This is our first edition of the Mesothelioma & Asbestos News Roundup. Our goal is to sift through the various items published about asbestos each week and provide you with what we think are the week’s most newsworthy developments. If you know of anything you think we should post, please let us know!

This week, headlines have been dominated by the W.R. Grace Trial in Montana. It is a rarity that asbestos companies are held criminally liable for their acts, and we’ll be watching this closely to see how it develops.

National Asbestos News

This week federal criminal proceedings against retired W.R. Grace officials are set to begin. In what many describe as one of the worst industrial disasters in American history, Grace officials are charged with wire fraud, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and violations of the Clean Air Act.

Asbestos in Our Lives

At Morrisville Middle School, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, asbestos was released in the air when an electrician drilled into tiles containing asbestos. Children were sent home to avoid further exposure.

Dr. Pepper plant construction delayed due to asbestos discovery in Victorville, California.

In Niles, Illinois, asbestos stirred controversy when it was discovered and removed from a local fire station.

Mesothelioma Medical Developments

Rosetta Genomics is developing a microRNA-based molecular diagnostic test to differentiate malignant pleural mesothelioma from other cancers.