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Illinois company illegally dumps debris--twice

According to a recent report, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued several violation notices to Demolition Excavating Group. In June 2012, the demolition company reportedly received a violation notice after illegally dumping debris from a demolition site near a creek.

Asbestos liability case goes to Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court will hear a case relating to liability for asbestos exposure this term, as Pfizer attempts to argue that it should not be held liable for the use of asbestos by a subsidiary, Quigley Co.

Study: Benzene exposure leads to decreased cognitive functioning

A new study has found that workers who are exposed to the chemical benzene during the course of their work are likely to suffer a decline in their cognitive functioning. Interestingly, workers who were well-educated experienced a less significant impact on their cognition than those who had undergone fewer years of schooling.

Benzene defendants seek removal to federal court

Last month, we wrote about the lawsuit that had been filed by the city of Roxana, Illinois against several companies. Now, two of the defendant companies have filed a motion to have the case removed from Madison County to federal court, describing the case as an "environmental action" that necessitates a federal case.

Illinois town sues over benzene exposure

An Illinois town has filed a lawsuit against Shell Oil and several other defendants, alleging that the companies are responsible for the benzene exposure that has contaminated the town's groundwater and endangered the health and safety of its residents.

Muhammad Ali sues over home defects

When boxer Muhammad Ali and his wife purchased their Louisiana home in 2006, they were assured that the house was in good condition. However, over the last five years, they have noticed multiple defects in the house, some of which could cause damage to their health by potentially exposing them to asbestos and other carcinogens. Now, the Alis have filed a lawsuit against the former owners of the home, claiming that the owners lied to and manipulated them in order to sell them the house.

Mineral proven to cause mesothelioma remains unregulated in U.S.

In the United States, mesothelioma is very strongly associated with asbestos, and rightly so: asbestos exposure has long been proven to be one of the leading causes of the deadly disease. And because asbestos products were so widely used for so long in so many industries, millions of people in Illinois and throughout the country continue to suffer as a result of their unknowing exposure to asbestos.

Business lobby groups create anti-lawsuit ad campaign

A group of businesses and the lobby groups that represent them are reportedly creating a statewide advertising campaign in Louisiana, with the admitted goal of pressuring state legislatures to implement limits on civil lawsuits in the state. One of the targets of the ad campaign is asbestos lawsuits, which the lobby groups claim are "frivolous" lawsuits that harm the state's "business climate."

Asbestos plaintiff awarded $2.5 million in damages

Recently, a jury awarded $2.5 million to a plaintiff who had filed a lawsuit against several companies, alleging that each was partially responsible for his asbestos exposure and subsequent mesothelioma. Although the majority of the defendant companies settled with the plaintiff before the case went to trial, Ford Motor Company refused to do so, and was ordered to pay a significant portion of the total damage award.

Illinois building demolition creates potential asbestos exposure

What do you get when you combine two buildings, three business owners, a destructive fire, asbestos, a city, a mayor, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, an excavating company, the Illinois Attorney General's office, and a whole lot of confusion? So far, this combination has led to massive amounts of confusion, potential asbestos exposure, and a high likelihood of legal battles.

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