deny their request and allow the case to proceed.

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Goal of Finding Early Mesothelioma Detection Kit May Be Aided by Dogs

If you are aware of having been exposed to asbestos in the past, you live with constant worry about your risk of being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. The rare and fatal disease is caused by exposure to the carcinogenic material, but the cancer’s tumors take decades to develop, and the disease does not begin to manifest symptoms until it is too far advanced to be effectively treated. Researchers are working furiously to find early detection tools that those at risk can access easily and inexpensively, and they believe that dogs may be of assistance in their quest.

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Johnson & Johnson Says Independent Tests Contradict FDA

Consumer giant Johnson & Johnson is facing over 15,000 lawsuits accusing their iconic baby powder product of being contaminated with asbestos and causing either malignant mesothelioma or ovarian cancer. Many of these cases have already been heard, and without fail the company’s defense has consistently rested on a single argument: that their product does not contain asbestos and that asbestos has never been identified in their product by anybody other than plaintiffs’ experts. So when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported earlier this year that they had identified asbestos in a bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder purchased in 2018, legal experts wondered what the company’s next step would be.

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Mesothelioma Risk is Latest Concern Following Chemical Plant Explosion

The residents of Port Neches, Texas are confronting the frightening possibility of malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases following the recent explosions and fire at the TPC Group chemical plant.  Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, head of local emergency response efforts, announced that the fire and explosion that occurred on Wednesday, November 27spread asbestos throughout the area. Though community members were allowed back to their homes on Friday, the lifting of the evacuation order came with instructions to report any white powder that they see.

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Study Warns that British Children are at High Risk for Mesothelioma

In the United States, the risk of malignant mesothelioma for educators is higher than that of the general population as a result of asbestos having been used in the construction of the majority of the nation’s schools. In response, strict regulations have been put in place regarding air quality and monitoring of the condition of asbestos in place, and millions of dollars are spent on asbestos remediation, as well as on relocating students and faculty. Unfortunately, the same high level of attention that is dedicated to protecting school children and educators is not present in the United Kingdom, where a recent study indicates that 80 percent of schools and 94% of National Health Service buildings are contaminated with about 6,000 tons of the carcinogenic material across 1,500 buildings. The study warns of dire consequences if the situation is not addressed.

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Anti-Asbestos Bill Advances in House of Representatives

Health advocates and environmental groups have long favored banning asbestos, the mineral responsible for malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Despite decades of efforts to that end, the powerful chemical industry lobby has successfully fought any type of significant controls being taken, but now the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee has advanced the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2019 to the full House. If passed, it would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to effectively ban the carcinogenic material in the United States.

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Judge’s Decision Viewed As Win For Mesothelioma Advocates

People fighting the rare and deadly disease known as malignant mesothelioma have advocates working on multiple fronts. While medical professionals and legal advocates work on behalf of those who have already been diagnosed with the asbestos-related disease, there are just as many working on the preventive side, challenging asbestos companies and the U.S .Environmental Protection Agency to provide greater protections against asbestos exposure for workers and the general public. These groups are allied, and all were cheered this week when U.S. District Judge Edward Chen sided with health and environmental groups working to make asbestos regulations stronger.

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Japanese Courts Award Millions to Mesothelioma Victims

Like most other industrialized societies, Japan saw extensive use of asbestos in its construction industry, and that has resulted in a high ratio of its citizens being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.  A study conducted by the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine had predicted a continuing rise in mesothelioma deaths through 2027 before those numbers eventually begin to decline. In response to greater understanding of the role that construction companies and the government played in workers’ exposure to the carcinogenic material, many of those who have been sickened have pursued justice in the country’s courts. This week the Fukuoka High Court ordered the government as well as four construction materials makers to pay the equivalent of $3.2 million to workers affected by the illnesses, as well as survivors of those who’ve died.

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While Mesothelioma Advocates Point to FDA Report, Johnson & Johnson Issues Contradictory Results

There are currently over 15,000 lawsuits pending against consumer giant Johnson & Johnson, accusing the company of knowingly exposing them to asbestos contamination in their talc-based products and causing their malignant mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. Though the plaintiffs in these cases all point to laboratory test results and internal company memos supporting their case, the company has pushed back, arguing that asbestos has never been in their product. That position has won over several who have already decided on these cases, while other juries have ruled against the company, awarding millions of dollars in compensation to victims. But the company’s position was significantly weakened when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently reported that it had identified the carcinogenic mineral in a bottle of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder purchased just last year. With that news representing a legal bombshell in the cases yet to be heard, the company first responded by recalling 33,000 bottles of their product, but they are now pushing back with results of a lab report contradicting the FDA’s results.

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Justice for Mesothelioma Victim Comes in Multiple Steps

Imagine going through a long battle against an asbestos company, winning in court, and then having to pursue yet another legal battle to get the company’s insurer to provide the compensation that you’re owed. That is exactly what is happening to Patrick Rossello, a man diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma after having been exposed to asbestos in a building where he was taking a training program in preparation for becoming a bank manager. When Mr. Rossello sued Lloyd E. Mitchell, Inc., the builder who was responsible for using asbestos-contaminated products in the building, they won a $2.7 million judgement, but that was not the end of the story. Now the man has to pursue the builder’s insurance company, which is attempting to avoid having to pay the full amount.

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