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Payout for Libby asbestos victims begins

LIBBY, Montana – Over 200 asbestos victims have received their portion of a $43 million settlement after becoming ill due to asbestos exposure from the former W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine at Libby.

The settlement, which was approved in September 2011 by District Court in Helena, names a total of 1,128 asbestos victims. A resolution for another 600 claimants is close, but unfortunately, hundreds of other victims will have to wait until they can obtain a release from Medicare liens.

In cases where private insurance companies or the Grace Libby Medical Plan paid victims, no lien was placed. However, those with Medicare have to wait until they can obtain the green light to claim their settlement.

“Where Medicare has paid, it has a right by statute to recoup what it paid from settlements obtained by Libby asbestos disease patients,” said Jon Heberling, a Kalispell attorney and joint counsel for Libby claimant. “Since September when the state of Montana settlement was approved by the court, counsel for the Libby asbestos disease patients have worked closely with Medicare officials to fast track release of the Medicare liens.”

It is likely that the remaining claimants will be evaluated individually, but luckily, Medicare has agreed to an expedited review process.

Asbestos exposure can lead to several illnesses, including mesothelioma cancer, a deadly disease that affects the lungs, heart and chest cavity. There is currently no cure for mesothelioma, but victims are entitled to seek legal help for their pain and suffering. If you or a loved one is battling with mesothelioma, turn to an elite mesothelioma lawyer immediately to file a claim.

With a top mesothelioma attorney on your side, you will be able to receive up to millions of dollars in money damages and medical care. Your paralegal will also see to it that those responsible for your asbestos exposure are held liable for their negligence. Rest assured that with a skilled team of mesothelioma attorneys on your side, your case will end with the best possible outcome.

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Asbestos Abatement Procedure Complete at Ohio Site

Piketon, Ohio – The asbestos abatement procedure for the X-333 Process Building at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Portsmouth Site has been completed, giving demolishers the ok to tear down the former gaseous diffusion plant.

The abatement process has been going on since November and is part of the DOE’s decontamination process for all sites that are to be demolished. The Portsmouth Site has been around since 1954, when asbestos was legally used in the United States.

The asbestos in the building was mainly used for insulation. However, before any building can be turned down, asbestos needs to be removed thoroughly or else anyone in the building will be at risk of developing any number of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma cancer, a deadly disease that affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest.

Mesothelioma affects roughly 3,500 victims a year in the United States alone, but many more cases go unnoticed. The cancer is extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat because it can take up to 50 years to manifest. Usually when it does, symptoms are not severe enough to cause alarm and victims never end up getting the medical help they need.

Although some treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can help relieve some of the symptoms and possibly help ward off the cancer, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma.

“Protecting the health and safety of the personnel at the plant and in the community, as well as the environment, is the first priority in the clean-up process. Safe asbestos removal like this in the X-333 will be a significant part of the activities to come,” said Vince Adams, DEO site coordinator at Portsmouth.

If you or someone you know is suffering from mesothelioma, you are entitled to seek legal help. Contact a top mesothelioma attorney immediately to discuss your options and fight for your rights.

Mesothelioma lawyers will make sure you obtain the thousands or even millions of dollars in damages and medical care you deserve for your pain and suffering. Call today to schedule an appointment with a leading team of mesothelioma attorneys near you.

University of Hawaii Receives Multi-million Dollar Research Grant from the National Cancer Institute

HAWAII – The University of Hawaii Cancer Center has received $4.3 million in grants from the National Cancer Institute for research on different types of cancers, including mesothelioma.

Haining Yang received a five-year grant for $1.5 million to study the correlation between asbestos exposure and malignant mesothelioma in order to help scientists develop better treatment and prevention methods for the deadly disease. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer connected with the exposure of asbestos. While intact, the mineral generally poses no threat, but when the fibers break apart and airborne, they may become lodged in the victim’s lungs, leading the cancer to spread into the heart and chest cavities.

Mesothelioma is so difficult to both diagnose and treat because it can take decades for the cancer to develop and manifest symptoms, and unfortunately, many patients don’t get the treatment they need in time. Furthermore, sometimes patients do get tested but the symptoms mimic those of other diseases and they still do not get the proper treatment.

Mesothelioma must be treated within 12-18 months from initial development in order for the victim to hope for successful treatment. However, even with the best chemotherapy, radiation and surgical treatments available, there is still no cure for mesothelioma and prognosis is grim.

Other researchers were also allotted a portion of the grant for their respective studies, including Iona Cheng of the Cancer Center’s Epidemiology Program, who received a four-year grant for $1.4 million to study the impact of obesity, lifestyle behaviors, and genetic predisposition on breast, prostate and colo-rectal cancer among African-Americans and Latinos. Patricia Lorenzo received also received a five-year, $1.4 million grant to study the role of a certain protein that causes the skin to transform and lead to squamous cell carcinoma.

Mesothelioma is one of the toughest cancers to beat. It is imperative that victims seek help immediately in order to procure top of the line medical treatment. If you or a loved one are suffering with mesothelioma or believe you have been exposed to asbestos, contact a mesothelioma lawyer near you for help right away.

