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Is The EPA in a Rush To The Bottom for Asbestos Experts?

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The US EPA (Environmental; Protection Agency) has published an announcement to seek appointments to its Scientific Advisory Panel with asbestos experts in short course. In a notice published in the Federal Register on October 26, 2007 the US EPA announced a deadline of November 16, 2007.

The House of Lords Steps Backward in Time in Asbestos Compensation

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The British House of Lords in a recent decision has take a step backward in time and has ruled that those who suffer pleural plaques (scarring of the lungs) as a result of asbestos exposure are unable to claim compensation. Parliament declared, " If the pleural plaques are not in themselves damage, do they become damage when aggregated with the risk which they evidence or the anxiety which that risk causes? In principle, neither the risk of future injury nor anxiety at the prospect of future injury is actionable. "

Workers' Compensation News - June 25, 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 106

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NYC CONNECTS AN EXPOSURE TO 911
For the First Time, the City Connects a Death to 9/11 Dust 
New York City’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, has for the first time directly linked a death to exposure to dust from the destruction of the World Trade Center. 

Owens Corning Settles Asbestos Cases for $5.8 Billion Dollars

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Bankruptcy Court Approves Owens Corning’s Plan of Reorganization. Toledo, Ohio – September 26, 2006 – Owens Corning (OWENQ.OB) today announced
that Judge Judith Fitzgerald of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of
Delaware approved the company’s Plan of Reorganization. The Bankruptcy Court’s
approval of the plan paves the way for Owens Corning to emerge from bankruptcy by
the end of October 2006.

Workers' Compensation News - JuL 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 407

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 NJ GOVERNOR CLOSES WORKERS' COMPENSATION COURTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO STATE BUDGETARY CRISIS
Governor Jon S. Corzine today signed an Executive Order to immediately begin the orderly shutdown of non-essential state government functions. This step was taken after the midnight constitutional deadline for enacting a balanced budget passed.
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Workers' Compensation News - June 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 406a

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NJ WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS DECLINE
The NJ DWC reported a 5% decline in the filing of claims in 2005 (37,248) from 2004 (39,212). The statistic also represents a 31% decline from 1992 (54,164). This is consistent with the 25% decline in the number of indemnity claims paid in NJ from from 1992 to 2002 as reported by NJ CRIB. NJ Medical costs have soared 108% during the same period of time while indemnity has risen only 48%..

Workers' Compensation News - March 10, 2006, Volume 4 Issue 403

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 CALIFORNIA
Three proposals would revise the governor's overhaul of coverage for those hurt on the job.
Three ballot proposals that could cost employers billions of dollars by undoing large portions of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's signature overhaul of the state workers' compensation system have been cleared for signature gathering.
The measures propose to hike benefits paid to permanently disabled workers and even allow them to sue...

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