Mesothelioma Victims Center Zeros

Mesothelioma Victims Center Zeros In On The Great Lakes State With An Initiative Focused On Better Victims Compensation Called The Michigan Mesothelioma Victims Center The Mesothelioma Victims Center has created a state specific initiative for diagnosed victims of mesothelioma in Michigan, because of significant asbestos exposure at industrial, or manufacturing workplaces decades ago. This new initiative is called the Michigan Mesothelioma Victims Center, and before a diagnosed victim in the Great Lakes State hire a lawyer to advance a mesothelioma compensation claim they are urged to contact the Center at 866-714-6466, in order to ensure they really are dealing with the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma compensation lawyers. USA – September 11 – The Mesothelioma Victims Centeris extremely focused on making certain all diagnosed victims of mesothelioma really do have instant access to the nation’s most elite mesothelioma compensation lawyers, because they know there is a direct correlation between the skill of the attorneys who represent a victim, and the amount of compensation the victim ultimately receives. Based on many years of helping diagnosed victims of this rare form of cancer the Center has focused on Michigan with a state specific initiative called the Michigan Mesothelioma Victims Center to ensure diagnosed victims really do get the nation’s best mesothelioma compensation claim in the Great Lakes State. For more information a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma in Michigan, or their family members are urged to contact the Michigan Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466. http://Michigan.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com The Michigan Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Because Michigan had industries, or manufacturing facilities that used asbestos, or these workplaces contained asbestos we hear from diagnosed victims, or their family members frequently. In order to better serve these individuals we have created a state specific initiative to make certain a diagnosed victim, or their family members really do get instant vital resources such as the names, and contact information for the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma attorneys, instate treatment facilities, and vital information a diagnosed victim, and their family needs to know. “We also want to emphasis a diagnosed victim in Michigan, or their family members can call us anytime at 866-714-6466 for our unsurpassed free services.” Information About Mesothelioma For Diagnosed Victims And Their Families From The Mesothelioma Victims Center: High risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Michigan include automobile manufacturing plant workers, Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, factory workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. Typically the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. According to the CDC the average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is attributable to exposure to asbestos. The Michigan Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “If you call us at 866-714-6466, we will see to it that you have instant access to the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma attorneys, who consistently get the best possible financial compensation results for their clients.” According to the CDC states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Pennsylvania, Maine, New Jersey, West Virginia, Florida, Wyoming, and Washington. However, based on the calls the Mesothelioma Victims Center receives diagnosed victims could be in any state including California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska. For more information about a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos called mesothelioma, please visit the US Centers For Disease Control’s web site: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5815a3.htm Contact Information M Thomas Martin Americas Watchdog 5 http://MesotheliomaCompensationCenter.com +1 (866) 714-6466

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Asbestos Regulation Violations – By Nonprofit

Rudy Buendia, Patrick Bowman, and Joseph Cuellar each admitted guilty to a count of breaching the law of National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS), in connection with the carcinogenic mineral asbestos. Buendia, Bowman and Cuellar are 49, 46 and 73 years old respectively.

As part of plea deal with these 3 defendants, the prosecutors would request the federal judge for dismissing the pending counts against them. Still United States Eastern District of California Attorney Benjamin Wagner said that the convictions would send an obvious message that violating federal air regulations will result in consequences such as imprisonment.

Asbestos Regulation Violations
“Exposing subcontractors and student workers at a work site to dangerous materials such as asbestos without taking any precaution, and doing this for cutting corners and saving money, is not just reckless – it is definitely criminal. The plea agreements reached today must stand as a strong warning that whoever disregard or violate environmental regulations for saving money and making profit will face prosecution as well as prison time,” Wagner said.

The plea deal with the federal prosecutors implies Bowman as well as Cuellar could face almost 27 months in federal prison. Buendia could receive up to 24 months of imprisonement.

Their sentencing has been scheduled for June 3 before Judge Lawrence O’Neill. All the 3 will be qualified for release following the completion of 85% of the sentence.

Students Put At Risk
Buendia, Bowman and Cuellar were in crucial oversight jobs with the nonprofit Firm Build. They were accused of cutting corners on a remodeling project by using 9 or more high school students for removing asbestos material from an Automotive Training Centre at the Castle Commerce Centre between 2005 September and 2006 March.

Though the plea deals close the case against the 3 defendants, they are still facing charges related to asbestos exposure in Merced Superior Court.

