February 20, 2019

Asbestos firms ready to fight Silver’s ‘slanted legal system’

Now that disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is out of power, asbestos defense lawyers are revolting against what they say is a slanted legal system.

Silver, who had ties to the mesothelioma-suit firm Weitz & Luxenberg, was accused of using his clout to stack the odds for plaintiffs.

A group of 45 law firms that represent companies defending against asbestos lawsuits asked Administrative Judge Peter Moulton this week to put a 60-day moratorium on any pending and new cases to consider their gripes over Silver’s alleged influence.

Moulton replaced Justice Sherry Heitler as head of a special section of Manhattan Supreme Court called NYCAL, or New York City Asbestos Litigation, last month.

Under her tenure, Heitler, at the request of Weitz & Luxenberg, last year lifted a 20-year rule that barred punitive damages in asbestos cases — paving the way for jackpot jury settlements and verdicts.

The court also fast-tracked plaintiffs’ asbestos cases over other civil matters, the defense lawyers said.

Weitz handles more than half the asbestos cases in Manhattan. It won $273.4 million the last four years.

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Sheldon Silver-linked law firm has hand in asbestos funds

Weitz & Luxenberg, the law firm accused of exploiting its connection to Sheldon Silver in New York City’s asbestos court, has come under fire in another lucrative arena — multibillion-dollar bankruptcy trusts.

The East Village firm, which gained more than 100 mesothelioma clients in an alleged kickback scheme by the disgraced assemblyman, sits on 15 advisory committees for trusts set up by bankrupt companies to compensate victims — including Weitz’s own clients.

The loose system fosters a “fox guarding the hen house” culture, says a article published last month by Measley’s Asbestos Bankruptcy Report.

Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver

The 15 trusts guided by Weitz have paid out $12.2 billion between 2006 and 2013. Other trusts, which may also pay Weitz clients, have doled out $51.6 billion, the report says. Lawyers typically get at least 25 percent of the payments.

It’s unknown how many Weitz clients got payments — or whether any were funneled through Silver.

Perry Weitz, a partner in the firm, helped set up trusts for major companies such as Owens Corning, USG, and Kaiser Aluminum, his Web site boasts.

Trusts for asbestos-injured workers — who can file claims and also take active companies to court — still hold about $30 billion.

The system is rife with double-dipping abuse. Lawyers file trust claims blaming a client’s asbestos illness on bankrupt companies, but often hide those claims in lawsuits blaming active companies for the same illness.

For instance, Weitz & Luxenberg won a $25 million verdict against DaimlerChrysler in 2006 in a special Manhattan asbestos court where the firm files 50 to 70 percent of the cases.

At trial, Weitz shot down defense arguments that bankrupt Johns Manville, which made insulation and roofing, shared some blame for the worker’s exposure. “How should they be responsible?” the firm asked.

But a year after the trial, Weitz filed trust claims for the same client seeking payments from Johns Manville.

A Weitz spokesman said the firm had no comment.

In 2011, Weitz asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Sherry Klein Heitler to drop a requirement that plaintiffs disclose before trial any trust claims they had filed or intended to file.

Heitler, who was replaced as chief asbestos judge last week, denied the motion, but tweaked the rule, saying lawyers did not have to reveal trust claims “they may or may not anticipate filing.”

Her wording left wiggle room for potential fraud, Cardozo Law School professor Lester Brickman told The Post. Brickman, a leading expert on asbestos litigation, testified before Congress lastmonth in favor of a bill to curb the double dealing.

After Silver’s indictment last month, Weitz & Luxenberg claimed it was “shocked” that the former Assembly speaker had steered $500,000 in state grants to Columbia-Presbyterian mesothelioma researcher Dr. Robert Taub, who in turn referred the 100-plus patients.

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Ex-congresswoman could get payout from court tied to Silver

Judges have helped turn Manhattan’s special asbestos court into a gold mine for Sheldon Silver’s law firm — and a former Long Island congresswoman could also reap the rewards.

In a 2011 case brought by the ex-speaker’s firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, Justice Martin Shulman, Silver’s Lower East Side neighbor and fellow synagogue member, opened the floodgates for heavy smokers to win huge sums by blaming their lung cancer on asbestos. They include former Long Island Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, 71.

