At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our mesothelioma lawyers are committed to keeping you up-to-date on the latest asbestos and mesothelioma headlines. Here is a brief list of some of the most recent headlines concerning the dangers of asbestos exposure, along with new information about mesothelioma research happening in the United States and throughout the world.
- Asbestos victims react to House vote on H.R 982
On Nov. 13, the House of Representatives voted to approve the Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act, which would make it more difficult for asbestos victims to file lawsuits. Susan Vento (widow of mesothelioma victim Bruce Vento) and Judy Van Ness (widow of U.S. Navy Veteran mesothelioma victim) react to the passing of the bill here.
- One of Fort Wayne, Indiana’s largest fires occurred at a massive industrial complex on August 19. Because of the known asbestos within the debris of the building, signs were posted that declared, “Danger: Asbestos, Cancer and Lung Disease Hazard.”
- Asbestos to be removed from Jesuit Residence following flooding
Asbestos was found at the Jesuit Residence on Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee, WI in October after the building was flooded from a burst pipe. Restoration on the building was set to take place by Belfor Property Restoration, who would perform the asbestos removal according to guidelines set by the Department of Natural Resources, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Setbacks in mesothelioma research possible due to closure of the only federally-funded mesothelioma program
The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (NMVB) is at risk of closure due to a cut in funding, warns the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. NMVB is the only federally-funded program designed solely for mesothelioma. The funding cuts were a direct result of a sequester and over time may negatively impact mesothelioma research. “This is a great loss for the mesothelioma community,” said Mary Hesdorffer, the executive director of the Meso Foundation.