“We’ve no intention to dismiss our case right now,” said Larry Morse, the Merced County District Attorney, on Monday. She said this when asked regarding the settlement of this case.

They’re Going To Jail
3 former employees of the non-operational nonprofit organization ‘Firm Build’ are expecting to spend approximately 2 years in federal prison following their conviction on Monday of breaching federal asbestos regulations.

Morse said that the convictions at federal court confirm a few of the necessary facts which we’ve accused from the beginning of this investigation and this case.

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Deaths Up from Rare Mesothelioma Cancer

New Report Shows Deaths from Rare Cancers like Mesothelioma Up in UK, According to Surviving Mesothelioma Deaths from mesothelioma and other rare cancers now account for more than half of the cancer deaths in the UK, even though they make up less than half of those diagnosed. Raleigh, NC – July 04 – A new report from a British organization that represents rare cancer charities says cancers like mesothelioma now account for 54% of cancer deaths in the UK – a new high for the country. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted details of the new report on their website. Click here to read it now. Using data from England’s National Cancer Intelligence Network, Cancer52 says people with less common cancers like mesothelioma account for just 47% of cancer diagnoses, but have outpaced the ‘big four’ cancers in deaths. “This disparity perfectly illustrates the challenges faced by those diagnosed with a less common cancer. At every stage of the cancer pathway from diagnosis to access to treatments, everything is more difficult,” said Cancer52 interim chair Clara Mackay. Mackay and her colleagues blame under-recognized symptoms, fewer treatment options, lack of research funding, and “less innovation” for the disparity in cancer deaths. “No matter where they live, most mesothelioma patientshave known the frustration of trying to get a diagnosis and decide among limited treatment options,” says Surviving Mesothelioma’s Managing Editor, Alex Strauss. “Unfortunately, many of the rare disease challenges cited in this report will be familiar to mesothelioma patients in the U.S. and elsewhere.” To learn more about the Cancer52 report and its other important findings, see Deadly Trend: Mesothelioma and Other Rare Cancers Make Up More than Half of UK Cancer Deaths now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website. “A report from Cancer52 on National Cancer Intelligence Network data on rare and less common cancers”, June 10, 2014, http://www.cancer52.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Cancer52-NCIN-Report-10-June-2014-FINAL.pdf For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. All Surviving Mesothelioma news is gathered and reported directly from the peer-reviewed medical literature. Written for patients and their loved ones, Surviving Mesothelioma news helps families make more informed decisions. Contact Information Michael Ellis Cancer Monthly http://www.survivingmesothelioma.com +1 (919) 570-8595

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School Will Close Due to Asbestos Discovery

The Donald Small School houses Maine’s Bath Community Television along with a recreation center, but it will be closed from now until September 16th due to a recent asbestos discovery. In addition to finding asbestos is contained within the building materials, there is also the presence of lead-based paint, which is considered to be highly carcinogenic. Bath’s Community Television program will be delayed for these ten days, to be followed by a renovation project of the center. A loan grant offered to the city of Bath by the US Environmental Protection Agency will cover the entire cost of the renovations and asbestos removal – prized somewhere around $180,000. Asbestos is a fiber-like substance that, when lodged in the lungs, collects and leads to mesothelioma cancer later in life. It is often found in old or abandoned buildings and results from years of disguise. When it is found, however, buildings are closed and people are removed from the scene to contain the asbestos as much as possible. Usually, the asbestos fibers are wetted down to prevent the possibility of asbestos fibers spreading beyond the room and area in which they are contained. In order to remove these fibers, however, you should contact an asbestos removal company. Do not try to do it yourself. You should also consult reliable sources to see whether or not an asbestos removal company is licensed and legitimate according to the law (do they have the proper licensure in order to perform the job). In this case, the television building was closed immediately, sparing life. The building will be renovated to make sure that no traces of asbestos remain. The greatest damage asbestos can do is to produce cancer in someone (sadly, lung cancer) years down the line. If you or someone you know has seen asbestos or observed a substance that he or she thinks could be asbestos, contact the EPA branch in your area immediately. For more information on this story, visit the following link: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/08/20/news/midcoast/asbestos-lead-removal-will-force-bath-community-television-off-air-sept-6-16/?ref=latest

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Asbestos Removal Certification Announced

