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HTMLDo You Have Any Doubt Who Will Really Pay?
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 10, 2015
Doubt is an interesting thing. For decades, the tobacco industry was able to sell, unmolested, a product that kills people. But because it does not do it instantly, it is possible to raise doubt as to the exact causation.

 

HTMLNew California Bill Would Raise Minimum Legal Smoking Age to 21
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
A new bill proposed by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has recently been introduced to the California State Senate, proposing to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Currently, smokers need to be 18 in order to purchase and consume tobacco products, but this law has failed to keep minors' use of...

 

HTMLFormer Executives to Pay $1.8 Million in Asbestos Case
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 4, 2015
It is not uncommon to hear about individuals hiring unlicensed professionals to remove asbestos from older buildings. Contractors and project managers overlook serious violations, every day. But it is unusual to hear about unlicensed high school students removing asbestos.

 

HTMLResearchers Study Global Mesothelioma Epidemic
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 11, 2015
In a 2014 study, the Italian League Against Cancer set out to determine the trend of mesothelioma incidences around the world. Researchers compiled and studied recent data from several countries, and determined that the disease is likely to become more common as time goes on.

 

HTMLAsbestos Company Accused of Destroying Evidence in Trial
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 17, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
Recently, BASF Catalysts, LLC, the world's largest chemical maker, has been ordered to face claims that they and their lawyers fraudulently hid evidence to avoid asbestos personal injury lawsuits.

 

HTMLAsbestos Defendants Face New Danger as Court Permits Punitive Damages in NYCAL Trials
Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 15, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014
On April 8, 2014, Justice Sherry Klein Heitler issued a decision permitting asbestos plaintiffs in New York County to seek punitive damages in asbestos trials — a departure from decades of prior practice in New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL). For almost 20 years, the NYCAL Case...

 

HTMLGeorgia Pacific, LLC v. Farrar: Limiting Defendants Liability for Asbestos Exposure
DeHay Elliston L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 21, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014
Plaintiff filed suit against thirty Defendants for take home exposure due to asbestos. Plaintiff, Joyce Farrar, alleged that asbestos exposure caused her mesothelioma. Plaintiff lived with her grandparents from the early 1950s until she married in 1974. Her grandfather, John Hentgen, was a mechanic...

 

HTMLNatural Gas Explosion Leads to Asbestos Problems
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 18, 2014
If one were to believe the defense lawyers for the asbestos industry, the "crisis" of asbestos is over. The product has been banned from many uses in the United States since the early 1990s, and many of the deaths attributed to asbestos induced mesothelioma in the last three or four...

 

HTMLNaturally Occurring Asbestos Found in Nevada
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2014, previously published on March 5, 2014
Asbestos is everywhere. Not only has it been worked into homes, commercial buildings, and consumer products all over America, it can be found naturally within our environment. Six different, naturally occurring asbestos minerals can be found in locations around the country, some of which have been...

 

HTMLDespite Asbestos Restrictions, Mesothelioma Rates Remain Unchanged
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 12, 2014
Asbestos is a naturally occurring but highly hazardous mineral fiber that was once widely used in a variety of industrial and consumer products in the United States. Unfortunately, while asbestos use in the U.S. has plummeted dramatically over the past several decades, the prevalence of...

 


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