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Editor: Brandon West
Profession: Brayton Purcell LLP

March 12, 2007

By Brandon Smith

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Asbestos Lawsuit Results In $868,000 Plaintiff's Verdict

Category: Asbestos News

A San Francisco Superior Court jury recently returned an asbestos related verdict of $868,000 for the family of a drywall taper that died as a result of his prolonged exposure to asbestos containing products and mixes. Douglas Ivance spent his entire adult life as a dry wall taper where he used asbestos containing products, including joint compounds and sprays manufactured by Rich-Tex, Inc. a Richmond, California based supplier. The compounds and sprays utilized asbestos in their manufacture and when mixed and applied as directed, asbestos fibers and dust particles were released into the air which Ivance breathed. In April of 2003 Ivance, died on Easter Sunday from complications of severe asbestos-related pleural disease and asbestoses. The jury awarded $368,787.64 in economic damages and $500,000 in non-economic damages after determing Rich-Tex could have took precautions to prevent this unfortunate result.

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March 04, 2007

By Brandon Smith

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"Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007"-A Good Start To An Old Problem

Category: Asbestos News

Recent debate has sparked the necessary movement toward an outright ban of asbestos use in the United States as of late and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has now taken these efforts one-step further through the introduction of her legislation, "Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007." The legislation, which has gained the support of many renown doctors and civic organizations alike, is geared toward mandating a reduction of asbestos containing products and materials over time with the eventual goal of achieving a total ban of the deadly product within the next few years. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and Dr. Harvey Pass of the NYU School of Medicine see this as a great step toward eliminating a product that has caused the death of thousands and is expected to cause thousands more in the future.

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February 18, 2007

By Brandon Smith

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Fundraiser Promotes Asbestos And Mesothelioma Awareness

Category: Asbestos and Mesothelioma

In a recent fund raiser concerned with the promotion of asbestos exposure and the effects of mesothelioma, the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute raised $250,000 for asbestos cancer research last week in an effort to promote further exposure to the deadly disease and health condition. The fund raiser included performances by the Grammy Award- winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and the 2006 Tour de France winner Floyd Landis who gave their support in an effort to bring awareness and support to the worthy cause.

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January 21, 2007

By Brandon Smith

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Why Are Mesothelioma Verdicts And Settlements So Large?

Category: Asbestos and Mesothelioma

For anyone that has not fully experienced the effects of asbestos or seen the devastating effects mesothelioma can have on a family it might be difficult for them to understand why so many juries decide to give such large awards in jury trials around the United States and the world abroad. The simple reason is, more times than not, that a company or manufacturer knowingly decided it was more important to save company funds by using asbestos containing products rather than other safer products which would not have exposed its employees to the caner causing materials. In essence, the companies and/or manufacturers actively chose to put profits over people. The large awards given in cases where such actions and decisions have taken place is societies way of saying these entities should not have put profits over people.

To better unerstand the devastating effects these profit driven decisions can have you have to look no further than Rick Erickson's story who grew up in Libby, Montana.


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January 07, 2007

By Brandon Smith

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Settlement Fund Approved For Asbestos Exposed Victims

Category: Asbestos News

A settlement fund has been approved for Owens Corning, a building material manufacturer and producer, that will compensate over 2,000 Puget Sound residents after being exposed to and suffering from asbestos related fibers and materials.

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December 30, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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New Second Hand Mesothelioma Lawsuit Filed In Madison County

Category: Mesothelioma Lawsuits

A retired Florida man recently filed a lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. The diagnosis was linked to years of exposure to asbestos products and fibers in his home and at various worksites. Louis Holzworth worked as a factory worker, warehouse foreman, and molder among others for a period in excess of 40 years. His wife Joan worked as an inspector with Amphenol Corporation and was believed to have brought home particles of asbestos dust on her work clothing that subsequently became airborne in the family home.

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December 28, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Is El Dorado Hills In Danger Of Harmful Asbestos Exposure?

Category: Asbestos News

More information is needed before a panel of scientists can either confirm or dismiss the potential risk of harmful asbestos exposure for more than 31,000 residents of El Dorado Hills in California. Since early in 2005, the community located approximately 25 miles east of Sacramento, has been the subject of an intense U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigation for potential exposure to a cancer-causing form of asbestos fibers naturally found in the rocks and soil there.

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December 11, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Asbestosis-Latent Effects And Delayed Diagnosis

Category: Asbestos News

For many patients like Ralph Blevins, being diagnosed with asbestosis, a deadly form of lung disease, comes as a complete shock due to the lack of knowledge and discussions of the ill fated effects of working around and with asbestos. His story of developing the condition, nearly 45 years later, is one that is all to common for those who have been exposed to asbestos for any significant period of time. For more information on Mr. Blevins' story, read this well written article recently published in The Salt Lake Tribune: "Asbestos dangers remained hidden for decades"

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December 10, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Asbestos Exposure Linked To All States

Category: Asbestos News

Unfortunately for those affected by prolonged exposure to asbestos, the efects can be deadly. Prolonged exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and/or other debilitating conditions. Based on current information and evidence, asbestos has been shown to affect those who reside in the following states: Alabama (AL); Alaska (AK); Arizona (AZ); Arkansas (AR); California (CA); Colorado (CO); Connecticut (CT); Delaware (DE); Florida (FL); Georgia (GA); Hawaii (HI); Idaho (ID); Illinois (IL); Indiana (IN); Iowa (IA); Kansas (KS); Kentucky (KY); Louisiana (LA); Maine (ME); Maryland (MD); Massachusetts (MA); Michigan (MI); Minnesota (MN); Mississippi (MS); Missouri (MO); Montana (MT); Nebraska (NE); Nevada (NV); New Hampshire (NH); New Jersey (NJ); New Mexico (NM); New York (NY); North Carolina (NC); North Dakota (ND); Ohio (OH); Oklahoma (OK); Oregon (OR); Pennsylvania (PA); Rhode Island (RI); South Carolina (SC); South Dakota (SD); Tennessee (TN); Texas (TX) ; Utah (UT); Vermont (VT); Virginia (VI); Washington (WA); Washington DC; West Virginia (WV); Wisconsin (WI); and Wyoming (WY).

As asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys, based in Atlanta, Georgia, we have both the knowledge and resources to help just about anyone anywhere who needs legal representation or advice. If you have questions, send me a request or question and I will be happy to see what we can do to help. As always, all consultations and questions are completely FREE to you.

December 03, 2006

By Brandon Smith

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Retroactive Application Of Georgia Asbestos Bill Stuck Down By Georgia Supreme Court

Category: Asbestos News

The Georgia Supreme Court has recently overturned a retroactive law that required Georgia plaintiffs to show their exposure to asbestos was a "substantial contributing factor" in their physical impairments. Previously, Georgia plaintiffs only had to show the impairments from asbestos exposure was a "contributing factor" that detrimentally affected their health and medical condition. Authored by Justice Carol Hunstien, the unanimous decision of the High Court noted

that the law added "a new element to their claim, one that did not exist when the original cause of action accrued." Therefore, the law "cannot retroactively be applied to their claims."

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