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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 07.21.2015 | 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.

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.

'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.

Why Healthy Lung Month Is Something We All Need to Be Aware Of

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Heidi Mulligan Walker

I did not know that October was Healthy Lung Month until I was contacted by Heather Von St. James. Nor did I think that Healthy Lung Month had much to...

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.

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.

Lung Leavin' Day

Renee Fisher | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Renee Fisher

One of the gifts I've received from blogging is that, while I am writing about the world, the world will occasionally pop its face into mine. Each time this happens, I am humbled and honored to be able to look into the very private places in people's lives.

LungLeavin' Day: How We Turned Something Tragic Into Something Good

Heather Von St. James | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

A sense of humor can help get you through the scariest of times; poking fun at something takes the fear away. Humor is the way that my husband Cameron and I handled one of the most terrifying and trying times in our lives.

Here We Go Again...

Heather Von St. James | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

So say what you will, Dr. Negativity. My dad will beat this, just like I did; and we will once again prove you wrong. Maybe next time, you should get all the facts before you dash someone's hopes into the ground.

Civil Court Crunch Creates Winners, Losers

Sara Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

California, in general, and Los Angeles County, in particular, have become favorites among those "forum shopping" -- a term often used for lawyers naturally searching for a court that favors their case.

Why Mesothelioma Awareness Day Means a Lot to Me

Heather Von St. James | Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

A friend of mine once told me: There is no more innocent victim than a person diagnosed with mesothelioma. They are sick as a direct result of being exposed to a substance that should be banned, but shockingly is still widely used around the world. I am talking about asbestos.

From Tragedy to Triumph

Heather Von St. James | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Von St. James

I am a wife, a mother and a mesothelioma warrior. I have a story to tell, one that starts with tragedy but ends in triumph.