Notable Asbestos Class Actions

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Since the 1933 lawsuit in which an attorney representing eleven asbestos workers filed suit against employer Johns-Manville, the number of employees and other people suffering devastating health affects from asbestos exposure has soared. By the 1970s it became apparent that the effects of asbestos often took 20 to 50 years to manifest the diseases they caused. Since then over 200,000 people have died of asbestos related diseases. Many of those afflicted have filed suit, either individually or as class actions creating a backlog of claims in the courts and prompting the need to find a more efficient way of processing these claims.

A 1997 class action case in which employers attempted to limit their liability as well as to expedite the claims process was referred to the U.S. Supreme Court for a decision concerning a petition submitted by the companies. In Amchem Products, Inc., et al. v. Windsor et al. the petition was proposed by 20 asbestos-using employers that would offer settlement based upon nine plaintiffs’ and their families being representative of a class of people who, prior to their current suit, had not previously sued any of the 20 companies involved in the suit. Additionally these plaintiffs had been exposed to asbestos through employment with one of these companies, either their own or that of a spouse or household member, or was the spouse or household member of one who had been exposed.

Mesothelioma and Disability Benefits

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Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the thin layer of cells known as the mesothelium. The mesothelium covers almost all of the internal organs. Two to three thousand people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in this country. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form seen of this disease.

• Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining surrounding the lungs
• Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdomen
• Pericardial mesothelioma affects the lining of the heart

The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma are, shortness of breath, painful breathing and cough, chest pain, lumps under the skin of the chest, unexplained weight loss and a dry cough. Peritoneal mesothelioma involves abdominal pain and swelling, constipation or diarrhea, lumps in the abdomen and also unexplained weight loss. Pericardial mesothelioma symptoms may include difficulty breathing and/or chest pains.

Mesothelioma lawyers Weitz & Luxenberg recommend ways of coping with mesothelioma diagnosis

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The mesothelioma lawyers of Weitz & Luxenberg have successfully fought for the rights of thousands of people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Our mesothelioma attorneys have observed first hand the emotional, financial and health challenges faced by people who are living with mesothelioma. In representing people with mesothelioma, our mesothelioma lawyers have gained some valuable insights on how a person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma can cope with this cancer.

Mesothelioma lawyers Weitz & Luxenberg launch website for Canadians with asbestos diseases

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Leading U.S. mesothelioma lawyers Weitz & Luxenberg have launched a website to provide free case reviews to Canadian residents suffering from asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. The website, allows website visitors to receive free case reviews by completing a short questionnaire.

Weitz & Luxenberg representatives are ready to review the information submitted through the website's questionnaire and to promptly respond to all inquiries.

Mesothelioma or other asbestos related cancers are frequently caused by asbestos exposure that took place decades ago. Often, the asbestos exposure took place in an occupational setting.

Mesothelioma lawyers Weitz & Luxenberg alert public to jobs involving high risk of asbestos exposure

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The mesothelioma lawyers of Weitz & Luxenberg know from representing thousands of people with mesothelioma that occupational exposure to asbestos is one of the main causes of asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Many occupations involve a high risk of asbestos exposure. Some of these occupations are: auto repair, shipyard work, electrical work and boiler repair.

The reason why so many occupations involve a high risk of asbestos exposure is that asbestos was used in a wide range of products. Asbestos is inexpensive and does not burn. These characteristics make asbestos suitable for use in friction products and insulation material. Thus, asbestos was used in car brakes, boiler insulation, cables, roofing products and many other products.

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