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            Friday, September 11, 2015, Vol. 17, No. 182


                            Headlines


AAC Holdings: Pomerantz LLP Files Securities Class Suit
AIR CANADA: Air Fuel Surcharge Class Suit Dismissed
ANDREW AND WILLIAMSON: Recalls Cucumbers Due to Salmonella
ASHLEY MADISON: Famed Prosecutor Claims 'No Crime'
ATP OIL: Pension Fund's Securities Class Suit Dismissed

AUSSIE BOOMERANG: Faces "Smith" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
BEATS MUSIC: Suit Over Unsolicited Text Referred to Arbitration
BLYTH INC: Faces "Gauthier" Suit Over Proposed Carlyle Merger
BRENDAN STANTON: Faces "Ramoutar" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT
CALIFORNIA: Inmates and Lawyers Against Solitary Confinement

CATAMARAN HEALTH: Faces "Hine" Suit Over Disability Policy
CELLADON CORP: Howard G. Smith Files Securities Class Suit
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS: Block & Leviton Files Class Action Suit
CHICAGO WHITE SOX: "Senne" Plaintiffs Seek Transfer to Calif.
CIRCLE K: Suit Over Unpaid OT Wages May Proceed as Class Action

CIRCLE Z: "Perry" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
CLASSIC SOUTHERN: Faces "Rios" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
COMMUNITY HOME: Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
CONFORMIS INC: Sued in Mass Over Misleading Financial Reports
CONSUMERTRACK INC: Sued Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

CORNER BAR: "Squires" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
DETROIT, MI: Court Dismisses Prison Sexual Abuse Class Suit
DORAL FINANCIAL: Investors' Suit vs. Wakeman, Wahlman Continues
DOT HILL: Faces "Shen" Suit in Del. Over Proposed Seagate Merger
EAT GOOD: Faces "Calle" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime Wages

EDISON INT'L: Andrews & Springer Files Securities Class Suit
EDISON INT'L: Bronstein Gewirtz Files Securities Class Suit
EL POLLO LOCO: Federman & Sherwood Files Securities Class Suit
EL POLLO LOCO: Rosen Law Firm Files Securities Class Suit
FERRANDINO & SON: Faces "Devlin" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT

FOOD NATION: Recalls Sun Dried Tomato Products Due to Sulfites
FORD MOTOR: Auto Companies Faces 'Keyless Ignition' Class Suit
GENERAL MOTORS: Bledsoe Plaintiffs' Post-Judgment Bids Denied
GENERAL MOTORS: Bids to Withdraw Reference Allowed to Proceed
GOODYEAR TIRE: Sued in Cal. Over Inaccurate Wages Statements

HAL COLLUMS: Faces "Lopez" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
HONEST COMPANY: Faces "Rubin"  Suit Over Product Misbranding
JIM'S ANTIQUES: "O'Brien" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime
KENKLEEN CORP: "Rios" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
KING MANAGEMENT: "Rayos" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime

LA CANASTA: Faces "Reyes" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime Wages
LBS PETROLEUM: DaSilva Law Firm Files Securities Class Suit
LEGEND ENERGY: Faces "Booker" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
LINCOLN NATIONAL: Sued in Ind. Over Disability Insurance Policy
M&B LOUNGE: Faces "Simpson" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime

MASTEC NORTH: "Neary" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid OT Wages
MDC PARTNERS: September 29 Lead Plaintiff Bid Deadline
NATIONAL FOOTBALL: Faces Jammers Suit Over NFL Sunday Games
NAUTICA TRANSPORT: Faces "Diaz" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
NESTLE INDIA: Will Try to Bring Back Maggi By Year End

NEW FIGUEROA: Sued Over Failure to Provide Workers Rest Period
NORTHWEST BIO: Pomerantz LLP Files Securities Class Suit
OKLAHOMA: Couple Files Class Suit Over Indian Child Welfare Act
PANASONIC CORP: Faces MakersLED Suit Over Resistor-Price Fixing
PAUL EDWARD KOCH: Court Dismisses Counterclaims in FDCPA Suit

PLAINS ALL: Hagens Berman Files Securities Fraud Class Suit
PRO OILFIELD: Faces "McDonald" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
RASPADOS DON: Faces "Ibarra" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
SOULCYCLE: Faces Class Suit Over Forfeiture of Unused Passes
TIME WARNER: Illegally Retains Customers Personal Info, Suit Says

