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Jon Gelman Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Jon Gelman has been listed again to Best Lawyers in America®. This recognition has been bestowed upon him for almost 2 decades. 

50 Cancers To Be Covered Under the 9-11 Zadroga Health Claim Fund

The New York Times is reporting this afternoon that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has approved for compensation payments 50 types of cancers from the $4.3 Billion Zadroga 9-11 Fund.

NJ Permits Intentional Tort Claim Against Former Employer- PVC Exposure

While denying class action certification for a medical monitoring class and a punitive damage class, the NJ App Div permitted an INTENTIONAL TORT action against the employer to go forward in a common law civil claim.

Jon L. Gelman Named Top Lawyer in NJ by New Jersey Monthly Magazine

New Jersey lawyers choose the tops in their profession in 24 fields of law.

Workplace poison

A CLASS-ACTION lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of workers in a now-closed factory in the city of Passaic recalls a tragic chapter in New Jersey's history. America's plastics industry was born in this state, but the dark side of that story is the exposure to toxic chemicals that has caused illness and death for an unknown number of workers.

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 10 (1986 - 1987)

3/25/86 Doll wrote Gaffey about vinyl chloride epidemiology in the U.S., and professed no independent knowledge of any of the vinyl chloride literature except the TCA 1974 study. However, “some representatives of the chemical industry” asked him to review the evidence relating to vinyl chloride and the development of cancers in organs OTHER THAN THE LIVER in man and wanted Doll was requesting Gaffey’s help on obtaining the 1978 version of the EEH study (Dr. Doll did not know about eh 1986 EHA/Wong study)

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 4 (Jun 1974 - Dec 1974)

6/6/74 At least by June 6, 1974, the MCA-coordinated vinyl manufacturers knew Dr. Maltoni had found cancer at the very level the MCA-coordinated vinyl manufacturers were recommending for U.S. workers (50 ppm on an eight hour TWA basis). 

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 5 (1975)

1/28/75 Dr. Monson published an article in Lancet. The study showed an -- 50% excess of deaths due to all cancers was found with the greatest excess in cancers of the liver, biliary tract, lung and brain. 
The SPI VCM / PVC Producers Group discussed the fact that the NIOSH study had found a 57% excess in cancer deaths above expected. 

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 6 (1976 - 1978)

A retrospective cohort study of vinyl chloride workers was published by Waxweiler, et al, in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (ANYAS). The Waxweiler study had found excessive number of deaths due to cancer in the liver, lung, central nervous system and the lymphatic system, cancers that were, basically, of the same pattern as those detected in the animal studies. The evidence, both epidemiological and histopathological, was interpreted as indicating that vinyl chloride was the causal agent involved. 

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 7 (1979)

In 1979, CMA lawyer, Don Evans, advised CMA coordinator, J. Young, that the MCA-coordinated companies’ failure to revise the Safety Data Sheet, (SD-56) because of its deliberate and considered (but undisclosed and contrary to MCA’s own stated policies) policy not to place cancer warnings on vinyl chloride, might, predictably, be interpreted as illegal or immoral, if it were ever disclosed. 

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 8 (1980)

1/15/80 On January 15, 1980, Environmental Health Associates, Inc. (EHA, the successor to EEH) wrote the Vinyl Panel through CMA (Joseph T. Seawell) proposing to conduct an epidemiologic study (case control) of the brain cancer cases as well as the 5-year follow-up the MCA-coordinated vinyl manufacturers had made the commitment to perform.

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 9 (1981 - 1985)

1981 - The CMA-coordinated vinyl manufacturers became aware of an article, entitled “Neurological effects of VC workers” that was published Journal of Hygiene, Epidemiology, Microbiology, and Immunology. 

Misleading Statements Made By Vinyl Chloride Companies Held Valid Basis for Suit

The trial Court in a class action case, filed in co-ordination with this office, held that the chemical companies alleged omission and concealments were actionable as a common law fraud. It was alleged that the companies failed to communicate this information to the plaintiffs.

 Workers can inadvertently carry hazardous materials home from work on their clothes, skin, hair, tools, and in their vehicles. As a result, families of these workers have been exposed to hazardous substances and have developed various health effects. Health effects have also occurred when the home and the workplace are not distinct -- such as on farms or in homes that involve cottage industries.

Vinyl Chloride: The Overview of the Conspiracy (Ross v. Conoco)

In this statement, plaintiffs identify, chronologically, the date and location each defendant joined the conspiracy largely through the acts of each defendant’s representative(s) on the various vinyl chloride-related committees identified herein. 

Vinyl Chloride: The Overview of the Conspiracy (Ross v. Conoco)

In this statement, plaintiffs identify, chronologically, the date and location each defendant joined the conspiracy largely through the acts of each defendant’s representative(s) on the various vinyl chloride-related committees identified herein. 

Vinyl Chloride Plants in New Jersey

Plants that made vinyl chloride monomer and other products.

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 3 (Jan 1974 - May 1974)

1974 – PRESENT As previously shown this secrecy was maintained by every company in the vinyl group, but most copies of documents indicating the MCA Group’s corrupt desire to defocus cancer were either destroyed or concealed by MCA-coordinated vinyl manufacturers some time after 1974. 

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 3 (Jan 1974 - May 1974)

1974 – PRESENT  As previously shown this secrecy was maintained by every company in the vinyl group, but most copies of documents indicating the MCA Group’s corrupt desire to defocus cancer were either destroyed or concealed by MCA-coordinated vinyl manufacturers some time after 1974. 
Upon information and belief, with the exception of this case and a few cases in Louisiana filed in the early 1990s, all such documents have either been destroyed or maintained in closest confidence. 

Vinyl Chloride Conspiracy Documents: Part 1 (1959 to 1970)

1959-1973 No U.S. vinyl manufacturer placed any warning label indicating a chronic human health hazard on vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins or products. Throughout this time the CMA’s Safety Data Sheets (SD-56) contained the false assertion that vinyl chloride could be readily handled without stringent occupational safeguards for VCM or PVC workers in handling it, aside from fire and explosion, and unequivocally/uncritically recommended the 500 parts per million (ppm) Threshold Limit Value (TLV) established by ACGIH in 1962. 

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