iOS app Android app

Asbestos

Law Is Outdated: Late Lessons From Asbestos

Marco Morosini | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Marco Morosini

The abhorrence for the lack of punishment of the Eternit crimes in Casale Monferrato should stimulate us to learn the bitter lesson of asbestos and to urgently apply this lesson to the legal treatment of long-term effects of noxious technologies.

Cancer a Roll of the Dice? WHO Says Not!

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

The new year began with comforting reports assuring us that cancer is due to bad luck. Johns Hopkins researchers concluded that up to two out of ever...

The Asbestos Transparency Farce

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Among the deadliest and cruelest corporate cover-ups in American history is the decades-long effort by the asbestos industry to conceal what it knew about the health impacts of the "magical mineral." There is no small irony, then, in insurers and asbestos-using companies spinning a tale in which they are victimized by powerful lawyers representing asbestos victims.

Dems Must Defend 'Trust' System, Even As Asbestos Trusts Deplete

Sara Warner | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

The new Republican-controlled congress rolled up its sleeves and rolled out its agenda over the last week, and along with immigration and budget issues it turns out "asbestos litigation reform" is an apparent priority.

'Bribery Pawns' Join 'Perjury Pawns' In Asbestos Litigation Concerns

Sara Warner | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

With last week's arrest of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on federal charges stemming largely from an asbestos-cancer patient referral scheme, it seems like our concern over "perjury pawns" in bankruptcy cases needs to be expanded.

2015's Top 5 Civil Justice Issues

Sara Warner | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Based on a survey of National Courts Monitor contributors and our best-guess analysis, the topic of "immigration courts" is a runaway winner for our "Tipping Points" civil justice issue for 2015, but we find some space for other concerns. Here's our top five emerging civil justice issues for 2015.

How Newport News, Va., Works Around State's Pro-Business Laws

Sara Warner | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Newport News, Virginia is getting national attention for, in effect, using maritime law to work around business-friendly state laws and even higher-court judicial decisions.

CSX Civil Lawsuit, Midterm Victories Are Tort Reform Victories (Update)

Sara Warner | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Don't look now, but the midterm elections are not the only huge November win for the politically conservative Koch brothers, and likely not even their most relevant. The CSX Transportation company, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, also scored a huge civil court victory.

Can New GOP Senate Tackle Border Kids, Perjury Pawns?

Sara Warner | Posted 01.05.2015 | DC
Sara Warner

As election results rolled in and Republicans were clearly taking control of the United States Senate, we embattled and map-weary Democrats scanned those results for silver linings. It appears one of those positive outcomes rests on the motivation to create a new "playbook."

High-Profile Asbestos Cases Leave Judges Pondering Trust

Sara Warner | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

America's longest-running personal injury litigation arena is approaching full disruption, with high-profile cases and finger-pointing on issues ranging from concealing evidence to judges in the nation's largest trial court feeling "sad" at the disrespect shown by lawyers.

Killer Asbestos

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa R. Petty

When most people hear the word asbestos, they think of lead paint, yellow Formica counter tops, Happy Days lunch boxes, and children riding bikes with...

Asbestos Litigation Summit Tackles Issues of Trust

Sara Warner | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

The insular and well-heeled world of American asbestos litigation is gathering atop San Francisco's Nob Hill this week for what amounts to an annual current-events snapshot, and this year things may get a bit testy in the industry triangle of plaintiff attorneys, defense firms and insurance companies.

Corporate Lawyers Breaking Bad

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

Some recent developments in high-profile cases of corporate misconduct have created real concern over the ethical actions of some corporate attorneys. Saul Goodman is an outrageous, fictional character. But lately, his moral compass -- or lack of one -- is feeling a little too familiar.

Yes, I Was a Smoker

Bill Couzens | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

My mother was a gentle soul. In her best disciplinary voice, a whisper at most, used one time during my teenage years, she said, "Bill, I wish you would not smoke -- it's bad for you."  

Dems Tone-Deaf on Veterans' Asbestos Issue

Sara Warner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

As a civil justice observer, might I add one missing item to the veterans'-issues-reform agenda? It's certainly not up there with immediate healthcare needs, but new federal court rulings threaten to open old wounds for many who made the ultimate sacrifice, albeit decades after they served.

An Asbestos Decision That Disserves Our Vets

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

Asbestos is one of those lethal toxins that should not persist as a problem in this country, but it does.

Got Advanced Cancer? Consider Clinical Trials

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Increased volunteer participation in trials offers patients access to cutting-edge treatments and contributes to the development of better treatments to prolong life and eventually drive those cancers into remission.

Pandora's Box: Dems Should Pay Close Attention to Victims Facing Asbestos Perjury Claims

Sara Warner | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

It's one thing to embrace political allies like the trial lawyers, but I'm hoping my fellow Democrats shed light on this gray area. By doing so, and by focusing on protecting victims, we can avoid some of the election-year debris from this particular train wreck.

In Lawsuit Jungle, Clients Need a 'Bill of Rights'

Sara Warner | Posted 06.07.2014 | DC
Sara Warner

The well-established Los Angeles attorney clearly meant to counter my argument that we need a civil litigation "clients bill of rights," but he was inadvertently proving my key point: most of us have no idea about the "dark side" of civil justice.

Court Order Disrupts Asbestos World, but What of the 'Perjury Pawns'?

Sara Warner | Posted 04.29.2014 | Crime
Sara Warner

It started, literally, with a billion-dollar question. The answer came with a scathing judge's order saying attorneys from several national firms have...

House Votes To Increase Asbestos Claim Disclosures

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday voted to tighten disclosure requirements from asbestos trusts set up more than 20 years ago to help pay bil...

What Henry Ford Can Teach Us About Nanotechnology

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 09.03.2013 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

By miniaturizing matter, science fact will look like science fiction. Very soon we will create human tissue, make super-fast computers, and invent new cures building them atom-by-atom.

Lynne Peeples

Asbestos, Lead Among Tornado Health Concerns As Cleanup Begins

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.23.2013 | Green

Chris Whitley had already survived three tornadoes and had worked at the scene of dozens more before arriving in Joplin, Mo. "It was unlike anythin...

Surviving Is Not the End, but Just the Beginning

Heather Von St. James | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

What does it mean to be a survivor? And I'm not talking about outsmarting a bunch of other people on an island in the South Pacific. I'm talking surviving something that you're not supposed to. In my case, it was cancer.

You Are a Guinea Pig

David Rosner | Posted 06.28.2013 | Green
David Rosner

A hidden epidemic is poisoning America. The toxins are in the air we breathe and the water we drink, in the walls of our homes and the furniture within them. And there's a reason why you've never read about it in the newspaper or seen a report on the nightly news.