TRINET GROUP: Glancy Prongay Files Securities Class Suit
TRULAND GROUP: Agrees to Settle Former Employees' Class Suit
TSA STORES: Removed "Gomez" Suit to Central District California
TUBULAR SOLUTIONS: Faces "Ducote" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT
UBER INC: Illegally Procures Consumer Reports, Action Claims

UNITED STATES: Agriculture Secretary Sued Over APA Violation
VEERINDER S. ANAND: Court Wants Paraplegic's ADA Suit Amended
VELOCITY EXPRESS: Court Denies Bid to Amend April 2015 Order
WASHINGTON: Too Many in Jails Awaiting Competency Services
WAYFAIR INC: Faces "Jenkins" Suit Over Misleading Fin'l Reports

WINDY PIZZA: Faces "White" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
YALE ENFORCEMENT: Faces "Lewis" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
ZULILY INC: Faces "Pisano" Suit Over Misleading Financial Reports

* AUSTRALIA: New Kids on Class Action Block 'Carry Risk'


                        Asbestos Litigation


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Ban in Sweden Drops Mesothelioma Cases
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust May Cause Health Risk in Pacific
ASBESTOS UPDATE: NY Judge Sets New Rules for Fibro Suits
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Aussie Agency Finds Fibro in Imports
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Deadly Dust Found in Renovated Homes

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Waste Company Fined $11K for Storing Fibro
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Found in NY High School Auditorium
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Barking Riverside Construction Halted by Fibro
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Victim's Widow Calls for Witnesses in PI Suit
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Colo. Residents Worry Over Deadly Dust Exposure

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Delays City Mission Housing Opening
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Causes Death of Brixham Electrician
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Deaths Increases, EWG Report Says
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Found at Rhos Primary School
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Roadwork Crew Dumps Fibro in Toowoomba Park

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Contractor in Probation in Contamination Case
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Australia Gets First Fibro Management Plan
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Found in Community Hospital Project Site
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Anglian Ltd Fined for Selling Boiler with Fibro
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Gov't Knew of Fibro Risk in Nauru Prison

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Pensioners Died After Fibro Exposure
ASBESTOS UPDATE: MSU Faces Fibro Negligence Class Suit
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Scottish Govt Called to Address Fibro Issue
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Apache Tribe Conducts Toxic Dust Clean-up
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Port Terminal Sued Over Employee's Fibro Death

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Family Sues Chevron Over Fibro-Caused Death
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Ruling Fuels Bogus Claims
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Found in Hundreds of Shropshire Buildings
ASBESTOS UPDATE: White Collar Workers Warned of Mesothelioma
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Coles Closes Site Due to Toxic Dust

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Kingston Man Appeals for Info on Father's Death
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Watts Water Has 250 Fibro Suits at March 29
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Roper Tech Continues to Defend Fibro Claims
ASBESTOS UPDATE: W.R. Grace Accrues $400K for Two PD Claims
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Con Edison Accrues $8-Mil. Fibro Liability

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Con Edison's CECONY Accrues $7MM Fibro Liability
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Con Edison Accrues $50MM Rupture Liability
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Noble Corp. Has 45 Fibro Lawsuits at March 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Houston Wire Continues to Defend PI Lawsuits
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Huntington Ingalls Continues to Defend PI Cases

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bus Mechanic Dies of Fibro Cancer
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Victim Groups Divided Over Abolition of Board
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro-Action Disclosure Bill Introduced in House
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ruling Clarifies Federal Removal Trigger
ASBESTOS UPDATE: NSW Gov't to Wind Up Board on Fibro Victims

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Calif. Court Awards Summary Judgment to Crane Co
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Exposure Leads to Court Action
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Attys Argue Adding More Defendants to Fibro Suit
ASBESTOS UPDATE: EPA Alleges Improper Fibro Removal at Plant
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Retailers Responded to Fibro in Toys, Dems Say

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Victims' Families Call for Better Screening
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Woman Finds Fibro Following Husband's Death
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Illegally Dumped at Aussie Hospital Site
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Rio Tinto Loses Court Appeals vs. Fibro Pay
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Found in Orange High School Auditorium

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ill. Company Exposed Mexican Workers to Fibro
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Kentucky Fibro Case Tainted by Suits
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Verdict Reversed on Appeal
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Construction Cos. Face Nearly $2-Mil. Fine
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Millbury Facility Fined for Fibro Violations

