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May 2013 Archives

Even in the "Great Outdoors," asbestos dust could be present

In Northern California, there is much natural beauty. From the coast redwoods to the magnificent coastline, areas such as Humboldt County attract thousands for recreation and many who choose to live there because of the scenic beauty. Nevertheless, there is danger, ranging from getting lost in the forests, falling while...

Asbestos defendants plead no contest to state charges

Three defendants plead no contest to state charges last week on felony charges stemming from their business exposing at-risk teens to asbestos contaminated materials on a building demolition site. Back in March, they were sentenced in federal court to violating federal environmental standards. Their sentencing in that case is set...

Gil Purcell Delivers Commencement Address at Pepperdine University

Anti-Asbestos Champion Gilbert L. Purcell to Deliver Commencement Address for Pepperdine University School of Law MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 10, 2013 Gilbert L. Purcell, a champion for asbestos victims, has been selected to deliver the commencement address for the Pepperdine University School of Law. Purcell has obtained more verdicts in favor...

Improper handling of asbestos material is illegal

A case from Illinois points out that criminal liability exists for improper removal of building materials that contain asbestos. A man was sentenced in federal court to five months in prison, three additional months of home confinement and $3,000 in fines. The businessman had purchased a former industrial site and...