Louisiana Middle School Facing Budgetary Concerns Due to Asbestos Removal

A Central, Louisiana middle school has to deal with budgetary concerns raised by asbestos removal.

According to CBS WAFB 9 in Baton Rouge, the demolition of 70-year-old Central Middle School, a project that has been in the works for a while, has run into a roadblock recently, because asbestos was discovered in the building, and the original bid did not take into account the cost of asbestos removal.

“We have issues to deal with,” stated Central Schools Superintendent Michael Faulk. “The asbestos abatement, the actual demolition of buildings, clearing off all the debris.”

Reportedly, the original bid for the project was $300,000. If asbestos removal had been included, the original bid would have been $450,000.

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Depakote Lawsuit Settled For $9.5 Million

Depakote manufacturer Abbott Laboratories has agreed to a $9.5 million settlement with the state of Louisiana over allegations of Medicaid fraud.

According to the Washington Examiner, the state filed a lawsuit in 2011 against Abbott, saying it mis-branded the anti-epileptic medication and promoted the drug to control agitation and aggression in elderly dementia patients without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Depacon, Depakote, Depakote CP, Depakote ER, Depakene and Stavzor are very powerful drugs that have been linked to health issues in children when taken by pregnant mothers. If you used Depakote during pregnancy, and your child developed a physical birth defect or has suffered from cognitive problems, contact the Depakote attorneys of ZKB Law.

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$7.25 Million Awarded to Mesothelioma Victim in Asbestos Suit

According to the Washington Examiner, on March 13, the family of a man who died of mesothelioma was awarded $7.25 million by a Philadelphia County jury.

After being diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2010, the man alleged that while working on Navy ships at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 1965 to 1970 he was exposed to asbestos-containing products. The man’s family filed a lawsuit on his behalf in November 2010, against the manufacturers of the asbestos-containing products he claimed led to his mesothelioma.

Prior to the trial RSCC Wire & Cable, one of the defendants, made a $2,500 settlement offer, which was rejected. The jury dismissed all of the defendants’ defenses during deliberations, then decided in favor of the family of the mesothelioma victim, awarding them $3.6 million in survival damages and $3.6 million for wrongful death.

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Louisiana House Passes Bill Restricting Mesothelioma Cases

According to The Times-Picayune, after a committee of state representatives approved a bill that would place venue restrictions on latent disease litigation, such as mesothelioma lawsuits, it was sent to the full Louisiana House of Representatives, where it was passed on April 9.

The bill now heads to a Senate committee for approval. If the bill becomes law, it would restrict where mesothelioma lawsuits can be filed, limiting them to the parish where the asbestos exposure that led to the disease took place.

Opponents of the bill argue that if enacted, it will hurt mesothelioma victims, because many times those afflicted with the disease were exposed to asbestos while working on multiple sites with varying levels of toxicity, making venue selection more complicated than this bill makes it seem.

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Two Men Headed to Prison After Exposing High School Students to Asbestos

According to a March 31 report in the Merced Sun-Star, after exposing Merced County high school students to asbestos, two men have been sentenced to prison.

The men were executives at Firm Build, a now defunct nonprofit organization, which was contracted by the Mercer County Office of Education to provide job training to high school students. During a renovation project that took place from September 2005 to March 2006, the men used the high school students to remove asbestos.

“Directing student workers to illegally remove demolition debris containing asbestos, knowing they had neither the training nor the proper personal protective equipment, threatens their health and safety,” Jay M. Green, special agent-in-charge of the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal enforcement program in California, said in a statement.

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Families in Louisiana Still Battling Chinese Drywall Years After Hurricane Katrina

A picture of a warning signEight and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, some flooding victims are still not moved back into their homes due to unknowingly using Chinese drywall while rebuilding their houses. A young couple in Louisiana says that when rebuilding their flooded home after Katrina, they discovered it was built with toxic Chinese drywall. Every countertop, piece of furniture and even bedding had to be thrown out.

Many of those that rebuilt after Katrina complain of health problems, displacement and life savings gone with no reimbursement from Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan.  At Colson Hicks Eidson, we will continue to stand up for Chinese drywall victims, leading the fight against negligent companies who knowingly sold and distributed this toxic product to US consumers. Contact us today by calling (305) 476-7400 or online through our case review form.

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