March 31, 2008
TOKYO, JAPAN: A further 45 people have been confirmed with health problems after exposure to asbestos from a former factory site in Ota Ward in Tokyo, the ward office said Saturday (29 Mar).
One man in his 70s died in October of pericardial mesothelioma–a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos–and seven other people developed health problems after inhaling asbestos, according to the ward office.
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March 24, 2008
Federal-Mogul Corp. insurers may have to pay more than $500 million for asbestos damages under the Chapter 11 plan that got the company out of bankruptcy last year, a bankruptcy judge has ruled. Judge Judith Fitzgerald of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh, ruled against more than two dozen insurance companies, who were fighting to avoid paying claims for damages linked to Federal-Mogul’s asbestos products.
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Like many other mass asbestos poisoners, Federal-Mogul chose to declare bankruptcy so that it could insulate itself from asbestos liability. Federal-Mogul of course is far from bankrupt, and after emerging from the bankruptcy proceedings will be able to continue making money hand over fist without fear of ever having to compensate the tens of thousands of people who were poisoned by its deliberate, knowing use of lethal asbestos.
Although on its face the proceedings help asbestos victims because the ruling against insurers requires them to pay into a settlement fund, in reality the damages suffered by Federal-Mogul’s victims run into the billions. The $500 million trust fund will soon be depleted, or its payouts will be so minuscule as to make efforts to collect hardly worth the effort.
March 18, 2008
The Associated Press reported that “Several W.R. Grace & Co. lenders have refused to continue offering bankruptcy loans to the company, forcing it to cut back its Chapter 11 finance package from $250 million to $200 million, a lawyer said Monday. ‘We have yet to receive the full amount … that we have been asking, Janet Baer, attorney for the company told the judge overseeing Grace’s long-running bankruptcy restructuring.”
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The article goes on to say that Grace is “flush with cash” as it maneuvers to get out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, discharge all of its debts for poisoning thousands, and return to business with a healthy bottom line. This bankruptcy scam has been pursued by dozens of major companies as they stick victims with minuscule payouts for death and terminal disease, then return from faux bankruptcy to continue earning millions in profits—with neither the bankruptcy courts nor the public every questioning why profitable companies should be allowed to put their profits into the pockets of shareholders rather than the pockets of the people they poisoned.
March 14, 2008
Workers exposed to low levels of vermiculite from Libby, Montana more than two decades ago are at an increased risk for lung disease, according to research from the University of Cincinnati (UC).
An article in Science News Daily reported today that:
Workers with low-level exposures to Libby vermiculite ore may not have obvious health effects right away, but the past exposure is something of which their physicians should be aware. Once inhaled, these fibers are very persistent and stay in the lung for a long time. They lodge in the lung tissue and the tissue that lines the chest wall and cause inflammation, which can lead to chronic lung problems and diseases. Records show that until the Montana mine was closed in 1990, it provided up to 80 percent of the world’s vermiculite supply–which was widely used in both commercial and residential applications, including home insulation, packing materials, construction materials and gardening products. Vermiculite ore is now mined from other sources that reportedly do not contain similar asbestos-like mineral fibers.
The chest X-ray changes associated with the low cumulative fiber exposure are a public health concern. The Libby vermiculite ore was widely distributed across the United States for residential and commercial use, which means it could impact not only the workers who processed it but also consumers who used it for home insulation.
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March 14, 2008
A lawsuit in southeast Texas against DuPont is focusing on what DuPont knew and when they knew it with regard to the dangers of asbestos. Company studies showed as early as 1940, with follow-up studies in the 50’s and 60’s, that asbestos was lethal, yet the company continually and deliberately exposed its workers to the lethal fibers.
DuPont’s flimsy claim is that even though it knew asbestos was lethal, it only thought asbestos was deadly for miners and not for refinery workers. Click here to read the unbelievable claims made by this mass poisoner.