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PA Supreme Court Allows Certain Mesothelioma Claimants to Sue Their Employer

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a ground-breaking decision that could potentially expose employers to a wave of new lawsuits by former employees suffering from mesothelioma. In its November 22, 2013 opinion in...more

Silica Exposure Lawsuits: The Next Toxic Tort?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

With the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signaling its increased attention to workers' exposure to crystalline silica, and the plaintiffs' bar evidently in search of new subjects for "toxic tort" claims,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules on Workers’ Compensation Act Case

by Morgan Lewis on

Court finds in Tooey that Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act does not bar latent occupational disease lawsuits against employers. On November 22, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Tooey et al. v. AK Steel Corp. et...more

Texas Environmental Update - October 2013

by Bracewell LLP on

We are pleased to provide you with this issue of Bracewell's Texas Environmental Update, offering the latest news about permitting, enforcement, regulatory developments, and other matters of interest to the regulated...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate and the Collectively Bargained Workforce

As 2014 rapidly approaches, employers of all sizes and all industries are working hard to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s (the “Act”) Employer Mandate, now appearing in the Internal Revenue Code, Section 4980H. For employers...more

When Are Witness Statements Protected As Attorney Work Product?

One of the first things an attorney does when representing a client in a particular matter is interview witnesses to learn the facts of the case, or have an investigator do such on their behalf. The attorney will almost...more

OSHA's New HazCom Standard and Its Potential Impact on Tort Suits

by Eric Gotting on

Mackrell International's Regulatory SubGroup Presents: Regulatory Matters! May 2012 Newsletter: Vol. II, Issue I According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"), almost a million hazardous chemicals...more

Alleged Chemical Release Did Not "Speak for Itself"

by Dechert LLP on

Contractors working at a refinery who were allegedly exposed to chemical fumes cannot rely on the venerable res ipsa loquitur theory because their claimed injuries may have had other causes. See Pearson v. BP Products North...more

Hissey Kientz to Hold Testing Sessions for Victims of Asbestos Exposure

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is conducting two asbestos testing sessions in the El Paso, Texas area for individuals who may have developed cancers such as mesothelioma or other diseases as a result of asbestos...more

Hissey Kientz, LLP Announces Its Support For A New Bill That Would Protect The Rights Of Victim Of Asbestos Exposure Who Have...

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP wishes to announce its support for a new bill that would make it easier for sufferers of malignant mesothelioma to prove that their injuries were caused by exposure to asbestos. The bill...more

Hissey Kientz, LLP Announces the Launch of Mesothelioma Lawyers Help Web Site

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP has announced the launch of its new website, Mesothelioma Lawyers Help (http://www.mesotheliomalawyershelp.com). Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer linked to exposure to asbestos....more

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

by Littler on

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act provides whistleblower protections to the employees of manufacturers and retailers of consumer products....more

Patient Resource Mesothelioma Hotline Launched

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The law firm of Hissey Kientz has announced the launch of its new website, Mesothelioma Hotline. The website is a resource for information about asbestos and mesothelioma, and will provide mesothelioma patients and their...more

Hissey Kientz, LLP Announces Support for Household Mesothelioma Victims

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The law office of Hissey Kientz, LLP and its team of experienced mesothelioma lawyers announced today that it will continue to fight for the rights of household mesothelioma victims in light of a decision by the 14th Court...more

Kramm vs. USDOL and Dept. of the Army, Mobility Equipment Command, Saigon, Republic of Vietnam

ECAB Decision Finding Employee's Cancer as Caused by Expsoure to Agent Orange

by James R. Linehan PC on

The only documented OWCP claim issued by the USDOL for the death of a US federal civilian employee due to Agent Orange. Claimant was a young civilian employee of the US Army employed in Vietnam from 1968 through 1975...more

The Art of Perpetuating a Public Health Hazard

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This study by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is set up to show the faults of past public relations concerning asbestos and suggests that we use this as a paradigm for future health hazards. Exposure to...more

Chrysophiles versus Chrysophobes

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This study is about the controversy over the different types of asbestos particles and how harmful they are. Asbestos is extremely dangerous if inhaled and often causes fatal diseases later in life. Some of these diseases...more

RE: Controlled Use of Asbestos

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This article examines the idea of the "controlled use of asbestos". Asbestos is very dangerous when inhaled and can cause several serious diseases. Some of these diseases include but are not limited to mesothelioma,...more

Asbestos Fibers Contributing to the Induction of Human Malignant Mesothelioma

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This study by the Annals New York Academy of Sciences examines the link between asbestos and malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has a long latency period and is often diagnosed several years after exposure. Asbestos has...more

Cancer Mortality Among Workers Exposed to Amphibole-free Chrysotile Asbestos

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This study by the American Journal of Epidemiology examines the cancer mortality among workers exposed to amphibole-free chrysotile asbestos. Asbestos has been linked to a series of fatal diseases that often show up several...more

Asbestos Tissue Burden Study on Human Malignant Mesothelioma

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This study examines the relationship between exposure to asbestos and malignant mesothelioma. Asbestos is proven to cause several fatal diseases including asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural diseases. These diseases may not...more

The Carcinogenicity of Chrysotile Asbestos - A Review

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This article by William J. Nicholson discusses the carcinogenicity of chrysotile asbestos. Chrysotile asbestos is linked to several fatal illnesses including mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural diseases. ...more

Asbestos Lung Fibre Concentrations in South African Chrysotile Mine Workers

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This article is about the effects of chrysotile exposure on South African miners. Chrysotile asbestos can be very dangerous when inhaled often causing mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer years after exposure. ...more

The Hazards of Chrysotile Asbestos: A Critical Review

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This article from Industrial Health states that asbestos causes cancer of the lung, malignant mesothelioma of the pleura and peritoneum, cancer of the larynx, and certain gastrointestinal cancers. Chrysotile also causes...more

Atlas of Respiratory Disease Mortality, United States: 1982-1993

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

This article states that 85 percent of individuals with malignant mesothelioma have a history of asbestos exposure. Asbestos particles are very harmful when inhaled and can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural diseases. ...more

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