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  • Brian Weinstein to speak at the Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Litigation Conference

    Please join me at Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook on September 25-27, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, CA. This highly acclaimed annual event assembles leaders in U.S...

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  • IVC Filters: Canadian Government Warns of Serious Safety Complications

    Health Canada, their nation’s equivalent of the U.S. FDA, issued an advisory statement last month to health professionals communicating concerns of serious safety complications involving IVC filters, including puncturing the vein and blood clots...

    Read More Monday, 29 August 2016
  • Did You Know? Your Prescription for Brand Name Drugs May Have Ulterior Motives

    The New York Times recently reported on a study by JAMA Internal Medicine, which found a link between doctors who were treated to meals by drug companies and an increase in prescribing that drug company's drug. The more meals doctors had, the more likely they were to prescribe the promoted drug. Professor Dr. R. Adams Dudley, the senior...

    Read More Wednesday, 22 June 2016
  • Filter Device Lawsuits Plague Cook Medical

    Patients around the country are saying that the company’s blood-clot filters—small, cage-like devices inserted into the inferior vena cava vein—are breaking, moving, or poking through vessels. The lawsuits are casting a harsh glare on Cook Medical, one of Indiana’s largest privately-owned companies, with annual sales of $2 billion and a global workforce of 12,000. Since 2014, the manufacturer has issued five...

    Read More Monday, 20 June 2016
  • Research Shows Teens Using E-Cigarettes May be More Likely to Start Using Traditional Ones Too

    In recent years, scientists have debated whether e-cigarettes will help smokers quit, or will rather act as a gateway to tobacco smoking. Due to these concerns, the FDA is banning the sale of e-cigs to minors this summer. In light of this debate, a survey of about...

    Read More Tuesday, 14 June 2016
  • Testosterone Litigation On the Rise

    About 5,000 lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) drugs in a multidistrict litigation docket in Illinois. Multidistrict litigation dockets (MDLs) are special federal procedures designed to speed up the process of handling complex cases, such as these TRT drug cases. These lawsuits were filed by men who...

    Read More Thursday, 26 May 2016
  • Canada’s Government is Moving Towards Asbestos Ban

    At Canada's building trades union policy conference on May 11, 2016, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government was making its first commitments toward a ban on asbestos. "We know that its impact on workers far outweighs any beenfits that it might provide," Trudeau explained. Officials in the Prime Minister's Office...

    Read More Sunday, 15 May 2016
  • Johnson and Johnson Faces $55 Million Verdict in Another Talcum Powder Trial

    Johnson & Johnson is getting hit hard again. Jurors in a Missouri state court recently awarded plaintiff Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. Ms. Ristesund said that using the company’s talc-powder products, including Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder, for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. This was the second straight trial loss for...

    Read More Friday, 6 May 2016
  • Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Million Damages for Ovarian Cancer Death

    After a three-week trial last month, a Missouri state jury ordered that the company pay $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who passed away from ovarian cancer the previous October. Ms. Fox’s cancer was linked to her use of the company’s talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, which she used for feminine hygiene for more than 35 years before her cancer diagnosis three years ago. The jury found that the company was...

    Read More Saturday, 5 March 2016
  • New Yorker Sentenced to Prison Time for Violating Federal Clean Air Asbestos Standards

    A factory owner from Rochester, New York, has admitted that he knowingly subjected untrained workers to asbestos during a removal operation. The factory owner, Anastasios Kolokouris, pleaded guilty last week to violating federal Clean Air asbestos work standards after inspectors from New York's Department of Labor and the EPA discovered that untrained and unprotected workers were removing asbestos from a dumpster at the warehouse. The workers told inspectors that...

    Read More Thursday, 10 March 2016
  • Obama Proposes Cancer "Moonshot" to Eliminate Cancer

    Although cancer mortality rates have declined in the last two decades and advances have been made to cancer treatments, the number of Americans diagnosed with cancer still reaches 1.6 million per year. During President Obama's final State...

    Read More Monday, 15 February 2016
  • NPR Covers "Third Wave" of Asbestos in the USA

    NPR brings light to the story of a new wave of workers who are still getting mesothelioma. Despite the diminished usage of asbestos in today's products, people are still being exposed. Thus, people are still getting sick. Thirty-nine year old Kris Penny is...

