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February 2002 Archives

Employees Were Not Allowed to Use Courts

Circuit City Arbitration SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- February 25, 2002 -- An arbitration contract that Circuit City job applicants were required to sign as a condition of employment was illegal, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (Circuit City v. Adams, February 4, 2002). Under the agreement, employees...

Chromium 6 Can Cause Cancer

Chromium 6 Found in San Diego Neighborhood SAN DIEGO, CA -- February 15, 2002 -- California air quality investigators have found high levels of a cancer-causing substance, chromium 6 or hexavalent chromium, in the Barrio Logan area of San Diego (San Diego Union-Tribune, February 1, 2002). Out of 87 samples...

Men Claim Respirator Masks Ineffective

Award Against 3M Holmes County, MS -- February 15, 2002 -- A Mississippi Circuit court has affirmed a $22.5 million jury award against Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. (3M), a manufacturer of respirator masks and other products. The ruling favors four laborers who had worked near asbestos-contaminated boiler rooms and...

ABA Objects to Proposed Damage Limits

9/11 Rules WASHINGTON D.C. -- February 1, 2002 -- An American Bar Association (ABA) task force on terrorism has both praised and critiqued the interim final rules announced by Special Master Kenneth Feinberg for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Applauding the "significant time, effort and energy" expended in creating...