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Mesothelioma Awareness Is About People, Not Payments

Heather Von St. James | Posted 07.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

It's not about the lawsuits, or the money. Mesothelioma is about the people, the community, the innocent victims. That is why I fight for awareness and a ban on asbestos. For the people: my people.

Comedy vs. Cancer: Quincy Jones' HBO Comedy Special Embodies the Message of National Cancer Survivors Day

Linda Reinstein | Posted 06.03.2016 | Entertainment
Linda Reinstein

Quincy Jones doesn't look sick. Watching the 32-year-old comedian confidently command a stage, you wouldn't know that he's entering his eleventh month...

On Mother's Day, Give Moms What They Really Want: Protect Our Kids from Toxic Chemicals

Linda Reinstein | Posted 05.06.2016 | Green
Linda Reinstein

Congress may not be able to give us "pre-baby sleep," but they can help us sleep more soundly by restoring our trust that the government is working to protect our families from toxic chemicals.

The Mother's Day Letter I Never Thought I'd Write

Heather Von St. James | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

You make my life complete. I just need you to know on this 10th Mother's Day of being your mom, I can't thank God enough for giving you to me, and me to you. You are my everything and it's my honor to be your mom.

Exposure to Asbestos Killed My Husband And Is a Threat to Other Workers

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

Thirty-one years ago, life was perfect. Alan and I watched the sunset as we finalized our wedding arrangements for April 28th. That night, I smiled as I thought about Alan lifting my wedding veil over my eyes, embracing me, and beginning our new life together. Our time together was cut grievously short.

The Power of Change: Leveraging Technology and Partnerships

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.20.2016 | Technology
Linda Reinstein

When I cofounded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) I learned quickly that it would take decades to prevent asbestos exposure and elim...

Preventing Cancer Through Laughter, Awareness, and Grassroots Action

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Reinstein

If you were given the chance to fulfill one wish before you died, what would you do? Would you tackle a career goal, or maybe meet a celebrity? Would you do something that had a lasting impact on the world, or make people laugh and smile?

Why Is This Dangerous Carcinogen Still Legal in the U.S.?

Linda Reinstein | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Linda Reinstein

No April Fools joke here. Asbestos -- a known human carcinogen -- has not been banned and is still legal in the United States.

In Asbestos Bankruptcy Settlement, Conflicts and Racketeering Clouds Loom

Sara Warner | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

In the insular world of civil litigation, watershed events usually arrive on an installment plan, trickling in at the pace of... well, at the pace of civil litigation. Yet, sometimes disruption arrives quickly, like last week's landmark settlement agreement between a North Carolina gasket maker called Garlock Sealing Technologies and asbestos victims' attorneys.

A Sad Truth for Veterans: Asbestos and the 'Political Pawns'

Sara Warner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

Every year, hundreds or even thousands of American veterans who thought they survived military service discover that they were wrong; exposure to asbestos was a mortal wound that took decades to surface, evolving into the much-advertised mesothelioma, a terminal cancer.

The Next 10 Years As a Mesothelioma Cancer Survivor

Heather Von St. James | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

February 2016 is here, which means I'm a 10-year survivor of cancer. More than that, I have survived shock -- the shock of a mesothelioma diagnosis, of being told I had a few months to live. I have survived loss -- the loss of my health, the loss of a lung, the loss of an expected kind of life.

2016 Civil Courts Issues 'Hung Over' From 2015

Sara Warner | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Sara Warner

It can be humbling, during this season of next-year predictions, to objectively evaluate how accurate my forecasting was for 2015. Wins one and two come as immigration courts and civil forfeiture surely advanced in 2015 awareness.

Will Sheldon Silver's Conviction Tip Course Of Asbestos Litigation? It Might.

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Even before a federal jury in New York found former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on all seven corruption charges this week, it was clear that the weeks-long trial and its sordid details of how politics really work in New York would resonate well beyond its verdicts.

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.

My Survival Paradox: Finding Family and Justice After Loss

Heather Von St. James | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

Soon, I'll be celebrating 10 years of survivorship -- 10 years I was told I didn't have. This is how I survive: one day at a time, piece by piece. I like to think this series represents that -- pieces of me, of my story, shared in hopes of helping someone else along on their own journey.

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.

'Outlier': Garlock Case Gives Traction to Asbestos Fraud Claims

Sara Warner | Posted 09.16.2015 | Crime
Sara Warner

Multiple defense lawyers have been alleging institutional and operational fraud for years, but lately those charges are gaining some credence. From North Carolina to New York, cases that were initially discredited by victims' attorneys as mere "outliers" are gaining traction.

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.

10 Years in 10 Months: A Serial of Survival

Heather Von St. James | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

And, this story is for you, to make you aware of this disease. To make you aware of the fact that asbestos is still legal in the U.S. Finally, this story is meant to show the world what hope can do. I'd be honored if you joined me on this journey into the past, present, and future.

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 07.21.2016 | 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.

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

Sara Warner | Posted 05.22.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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.

'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.