Wilcote Announces Asbestos Removal Certification Wilcote has announced that it is now fully certified through the Department of Labour to remove, repair or restore asbestos. Umhlali, South Africa – July 04 — Wilcote is a South African Family Brand that manufactures, supplies and applies a full range of building maintenance products countrywide. Recently, the company has been registered by the Department of Labour as Asbestos Contractors to conduct demolition work in term of regulation 21 of the asbestos regulation. Wilcote founder and Director, Will Rogers says, “The prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibers are released into the air. When they are breathed in, they can become trapped in the lungs and stay there for many years. Over time these fibers can accumulate in the lungs and cause these serious illnesses. He adds, “Due to the potentially fatal consequences of asbestos inhalation, it is vital that the public use certified companies to deal with asbestos repairs or removals.” Wilcote is proud to announce that is has acquired asbestos removal certification from the South African Department of Labour, and is now certified to safely remove, repair and restore all asbestos installations. “Wilcote have designed and developed, with our Global Suppliers, unique, enviro and eco-friendly products, coupled with our Systems and Solutions, to provide our Customers’ with non-evasive methods for the Restoration and removal of all Asbestos Roofing, Materials & Ceilings,” Roger adds lastly. Moreover, the company is a member of FASA (The Franchise Association of South Africa), proud member of SAPMA and Master Builders Association. About the Company Wilcote was established in 1990 and is a leading South African provider of specialized building solutions, including waterproofing, dampproofing, swimming pool renovations and ecological paints. Wilcote manufactures all products specifically for the South African and Sub-Saharan African market. Wilcote’s aim is to provide their clients at residential, commercial or industrial levels, with the cost effective, long-term solutions, the first time round. For more details, visit http://www.wilcote.co.za/ Contact Information Wilcote Will Rodgers (03294) 22030 http://www.wilcote.co.za/ W9 District Road D176 Umhlali, Kwazulu-Natal 4391, South Africa

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Families Receive $90M Verdict Against Foreign Asbestos

Manville, NJ Families Receive $90.5 M Verdict Against Foreign Asbestos Giant Eleven families from Manville, New Jersey represented by the national asbestos litigation firm Levy Konigsberg LLP took another step in their quest for justice against the company that supplied asbestos to Johns-Manville from the 1950s into the 1980s. NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – July 03 – Verdicts totaling $90.5 Million in 11 mesothelioma death cases (1) – including a mother and daughter – were rendered by the Superior Court of Middlesex County after years of litigation and a week of hearings before the Honorable Ana C. Viscomi. According to court documents, the plaintiff families – represented by the law firms of Levy Konigsberg and Szaferman Lakind – sued Anova Holding, AG and Becon, AG for the asbestos that they sold to Johns-Manville and which proximately caused their mesothelioma – a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The lawyers for the families utilized the procedures of international treaties to serve Anova and Becon (both foreign entities) with the complaints. Neither defendant appeared or answered the complaints. Undeterred, the plaintiffs successfully obtained Default Judgments against these companies, and again served them with notice of the scheduled Proof Hearings through The Hague Convention procedures. Starting on June 20, 2014, court hearings were held to award damages to these families. The families were represented at the hearings by Leah Kagan and Moshe Maimon of Levy Konigsberg, and testimony of the mesothelioma victims, their families, and expert witnesses concluded on June 26, 2014. After deliberating upon the evidence, the Court awarded damages to each family for the pain and suffering of the mesothelioma victims and loss of consortium to their spouses. According to Kagan, “These families have suffered horribly at the hands of companies like Anova and Becon, and we are proud to represent them in their brave and unrelenting quest for justice.” According to the lawsuit papers, Anova Holding, AG and Becon, AG are successors to the Eternit group of companies, which mined asbestos in South Africa, primarily, and sold it throughout the world, including to the Johns-Manville Company. In 2012, two executives from Eternit, family heir Stephan Schmidheiny and Swiss billionaire Baron Louis de Cartier de Marchienne, were convicted in a highly publicized criminal trial in Turin, Italy for their mining and sale of asbestos. They were held responsible for the deaths of almost 3,000 people (2). Levy Konigsberg LLP is a nationally recognized trial law firm specializing in the representation of mesothelioma and other asbestos cancer victims. For more details about the hearing and judgment, contact Leah Kagan or Moshe Maimon. (1) Tuturice v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-2030-10AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); DiTolvo v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-0464-10AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Durlester v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-9677-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Greene v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-8113-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Ketchem v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-10217-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Koshinsky v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-4059-08AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Lindsay v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-6858-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Slepokura v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-7717-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Tafil v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-215-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Troth v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-9794-09AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County); Upshaw v. Anova Holdings AG, et al., No. MID-L-7638-11AS (N.J. Super., Middlesex County). (2) The Telegraph, 02/13/2012: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/9079381/Pair-sentenced-to-16-years-in-Italy-asbestos-trial.html Contact Information Leah Kagan Levy Konigsberg LLP http://www.levylaw.com/mesothelioma-attorneys.php +1 212-605-6200 Moshe Maimon Levy Konigsberg LLP http://www.levylaw.com/law-firm.php 212-605-6200

