(PRWEB) February 11, 2005
W.R. Grace and seven top executives conspired to release asbestos and to hide health problems at its asbestosÂcontaminated vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. v. W.R. Grace & Co., U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, #03-35924). A grand jury indictment accuses the company of exposing its employees to asbestos, failing to disclose air monitoring results, interfering with an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and giving away asbestosÂcontaining materials to schools and local residents. Charges include cleanÂair act violations and wire fraud as well as conspiracy.
From 1963 through 1990, Grace operated a vermiculite mine in Libby that was contaminated with asbestos. Used in soil conditioners and insulation, vermiculite is a metal ore that can be heated to form a lightÂweight, fireÂresistant substance. The Libby vermiculite was shipped to factories throughout the nation, endangering workers who were exposed to asbestos during processing. It was formulated into a type of insulation that may be contained in millions of homes.
ÂThe situation in Libby provides an example of the shameful treatment that many workers have received from asbestos-related industries,Â said Alan Brayton, founding and senior partner of Brayton Purcell, a law firm representing asbestos victims. ÂMany people are not aware of the extent of the damage caused by asbestos. It is responsible for an aggressive cancer known as mesothelioma as well as for asbestosis, which is a painful scarring of the lungs. These diseases take decades to develop, and we may only be seeing the beginning of the problem.Â
The Brayton Purcell law firm provides further details about vermiculite and the charges against Grace on its specialty web site, Asbestos Network, at http://www.asbestosnetwork.com/news/nw_020805_grace_indict.htm . The site also discusses asbestos-related diseases and asbestos exposure.
About Brayton Purcell
For over 20 years, Brayton Purcell has helped clients protect their legal rights in the face of devastating losses such as illness, injuries, and harm to family members. The law firm enjoys a national reputation for the high quality of its personal injury and product liability work, particularly in the area of asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. For more information, call 415-898-1555 or visit the firm web site at http://www.braytonlaw.com. For details about asbestos exposure, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases, also see the specialty web sites, Asbestos Network at http://www.asbestosnetwork.com, and Mesothelioma Network at http://www.mesotheliomasite.com
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