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National Gypsum Asbestos Bankruptcy Claims Settlement

Asbestos Litigation

Jon 18161

National Gypsum, a leading manufacturer of building materials, filed for bankruptcy in 1990 due to asbestos-related liabilities. As a result, the company established the National Gypsum Asbestos Trust to provide compensation for individuals diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness due to exposure to National Gypsum products.

Who is National Gypsum? Incorporated in Delaware in 1925.Manufacturer and supplier of services for the building and construction industry. Miner of asbestos fibers. Popular trade name: Gold Bond Products
Asbestos products types – drywall, joint compounds, textures, shingles, cement boards, adhesives, acoustical plaster, fireproofing, insulation cement, raw asbestos fiber.

Recent Amendments to the NJ Workers' Compensation Act: Dependnacy Rates / Asbestos Disease Recovery / Notice Requirement Eliminated

Jon 4478

 Dependency rates were raise to a uniform 70%, not 100% so the "death penalty" continues. NJSA 34:15-33 was repealed. This effects all occupational claims and eliminates the requirement of notice in all occupational disease claims. This eliminates the conservative case law, ie. Brock.

Parkinsonism due to manganism in a welder

Jon 5562

 A 33-year-old right-handed male presented complaining of a 2-year history of progressive cognitive slowing, rigidity, tremors, slowing of movements, and gait instability leading to falls. On examination, he had a Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE) score of 29, slowed saccadic eye pursuit, hypomimia, cogwheel rigidity, a 3- to 4-Hz tremor, and a "cock-walk" gait. His symptoms and signs were similar to idiopathic Parkinson's disease; however, he was young, inattention and forgetfulness occurred early in the course of the disorder, levodopa was unhelpful, and his gait was atypical.

FDA has approved Alimta for the treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma

Jon 6427

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Alimta (pemetrexed disodium) for use in combination with cisplatin for the treatment of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma - a rare type of cancer. Alimta received a priority review and is designated as an orphan drug. It is the first drug approved for this condition.

Supreme Court Sets High Judicial Threshold For Evaluating Scientific Evidence

Workers' Compensation

Jon 5875

For the last few decades, the most compelling issue in an occupational disease case has been the manner in which the workers’ compensation court should determine the admissibility of scientific evidence. The New Jersey Supreme Court recently established guidelines for the admission and reliance upon such proof. The long awaited decision by Justice Coleman in Lindquist v. City of Jersey City Fire Dept., 175 N.J. 244 (2003) provides a very simple and basic approach that completes the...

The Puzzle of Proof in an Occupational Disease Case: Does Anything Go?

Workers' Compensation

Jon 13880

The concept of a compensable industrial disease has developed only recently, and its acceptance has lagged far behind that of industrial accidents.   The original Workers' Compensation Acts, as promulgated from the year 1911 forward by many of the states, did not provide for the recognition of occupational illness and disease as compensable events.

List of Suspect Asbestos - Containing Materials

Asbestos Litigation

Jon 6786

Asbestos is still used in certain industries and workplaces, despite the known health hazards associated with its use. Workers in shipbuilding, automotive, and industrial settings are particularly at risk of exposure to asbestos fibers. To protect workers from the dangers of asbestos, it is essential to follow proper safety protocols and regulations and to phase out the use of asbestos in these industries as soon as possible.

An estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry face significant asbestos exposure on the job. Heaviest exposures occur in the construction industry, particularly during the removal of asbestos during renovation or demolition. Employees are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products (such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials) and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.