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November 2, 1996 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case likely to set new rules governing huge class-action lawsuits, the Supreme Court announced Friday that it will consider reviving a $1.3-billion class-action settlement for people suffering from asbestos-related illnesses. The high court said that it will take up a settlement, struck down by the U.S.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1988 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
State health officials on Friday notified about 1,000 families and businesses near a former ceramics plant in Atwater that dangerous asbestos contamination has been found on the site. Officials said the contamination poses no immediate threat to the neighborhood but warned residents to stay away from the Franciscan Ceramics plant, a sprawling complex of crumbling and partly demolished brick buildings on a 45-acre site at 2901 Los Feliz Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1991 | JON NALICK
The City Council has decided to spend $70,000 in unallocated federal grant money to remove asbestos from a city-owned building that will house the Boys and Girls Club when it reopens later this year. At Tuesday night's meeting, the council voted unanimously to use money left over from 1988 and 1989 Department of Housing and Urban Development grants to renovate the building at 14400 Chestnut St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1993 | ED BOND
The removal of vinyl asbestos tiles and glue at the Mount Gleason Middle School library was finished this week, clearing the way to rebuild the library damaged by a fire two years ago, Los Angeles Unified School District officials said Thursday. The school has had no library for most of those two years, but in April an unused shop room was converted into a temporary library with books and equipment donated through the Sunland-Tujunga Coordinating Council.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2006 | Michael Hiltzik
"It was beautiful," Terry McCann told me. "It would come down like silver, a silvery snow." The retired Orange County business executive and 1960 Olympic gold-medal wrestler was describing the dust that filled the air of the Oklahoma refinery site where he worked in 1957 and 1958. It would settle on his face, his hair, his clothes, sting his eyes, fill his lungs. This floating, glittering nuisance was asbestos.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2009 | Kim Murphy
A federal jury on Friday acquitted W.R. Grace & Co. and three of its former officials of charges that they knowingly exposed residents of Libby, Mont., to asbestos poisoning associated with a mining operation and conspired to hide it. The verdict brings to an ignominious end one of the most significant criminal prosecutions the government had ever filed against a corporate polluter.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2003 | From Reuters
Legislation aimed at curbing asbestos lawsuits has been introduced in the Senate just days after a call for action by the American Bar Assn., a senator's spokeswoman said. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Don Nickles (R-Okla.) introduced the bill. It would limit asbestos-related personal injury claims by setting medical criteria, among other measures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Oak Ridge High School classrooms in El Dorado Hills will be tested again for asbestos because previous sampling couldn't pick up the most toxic form of the fibrous mineral, federal officials said. Health officials worry that recent construction on nearby soccer fields released asbestos fibers into the air, including a rare and particularly hazardous type of asbestos called tremolite. Asbestos fibers can lodge deep in the lungs and cause cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of an asphalt paving company was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally storing, transporting and dumping 4 tons of asbestos--one of the largest dumping incidents in the state involving the known carcinogen, fire officials said. Henry W. Sprague III, 44, of Long Beach was arrested at his company, Olympic Asphalt, at 13832 Newhope St. in Garden Grove. His firm allegedly dumped the highly concentrated asbestos at the Port of Long Beach, Division Fire Chief Jerry Halberstadt said.
NEWS
January 19, 1990 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Widespread removal of asbestos from U.S. schools and buildings poses greater health risks than just leaving the material in place, according to a comprehensive study attacking the nation's asbestos-removal policy and published in the journal Science today.
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