The retired lawmaker claims in a $100 million-plus lawsuit that she was exposed to the toxic chemical as a child when her father and brothers unwittingly brought asbestos fibers home from their shipyard jobs. The Democrat had smoked for 40 years. Silver’s firm filed her suit in 2013.

Silver, the disgraced Democratic kingmaker booted last week from the Assembly-speaker post he held for two decades, raked in $5.3 million in salary and referral fees from Weitz & Luxenberg despite doing no legal work.

In indicting Silver, US Attorney Preet Bharara called the cash bribes and kickbacks.

But those payments are peanuts next to the hundreds of millions the East Village firm netted while Silver, hired in 2002 for his “prestige and perceived power,” wielded huge influence over the state judiciary.

“Silver was gold. That’s why they hired Shelly,” said a source familiar with the firm.

A series of rulings by judges in New York City Asbestos Litigation, a special Supreme Court section known as NYCAL, have enriched the firm and paved the way for bigger settlements and verdicts, critics and experts say. The firm files more than half the NYCAL cases — and collects most of the winnings.

In a 2011 case, Shulman set high damages for two steamfitters — both smokers for more than 25 years — who worked with gaskets containing asbestos and later died of lung cancer. The jury found Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Goodyear Canada partially responsible. Shulman let stand an $8.5 million verdict for one man and cut another’s $13.5 million verdict to $6 million.

“There is no bigger gift he [Shulman] could have given to Weitz and Silver,” said an asbestos defense lawyer, who fears it set a precedent.

Phil Singer, a Weitz & Luxenberg spokesman, said smokers have a higher risk of cancer when exposed to asbestos, and that Shulman upheld the high award because of the workers’ “horrific pain and suffering.”

The average award for a NYCAL asbestos case — nearly $16 million per plaintiff between 2010 and 2014 — is two to three times larger than those in other courts nationwide, data show.

Weitz & Luxenberg could win millions more from a ruling by chief asbestos Justice Sherry Klein Heitler last year. At the firm’s urging, she lifted NYCAL’s 20-year moratorium on punitive damages.

NYCAL’s prior chief judge, Helen Freedman, had imposed the ban as “the fair thing to do” because wrongs were committed 20 or 30 years before, often by a predecessor company.

In lifting NYCAL’s ban, Heitler said punitive damages should be sought only in rare cases of egregious conduct. But Weitz & Luxenberg has since indicated it may seek the extra payments in every case.

The firm defended its victories. “The verdicts we’ve achieved are a direct result of these corporations’ outrageous misconduct and wanton disregard for their victims. They had nothing to do with Sheldon Silver,” Singer said.


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Asbestos Work At Enfield High Confuses Parents, Who Say They Weren't Notified

ENFIELD – Parents of students at Enfield High School were confused Monday when they heard that portions of the school would be blocked off so construction crews could begin scheduled asbestos removal.

According to Superintendent Jeffrey Schumann, a letter from his office was distributed to parents of Enfield High students and school staff on Dec. 23, outlining construction work related to asbestos removal that would begin on Jan. 2, as part of the ongoing renovation at the high school.

Some parents took to Facebook, asking Mayor Scott Kaupin why they weren’t notified.

Ken Kaufman, who has a daughter at Enfield High School, said he found out about the asbestos work when his daughter’s boyfriend, who is on the wrestling team, told her they moved their practice and that the school was boarded up.

“I haven’t heard anything about the asbestos cleanup to this day,” Kaufman said Wednesday. “We get these robo-calls for the upcoming school play or something to that effect, but something as serious as this, they still haven’t told anyone about it or haven’t had the time to put something together for parents.”

Another Enfield High School parent, Lindsay Caouette, said she wasn’t notified either.

“At this point, there has still been no communication home regarding the work being done with our children in the school, which is concerning to me,” Caouette said.

Three locations, according to the letter, will be blocked off for asbestos abatement: the cafeteria, girls locker room and lower-level kitchen and mechanical spaces.

Parents were further confused when they received communication that the asbestos removal was due to a burst pipe in the “A” wing of the school.

Schumann said that a pipe did leak on the third floor of the “A” wing and caused flooding on the first, second and third floors. When the tiles on those floors began to dry, he said, crews noticed that the tiles — vinyl asbestos tiles — started to lift off the floor. If they cracked, Schumann said, “that could have been a dangerous situation.”

Schumann said the crews that were already at the school to remove the asbestos in the three previously scheduled areas worked on the worked on the areas affected by the flooding instead.

