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Asbestos Exclusion Language Clarified by Court

"Asbestosis Exclusions" in Insurance Policy Apply Only to Asbestosis, Not Other Asbestos Diseases Insurance policies sold by Fireman's Fund to copper mining company ASARCO LLC in the 1980s, contained a provision that excluded coverage for "asbestosis" claims. In a motion filed with the 105th District Court of Nueces County, Texas,...

GM to be Free & Clear of Future Asbestos Claims

GM Bankruptcy Plan to Address Future Product Liability Claims, Leaves Asbestos Claimants in the Dust January 29, 2009 -- Unlike fellow bankrupt automaker Chrysler, General Motors (GM) has agreed to take on future product liability claims. This includes new claims arising from vehicles built by the "old" GM--a significant difference...

National Guardsmen Exposed to Chromium in Iraq

Lethal Exposure of US Troops to Hexavalent Chromium in Iraq-Pentagon Contractor KBR at Fault? In 2003, members of the Oregon, South Carolina and Indiana National Guard were stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in southern Iraq. During their tour of duty, they were exposed to hexavalent chromium, a...

Student Diabetes Lawsuit from Violation of Section 504

Inadequate Care for Diabetic Students Leads to Class Action Lawsuit January 9, 2009 -- In October 2005, the public interest organization Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of four children with diabetes and their parents. The suit was filed under federal disability...

CA Certified Appellate Specialist

Lloyd "Butch" LeRoy recertified as an Appellate Specialist in California December 16, 2008 -- Lloyd "Butch" LeRoy, a Junior Partner at Brayton Purcell has been recertified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California. Mr. LeRoy, who manages the firm's appellate practice group has been with the firm...

Metalclad's Unibestos Insulation Cause of Mesothelioma

Janitor and Marine Machinist Wins Multi-Million Dollar Settlement for Mesothelioma San Francisco, CA -- December 10, 2008 -- After two weeks in trial, a retired San Francisco Bay Area janitor and marine machinist, on Tuesday, December 9, 2008, won a settlement in excess of $7.5 million from defendants responsible for...

Independent Pharmacists Against Tobacco Sales

Corporate Pharmacies Forced to Relinquish Tobacco Profits November 7, 2008 -- The City of San Francisco has taken a strong position on tobacco sales in pharmacies within its city limits. An ordinance which went into effect October 1, 2008, requires pharmacies to remove tobacco products and signage from their stores....