Finally, an asbestos ban? Maybe

Asbestos ban. Could be. For almost two decades, skirmishes, bare knuckle brawls and knock-down battles have been fought to prevent Americans from being exposed to the lethal effects of asbestos. But the latest congressional assault launched yesterday may finally breech the lobbyist-protected walls surrounding the asbestos industry.

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Industry buys its way into federal lab.

Ethicists and watchdogs of conflicts-of-interest in government should have a field day with this posting. There are three players in this mini-drama: –The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a major government research center created to reduce the burden of … Continue reading

Are asbestos victims fleeced by lawyers?

W.R.Grace, which mined and sold potentially lethal Zonolite insulation, has agreed to pay $6.5 million Canadian, under a settlement proposed by lawyers named by the Canadian version of the U.S. bankruptcy court. Court documents show half of the money — $3.25 million — will be paid to the Canadian lawyers who put the deal together, including a lawyer in Delaware who gets $360,000 for filing the papers with the U.S. bankruptcy court.

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