William Langewiesche, former commercial pilot and long-time (and award-winning) journalist, has covered the art of flight and the aviation industry for many years. In early October, Langewiesche published an in-depth piece in Vanity Fair about the crash of Air France Flight 447.
A mass tort is a civil action that has several plaintiffs who file a lawsuit in federal or state court against one or more defendants. There are several types of mass torts, but we will deal with two types that our firm regularly handles. These include:
In the fourth and final post on asbestos litigation in the 21st century, we will look at the results of the Wall Street Journal's investigation into the current status of the massive victim trust funds.
This is the third post in our series on the current status of asbestos litigation. Because of the slow-developing nature of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, some victims may be at risk of facing serious diseases without the assistance of compensation from the companies responsible for the illnesses.
Although most Americans associate asbestos with old buildings and dangerous cancers, the facts of this toxic substance are less well known. Asbestos refers to a naturally occurring type of mineral fibers. While asbestos played a useful role in thousands of products in the 1900s and still exists in many aspects of everyday American life, the fibers are dangerous and can cause serious cancers.
After several decades of litigation, asbestos victims are still coming forward every day with symptoms of mesothelioma and other conditions. While these victims are still entitled to compensation, the landscape has become much more complicated after years of asbestos-related toxic tort litigation. According to a new investigation by the Wall Street Journal, future victims may not have any source of compensation if current trends continue.
Just as the nation passed out of the incubation period in which experts expected all new cases of fungal meningitis to develop, reports are surfacing of new medical problems for meningitis victims. These "secondary infections" are puzzling health officials.
The fungal meningitis outbreak has taken the nation by surprise and it shows no signs of slowing. As of this week, contaminated steroid treatments have sickened nearly 250 people and 19 of those cases were fatal. These numbers will become outdated quickly as states report more cases every day.