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What To Do About Pennsylvania's Asbestos Problem

Alex Formuzis | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green
Alex Formuzis

The deck is stacked against residents of Pennsylvania who are or will become sick from asbestos disease.

Industry Spins the Revolving Door: Ben Quayle to Lobby on Asbestos Bill He Authored

Alex Formuzis | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

Ben Quayle, who during his one House term authored legislation to delay or deny compensation to sick and dying asbestos victims, has been hired to lobby for -- you guessed it -- legislation to delay or deny compensation to sick and dying asbestos victims.

U.S. Chamber-Backed Bill Bashed by Chamber Audience

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform just devoted much of an entire day bemoaning the proliferation of breaches of Americans' personal data.

Lamar Smith's Lesson in Congressional Hypocrisy

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.16.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

You'd be hard-pressed to find a member of Congress more vocal about the threat of identity theft and cyber-attacks than Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. Sm...

Could Electric Cars Save Volkswagen?

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

VW made its Beetle wildly successful as "the car of the hippie movement." And ever since, VWs have been to a more or less extent the cars of the counter culture.

New Asbestos Threats Affect Vets, Workers, Children and Drinking Water

Alex Formuzis | Posted 08.18.2015 | Green
Alex Formuzis

In the last month alone, asbestos contamination has plagued a veterans' medical center in Denver, construction workers rehabbing a school in southern Illinois as well as an elementary school in the state, and potentially, a popular river and drinking water source in Colorado.

Anti-Vets Bill Backed by Some in Congress

Alex Formuzis | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

The members of Congress behind the so-called FACT Act would do better to just say "thank you" to veterans instead of pushing legislation that would deny them the justice they deserve at the behest of Koch Industries and other corporate interests.

Honeywell's Business is Security - But It's Working to Make Asbestos Victims Less Secure

Alex Formuzis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

The bitter irony is inescapable: A company dedicated to protecting Americans is one of the biggest supporters of a bill that would put many Americans, including its own customers, at risk. You can bet you won't see a TV commercial advertising that fact. Honeywell should be ashamed.

Recent Asbestos Exposures Highlight Demand For Government Action

Alex Formuzis | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

Every day brings news that people in communities across America are being exposed to asbestos in unexpected places.

In Congress, NY's Silver Case Becomes Asbestos Reform Political Football

Sara Warner | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

It will be months before Sheldon Silver, the ousted New York Assembly Speaker facing federal corruption charges, finally gets his day in court.

Asbestos-Victim Families May Face Govt. Repayment Issue

Sara Warner | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

In the hardball political world of mesothelioma litigation, the asbestos-related cancer that fuels all those commercials, it's getting hard to tell if some victims are going to be branded as Medicare "scofflaws" or embraced as important whistleblowers.

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."