    Read More Wednesday, 13 January 2016
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals Reinstates Woman's Asbestos Suit on Behalf of Deceased Husband

    A Wisconsin Court of Appeals reinstated Mrs. Brezonick's asbestos suit after it was dismissed in the trial court. The court of appeals determined that...

    Read More Tuesday, 29 December 2015
  • Jon Stewart's Return to the Daily Show Raises Awareness for 9/11 Responders

    In a monumental moment, Jon Stewart returned to the Daily Show earlier this week to show his support for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical funds to 9/11 first responders. Though technically the bill has...

    Read More Friday, 11 December 2015
  • Libby, Montana is Reopening its Doors

    The EPA has said that people can continue to live safely in Libby, Montana (and neighboring city Troy) without excessive exposure to asbestos after its costly cleanup. In 1881, gold miners discovered...

    Read More Tuesday, 24 November 2015
  • Kalamazoo Woman Receives Probation for Asbestos Violations

    In Kalamazoo, Michigan, LuAnne LaBrie will receive three years of probation for her failure to notify authorities that asbestos materials would be removed at a former power plant. This removal led to the largest release of...

    Read More Monday, 02 November 2015
  • Oregon Pushes for Stricter Asbestos Rules, Want to Match Washington

    Oregon environmental regulators pushed for more stringent asbestos inspection requirements for home demolitions in the Oregon Legislature. What they got? A more comprehensive system for...

    Read More Tuesday, 20 October 2015
  • Fire Station in South Utica May Expose Firefighters to Asbestos

    A fire station in south Utica, New York, has asbestos issues along with damage from flooding, electrical, and plumbing problems. Utica Common Council member David Testa organized a tour of the fire station as...

    Read More Monday, 28 September 2015
  • Journal of Industrial Health Publishes Editorial, "Eliminating Occupational Cancer"

    Jukka Takala's editorial speaks about the damage done by asbestos exposure and the need for elimination. The piece recognizes the need for preventing major work-related health risks like...

    Read More Friday, 25 September 2015
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Fund Study on Asbestos

    A global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment was done for risks in 188 countries between 1990 and 2013. The study hopes that by quantifying risk factors, particularly modifiable risk factors, it can help...

    Read More Wednesday, 16 September 2015
  • Massachusetts Schools Ignoring Asbestos Codes

    Despite the enactment of the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act in the 1980's, Massachusetts schools still are not following proper codes. These days, the state has set aside enough money to conduct just 40 inspections a year under...

    Read More Monday, 07 December 2015
  • Jury Awards $13 Million to Woman for Exposure to Asbestos in Talcum Powder

    A Los Angeles County jury awarded $13 million to a 73-year-old woman who contracted mesothelioma from using asbestos-containing talcum powder manufactured by Colgate-Palmolive Co. Ms. Judith Winkel developed the cancer as...

    Read More Thursday, 30 April 2015
  • Asbestos Victim Fighting to Band the Deadly Substance

    For fifteen years, Paul Zygielbaum has been battling his mesothelioma. He's also fighting the asbestos industry: These days, he is fighting for medical research into new treatment programs; for the rights of the patients, victims, and families; and to make asbestos illegal. Former acting U.S. Surgeon General...

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  • Report Warns of Global Mesothelioma Epidemic

    Italian researchers report that mesothelioma has reached epidemic proportions in parts of Europe and Oceania. Two researchers, Claudio and Tommaso Bianchi, gathered mesothelioma data from cancer registries and fellow researchers...

    Read More Thursday, 15 January 2015
  • Asbestos Dust Killed Former Cabinetmaker and Carpenter

    Graham Bancroft, of Keele Drive, Church Gresley, worked as a cabinetmaker, carpenter, and joiner throughout his life. He developed mesothelioma as...

    Read More Monday, 12 January 2015
  • Quebec Government Refuses to Pay $2.7 Million Cleanup Costs

    A 2010 mudslide containing asbestos residue has yet to be cleaned up in Canada. Why not? Apparently no one can afford to do it. The April 2010 mudslide caused major damage to the small town of East Broughton, but the town cannot afford to foot the bill...

    Read More Friday, 02 January 2015
  • Vintage Christmas Decorations May Actually Contain Asbestos

    Remember that story our firm noted earlier about asbestos being used for "snow" in some of the classic movies? Apparently, asbestos was also used for some Christmas ornaments back in the day. Households across the...

    Read More Wednesday, 17 December 2014
  • Scientists Call for Global Ban on Asbestos

    Scientists from the international academic society, Collegium Ramazzini, have repeatedly called for a total global asbestos ban. Though asbestos have been banned in...