Schumann said a hard copy of the letter was distributed to students on Dec. 23, and teachers and staff were notified.

Due to the ongoing work, an updated letter will go home with students Thursday, Schumann said. The dates of the work have altered due to the burst pipe, Schumann said. The updated letter will also be posted on the school website, he said, and parents were to receive a phone call Wednesday night.

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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Honored to Present at 12th International Mesothelioma Interest Group …


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines education, advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims; is honored to be chosen to present at the 2014 International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference Oct. 21-24 in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, ADAO President, Linda Reinstein, will discuss the importance of supportive resources for mesothelioma patients and their families. As a conference exhibitor, ADAO will also highlight the important role social advocacy plays in uniting mesothelioma patients and their families, and serving as an international forum to help prevent exposure and efforts to fund a cure.

Ms. Reinstein will share results of the ADAO survey on “Supportive Resources in the Mesothelioma Community” at the 2014 iMig Conference, hosted by the South African Mesothelioma Interest Group (SAMIG), and held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC), featuring experts from across the globe dedicated to improving treatment and research. Considered as a world’s premier medical congress on mesothelioma, iMig’s theme this year is “the ongoing quest for cure.”

Ms. Reinstein will share important facts from the survey that underscore the need for patient focused resources. The online qualitative survey was administered to mesothelioma patients and caregivers through Facebook, Twitter, ADAO eNewsletters, and direct emails. Unfortunately, as Ms. Reinstein will explain, the majority (84%) were not given educational resources from their medical team nor advised to join a support group (92%) upon diagnosis. The majority found online mesothelioma resources improved their lives greatly (60%) or slightly (32%). The important results of the survey underscore that patients and their families rely on online supportive resources to obtain medical information, share personal experiences, build peer-to-peer networks, and improve quality of life.

“Patients want educational resources at the time of diagnosis, but only 16% received such referrals, leaving thousands without this crucial element of palliative care,” stated Ms. Reinstein. “The survey addresses responses to psychosocial burdens faced by mesothelioma patents and caregivers including a steep learning curve, anticipatory grief, social isolation, and ability to endure daily struggles. I look forward to the opportunity to share this critical information with iMig’s conference’s global base.”

ADAO will also share key information about the power of social media through materials that highlight: “Social Advocacy: Where Knowledge and Community Unite.” When her husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma 10 years ago, Ms. Reinstein recognized the need for increased medical resources, greater access to support, and legislative advocacy. ADAO’s social advocacy programs have built a global community spanning nearly 20 countries and more than 40,000 people, earning a ranking of #2 in a Twitter study of 500 health and safety organizations.

“ADAO’s digital storytelling and social advocacy efforts have led to three statements on the dangers of asbestos from Acting U.S. Surgeons General, Senate Resolutions, and Global Asbestos Awareness Week,” explained Ms. Reinstein. “ADAO’s results confirm the positive benefits of social advocacy to support patients and families, influence lawmakers, shape policy, and increase funding for research.”

Despite its known dangers, there is still no global ban on asbestos, and it continues to claim lives. Exposure to asbestos, a human carcinogen, can cause mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers; as well as non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy, and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and protect asbestos victims’ civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.


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Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Honored to Present at 12th International Mesothelioma Interest Group …

Bridges must act to ban importation of asbestos

Bridges must act to ban importation of asbestos

Bridges must act to ban importation of asbestos

CTU is calling on Minister Simon Bridges to act on the eve
of Mesothelioma* Day (*Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by
exposure to asbestos fibres).

“Today in
Parliament, MP Andrew Little tabled an asbestos containing
product which was able to be easily purchased over the
counter from a retail store. Minister Bridges commented that
“The Ministry for the Environment is doing an inventory”
of asbestos containing products – but we don’t need a
list – we need a ban!” CTU President, Helen Kelly

“Minister Bridges can and should act to ban
the importation of this deadly substance – our nation’s
biggest workplace killer with an estimated 170 deaths
annually and that this will rise to over 300 as the results
of the ‘asbestos boom’ of the 1970s take their toll –
the same as the road toll. Workers are being exposed to a
deadly substance and paying the ultimate price. This is
unacceptable.” Kelly said.
“There is an easy fix.
Today in Parliament Minister Bridges said that “this is a
complex matter… we have a sufficient regime currently in
place”. We do not accept this, and the hundreds of people
who are signing our petition calling on a ban on asbestos
containing products agree.” Kelly said.