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Hospital Set to Build New Cancer Center

Detroit’s very own Chelsea Community Hospital looks to build a CCH Cancer Center by December 2014, according to CBS News. The new cancer center will cost millions and will be 15,000 square feet in size. The Cancer center has been a long time coming for Detroit’s Chelsea Hospital. The hospital’s $6 million campaign looks to continue bringing in funds to aid with the overall task of raising the money necessary to build the cancer center. According to doctors, this is a huge step for the citizens of Detroit as well as all of Michigan State. “A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event and we recognize that patients need to receive care that is outstanding both in terms of clinical competence and the compassionate way it is delivered. We have an amazing staff here that love what they do, are dedicated to the community and have the benefit of a larger network of cancer care through Saint Joseph Mercy Health System,” said CCH Infusion Center Director Dr. Kathleen Beekman.   The new Cancer Center will add some needed space to Chelsea Hospital: oncology suites for both doctors and patients (radiation as well), a hospital pharmacy where prescription drugs can be filled on-site rather than elsewhere, radiation equipment space, exam rooms for patients, and basic waiting areas. The Cancer Center will be a huge help for patients who are battling the life-threatening disease. Cancer is one of the most humiliating life diseases, and it is something that knocks patients off their feet when they are forced to encounter it. It is different from, say, back surgery, asthma, or even something as small as a cold, sinus infection, or stomach bug. It is different from organ replacement, considered by many to be a surgery of top priority. Cancer is, to use a brief definition, a self-destruction process of the patient’s own body. It is the breaking down of cells that give life to the human body and allow facial hair to grow, head hair to grow, nails to grow, and so on. Beyond the physical changes that occur with cancer, there are emotional and psychological changes that affect the patient forever. Even if the individual survives the cancer, there are still the emotional obstacles and hurdles one must face to come to accept one’s own mortality and the possibility that death could come at any moment. It takes a lot out of an individual, and it is nice to see Chelsea coming around to offering specific help for cancer patients. The new Cancer Center will help Chelsea to offer better care for cancer patients and show them that their condition is taken seriously. Mustering this type of resource will also bring more patients to Chelsea, expanding the hospital’s presence in the country and possibly the world.


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School Emergency Declaration After Asbestos Discovery

Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, an elementary school in Binghamton, New York, may receive an emergency declaration due to an asbestos discovery. Nearly two weeks ago, asbestos was discovered in a small space in the school, and faculty and students were immediately removed from the site. In addition, school activities planned later that day in the asbestos-infected area were discontinued and placed on hold. District Communications Coordinator Don Sbarra said that everyone was transported to a safe area where the child programs were continued. The worst part in all of this is that a sister school, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, because it was said that materials from Calvin Coolidge Elementary were transported to the sister school – placing the faculty and students there at risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is often found in abandoned buildings such as warehouses or old military bases, not to mention older school buildings and church buildings. In situations involving children, however, schools must learn to be more on the lookout for asbestos finds, and counties must invest more in their educational budgets for asbestos discoveries and removals. As guardians and protectors of the most helpless of our society, it is not enough to educate them while placing their small lives at risk. Because of this asbestos discovery, a sister school was placed at risk – leading to the possibility that more children may become sick later in life as adults. We have to understand that a child’s destiny can change with the inhalation of one asbestos fiber. With that said, however, it is understandable that we simply can’t find all of the asbestos all the time, and that new asbestos can grow in schools each year in hard-to-reach or abandoned places. According to officials, the schools will have to have air and water quality checks before students and officials are able to return to classes as usual. Even after this incident seems to go over, continued air and water checks will become standard for these schools. There is one good thing that came out of all of this, however: the asbestos was found and eliminated. I hope that these schools perform rigorous checks for asbestos in the days to come. Any asbestos that can be found and eliminated is a victory for the children and long life.


