asbestos News

New South Carolina Jury Fails to Reach Verdict in Talc Cancer Case Retrial

A second South Carolina jury on Thursday failed to reach a verdict in the retrial of a case by a woman whose family said her long-term use of Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder led to her death from asbestos-related cancer. …

Honeywell Facing SEC Probe Over Asbestos Liabilities Reporting

Honeywell International Inc. said on Friday the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had opened an investigation into its accounting for asbestos-related liabilities. The industrial conglomerate’s revised estimate for asbestos-related liabilities was $2.61 billion as of end-2017, some $1.09 billion higher …

J&J Talc Supplier Settles in California Asbestos Case

Imerys SA, which supplies talc to Johnson & Johnson, isn’t taking chances as another jury weighs whether to sock the health-care giant with a punishing verdict. A unit of Imerys agreed to settle its part of a California woman’s lawsuit …

Chubb Q2’s Results Reflect Continued P/C Pricing Momentum

Chubb has a very good second quarter in both underwriting and investments, reporting net income of $1,294 million compared with $1,305 million for the same quarter last year. P/C net premiums written increased 5.6 percent to $7.5 billion and global …

Washington Asbestos Removal Company Fined $229K for Unsafe Conditions

An Edmonds, Wash.-based asbestos removal contractor has been cited by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries for multiple willful safety violations for improper handling of asbestos. Along with the citations, the company faces fines totaling $229,700. L&I has cited …

Legal Experts See Obstacles for J&J Appeal of $4.7 Billion Talc Verdict

Johnson & Johnson has vowed to appeal a $4.7 billion verdict awarded to 22 women who claim asbestos-contaminated talc in the company’s products gave them ovarian cancer by arguing the plaintiffs’ science was flawed and the case should not have …

Asbestos Found Throughout Giant New Mexico Apartment Complex

Testing has found that there’s asbestos nearly everywhere in an abandoned Alamogordo, N.M. apartment complex, a finding that complicates the city’s desire to demolish the dilapidated property. The Alamogordo Daily News reported that City Manager Maggie Paluch says the contractor …

Asbestos Concerns Halt Restoration of Century-Old Washington Hotel

Restoration work on a century-old former hotel in eastern Washington has been halted after air quality inspectors say they found signs of asbestos. The Spokesman-Review reported that the state Department of Labor and Industries stopped work on the Otis Hotel …

Montana Judge Rules Against in Insurer in $43M Asbestos Settlement

A Montana judge says a Nebraska-based insurance company is liable for a $43 million settlement between the state and people sickened by exposure to asbestos from a Libby vermiculite mine. National Indemnity Co. paid $16 million toward the 2009 settlement …

Oregon City Tightening Demolition Rules over Lead, Asbestos

Portland, Ore. is aiming to crackdown on toxic emissions by requiring developers to more thoroughly search for lead paint and asbestos before demolishing houses. The city council adopted rules that require those who seek to knock down a house to …