    Read More Tuesday, 16 December 2014
  • Controversy at Texas Community College About Asbestos Leads to Shot Fired

    Secret tape recordings, accusations flying, a shooting . . . and asbestos?! Only in Texas. At Kilgore College, drama has erupted over allegations that improper handling of asbestos allowed the cancer-causing material into the campus air. Leaders at the community college have been...

    Read More Tuesday, 09 December 2014
  • Illinois House OKs More Time Allowed to Bring Asbestos Lawsuits

    The Illinois House voted to approve a bill that allows more time for victims of asbestos-related diseases to file a lawsuit. The bill now moves to...

    Read More Monday, 08 December 2014
  • Cover Up by BASF and its Attorneys Unveiled

    The U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia determined that BASF and its law firm, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel LLP systematically concealed damaging evidence and manufactured documents to defeat claims that its talc contained asbestos. The plaintiffs contend that...

    Read More Friday, 05 December 2014
  • Thirty-seven year old mother in Texas living with mesothelioma for years

    Stephanie Harper, of Bonham, Texas, has to pay the price now for hugging and grabbing her dad as a child. Her innocuous behavior led to her exposure to asbestos, because her father performed all sorts of handy work, such as automechanics, heating and cooling, et cetera, that involved asbestos. Stephanie's doctors found a...

    Read More Wednesday, 03 December 2014
  • Brian Weinstein Receives "Top 100" Trial Lawyers Award

    Brian Weinstein was nominated by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Washington-the only asbestos attorney in Washington to be selected!...

    Read More Tuesday, 25 November 2014
  • Asbestos Violations in Seattle; $379K in Fines

    Here's a story that hits close to home: Two asbestos removal firms were fined $379,000 by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries for failing to remove large quantities of asbestos from a demolition site in Seattle. The worst part of this story is that...

    Read More Thursday, 13 November 2014
  • City Hits Mount Manresa Project with $67,400 Fines in Asbestos Violations

    Asbestos problems at the Mount Manresa project have led to over $67,000 in city violations, and GOP Borough President James Oddo wants the Department of Investigation (DOI) to step in. The violations claim that...

    Read More Wednesday, 08 October 2014
  • Parents and Teachers Concerned about Asbestos Exposure to Students

    Parents are concerned over a possible asbestos exposure to children at elementary schools in the Huntington Beach, California, area. On October 2, over 100 parents...

    Read More Monday, 06 October 2014
  • New York Man Wins $7 Million Award in Asbestos Case

    A New York man received a $7 million jury award due to his extensive exposure to asbestos during construction of the Northport Power Station. Forty-six years after working...

    Read More Friday, 03 October 2014
  • Cleveland Man Indicted on Clean Air Act Charges for Dumping and Asbestos Pollution

    In Cleveland, a man was charged with violating the Clean Air Act for his failure to remove asbestos before demolishing a former factory in the city. Two other men were also...

    Read More Thursday, 02 October 2014
  • Want Quick Tips on Asbestos Removal for Your Home or Business?

    TruShield Insurance has some quick tips on asbestos removal if you're in the remodeling market. What's the first thing to do if you suspect asbestos? 1. Stop working. 2. Get everyone out of there, and seal off the location before informing a professional. Beware: Asbestos...

    Read More Friday, 26 September 2014
  • East Penn School District Defends Handling of Buried Asbestos-Filled Construction Debris

    Illegal dumping is always terrible. But it may be even worse when the materials dumped contain asbestos--and is left near an elementary school! East Penn officials...

    Read More Wednesday, 24 September 2014
  • Weinstein Couture PLLC is moving!

    From now on, you can find us at our new address: 818 Stewart Street, Suite 930, Seattle, Washington 98101. Come stop by to check out the new digs and say hi!...

    Read More Tuesday, 23 September 2014
  • HSE Launches Health Blitz on Refurbishment Sites

    Maybe the U.S. should consider something similar. The HSE's random inspections at construction job sites in the UK will pay particular attention to the threats posed by harmful dusts, such as asbestos...

    Read More Tuesday, 23 September 2014
  • Abandoned Asbestos Mining Town Turned into Haven for Orphans

    The Bulembu Ministries Swaziland has stepped in to take over Bulembu, a former mining town in Swaziland, turning it into a haven for 306 orphans. Bulembu provides the orphans...