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Study Quantifies Mesothelioma Risk After Closure
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Gardai Warning Over Fibro Risk in Cigarettes
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Research Shows Cancer Cases Have Not Declined
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Thika Residents Exposed to Dumped Fibro
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Group Targets Ambler's Fibro History, Legacy

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Judge Rules Out More Defendants in Fibro Suit
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Kills Derby Concert Orchestra Founder
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Jury Awards Oxford Family for Fibro Death
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Darwin School Closed Following Fibro Find
ASBESTOS UPDATE: ADAO Calls for Probe by US GAO

ASBESTOS UPDATE: New Threats Affect Vets, Workers, Children
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Central Mass Fined $37K for Fibro Violations
ASBESTOS UPDATE: NJ Ex-Judge Alleging Courthouse Fibro Dies
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Auckland Company Fined After Fibro Scare
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Court Strengthens Sole Proximate Cause Defense

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Deadly Dust Found at Undercliff Drive
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Contractor Could Face Criminal Charges
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Dumped at Peterborough Foot Path
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Inquests Open Into Three Fibro Deaths
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Former Steelworker Contracts Fibro Disease

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Plymouth Has High Lung Cancer Mortality Rate
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ill. Couple's Suit Alleges Exposure to Fibro
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Sunderland Has High Fibro Mortality Rate
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Conman Exposes Perth Residents to Toxic Dust
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Removed at Indiana Uni Bldg.

ASBESTOS UPDATE: 2 Cos. Fail to Win Summary Judgment in PI Suit
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bid to Reconsider Dismissal of "Southern" Denied
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Final Judgment Renders Appeal Moot, Ct. Rules
ASBESTOS UPDATE: "Uribes" Remanded to Calif. Superior Court
ASBESTOS UPDATE: John Crane Wins Summary Judgment in "Young"

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Cabot Corp. Has 40,000 AO Respiratory Claimants



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AAC Holdings: Pomerantz LLP Files Securities Class Suit
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Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed
against AAC Holdings, Inc. and certain of its officers.

The class action, filed in United States District Court, Middle
District of Tennessee, is on behalf of a class consisting of all
persons or entities who purchased AAC securities between October
2, 2014 and August 3, 2015 inclusive (the "Class Period").  This
class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for
alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act").

If you are a shareholder who purchased AAC securities during the
Class Period, you have until October 23, 2015 to ask the Court to
appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the class.  A copy of the
Complaint can be obtained at www.pomerantzlaw.com.  To discuss
this action, contact Robert S. Willoughby at
rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-POMLAW), toll
free, ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to
include their mailing address, telephone number, and number of
shares purchased.

AAC operates treatment facilities which provide inpatient
substance abuse treatment for individuals with drug and alcohol
addiction. AAC operates treatment facilities throughout the United
States.

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants
made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to
disclose material adverse facts about the Company's business,
operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants made false and
misleading statements and failed to disclose material information,
including with respect to legal proceedings brought against
subsidiaries of the Company and several former and one current
employees, including its President at the time, Jerrod N. Menz.

On October 1, 2014 AAC went public by selling 5 million shares of
its common stock to public investors at a price of $15 per share.
The stock began to trade on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE")
on October 2, 2014. In its Form S-1 Registration Statement
declared effective by the SEC on October 1, 2015 (the "S-1"), AAC
disclosed that it was "not aware of any legal proceedings the
ultimate outcome of which, in our judgment based on information
currently available, would have a material adverse effect on our
business, financial condition or results of operations."' AAC also
disclosed that it is dependent on its senior management and that
if any of them departed from the Company, it could have an adverse
impact on the Company and its operations. Additionally, AAC
disclosed that if its treatment centers in California, Nevada and
Texas were closed, it would have a material adverse impact on the
Company.

Known to, but undisclosed by Defendants, was that the California
Department of Justice was investigating the death of a patient at
AAC's Forterus treatment facilities in California. Specifically, a
grand jury was impanelled to investigate AAC President Jerrod N.
Menz ("Menz"), a then current Company employee, and three former
employees and the California subsidiary for wrongful death.
Indeed, in civil litigation involving the death of the patient,
Gary Benefield, a California Assistant Attorney General filed an
affidavit, prior to AAC's IPO, stating that he believed murder
indictments would be handed down. Menz and AAC were both named
defendants in the civil litigation involving Mr. Benefield's
death.

