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Brayton Purcell Sponsors the Fight for Air Climb in San Francisco

Is that a bird? Or a plane? No! It is the Brayton Purcell Stompers making their way to the top of the Bank of America Building!

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Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer

Many people think that smoking is the only cause of lung cancer, unaware that asbestos can cause the fatal disease as well. Asbestos-caused lung cancer can develop in the absence of other cancer causing agents, including tobacco products.

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Beware the statue of limitations for California asbestos cases

A woman in Pennsylvania had filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a woman who died as a result of mesothelioma. The problem for her case was that she had filed it 17 months after the mesothelioma death, but the case was time barred by the statute of limitations.

Statutes of limitations are laws enacted in every state that control the time a person has to bring a lawsuit. Some statutes of limitation are very broad and cover a variety of issues, others are quite narrow and govern particular actions. In this case, there was additional complexity, as the statute of limitation that related to asbestos cases was ruled unconstitutional.

Mesothelioma Inspiration: Becoming a Warrior

Many mesothelioma victims have adopted the title of "warrior." What about you? If you have been faced with a mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease diagnosis, how have you reacted?

Two Bills Introduced to U.S. Senate to Protect Public from Asbestos

Since the "Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.697) was introduced into Congress last week, senators, health and safety organizations, and the victims of toxic substance exposure have come forward to express opposition to the proposed bill. In addition to voicing their concerns, action is being taken to combat the Act that many feel does not go far enough to keep our country safe.

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The So-Called "Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act"

Have you heard of the Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.697)? The name might be a little deceiving, as the proposed bill is considered to be worse than the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has been in existence for thirty-nine years.

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Do You Have Any Doubt Who Will Really Pay? Pt2

The use of asbestos in millions of homes and other structures during the last century means there is a colossal "installed base" of asbestos contamination across the nation. Many homes and buildings are now of an age that will demand renovations or demolition.

For do-it-yourselfers, asbestos often represents an unknown danger, and many may innocently proceed with remodeling projects without grasping the risk they pose to themselves or their families. And for those that do recognize the danger, the expense of professional asbestos abatement will add significant costs to any project. 

Kentucky Woman Blames Asbestos-Covered Clothing for her Cancer

Asbestos is a dangerous substance that affects many different kinds of individuals. You mostly hear about workers in many blue collar trades being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases after being exposed on the job, but their family members are often at risk as well.

Brayton Purcell LLP a Corporate Philanthropy Award Winner

NBBJ PIP logo2015.jpgHere at Brayton Purcell LLP, we are happy to extend our energies and resources to many Bay Area non-profit organizations working to make a difference in the Marin County community and beyond. Year after year, our employees volunteer hundreds of hours to local organizations, while the firm as a whole is the proud sponsor many different fundraising events.

Researchers Study Global Mesothelioma Epidemic

In a 2014 study, the Italian League Against Cancer set out to determine the trend of mesothelioma incidences around the world. Researchers compiled and studied recent data from several countries, and determined that the disease is likely to become more common as time goes on.