Asbestos

Georgia-Pacific Avoids Paying Former Employees Compensation for Asbestos Exposure
Koch Industries-owned company, Georgia-Pacific, has avoided paying its former employees compensation. Georgia-Pacific is currently facing over 60,000 lawsuits for asbestos exposure. They have not paid anything to former employees since 2017 by using the “Texas two-step.” In Texas, a corporation...
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A Silent Killer Lingers in the Air: Hope Amidst the Shadow of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma, a ruthless cancer born from microscopic shards of asbestos, casts a long and silent shadow over the lives of countless blue-collar workers and veterans. This insidious foe attacks the delicate lining of the lungs and abdomen, leaving its victims...
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Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act and Schools in the US
Asbestos discovery in schools is unfortunately still very common. Many schools in the United States are responsible for exposing students, teachers, and other staff to asbestos through asbestos-covered pipes, tile floors, drywall, and more. The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act...
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Johnson & Johnson $18 Million Verdict for 24-Year-Old
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $18.8 million to Emory Hernandez Valadez who developed cancer from their baby powder. Valadez filed suit last year in California state court against J&J, seeking monetary damages. Hernandez, 24, developed mesothelioma around his...
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EPA Reaches Final Decision for Asbestos Reporting Rule.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final Asbestos Reporting Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act. In March 2023, the EPA released additional data related to the proposed risk management rule for public comment. These additional data concern chrysotile asbestos...
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Asbestos-Containing Gemstones Sold at New-Age Stores
Gemstones sold at new-age stores in Australia have been recalled due to the inclusion of asbestos. A green-black gemstone, serpentine, that some believe can “detox the body and alleviate diabetes,” has been recalled due to it containing asbestos. The gemstones...
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Swiss Billionaire Sentenced for Hundreds of Asbestos-Related Deaths in Italy
Stephan Schmidheiny, a Swiss billionaire, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for aggravated manslaughter after his company exposed hundreds of people to asbestos. Schmidheiny was a main shareholder in the cement production company Eternit Italia. He was found guilty...
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New Law Will Give the FDA More Power Over Cosmetics Industry
The Modernization of Cosmetics Regulation Act (MoCRA) has the potential to protect Americans from asbestos in beauty products. The law will increase the reach of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate cosmetics. Those in favor of MoCRA...
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EPA asks Residents with Indiana Plastics Fire Debris on their Properties to Call Them
On April 11, 2023, a plastics fire at a warehouse spewed hydrogen cyanide, benzene, and asbestos into the air in Richmond, Indiana. The EPA  found asbestos in debris that fell in surrounding neighborhoods up to 1.5 miles from the fire. The Environmental...
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EPA Has Yet to Ban Asbestos
President Biden’s administration is working with Congress to finally ban asbestos. However, they may face pushback in the form of “legal questions, political fights, funding shortfalls and other bureaucratic delays.” Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act in 2016, but...
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