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Illinois lawmaker to introduce asbestos lawsuit bill

Earlier this month, we wrote about a new law in Ohio which could potentially prevent the filing of some asbestos lawsuits in the state. In the coming weeks, an Illinois lawmaker reportedly has plans to introduce similar legislation in this state. If the Illinois bill passes, it could have a significant impact on potential asbestos lawsuits in Madison County and throughout the state.

Fines issued, criminal charges filed for illegal asbestos removal

For much of the last century, asbestos was heavily used in many fields with little regard for the health of those who came in contact with it. Today, however, the federal government, as well as most state and local governments, are taking decisive and firm action against individuals and employers that knowingly and recklessly subject their workers to asbestos exposure and the myriad of health issues that accompany it.

Ohio passes asbestos lawsuit disclosure bill

Under a new bill that will soon become law in Ohio, people who file asbestos lawsuits in that state will be required to disclose whether they have been involved in any earlier asbestos claims, under the threat of perjury charges. The governor of Ohio is expected to sign the bill. Similar legislation has also been introduced in at least four other states as well as the federal Congress.

Residents sue over unnecessary asbestos abatement

The tenant-owners of a large co-op complex in New York City have filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging that the massive asbestos abatement ordered by the city was improper and unnecessary. In their lawsuit, the tenants are seeking the $20 million they were forced to pay for the asbestos abatement and an order forbidding city officials from imposing any additional asbestos mandates on them.

DIY renovations could raise homeowners' asbestos risk

In recent years, do-it-yourself (or DIY) home renovations have grown increasingly popular in Illinois and throughout the U.S., with homeowners taking on remodeling projects big and small in order to save money and put a personalized stamp on their home. But as they tear out walls and pull up floors, homeowners may be putting themselves at an increased risk of asbestos exposure and the dangers that can - and often do - come with it.

A new use for an old asbestos mine

Although asbestos has caused much pain and suffering for thousands of people in Madison County and throughout the country and the world, a new use for one of the largest asbestos mines in the world may actually result in some positive change. Recently, a Canadian space agency began using that country's Jeffrey Mine to simulate a mission to Mars, with the goal of preparing for an eventual trip to the red planet.

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