Mesothelioma Cancer and Asbestos News - 2005
29 December 2005 A review of cancer in 2005. Read more »
28 December 2005 Some Japanese automakers still use asbestos in manufacturing vehicles. Read more »
28 December 2005 James Hardie faces increased asbestos claims after not setting up a large enough fund to compensate victims in 2001. Read more »
21 December 2005 UK asbestos removal contractors take advantage of public concern. Read more »
21 December 2005 The Australian government investigates unsecured asbestos.
15 December 2005 Man dies at the age of 32 after contracting mesothelioma from playing on his stepfather's knee as a young boy. Read more »
15 December 2005 Proposed asbestos trust fund could hurt victims and cost taxpayers even though this is a big business issue. Read more »
14 December 2005 An asbestos laden aircraft carrier from France is headed to India to be taken apart. Greenpeace warns of the disasters that could arise. Read more »
7 December 2005 A Santa Barbara college released asbestos into the air while renovating a building, fines are expected.
1 December 2005 Australian Parliament passes law for asbestos victims to seek compensation for family members.
1 December 2005 "Researchers identify asbestos, beryllium, noise exposure in former nuclear site workers."
18 November 2005 School to undergo asbestos removal renovations over holiday season. Read more »
17 November 2005 The proposed $140 billion asbestos compensation fund criticized, stating fund will dry up too quickly. Read more »
7 November 2005 Man diagnosed with mesothelioma eight years ago is still alive. Read more »
3 November 2005 Three Charleston, WV government buildings are shut down due to asbestos contamination. Read more »
3 November 2005 Fast-track compensation claims for asbestos victims in Australia likely to pass in the State Parliament soon. Read more »
3 November 2005 Pending laws in the UK plan to lower the standards for the amount of asbestos needed to be removed from buildings for licensed contractors.
26 October 2005 Massachusetts landlord fined for improperly removing asbestos from a rental property. Tenents were responsible for discovering the unlawful act. Read more »
19 October 2005 US Supreme court nominee supports asbestos fund proposed by Senator Arlen Specter. Read more »
17 October 2005 Asbestos occurring naturally in rocks can cause malignant mesothelioma. Should Californians be concerned?
13 October 2005 New asbestos bill will delay compensation for veterans for as many as nine years. Read more »
13 October 2005 Parents upset of asbestos removal while class is in session Read more »
12 October 2005 Possible new blood test could detect pleural mesothelioma in the early stages and give victims new hope for surviving longer. Read more »
6 October 2005 "An asbestos removal company in New Hampshire has reached a settlement with the state over violating environmental laws." Read more »
6 October 2005 "The government agreed Sept. 29 on the outline of a special bill to help asbestos victims, but officials admit the legislation provides no lump sum compensation."
6 October 2005 New combination of drugs believed to improve survival rate of mesothelioma victims. Read more »
5 October 2005 The mesothelioma case of the late Carl Ingraham, who was a boiler tender for the U.S. Navy, reaches a settlement before the jury comes to a verdict.
28 September 2005 A new bill would force W.R. Grace to provide health care for Libby, MT residents affected by asbestos exposure. Read more »
28 September 2005 Union worried about asbestos handling at their demolition site.
26 September 2005 A Canadian woman's childhood 'pet rock' turns out to be a quiet killer.
21 September 2005 The widow of a prison carpenter who died of an asbestos-related disease has been awarded a six-figure settlement. Read more »
20 September 2005 Exciting new developments using a blood serum marker to detect cancer are being investigated in a longitudinal study in Libby, MT. Read more »
15 September 2005 "One of the oldest and largest trusts set up to compensate victims of asbestos exposure has barred payments to claimants who rely on reports by nine doctors and three X-ray screening companies." Read more »
8 September 2005 Several different companies could owe hundreds of millions of dollars more in compensation after a court granted a major payout to a dying priest exposed to asbestos during a renovation. Read more »
8 September 2005 "Bridgestone Cycle Co. said Wednesday it has discovered about 19,500 children's bicycles sold between October 2004 and last month have asbestos in their brakes and is offering to change the components for free."
6 September 2005 Senator Spector of PA, co-author of a bill to create a $140 billion asbestos compensation fund, said on Tuesday he hoped it would come to the Senate floor during the first week of October. Read more »
31 August 2005 "OSHA has proposed $110,000 in penalties for American Electric Power Company, Inc. and its subsidiary Appalachian Power Company, alleging safety and health violations involving asbestos at the Phillip Sporn generating plant in New Haven, WV." Read more »
30 August 2005 Shares of companies with potential liability to asbestos exposure claims rallied after McDermott International reached a tentative deal to start a compensation fund. Read more »
26 August 2005 Clinical trials recruiting people with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
24 August 2005 Arizona State Univeristy announced that more than 60 classrooms and residence halls contain asbestos in the form of fireproof insulating material. Read more »
23 August 2005 The first case of death due to low level exposure to asbestos resulting in mesothelioma was recorded in Japan this week.