With a leading mesothelioma attorney fighting for your rights, you and your loved ones will obtain the maximum possible compensation for your pain and suffering. Mesothelioma lawyers work diligently so that you can receive the thousands – possibly millions – of dollars in medical attention and money damages you deserve after having been exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma attorneys also investigate your employment history in order to determine who is responsible for your disease. Once the guilty party is uncovered, your paralegal will make sure that they are held accountable for your pain and suffering.

Time is critical when battling mesothelioma, so call today to schedule an initial consultation with a leading mesothelioma lawyer near you.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance raises funds for research through Twitter

Syracuse, New York – The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has launched an international campaign to raise funding for mesothelioma research and the support of organizations through Twitter.

Under the Twitter name @CancerAlliance, the organization has pledged to donate $1 for every new Twitter follower they gain between now and September 2nd, 2011 up to $50,000.

The Alliance is also encouraging their followers to vote on which cancer research or support group will receive the funds. New followers can either choose from one of several national organizations or nominate one.

“It’s our way of letting members of our Twitter community have a voice in who receives the funding,” said Jack Bleeker, spokesman for the fundraising effort.

Through the use of social media, the organization hopes to encourage the support of those in the community and increase awareness of mesothelioma.

“Some of these organizations aren’t as well known as LIVESTRONG or other nationally recognized members of the cancer community, but they all deserve their chance at the funding. We’re trying to mobilize lesser-known organizations and their constituencies to get the word out,” added Bleeker.

@CancerAlliance is one of the leading internet-based social media cancer communities. The organization offers a safe haven for those afflicted with the disease as well as loved ones and other supporters to share their stories and offer each other encouragement.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer related to the exposure of asbestos. It is a very rare but very deadly disease that takes decades to fully develop. By the time victims are sick, it may be too late to seek treatment. Patients only have about two years following the development of the cancer to seek treatment but even then, only a very few number of mesothelioma patients survive.


There is currently no cure for mesothelioma, although researchers are trying to discover new ways to detect the cancer in its early stages to prevent it from evolving. The worst part about mesothelioma is that it is usually the result of someone’s negligence – most of the time, of an employer.


Although asbestos is now illegal in the U.S., it was vastly used because of its insulating properties and durability. Employers at construction companies would expose (and continue to expose) workers to the mineral without protective gear and sometimes without telling them of the presence of asbestos at the job site.

If you are a victim of mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos at work, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact a leading mesothelioma lawyer right away to fight for your rights.


Mesothelioma attorneys do everything possible to get their clients the money damages and medical care they deserve. With the help of a top mesothelioma lawyer, you and your loved ones may receive up to millions of dollars in benefits for the disease.


Contact the law office of a leading mesothelioma attorney today to get started on your case.


RPM International Inc. to fund asbestos trust

A lawyer for RPM International Inc., the maker of Rust-Oleum paint, told a bankruptcy judge on March 28 that the company would contribute to the funding of a trust for asbestos victims.


RPM was hit with over 10,000 asbestos lawsuits that have been on hold since two of the company’s subsidiaries – Specialty Products Holding Corp. and Bondex International Incl. – filed for bankruptcy protection in May 2010.


Asbestos was discovered in a number of Bondex products sold between 1966 and 1977, leading numerous victims to develop deadly disease, including mesothelioma, a rare and incurable cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities.


Specialty was the holding company that owned Bondex as well as several other manufacturers of coatings and chemicals. Approximately 15,000 asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits were filed against Specialty.


When Specialty and Bondex filed for bankruptcy, they did not discuss how they would fund an asbestos trust. However, since the filing, Specialty has been fighting for access data regarding how much money asbestos victims have received for similar cases. The company said that it hopes to use that data to calculate how much they should invest into the asbestos trust for their own settlements.


During bankruptcy proceedings, Gregory Gordon, the lawyer for Specialty and Bondex announced that before RPM could commit to a specific amount for the trust, the subsidiaries must negotiate the size of the trust with the mesothelioma lawyers that are representing the victims.


Mesothelioma is one of the worst types of cancers imaginable because it is so difficult to detect and diagnose. Symptoms can take up to 50 years to develop, leaving the victim completely unaware of their disease in most cases.


In order to hope for treatment to be successful – which is always a long shot – mesothelioma must be caught on time. There is only a small 18 month window period from the time the cancer develops to seek treatment, so time is of the essence when battling the deadly disease.


If you or a loved one are suffering with mesothelioma or were exposed to asbestos fibers, speak to a mesothelioma attorney near you to discuss your options and file a claim today. You have rights as a victim of asbestos and your mesothelioma lawyer will ensure that they are upheld.


You may be entitled to millions of dollars in medical coverage and money damages and your mesothelioma attorney will stop at nothing to ensure that you obtain your due compensation. Your paralegal will investigate your employment history and background to determine the source of your asbestos exposure and if anyone is found to be responsible, your mesothelioma lawyer will do everything it takes to make sure that they are held accountable for your pain and suffering.


Call the offices of a leading team of mesothelioma attorneys today to get started on your case and fight for your rights.