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Developer pleads guilty to improper handling of asbestos

KANSAS CITY – A developer has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Air Act.

William M. Threatt Jr., 71, admitted he improperly removed and disposed of asbestos between 2001 and 2006 while overseeing the development of the Citadel Plaza.

Threatt, the former president of the Community Development Corporation of Kansas City, and Anthony Crompton, the corporation’s former real estate director, were charged in 2010 with failing to properly inspect for asbestos inside buildings that were scheduled to be demolished as well as failing to remove a large portion of the asbestos.

Crompton pleaded guilty in October and Threatt pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

A sentencing date has yet to be set for either Threatt or Crompton, but both are facing up to five years in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.
Asbestos is a mineral found in nature that was previously used in the United States due to its insulating capabilities, durability and strength. However, once it was discovered that asbestos caused several health issues, it was banned in the country. Unfortunately, many people continue to use it or improperly handle it, placing several lives at risk.

Perhaps one of the worst illnesses caused by asbestos is mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs, heart and chest. Mesothelioma can take up to 50 years to develop, making it extremely difficult to both diagnose and treat. Unfortunately, despite advances in modern medicine, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma.

Luckily though, anyone suffering from the disease or who has lost a loved one to mesothelioma has a right to seek legal help. Turn to a mesothelioma lawyer immediately to discuss your options and file a claim.

As an asbestos victim, you may be entitled to thousands, or even millions of dollars in money damages and medical care for your pain and suffering. Your mesothelioma attorney will do whatever it takes to ensure you obtain the maximum compensation possible and will also see to it that those responsible for your disease are held accountable for their actions.

Don’t wait another minute and contact a skilled team of mesothelioma lawyers today to get started on your case.

New documentary highlights the challenges of filing civil lawsuits

“Hot Coffee,” a new documentary that is part of HBO’s summer documentary series will focus on the challenges people face when accessing the civil justice system. The aim of the film is to dispel the myth that many people, including mesothelioma sufferers, file frivolous lawsuits.

The director of the film, Susan Saladoff, features the story of the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit, where an elderly woman sustained third degree burns, and required tens of thousands of dollars in medical treatments. The extent of her injuries was downplayed in the media. Before going to court, Stella Liebeck and her family appealed to McDonald’s for help in paying her medical care costs. When McDonald’s refused to pay they filed a product liability lawsuit.

In cases of asbestos-related cancer, the companies who are responsible for exposing workers to the hazardous material often don’t warn of the dangers that it presents to an individual’s health. And the afflicted often find that they need mesothelioma attorneys to get the money they need for their treatments.

The director illustrates the how corporations work to block average citizens from obtaining justice through the civil court system. Saladoff aims to expose how campaigns launched by the media, government and big money work to block the average citizens access to justice.

There is the impression, thanks to the media that many people, who file lawsuits, are acting out of greed but a mesothelioma lawyer can confirm that these types of lawsuits are not frivolous. The average sufferer of asbestos cancer will need a $100,000 to a million dollars for their treatments alone. Mesothelioma attorneys fight to gain the maximum compensation for these victims so that they can lead a comfortable life until they succumb to their disease.