On July 29, 2015 after the close of trading, AAC reported that a
grand jury in California returned an indictment asserting "charges
against subsidiaries of AAC and two current and three former
employees." AAC itself did not reveal in its press release that
the charges were second-degree murder and dependent adult abuse.
AAC noted that Menz, who was also indicted, voluntarily stepped
down as President of AAC. AAC also reported better than expected
financial results for its 2015 second quarter.

On August 3, 2015, AAC filed its Form 10-Q in which it commented
on the indictments. In the 10-Q AAC revealed that the indictments
were for second-degree murder and dependent adult abuse. Stock
market analysts also began to issue reports as to "How Murder
Charges Could Hurt AAC Holdings." www.TheStreet.com. AAC's stock
price fell again on August 3, 2015, declining $5.22 per share, or
14%. Then, on August 4, 2015, Bleeker Street Research ("Bleeker")
published a report entitled "Even More Undisclosed Deaths And The
Start Of Real Problems" at AAC. Bleeker reported that AAC
"continues to deceive patients, investors and analysts about the
extent of and details of patient deaths;" "At least 8 undisclosed
patient deaths in California and Florida, as recent as 2014;" and
"Ongoing pattern of illegal behavior led to patient deaths, and
continues now despite patient deaths." AAC's common stock price
plunged in reaction to this news, falling by $12.90 per share, or
39%. All totaled, since AAC disclosed that charges were being
brought against Menz and its California subsidiaries, AAC's common
stock price fell by $19.18 per share, or 49%, wiping out $153
million in market capitalization.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida,
and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in
the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class
litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the
dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the
field of securities class actions. More than 70 years later, the
Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting
for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of
fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered
numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class
members.

Robert S. Willoughby, Esq.
Pomerantz LLP
rswilloughby@pomlaw.com
600 Third Avenue New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212.661.1100 or 1.888.4.POMLAW
Fax: 212.661.8665
http://pomerantzlawfirm.com/


AIR CANADA: Air Fuel Surcharge Class Suit Dismissed
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Robin Reinertson, Esq. -- robin.reinertson@blakes.com -- and
Malcolm Funt, Esq. -- malcolm.funt@blakes.com -- at Blake Cassels
& Graydon LLP, in an article for Lexology, reported that the
British Columbia Supreme Court dismissed five class action
certification applications in Unlu v. Air Canada (Unlu), which
were brought against airlines regarding the manner in which fuel
surcharges are displayed on a passenger's ticket receipt.

The plaintiffs alleged that the airlines' display of fuel
surcharges constituted a deceptive act or practice contrary to
B.C.'s Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA)
capable of misleading a consumer as to the true price of an
airline's air transportation services. Justice Adair dismissed the
certification applications on the basis that they failed to
identify a sufficiently narrow, identifiable class or raise common
issues, all of which are required to certify a class action. The
chambers judge also found that the plaintiffs failed to adequately
plead a basis for class-wide damages or other remedy.

In doing so, she followed a series of recent B.C. decisions
dismissing consumer protection certification applications,
including Ileman v. Rogers Communications Inc. (Ileman) (see our
June 2015 Blakes Bulletin: B.C. Court of Appeal Confirms No Cause
of Action for Cellular "System Access Fees" Claim) and Clark v.
Energy Brands Inc. (Clark) (see our October 2014 Blakes Bulletin:
Another Refreshing Decision: Certification Denied in B.C.
vitaminwater(R) Class Action) continuing the recent trend in B.C.
and further limiting the scope for class-wide remedies pursuant to
the BPCPA.

BACKGROUND

The plaintiffs asserted in Unlu that the airlines' pricing
practices were deceptive contrary to the BPCPA on the basis that
the airlines engaged in a practice of pricing that excluded and
separated amounts charged pursuant to a ticketing code from the
price of the air travel services. The plaintiffs asserted that by
means of the code, the airlines classified the amounts payable
pursuant to those codes as "taxes" payable to a third party, but
in fact collected those amounts and retained them without paying
them to any third parties. The plaintiffs sought damages and a
restoration order under the BPCPA and other remedies on the basis
that the airlines had been unjustly enriched. The airlines argued,
among other things, that the process of purchasing and ticketing
air travel is diverse and not uniform. The form and content of
ticket receipts reflects practices at the travel agent level, over
which the airlines have no control. Notably, none of the
plaintiffs in these five cases had purchased air travel services
directly from any of the airlines and none of the plaintiffs'
ticket receipts that were alleged to contain deceptive statements
were airline documents.

