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How were workers exposed to asbestos at Chevron:Read here

In this deposition we recently took Chevron admits that it did not  stop using asbestos in its Perth Amboy refinery until 1972,  more than 3 decades after learning that asbestos could kill. According to this witness there was more than 12 miles of asbestos on the piping alone in the Perth Amboy. This had the capacity to cause massive exposure[...]

By: chris.placitella @ Jun 27, 2009
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New Australian Study Predicts Mesothelioma Rates Will Not Peak Until 2014

According to a study just released the incidence of mesothelioma in that country may not peak until the year 2114. A similar study done by Dr. Nicholson from Mt Sinai once predicted the rate would peak in the Untied states this year. Those estimates probably need to be revisited. In my practice, i have seen more mesotheliomas in the last[...]

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Minnesota Apellate Court Upholds 4.6 Million Dollar Verdict

Today the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed the jury's $4.6 verdict against John Crane in the Newinski case tried last spring by Christian Hartley and Michael Strom. Crane's appeal challenged several discretionary rulings by the trial court, Crane also challenged the very existence of joint and several liability in Minnesota products liability cases. Crane asserted that Minnesota employs several liability[...]

By: chris.placitella @ Jun 23, 2009
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Was Bendix Mocking Asbestos Vicitims?

In defending asbestos cases asbestos companies often argue that they were unaware of the dangers of asbestos and when they finally found out they acted responsibly.  Of course, in many cases, this assertion is a fiction as made clear in the letter from Bendix (manufacturer of asbestos brakes) Johns  Manville where the Bendix executive states.  My answer to the problem[...]

By: chris.placitella @ Jun 22, 2009
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AT&T Admits Knowledge of Asbestos Dangers

We recently had the opportunity to take the deposition of AT&T corporate representative Charles Lichtenwalner. The deposition was quite revealing as AT&T admitted knowledge of the dangers of asbestos during the time that Bell operating company employees  were being exposed to asbestos as part of their job. Draw your own conclusions by reading the deposition for yourself. In order to[...]

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Supreme Court Sets the Stage for the Approval of $500 Million Dollar Asbestos Settlement

As reported in http://chrisplacitella.com In 1982 when Johns Manville declared bankruptcy, a significant percentage of the money used to fund the asbestos bankruptcy trust came from the Travelers Insurance Company. After that time, a number of plaintiffs began to sue Travelers directly alleging Travelers had acted wrongly in its own right by suppressing information concerning the dangers of asbestos and[...]

By: chris.placitella @ Jun 18, 2009
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Pre Trial Victory Leads to 3.8 Million Dollar Verdict

Very often a case is all but won before trial because the lawyers have done their job and prepared  the case correctly. Yesterday in New Port News Virginia this proved to be true. The jury returned a verdict against Jon Crane(who never settles) for 3.8 million dollars. As part of its defense John Crane offered voodoo science that the Judge[...]

By: chris.placitella @ Jun 16, 2009
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4.7 Million Dollar Mesothelioma Verdict

I’d like to  congratulate Steve Harowitz and Roger Gold  for obtaining a $4.7 million dollar mesothelioma verdict late yesterday  John Daniels against Western Fibrous Glass.   This was a fantastic result, particularly because of many obstacles overcome, including the fact that the client was too sick to testify at deposition or trial. He was also unmarried.   Defendant WFG reportedly made a[...]

By: chris.placitella @ Jun 12, 2009
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Trial Lawyer Gonen Haklay Joins Cohen, Placitella & Roth

Cohen, Placitella & Roth is pleased to announce that Gonen Haklay has joined the firm. Mr. Haklay comes to Cohen, Placitella & Roth after a successful career as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office. During his service at the District Attorney's office, Mr. Haklay prosecuted major crimes and homicide cases. We are pleased to be adding a trial[...]

By: chris.placitella @ Jun 4, 2009
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Information from the Federal Government

The  ATSDR is a branch of the federal government charged with monitoring and providing information about diseases in the United States. Please click on the link below to access the ATSDR information on mesothelioma and asbestos. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos/living_asbestos/index.html

By: chris.placitella @ May 31, 2009
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Medical Expert Update

The Center for Disease control has issued its update on the estimate of the number of mesothelioma that occur each year in the United states. According to the estimates asbestos related mesothelioma will continue until 2055. According to the report "Because mesothelioma manifests 20--40 years after first exposure, the number of mesothelioma deaths will likely peak by 2010 (4). The[...]

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Missouri Jury Awards 4.5 Million Dollars in Mesothelioma Case

The family of a Missouri man battled 4 companies in court over Robert Wagner's death from mesothelioma. Eventually the jury found in the family's favor. After 3 weeks of trial the jury found the companies Bondex and Conwed knew about that asbestos dangers but failed to warn.

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Mesothelioma Treatment Centers by State

Treatment Centers for Patients with Mesothelioma UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center 1824 6th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 1-(800)-UAB-0933 UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the nation's leading cancer research and treatment centers, and is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center located in a six-state area that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina and Georgia. UAB's cancer services[...]

By: chris.placitella @ May 30, 2009
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Jobsites in the Northeast Where Asbestos was Used

Until sometime in the mid 1970s the majority of industrial jobsites used asbestos as part of the industrial process. This included construction sites, refineries, powerplants, chemical factories and pharmaceutical companies. For a listing of some of the sites click on the following link. /mesothelioma-litigation/North-East-Asbestos-Job-Sites--1-31368.html

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