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Dow Chemical Charged for Asbestos Exposure

Sidney Mabile has contracted mesothelioma. And the Louisiana branch of Dow Chemical Company is to blame. Just last week, a judge ruled in favor of Sidney Mabile against Dow Chemical for the plaintiffs allegations that Dow Chemical Company used asbestos chemicals throughout all of its plants worldwide, even after it conducted a study to find a way to eliminate the asbestos chemicals. According to reports, Dow’s own personal study discovered that the company would owe $1.2 billion for the removal of its asbestos chemicals, after which Dow decided to continue using them because of the expensive bill. The lawsuit not only alleges that Dow had second thoughts about the use of asbestos-related chemicals, but also that there were hundreds of others who were also affected and suffer today from mesothelioma cancer. Charged for Unregulate Asbestos Exposure This is nothing new with corporations, who tend to put their budget before the people that work for them. A corporation may have a great name in the world, but a corporation will still come to nothing without the aid of workers who submit themselves in order to receive financial provision and to protect their livelihoods. Corporations, however, hire these individuals and do not pay them what their worth. On top of this, they expose them to mesothelioma and other diseases, and think nothing of it (in order to spare their own expenses). British Petroleum is in the hotseat in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster trial because it committed the same mistake. Had it decided to go ahead and remove the faulty products while paying tons of money, it is likely that the Gulf Coast oil spill would have been nothing more than a bad dream. They made a costly mistake that is now costing them more than they ever dreamed. For those who choose to neglect people because of profit, let this be a lesson: everyone in life must pay money, whether now or later. If you choose to pay money later, know that you will hurt far worse than if you would just pay money up front to remove these kinds of chemicals from your facilities. The sad thing in all of this is that Sidney Mabile could have led a better quality of life if Dow Chemical had stepped up and done the right thing. Despite the $5.95 million she won for her suffering and pain, she doesn’t get a second chance at perfect health.


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Construction Supervisor Given Six Months for Asbestos

Douglas Greiner, a construction supervisor from Boise, Idaho, was given six months of home confinement for his role in failing to supervise asbestos removal at a construction site. According to sources, Greiner was responsible for the removal of asbestos from a town called Orofino, and did not dispose of an asbestos-laden pipe as he should have. Along the way to move the pipe to another site, soil at some sixteen different sites was contaminated with asbestos from the asbestos-laden pipe – subjecting others to an asbestos risk and scare. There is a twist in the story, however: Greiner did not give bad instructions, nor did he lead those over whom he was in charge to do something illegal; instead, he was sentenced in court “to ensure that there will not be any leniency when it comes to the safe disposal of toxic and hazardous materials.” Asbestos is a carcinogen, a cancer-causing agent, and consists of small fibers that make their way into someone’s lung by way of the general air flow, or through inhalation of fibers. Once inhaled, these fibers lodge themselves in the throat and travel to the lungs – where they can breed lung cancer some 30 to 40 years down the line. Thus, it is no small thing to fail to supervise asbestos removal. The fact that some 16 other sites were contaminated with asbestos is even more troubling. One of the rules of asbestos removal is to make sure that the risk of exposure to asbestos is minimal. By failing to supervise, Greiner neglected to alert those who removed the asbestos to eliminate the amount of exposure that other citizens could have to the fibers – knowing that the pipe was “laden” with asbestos. If someone has a blood disease of some kind, would you not educate that person to watch out for others and make sure that they don’t cut themselves and pass their blood on to others? If a person has mononucleosis (mono for short), would the doctor not tell the individual and those whom the individual is around most to have his or her own individual cups, plates, spoons, and forks – and to see to it that no utensils or cups are shared between them? These are things that you would expect someone to tell sick individuals and those they are around most of the time, in order to prevent further sickness and tragedy. Asbestos Removal Failure to supervise led to the asbestos fibers floating in the air, meaning that others could inhale them and suffer from mesothelioma many years down the road – all because Greiner failed to instruct in the area where it mattered most. That is why the EPA is cracking down on these cases: to send a message that, should one person get mesothelioma, we have all failed to do our jobs – including the EPA.


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