    Read More Wednesday, 17 September 2014
  • Nursing Home Settles for $225,000 with Plaintiff for Asbestos Exposure

    In Salinas, California, the Windsor Gardens facility agreed to a $225,000 settlement over claims that it did not properly handle asbestos during a renovation in 2012. Instead of carrying out...

    Read More Tuesday, 16 September 2014
  • Third Circuit Opinion Points Out Fraud by Asbestos Defendant

    The Third Circuit's precedential opinion highlighted the fraud that BASF and its attorneys engaged in against asbestos victims, denying that any litigation privilege extend to BASF under these circumstances. Plaintiffs' claimed that...

    Read More Monday, 15 September 2014
  • 9/11 Responders with Cancer Being Denied Insurance Coverage

    Yesterday, our country remembered the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and the heroes that prevented further deaths. Today, we should demand...

    Read More Friday, 12 September 2014
  • Asbestos Plaintiff Should Have Subpoenaed V.A. Doctor

    The Ohio Supreme Court barred a plaintiff's asbestos suit because of the plaintiff's history of smoking and the Veteran Affairs doctor's refusal to write a report on whether asbestos exposure was a substantial contributing factor to the plaintiff's lung cancer...

    Read Moe Tuesday, 09 September 2014
  • Mother Diagnosed with Mesothelioma Wins Settlement from Brent Council

    A forty-six year old mother from the greater London area was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2009. She was told she had a year to live. Now in remission...

    Read More Friday, 05 September 2014
  • Alabama judge upholds a take-home asbestos claim in a case of first impression

    The survivors of Barbara Bobo claimed that Barbara was exposed to asbestos dust through laundering her husband's workplace clothes--not uncommon for take-home asbestos cases. Barbara recalled...

    Read More Thursday, 04 September 2014
  • Countries in Asia are Pushing Deadly Asbestos as a Product for the Poor

    Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence and universal agreement among governmental organizations, scientists and medical experts that all types of asbestos cause deadly diseases, including mesothelioma, asbestos is still being widely used in Asia. While dozens of countries...

    Read More Friday, 22 August 2014
  • ADAO Provides Outlet for People with Mesothelioma and Their Families

    Want to share your own story or read about the plights of others affected by mesothelioma? Check out the Asbestos Disease Awareness page, started by a mesothelioma victim's spouse...

    Read More Monday, 10 March 2014
  • Iconic Film Used Asbestos as Fake Snow

    Remember the poppy fields scene in the Wizard of Oz? Where Dorothy and co. are lulled to sleep by the Wicked Witch's spell while getting snowed on? It turns out that...

    Read More Wednesday, 05 February 2014
  • Dr. Paolo Boffetta Withdraws his Candidacy as Director of France's Leading Epidemiology Center

    The National Institute for Health and Medical Research as well as the University of Paris-Sud are responsible for requiring Boffetta to withdraw his candidacy. Right On Canada reports...

    Read More Friday, 31 January 2014
  • Naturally Occurring Asbestos May Pose Risk for Southern Nevada Residents

    Dr. Brenda Buck, a professor of geology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has been sampling the dust blowing across southern Nevada for the past few years. But more recently, she also started noticing tiny, hair-like fibers on the ground, as well as on her own clothes and boots. The fibers? Asbestos...

    Read More Tuesday, 21 January 2014
  • Children Exposed to Asbestos After School Improperly Removes Hazardous Materials

    Several schoolchildren playing outside of school were playing with a white, chalky substance they found on the school sidewalk. The material actually...

    Read More Friday, 20 December 2013
  • New Tool to Help Diagnose and Treat Malignant Mesothelioma?

    Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania, have uncovered a new tool that may aid in the staging and treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The findings show that...

    Read More Monday, 11 November 2013
  • Susan Vento Aims to Get Facts Straight on the FACT Act

    In October 2000, Susan Vento's husband died-just eight months after being diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. But Susan is not done fighting for him. Susan serves as...

    Read More Wednesday, 16 October 2013
  • Repair Work on Fire-Damaged Apartment in Seattle Exposes Asbestos

    An explosion in July sent firefighters to respond to a two-alarm fire. Since then, the apartment's residents may have been living with asbestos in the air. But according to...

    Read More Thursday, 12 September 2013
  • New York Court Seeks Transparency Regarding Georgia-Pacific Funded Studies on Asbestos

    This past June, the Supreme Court of New York County denied motions by defendant Georgia-Pacific (GP) to vacate the Special Master's recommendations to produce data related to eight studies funded by GP. These studies concerned...

