Friable Thoughts

Monday, June 26, 2006

Asbestos still killing people

Canadians ponder whether they should continue to export chrysotile asbestos fibers. Of course, it's a no-no here in the US although some defendants still use the defense that certain asbestos fibers don't cause mesothelioma. So, it might behoove a defense lawyer to see if certain plaintiffs lived and worked out of the country for substantial periods of time.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Two-Disease Rule Applied Retroactively in Pa. Asbestos Case

Asbestos can cause multiple diseases, not all of which manifest at the same time. So, if you sue for one disease in Pennsylvania when it was a "one disease" state but get a second disease after the courts change the law to a "two disease" state, can you sue for the second disease? This recent opinion says "yes". More on the opinion here.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Cancer Of Larynx, Others Linked To Asbestos

So says the Institute of Medicine. On the other hand, they say the evidence is insufficient to link asbestos to cancer of the esophagus. If you want to pay some money, you can get the report here.