Can Hair Dryers Cause Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer, with only one known cause – exposure to asbestos. A hairdresser may not be the first occupation that comes to mind when considering asbestos exposure, but according to a recent report in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, a 49-year-old hairdresser was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma…

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District Admits to Asbestos Removal During School Hours

Turmoil is brewing in Lexington-Richland School District Five in South Carolina, and parents aren’t happy. Fitsnews reports that in mid-April, workers in protective gear were seen removing asbestos from Chapin High School during school hours. When a school board member called to inquire about this, she was told that no asbestos removal was taking place.…

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Georgia Pacific Settles Again

When corporate defendants settle lawsuits, it is often for one or more of three reasons: The corporation realizes it can’t win. The corporation may very well win, but the cost of litigation would make it a Pyrrhic victory. The corporation is concerned about its public image.

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Dangerous Public Schools

With news of school shootings every year sensationalized by the corporate media, it’s all too easy to overlook the far greater and much more common danger in our schools–toxic buildings. Faculty at two high schools in Fullerton, California, reported at the end of the last academic year that school district administrators failed to issue warnings…

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W.R. Grace Settles Bankruptcy Lawsuit

Recently resolved bankruptcy court litigation involving asbestos-product maker W.R.Grace & Co. will likely benefit the thousands of sick individuals who have brought mesothelioma lawsuits against the company. According to The Daily Inter Lake, W.R. Grace recently ended bankruptcy court litigation that has dragged on since 2001 and agreed to a $19.5 million that will fund…

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Former Goodyear Employee Files Asbestos Suit

David Holter worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Inc., for 14 years between 1965 and 1979. Today, he suffers from mesothelioma. His 11-count suit, which names 37 additional defendants in addition to Goodyear, seeks compensatory damages for medical expenses related to the treatment of mesothelioma as well as punitive damages.

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Do You Have “Popcorn Ceilings”?

If you live in a house that was either built or last remodeled during the late 1960s or early 1970s, chances are good that you are living under “popcorn ceilings,” a type of ceiling texture that usually contains asbestos. Popcorn ceilings — which resemble cottage cheese more than they do popcorn — were considered the…

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