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Company asks court to vacate record asbestos award

This spring has been a busy one for mesothelioma attorneys across the United States, with juries in Illinois and throughout the country awarding record-setting damages amounts to plaintiffs who are suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. After a Mississippi jury awarded the highest-ever damage award to a plaintiff suffering from asbestosis, the defendant company has filed an appeal, claiming that the judge has a conflict of interest which should have disqualified him from presiding over the case.

Asbestos violations lead to $1.2 million fine for Illinois firm

An Illinois company has been fined over $1.2 million by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for its alleged violations of OSHA asbestos regulations. According to the citations, OSHA opened a Severe Violators Enforcement Program case against AMD Industries Inc. after the agency found that the company was disposing of asbestos products and materials without making the necessary efforts to protect its employees or the general public.

Asbestos threatens Japan cleanup efforts, part two

Earlier this week, we wrote about the latest threat to the Japanese people as they work to clean up after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Understandably, the Japanese government has not devoted much time and energy to the growing threat of asbestos, instead focusing on securing nuclear plants and caring for now-homeless residents.

Asbestos threatens Japan cleanup efforts, part one

In the first days and weeks following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, officials in that country and around the world were rightly concerned with securing the safety of residents and of stopping the leakage from the country's nuclear power plants. But now, as residents begin to clean up and rebuild, a new threat is emerging: asbestos.

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