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RPM agrees to nearly $800 million asbestos settlement

In the latest large-scale settlement from a company with asbestos-related claims, RPM International Inc. has agreed to settle asbestos litigation claims for almost $800 million. The Bondex and Specialty Products divisions of RPM are undergoing reorganization in a Delaware bankruptcy court after thousands of lawsuits were filed against the companies for use of asbestos in their products.

The company claimed asbestos-related liabilities of less than $400 million, but a bankruptcy judge estimated that claims could have been as high as $1.17 billion. The $797.5 million settlement will be paid to a trust fund to cover the cost of damage payments to victims of asbestos-related illnesses, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. 

Our Access to Justice is at Stake

Here at Brayton Purcell, LLP, we are committed to justice. Whether you are the victim of asbestos exposure, elder abuse, medical malpractice, or more, we believe that legal procedures and systems can work wonders for those seeking justice against wrongdoers. Unfortunately, there have recently been some proposed changes to our Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure that might affect everyone's access to justice.

Tobacco Company Puts Sales over Safety

Gil Purcell, our senior trial lawyer, has fought for the rights of asbestos victims for over almost thirty years. His dedication to public justice has allowed him to represent many individuals across the nation in different court rooms. And while Mr. Purcell is regarded as a premiere asbestos lawyer across the nation, not all of these individuals have been asbestos victims.

New research suggests mesothelioma cells may be killed quicker

We frequently write about the challenges that mesothelioma patients face. This condition can be painful, debilitating and even fatal. Thankfully, certain treatments can improve the prognosis of certain patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. For example, some patients benefit from drug therapies, others from surgery, others from chemotherapy and others may benefit from a combination of these treatments.

Recently, international researchers determined that combining a certain compound with a specific immunosuppressant may help to make chemotherapy more successful for mesothelioma patients in particular. Their conclusions are based on lab tests and have yet to be confirmed in human patients. However, the research is promising and is therefore worth noting.

A brief history of asbestos and mesothelioma

Asbestos is a mineral that has a long, long history of use that dates back as far as ancient Greece. However, the use of asbestos expanded immensely after the Industrial Revolution, and in the ensuing decades, the risk of asbestos exposure, which can cause mesothelioma, rose exponentially.

Shipyards, boiler rooms, oil refineries, chemical plants, even schools -- these are all places where the human carcinogen asbestos could be found. Initially, asbestos was used to insulate things like ovens, pipes and boilers, but eventually manufacturers began utilizing asbestos in products such as cement, roofing shingles, plaster, ceiling tiles and joint compounds.

Mesothelioma Inspiration: Be Gentle with Yourself

the-best.jpgIf you have been diagnosed with a cancer like mesothelioma, normal activities and routines can seem like daunting tasks. It can be easy to become overwhelmed over little things that once seemed so easy, but do not become frustrated with yourself -- you are doing the best you can. 

Elder Abuse and Military Veterans

Our veterans have been through so much for our country, you would think they would be honored and celebrated by every single U.S. citizen. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Many companies and individuals target elderly veterans for abuse and scams, rather than celebration.

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