CERTIFICATION DECISION

Justice Adair of the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed the applications
under the BPCPA on the basis that the plaintiffs failed to meet
the required elements of section 4(1) of the Class Proceedings Act
(CPA). In particular, the court held that the plaintiffs had
failed to meet their burden to show some basis in fact that there
was an identifiable class and that the claims of the class members
raised common issues.

With respect to the consumer protection claims, Justice Adair
essentially followed the B.C. Supreme Court and Court of Appeal
decisions in Ileman to find that the plaintiffs had not adequately
pleaded a claim for damages pursuant to section 171 or a
restoration remedy under section 172(3)(a). She also followed the
lower court decision in Ileman to find that the plaintiffs had not
adequately pleaded a claim for unjust enrichment; an alleged
breach of the BPCPA cannot provide the basis for such a claim.

On the question of whether there was an identifiable class,
Justice Adair agreed with the airlines that the plaintiffs'
proposed class definition was impermissibly overbroad as it
included individuals that had purchased air transportation for
commercial or other non-"consumer" purposes and accordingly, had
no claim under the BPCPA against any airline. A "deceptive act or
practice" under the BPCPA can only arise where there is a
"consumer transaction" which requires that the purchase was made
by an individual "for purposes that are primarily personal,
household or family". Indeed, each of the proposed representative
plaintiffs had pleaded that he or she had purchased air travel for
"personal use" and included similar statements in their affidavits
in support of certification. Justice Adair found that as a result,
the proposed class definition was unacceptably broad.

Although the conclusion that there was not a properly defined
class was sufficient to dismiss the application for certification,
Justice Adair observed that most of the plaintiffs' proposed
common issues were individual and not suitable for certification.
The few proposed common issues that could satisfy the requirements
were not seriously in dispute and certification of such issues
would do little to move the litigation forward. The plaintiffs'
claims for injunctive and declaratory relief pursuant to section
172(1) of the BPCPA were the only claims sufficiently pleaded that
could be pursued on a common basis (if there were an identifiable
class). However, again, Justice Adair followed the previous
decisions in Ileman (and Clark) that held that consumer protection
claims seeking only a declaration or injunction do not warrant
certification because those remedies can be pursued and would be
binding upon the defendants regardless of whether or not the
proceeding was a class action or individual claim; indeed, a class
proceeding in such circumstances is unnecessary and wasteful.

IMPLICATIONS

The decision in Unlu continues the recent trend in B.C. dismissing
certification of consumer protection class actions where the
plaintiffs have not suffered any real damage or loss. Further,
where a product or service can be purchased for different
purposes, both "consumer" and commercial or other purposes, it
will be difficult for plaintiffs to craft an appropriately narrow
and objectively identifiable class of "consumers" to be able to
pursue class-wide remedies without individual enquiries.


ANDREW AND WILLIAMSON: Recalls Cucumbers Due to Salmonella
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Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce ("A&W") of San Diego,
California is voluntarily recalling all cucumbers sold under the
Limited Edition(R) label during the period from August 1, 2015
through September 3, 2015 because it may be contaminated with
Salmonella.

A&W is currently working with health authorities to determine if,
in fact, this product is the source of an outbreak of Salmonella
with illnesses being reporting in as many as 27 states. In the
meantime, out of an abundance of caution, the company is taking
all actions necessary to prevent further consumption of
potentially affected products. These actions include this
voluntary recall and all harvesting and packing of cucumbers with
the potential to be linked to this outbreak have been stopped
until further information is known. A&W has also contacted all
customers who may have received this product so that product in
marketing channels can be removed.

A&W is currently working with health authorities to determine if,
in fact, this product is the source of an outbreak of Salmonella
with illnesses being reporting in as many as 27 states. In the
meantime, out of an abundance of caution, the company is taking
all actions necessary to prevent further consumption of
potentially affected products. These actions include this
voluntary recall and all harvesting and packing of cucumbers with
the potential to be linked to this outbreak have been stopped
until further information is known. A&W has also contacted all
customers who may have received this product so that product in
marketing channels can be removed.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes
fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and
others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with
Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody),
nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances,
infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into
the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as
arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and
arthritis.

Limited Edition(R) cucumbers were produced in Baja California and
distributed in the states of Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona,
California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New
Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah
and reached customers through retail, food service companies,
wholesalers, and brokers.