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Budget Docs: More Asset Sale Slush Fund Spending Revealed

Rather than paying down National’s record $60 billion debt as promised, Budget documents reveal the asset sale money is still being used as a Government slush fund, Labour’s State-Owned Enterprises spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says…

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Asbestos sufferers facing compensation blow

Asbestos sufferers facing compensation blow

Published: 7 Jun 2014 09:00

MANY Inverclyde people suffering from asbestos-related illnesses could lose out on compensation because of proposed changes to the law, it’s feared.

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The Scottish Government’s Court Reform Bill — which is currently being considered by parliament — would mean some cases would be downgraded from the Court of Session to sheriff courts, or a new specialist personal injury court.

That would mean claimants would not be automatically entitled to the service of an advocate, when insurance companies contesting claims would always hire one to fight their corner.

This could put claimants at a disadvantage, Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Duncan McNeil said today.

Mr McNeil said: “This is an unintentional outcome of this proposed legislation.

“Given the number of people in Inverclyde who suffer from illnesses related to exposure to asbestos, I am very concerned they could come up against an uneven playing field in court — and could lose out on compensation.”

The MSP’s worries are shared by 60-year-old Neil Miller of Greenock, who has a condition known as pleural plaques, which he believes was caused by being exposed to asbestos through working in the shipyards and the building industry.

Mr Miller, who is married with a son and a daughter, found out three years ago that he had the scar tissue on the outside of the lungs after going into hospital for a triple by-pass operation following a heart attack.

He said: “The doctors saw the spots on my lungs.

“I would never have known I had pleural plaques.

“Thousands of people don’t know they have it.

“It hasn’t affected me yet but I’m worried that it could lead on to something more serious and that the planned change in the law would affect my chances of compensation.”

Scottish Government justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has defended the proposed changes.

He says they are designed to ensure that cases are heard in the appropriate court to reduce unnecessary delays and disproportionate costs to all litigants.

Mr MacAskill said: “We do not believe this will result in asbestos cases where insurers have access to counsel and pursuers are denied access.

“We believe the reforms will provide benefits to all court users by ensuring cases are heard in an efficient and effective court system.”

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Asbestos sufferers facing compensation blow

MSPs clash on asbestos Parliament debate ‘snub’

MSPs clash on asbestos Parliament debate ‘snub’

Published: 17 May 2014 08:30

TWO local MSPs have clashed over a bid to force insurance companies to pay compensation to the NHS for treating asbestos victims.

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The SNP’s Stuart McMillan said it was ‘a disgrace’ that only two Labour MSPs turned up for the debate in the Scottish Parliament.

But Greenock & Inverclyde Labour MSP Duncan McNeil, who was not there, today said he was ‘angry and dismayed’ that Mr McMillan had broken long-standing cross-party unity over asbestos matters.

The Holyrood debate which sparked the controversy had centred on an SNP motion welcoming proposals by Clydeside Action on Asbestos on the recovery of costs to the NHS of treating people with asbestos-related conditions and diseases.

Mr McMillan, who is taking forward a Bill on the matter, said: “This Bill is intended to help NHS Scotland recover the costs of treating people with asbestos-related conditions from insurance companies who have already settled civil claims with victims.

“It is estimated the NHS spends £20 million a year on diagnosing and treating people suffering as a result of asbestos exposure — money which will be freed up to treat more people if this Bill is successful.

“I am extremely disappointed in the Labour party’s reaction to both this debate and my Bill. It seems they would prefer to side with the insurance industry and employers who negligently exposed their workforce to asbestos.”

When asked about the debate no-show, Mr McNeil responded by saying that few MSPs were at the debate because it came at the end of a parliamentary day in which business had gone on longer than expected and many had to go to various appointments.

Mr McNeil said: “If the SNP were serious about this they could bring this Bill forward right now, and I hope that they do.

“My experience and commitment towards fighting for asbestos victims cannot be questioned. I have family and friends who have suffered through exposure to asbestos, and I am outraged and offended that Mr McMillan is trying to seek political advantage on an issue where there is no division between the parties.

“We have achieved successes for asbestos sufferers through the parties working together, and it’s shameful to try to score political points like this.”

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