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Georgia Reporter’s Hidden Camera Finds FACT Act Supporter American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is Anything but “Transparent”

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a secretive “charity” that is run and funded by large corporations that subsidize the involvement of state lawmakers. New insights from news reporter Brandon Keefe, who attempted to attend ALEC’s spring meeting, shows the organization’s complete lack of transparency – which is contrary to the reasoning behind many of its bills. Keefe was eventually kicked out of the meeting, and the police were called to ensure he stayed out.

Prior to being kicked out, however, Keefe’s conversations with lobbyists and legislators revealed that the lobbyists’ fees to attend ALEC events actually help subsidize legislators. Despite this admission to Keefe (recorded on his hidden camera) and ALEC’s claims of “transparency”, the organization later denied to Keefe that ALEC legislators are being subsidized by corporate lobbyists.

Those lawmakers push for the enactment of model bills written by the corporations that pay them – bills that would benefit those big corporations. Bills like the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act.” ALEC and the national Chamber of Commerce are leading the effort to pass the FACT Act in the United States.

In 2013, asbestos companies used their political influence to first introduce the FACT Act in the U.S.… Read the rest


Asbestos Occupation Spotlight: U.S. Navy Veterans

More than 30 percent of Americans diagnosed with mesothelioma were navy_ship-200x300first exposed to asbestos during their time in the military. While veterans from all branches of the military were exposed to asbestos, Navy veterans account for an unusually high number of mesothelioma victims.

Nearly every ship and shipyard built by the U.S. Navy was constructed with asbestos materials. Asbestos was so common on navy ships and submarines because of its strength and heat-resistance properties – properties ideal for engine and boiler rooms that generate excessive amounts of heat.

There were many other parts of the ship where the insulation properties of asbestos were highly sought after including weapons rooms, mess halls and sleeping quarters. More than 300 asbestos products and materials were used in the United States military. Asbestos covered the pipes, pumps, and motors that helped run the ship. It was in the ceilings, walls, and floors. Asbestos was everywhere from bow to stern. Listed below are just a few of the asbestos products used on seagoing vessels:

  • Boiler insulation
  • Deck coverings
  • Cables
  • Grinders
  • Valves
  • Gaskets
  • Tubes
  • Pumps
  • Distillers
  • Cement
  • Rope
  • Fireproof doors and hatches
  • Adhesives
  • Packing material

Navy veterans who frequently came into contact with these materials during ship construction or routine maintenance could have been exposed to asbestos.… Read the rest


Lumber Liquidators Facing Class Action Lawsuit for High Formaldehyde Levels in its Laminate Flooring

Investigations have found that Lumber Liquidators’ Laminate Flooring products contain dangerous levels of formaldehyde. The investigations examined 150 boxes of the bamboo flooring and in all tests, the flooring failed to meet formaldehyde emission standards set by California state law. In fact, some of the flooring tested nearly twenty times over the allowable formaldehyde level. This made the flooring illegal to sell in California, yet soon after the findings were published, Lumber Liquidators put the flooring on clearance.

laminate flooring lawsuitsThe high levels of formaldehyde have led to diminished property value and excessive costs associated with repairing or replacing the flooring. Because of this, lawyers are investigating the legal rights of consumers who purchased several different types of laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators.

These defects have caused plaintiffs and other consumers to incur excessive expenses and other damages due to the faulty product. Even though the product has been proven to be defective, Lumber Liquidators has defended its quality, questioned the methodology used by investigators and reassured consumers that it complies with formaldehyde standards.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and can be dangerous in high levels.

Lumber Liquidator Lawsuits

Simmons Hanly Conroy is currently investigating claims that Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring has become defective due to high levels of formaldehyde.… Read the rest


How Much Does it Cost to File an Asbestos Lawsuit?


With Simmons Hanly Conroy, it won’t cost you anything to file an asbestos lawsuit. We front every case. What does this mean for you? By pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit with our firm, you incur zero financial risk.

Our experienced legal staff will investigate your claim, which includes researching your asbestos exposure history, at no cost to you or your family.

Should one of our lawyers decide to represent you or file a case, there will still be no cost to you or your family. We operate on a contingency fee, meaning our lawyers only collect a fee if and when you collect a settlement or verdict from your asbestos lawsuit.

You deserve to hold those who are responsible for your asbestos exposure accountable. Even after the connection between serious respiratory diseases, like mesothelioma, and asbestos exposure became definitive in the 1930s, companies continued to use asbestos. Let us help you hold those who are responsible for your pain, and your family’s pain, accountable through an asbestos lawsuit. Should you decided to pursue a mesothelioma lawsuit, recovery from a mesothelioma settlement can help you pay for critical treatments. It can also help to alleviate worries that medical costs might drain your family budget and send your family into debt.… Read the rest


ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference: Where Action and Awareness for Asbestos-Caused Diseases Unite

When Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin first started the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization eleven years ago, they had no idea how much it would grow. In mid-April, the group hosted its 11th annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, which was attended by over 200 people.

adao conference“We had a mission and a vision to end the mesothelioma that was ravaging through our loved ones bodies,” said President Linda Reinstein, while recounting the story of ADAO’s origins.

As she spoke, a picture of the attendees of the organization’s first conference glowed to either side of her on two large projector screens. Billed as a press conference, the first meeting in 2004 was attended by a small group of about 30 people, but lasted nearly three hours.

“We realized that a much bigger conversation was needed,” Reinstein said.

And so the International Asbestos Awareness Conference was born.

On April 18, 2015, people from nine countries gathered for the 11th annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Washington, D.C. Among their number were doctors from the UK, Mexico, and the United States, inspectors from Brazil and Pakistan, advocates from Australia, researchers from Germany, Netherlands, Finland, and patients from around the world.

“This is such a diverse group like no other meeting,” said Dr.… Read the rest

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