22 August 2005 The U.S. Military is charged with paying out about $1.75 million to 26 Japanese workers who were hired to work at a U.S. Naval base in the 1960's and 70's. Read more »
21 August 2005 The Iron Range mine workers in Minnesota are not giving up the fight to receive compensation for the asbestos-related diseases that they are now developing. Read more »
18 August 2005 The air in part of Missoula, MT is now tainted with asbestos after an old lumber mill burned down. Read more »
16 August 2005 A nurse's family in Catterick, England was awarded £175,000 after the court found she died from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in a London hospital in the 1960's. Read more »
12 August 2005 A link between carpet jobs and mesothelioma is being looked into further at Kosset Carpets in Brighouse, Canada.
5 August 2005 An Australian company has been granted the right to appeal a landmark court ruling whereby a miner, who does not have mesothelioma or asbestosis, won compensation for living in fear of contracting the disease.
27 July 2005 The pioneer who linked dust to cancer, Sir Richard Doll, dies. His research in the 1950's played a part in a ground-breaking Leeds court case in the 1990's which won compensation for victims who contracted lung cancer through the activities of a Leeds factory.
27 July 2005 The failure of Japan, the world's second-largest economy, to heed the health warnings over asbestos amounts to a national disgrace. Read more »
26 July 2005 A Kentucky resident filed a nine-count Federal Employers' Liability Act and asbestos lawsuit in St. Clair County Circuit Court July 12 seeking damages in excess of $1 million claiming he suffers from an asbestos-related disease, including hopelessness.
21 July 2005 Another 21 Queensland schools have been found to be contaminated with potentially deadly asbestos dust but the state has not yet agreed to a new national safety code requiring warning signs about the substance to be placed in schools. Read more »
21 July 2005 McNeese State University is charged with studying the asbestos cement water lines for Lake Charles. Read more »
21 July 2005 The health and trade ministries in Japan will jointly ask 18 industry groups to stop all use of asbestos as soon as possible.
14 July 2005 It has long been recognized that exposure to asbestos in the workplace, particularly in shipyards, is a risk factor for mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer which affects the lining of the lung. Read more »
13 July 2005 An indigenous community in the north of New South Wales will seek legal advice on how to get compensation for asbestos-related diseases.
13 July 2005 A University of California-Davis study indicates low-level, non-workplace exposure to naturally occurring asbestos is dangerous. Read more »
7 July 2005 The Tasmanian Government expects to release a position paper to address the law concerning asbestos claims.
5 July 2005 Patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma are living longer than previously reported when treated with Eli Lilly and Company's Alimta(R) (pemetrexed) in combination with cisplatin, according to updated data presented today at the 11th annual Conference on Lung Cancer. Read more »
30 June 2005 Praxair gas plant crews used vacuums to sweep nearby neighborhood sidewalks in order clean up asbestos contamination. Read more »
24 June 2005 A family living in Manitoba, Canada battling mesothelioma, which was caused by the insulation in their house, lost a second member of their family. Read more »
22 June 2005 Workers are removing tons of soil contaminated with asbestos in Gluek Park in Minneapolis, and the cleanup could be the largest of its kind in the nation. Read more »
22 June 2005 Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc. (FDI) announced that it has signed a distributor agreement with Australian-based Vital Diagnostics for its new blood test for mesothelioma, MESOMARKTM. Read more »
16 June 2005 "After years of Senate negotiation to create a privately funded, government-run $140 billion trust to pay work-related asbestos claims, a prominent conservative in the House is raising concerns about the cost." Read more »
15 June 2005 A widow has called for more research into asbestos-related diseases after her husband died years after working with the deadly material. Read more »
13 June 2005 Victims' families line up on both sides of asbestos dispute. Mary Lou Keener and Sue Vento share a common anguish. Both lost loved ones to mesothelioma, a rare, asbestos-related cancer. Read more »
13 June 2005 Asbestos-victim advocate Bernie Banton may only have 20 per cent of his lung capacity left, but he says that will never stop him battling for justice. Read more »
12 June 2005 A family is suing the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) over a man's death from asbestos-related cancer. The ESB has faced similar claims. Read more »
7 June 2005 In May the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee approved an asbestos reform bill, entitled the "Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution Act of 2005" (FAIR). Read more »
5 June 2005 A growing number of people in Israel are being diagnosed with mesothelioma, with rates four times greater than in some other countries. Read more »
2 June 2005 Civic center in England is classed as a "serious health risk"--specialist asbestos contractors must be called in at vast expense to change a light bulb. A feasibility study recommended removing asbestos from the ceiling, but the idea was scrapped due to cost. Read more »
25 May 2005 More than one-quarter of tested workers at an Ohio manufacturing plant historically exposed to asbestos-containing vermiculite ore exhibited signs of scarring of the chest wall lining.