    Read More Tuesday, 09 July 2013
  • NIEHS Believes It is Time to Update Asbestos Regulations

    As the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) announced, more than 20 years of health research suggests that it is time to update asbestos exposure regulations. NIEHS cited concerns...

    Read More Monday, 03 June 2013
  • Washington State Senate Passes Asbestos Labeling Bill

    In March 2013, a proposal by a Spokane, Washington senator mandating the labeling of all products containing asbestos sold in Washington breezed through Washington's senate with a 47-2 vote. Future purchasers...

    Read More Thursday, 04 April 2013
  • Washington Department of Ecology Concerned That Wrecked Ship May Be Releasing Asbestos

    State of Washington officials have ordered the removal of a wrecked ship that is leaking contaminants -- possibly including asbestos -- into Commencement Bay in Tacoma. The 167-foot Helena Star...

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  • Controversy Over Asbestos Industry- Funded Research at McGill University Continues

    Early this year, Montreal's McGill University became the focus of accusations that the asbestos industry essentially purchased a favorable report by a McGill professor by financially supporting his research on the health effects of Chrysotile asbestos, commonly mined in Canada. According to...

    Read More Sunday, 28 October 2012
  • Family Members of Industrial Workers Are At Risk for Developing Mesothelioma

    Not only are men who worked at construction sites, shipyards, and in auto garages at extremely high risk for developing mesothelioma, so are their loved ones. Men working in these professions often wore their work clothes home, which were covered with asbestos- containing dust released from the pipe covering, gaskets, brake shoes, and other asbestos- containing products they used at work. Once at home...

    Read More Tuesday, 23 October 2012
  • New UK Mesothelioma Tissue Bank to Develop Treatments

    A combined effort of Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, and the British Lung Foundation helped launch Mesobank UK, the first European mesothelioma tissue bank. Surviving Mesothelioma reports that...

    Read More Wednesday, 08 August 2012
  • Demolition Contractor Fined $150,000 for Violating Asbestos Removal Regulations

    Kennebec Journal reports that the Wilton mill asbestos cleanup calls for more labor than usual in order to get the site up to regulation before demolishing the building. The property owner...

    Read More Wednesday, 01 August 2012
  • Jury Finds in Favor of Whistleblower Awarding $750,000 for Firing Him in Retaliation

    After two weeks of trial, the News Tribune reports that former Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) engineering manager, Brad Wellenbrock, received a jury verdict in his favor. Mr. Wellenbrock claimed...

    Read More Tuesday, 31 July 2012
  • Asbestos Experts Battle Quebec’s Decision to Reopen Asbestos Mine

    As mentioned in a prior post, Quebec loaned millions of dollars to help reopen Jeffrey Mine, Inc.- a chrysotile asbestos mine- with intentions of shipping the asbestos to developing countries. In reaction to Quebec's decision...

    Read More Wednesday, 25 July 2012
  • Jury Awards $5.5 Million to California Woman for Injuries Caused by Transvaginal Mesh Implant

    A California jury has awarded $5.5 million to a woman and her husband in compensation for their injuries caused by Avaulta Plus, a transvaginal mesh implant manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. Bloomberg reports that...

    Read More Wednesday, 25 July 2012
  • Subsidiary Whistleblowers Gain Retroactive Protection

    Reuters reports that after much court review, Judge J. Paul Oetken of the U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York ruled that the protection provided to whistleblowers of corporate subsidiaries, a provision within the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act"), applies retroactively to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. In 2010...

    Read More Tuesday, 24 July 2012
  • 1950’s Deadly Asbestos Cigarette

    As The New York Times describes, tobacco companies came up with creative ways to filter cigarettes once studies showed how harmful tobacco was to one's health. Unfortunately, some of these creative filters caused more damage than good. For example...

    Read More Sunday, 22 July 2012
  • Actos Heightens Already Increased Risk of Bladder Cancer for Type 2 Diabetes Patients

    Some doctors think the risk of bladder cancer associated with the drug Actos - used to treat type 2 diabetes - is significant enough that the drug should be avoided by everyone. But Dr. Joel Zonszein, who directs a diabetes clinic at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, thinks Actos (pioglitazone) may be OK for those who have an otherwise low risk of bladder cancer. Because the disease...

    Read More Thursday, 19 July 2012