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W.R. Grace Asbestos Trust is Up and Running and Accepting Claims

W.R. Grace Asbestos Trust is now accepting claims for sufferers of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases caused by exposure to their products.

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen Ranked in 2014 Best Law Firms

Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen has received National Tier 1 ranking for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs in the 2014 "Best Law Firms" list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®.

A Letter to The Yale Corporation Regarding Stephan Schmidheiny

In this letter, Christopher Meisenkothen representing the AFEVA requests that Yale University rescind the honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree that was awarded in 1996 to Stephan Schmidheiny.

Offering Some Comfort To Cancer Victims

Chris Meisenkothen, a top mesothelioma lawyer in Connecticut, was featured in a Connecticut Law Tribune article citing his accomplishments to date handling asbestos-related litigation.

Pfizer Lends Bankrupt Quigley $65 Million

An agreement by Pfizer to lend $65 million to its bankrupt Quigley unit may give Pfizer continued protection against asbestos-related health claims.

Court Approval of Asbestos Settlement Sought by Pfizer, Quigley

The Quigley unit of Pfizer may soon be reaching a settlement with asbestos claimants to end a seven year old bankruptcy case.

ADAO Praises Senate for Introduction of Seventh Annual Resolution that Establishes "National Asbestos Awareness Week"

The Senate is praised by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization for declaring the 7th Annual National Asbestos Awareness Week.

Travelers Ordered to Pay $500 Million to Johns Manville Asbestos Victims

Travelers Cos. must immediately pay about $500 million to asbestos victims under a settlement made six years ago in the bankruptcy of Johns Manville Corp., a judge ruled.

Judge Confirms Congoleum's Reorganization

After more than six years, a district court has approved Congoleum's reorganization plan, paving the way for the company to emerge from bankruptcy.

Garlock Sealing Technologies Moves Toward a Permanent Resolution of Asbestos Litigation

Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, a global leader in fluid-sealing products and a wholly owned subsidiary of EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NPO), announced that it has taken a step toward a permanent resolution of asbestos-related personal injury claims against the company.

Jury awards $2.59m to widow

Nearly $2.6 million has been awarded nearly to the wife of a former Navy firefighter from Florida who died from asbestos-related cancer in 2008 by a Superior Court jury.

W.R. Grace Will Settle Property Damage Claims

A deal worth a minimum of $60 million was reached by W.R. Grace & Co. to settle property damage claims that were filed by the owners of homes and businesses that used Zonolite attic and wall insulation.

Dillerville Rail-yard Foes Focus on Dump

The fight to keep the Dillerville rail yard away from their homes isn't being given up by some residents of Barrcrest and School Lane Hills.

Congoleum Chapter 11 Exit Plan Irks Insurers

Congoleum Corporation has been battling insurance companies for years in bankruptcy court and the company's plan to exit Chapter 11 protection is being met with objection by insurers.

Asbestos Settlement for W.R. Grace Wins Approval

An agreement for W.R. Grace to reimburse the federal government $250 million for investigating and cleaning up asbestos contamination in a Montana town was recently approved by a federal bankruptcy judge.

Foster Wheeler has the Highest Number of Open Asbestos Claims

A study conducted by the Lloyd's Asbestos Litigation Reporter indicates that Foster Wheeler Ltd. remains the company with the highest number of open asbestos claims.

W. R. Grace & Co: Settling liability

There is something positive offered to all sides in the huge settlement from litigation involving W. R. Grace & Co. and thousands of asbestos victims.

Federal-Mogul Corp. is Back on Track

Southfield-based Federal-Mogul Corporation, finally free from the shackles of bankruptcy, is now flush with cash, has a new owner, $3.5 billion in borrowing availability, and is looking to make acquisitions.

W.R. Grace Reaches Settlement on Asbestos Claims

W.R. Grace & Co., former asbestos producer, is hopeful about emerging from bankruptcy protection by early next year after reaching an agreement with asbestos claimants that could cover personal injury claims for up to $3 billion.

Dana Agrees to Settle 7,500 Asbestos Claims

Dana Corp. is agreeing to pay 7,500 personal injury claimants a total of $2 million to resolve their lawsuits stemming from asbestos-laden gaskets that were produced by the company.

Doctor Dispenses Hope to Patients

Patients who have been exposed to asbestos come from across the country for a diagnosis from this national expert

Shades of 9/11: The Weakness beneath NYC's Surface

Long Island, NY - Tamara Olympia was in the process of printing out a 150-page report when the lights flickered. "I thought there were Con Ed issues," she said of the utility company that inflicts such summer courtesies and worse upon its customers. "Then the floor started to vibrate"...

He was the toughest guy who ever played

Wolcott, CT - Frank Vaccarelli was known as a man who didn't like to lose, and Vaccarelli won his last battle. Mesothelioma, the demon, took one of his lungs, but it didn't take his life.

The US Gypsum Company Establishes an Asbestos Settlement Trust

New Haven, Connecticut - The United States Gypsum Corporation Settlement Trust is now accepting claims for individuals that have been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen is currently filing claims with the trust on behalf of claimants.

Bankruptcy Court Issues Opinion on Congoleum Reorganization Plan

Congoleum Corporation (AMEX:CGM) reported today that the judge overseeing its reorganization has issued a ruling on motions filed by insurers seeking to prevent confirmation of its most recent reorganization plan.

Owens Corning Offers Plan for Claims

Owens Corning filed a new bankruptcy reorganization plan aimed at wiping out the company's estimated $10.2 billion in asbestos liabilities.

ABB up on bankruptcy court's asbestos green light

Shares in Swiss engineering group ABB Ltd. rose on Monday after a U.S. bankruptcy court on Friday gave its permission for ABB to move forward with its $1.4 billion asbestos settlement plan.

Owens Corning posts $4.2 billion loss on asbestos reserve

Bankrupt building materials company Owens Corning on Wednesday reported a huge first-quarter loss after increasing its recorded reserves for asbestos-related liability, but said sales rose in the quarter.

Workers Unwittingly Take Home Toxins

Marjorie Stilphen, a 50-year-old grandmother in Bath, Maine, says more efforts are needed to make employees and family members aware of the dangers.

New Warning Made About Asbestos

Anyone working for any length of time with vermiculite insulation from a W.R. Grace & Co. mine in Montana faces a substantial health risk from asbestos contamination, a federal health official warns.

Bill in Congress Would Harm Former Shipyard Workers

"Until the 1970s, thousands of local shipyard employees, including those at Newport News Shipbuilding, worked with asbestos that was used for insulation and fireproofing.

Asbestos Suits Target Makers of Wine, Cars, Soups, Soaps

At least 22 companies facing asbestos litigation have filed for bankruptcy protection, by the count of Coalition for Asbestos Resolution. Stilphen, who has terminal mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the chest), says she is suffering today because of exposure to asbestos carried home from the workplace.

Most Asbestos Diseases Linked to Mine Workers

Most Libby residents with asbestos-related diseases had a direct connection to the former vermiculite mine or its workers, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has concluded.

Coming to Grips With a Legacy Of Asbestos

Ms. Boston remembers how dirty and dusty it was in the plant that for years made asbestos brake shoes for cars. The plant had little ventilation in the early years and no one wore masks, she recalled.

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