19 May 2005 Two Brisbane primary school children sat under a gaping 30cm hole in their classroom's asbestos ceiling before it was repaired last year. Read more »
18 May 2005 The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to take up its latest version of an asbestos bill again Thursday. Details of this legislation remain in flux. Read more »
18 May 2005 The lawyer for an asbestos victim who died before receiving a landmark payout from BHP says the case has paved the way for future claims in South Australia.
14 May 2005 A civil engineer in England is given just months to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer. He is suing Yorkshire Water for £300,000 for allegedly exposing him to deadly asbestos.
12 May 2005 Montana-based High Plains Films' documentary features Libby, Montana, residents exposed to vermiculite - the town's second-greatest natural resource - which contained unusually high amounts of tremolite asbestos. Read more »
11 May 2005 Eighty-six percent of all campus housing at the University of Florida has asbestos in their building materials. School officials and environmental experts inspect the materials and say they are diligent about upkeep. Read more »
5 May 2005 Lawmakers sent Gov. Jeb Bush a bill to limit asbestos exposure lawsuits, which supporters say is needed to make sure money is left to compensate those who are truly sick from the cancer-causing material. Read more »
28 April 2005 As a veteran, it is my duty to past, current and future veterans to fight for our right to just compensation. Our venues for compensation for asbestos-related injuries are limited because we were "employees" of the federal government, and our ability to recover from the government is restricted by the law. Read more »
27 April 2005 Residents ponder asbestos compensation options.
21 April 2005 A need to subsidize mesothelioma drugs has been identified. The Asbestos Victims Association of South Australia is calling for the mesothelioma drug Alimta to be listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Read more »
21 April 2005 Hanson Plc, the producer of sand and gravel with $480 million set aside to cover asbestos liabilities, said U.S. legislation that would cap claims from victims of the cancer-causing substance is still in the balance. Read more »
15 April 2005 Eight former employees of the former Illinois Central Railroad are taking the company to court alleging they were exposed to hazardous products on the job.
14 April 2005 State prisoners cleaning out an old warehouse uncovered 500 pounds of asbestos shingles, 4 pounds of mercury and X-ray developing chemicals that were abandoned almost 30 years ago, authorities said. Read more »
7 April 2005 The U.S. Department of Justice and the EPA announced that a federal grand jury in the District of Montana has indicted W.R. Grace and seven current and former Grace executives for knowingly endangering residents of Libby, Montana, and concealing information about the health effects of its asbestos mining operations.
7 April 2005 The teachers' union is seeking full details of the circumstances surrounding the death of a second Queensland teacher from an asbestos-related condition. Education Queensland has confirmed a second female teacher died after making a successful WorkCover claim for an asbestos-related illness contracted while working at a Queensland school. Read more »
4 April 2005 In a Montana valley of 10,000, at least 200 people died breathing "naturally occurring" asbestos and federal health authorities say another 2,000 or more face shorter lives, made harsher by cancer and the gradual hardening of their lungs. Read more »
4 April 2005 Chair of the Asbestos Taskforce Bill Wood says owners and occupiers of homes are required to pass on knowledge in writing of materials containing asbestos to prospective tenants, buyers, tradespeople and maintenance workers.
30 March 2005 Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization holds press conference on inaugural Asbestos Awareness Day. Read more »
30 March 2005 Equitas Ltd. will pay $415 million to settle asbestos-related claims with McDermott International Inc.'s Babcock & Wilcox unit in the U.S. Read more »
24 March 2005 ABB, a technology-based provider of power and automation products, announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to contribute the fixed amount of $232 million to a trust fund in order to resolve the asbestos claims. Read more »
17 March 2005 A Dallas, Texas, jury has awarded $9.3 million to the family of an East Texas man who died from a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers as a child. Read more »
10 March 2005 A key summit on a growing "epidemic" of the asbestos-linked killer asbestos lung cancer, which blighted a whole community in Leeds, was held yesterday.
10 March 2005 Mesothelioma kills 1,800 people a year - more than cervical cancer - but there is no cure and treatment only relieves the symptoms.
3 March 2005 Publicity surrounding the inquiry into James Hardie contributed to a surge in the number of asbestos-related claims lodged with one of the nation's biggest insurers. Read more »
15 February 2005 - A high court in Britain has ruled that certain individuals exhibiting signs of asbestos exposure are entitled to compensation, even if they have not developed a disease such as mesothelioma. Read more »
7 February 2005 - Seven W.R. Grace executives have been indicted for conspiracy to release hazardous asbestos fibers at the Libby, Montana plant. Read more »
3 February 2005 - Halliburton agrees to pay $30 million to 120 families of asbestos victims in the Pacific Northwest. Read more »
27 January 2005 - An overview of proposed federal legislation: the Class Action Fairness Act and The Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution. Read more »
27 January 2005 - U.K. court overturns secondhand asbestos exposure award.
19 January 2005 - MSN Money reviews the impact of asbestos litigation on asbestos-related stocks.
5 January 2005 - Text of President Bush's remarks on medical liability reform, especially with respect to asbestos (from whitehouse.gov). Read more »
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