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ALEC Helps Big Business Invade Local Lawmaking State By State

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting today in Chicago, celebrating its 40th birthday. The organization is a network of conservative state legislators and some of the biggest corporate giants in the world that work together to influence local lawmaking and put the corporate agenda on the books state by state. Yet in spite of its wide reach, few citizens are even aware …

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Drywaller Awarded $27 Million for Asbestos Exposure

A drywall worker who built houses during the California housing boom in the 1970s, when asbestos was used in virtually every type of building material, has won a $27 million jury award for a cancer caused by the toxic substance. When he was still in high school in 1967, Michael Sutherland got a job as a drywaller and continued working on residential and office buildings in San Diego County for over 25 years. Sutherland would rush from job to job, …

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Posted 1 year ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Judge Slashes Worker’s $3 Million Asbestos Award

A judge has drastically reduced a $3 million jury verdict awarded to the widow of a worker who died from cancer after years of handling products made with asbestos. Companies have been ordered by juries to pay millions of dollars only to have the damages slashed by a judge after trial. Under “tort reform,” many states have passed laws that limit how much an injured person can collect, such as by capping damages at a few hundred thousand dollars. Juries …

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Posted 2 years ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Exxon Gets Worker’s $17.5 Million Asbestos Verdict Tossed

An appeals court has thrown out a $17.5 million jury verdict against Exxon won by a worker nearly two years ago. Rubert “Bert” Minton was exposed to asbestos when he worked on 17 Exxon oil tankers as a supervisor for his employer, a shipbuilding company in Newport News, Va., for over a decade. He developed mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure that attacks the lung’s linings. Minton and his wife, Linda, sued Exxon, arguing it knew about the dangers …

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Posted 2 years ago in Labor and Employment Video by Jennifer King  
Read the Latest Issue of ‘Your Job & The Law’ Newsletter

Obesity Now Considered a Workplace Disability When the Americans with Disabilities Act was originally created, obesity was considered a disability only when due to an underlying physiological disorder such as diabetes. Today, any type of obesity is considered a disability, meaning obese employees have new rights in the workplace and cannot be discriminated against because of their weight. Find Out More…   Can You Badmouth Your Boss Online? [Video] You have the right to call your employer names on Facebook, …

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