These cucumbers are shipped in a black, green, yellow, and craft
colored carton which reads "Limited Edition Pole Grown Cucumbers."
This variety is often referred to as a "Slicer" or "American"
cucumber. It has a dark green color. It typically has a length of
7 to 10 inches and a diameter of 1.75 to 2.5 inches. In retail it
is typically is sold in a bulk display without any individual
packaging or plastic wrapping. In food service it is typically
served as part of a salad.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 285 cases of
Salmonella Poona have been reported to date in 27 states.

Consumers who have purchased Limited Edition(R) brand cucumbers
are urged not to consume them and to return them to the place of
purchase for a full refund or to dispose of them. Consumers with
questions may contact Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce by
visiting the company website at www.andrew-
williamson.comdisclaimer icon or by calling the company at (844)
483-3864.


ASHLEY MADISON: Famed Prosecutor Claims 'No Crime'
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JG News, reportd that the prosecutor who gained national attention
as a key player in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey
Anthony said that he committed no crime and never followed through
with an affair on the cheating website Ashley Madison.

Jeff Ashton, the state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in
central Florida, said he wouldn't resign his post.

Ashton choked up several times during a news conference while
publicly apologizing to his wife, their three children and his
four adult children from previous marriages. He wouldn't say what
effect the revelation has had on his marriage.

"While I indulged my curiosity about the site, it never went
beyond that," Ashton said. "They were incredibly stupid choices. I
ask the public's forgiveness for my shortcomings, but those
shortcomings have had absolutely no impact on the performance of
my official duties."

Ashton said he signed up for the site two years ago because he was
curious. But when asked why he never used it to cheat, he said he
just couldn't go through with it.

He used his personal laptop computer on an office wireless network
that is available to anyone who is at the courthouse complex in
downtown Orlando, Ashton said.

The veteran prosecutor was at the center of the case against
Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of the murder of her 2-year-old
daughter three years earlier.

In 1987, Ashton was the first prosecutor in the nation to
introduce DNA evidence in a case. Ashton first joined the state
attorney's office in 1981.

Ashton, a Democrat, isn't the only Florida elected official who
has had to acknowledge using Ashley Madison. State Rep. Ritch
Workman said in a statement that he had clicked on the site three
years ago when he was single. Workman, a Republican, said he never
met anyone from the site.

Two Canadian law firms filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit
against the companies that run Ashley Madison after a hacker
group's data breach exposed 39 million memberships in the adultery
website earlier in the week. Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg
LLP, both of Ontario, said that they filed the lawsuit on behalf
of Canadians who subscribed to Ashley Madison and whose personal
information was disclosed to the public.

Ashton called the news conference after the East Orlando Post
online newsletter revealed that he had been on Ashley Madison.
Ashton said he regretted giving ammunition to those who oppose him
and said he hopes his three decades of service outweighs his
transgression.

"I'm not very proud of myself," Ashton said. "The post may have
been political motivated but they had every right to do it. I did
something incredibly stupid, and I should have been called on it."


ATP OIL: Pension Fund's Securities Class Suit Dismissed
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Judge Sarah S. Vance of the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Louisiana granted dismissed the second amended
complaint filed by Firefighters Pension & Relief Fund of the City
of New Orleans, et al., against ATP Oil and Gas Corporation senior
executives and members of the board of directors.

On May 24, 2013, a securities class action was brought on behalf
of all persons who acquired ATP 11.875% Senior Second Lien
Exchange Notes traceable to an allegedly false and misleading Form
S-4 registration statement and prospectus issued in connection
with ATP's December 16, 2010 exchange offer.  Firefighters sued
ATP's senior executives and board of directors, alleging
violations of Sections 11 and 15 of the Securities Act of 1922.
The defendants filed a motion to dismiss Firefighters' Second
Amended Complaint for failure to state a claim.

Judge Vance found that Firefighters has failed to plead actual
knowledge as required by the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act.

The judge stated that the plaintiff has failed to plead sufficient
facts to give rise to an inference that defendants possessed
actual knowledge that the projection of a substantial increase in
production was false or misleading at the time it was made.

Further, Judge Vance found that ATP's projection of a substantial
increase in productions was accompanied by "substantive
company-specific warnings" and therefore falls within the safe-
harbor provision of the PSLRA for forward-looking statements and
defendants cannot be held liable under Section 11.

The case is FIREFIGHTERS PENSION & RELIEF FUND OF THE CITY OF NEW
ORLEANS, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly
Situated v. T. PAUL BULMAHN, ET AL., Section: R., CIVIL ACTION NO.
13-3935, NO. C/W 13-6083., 13-6084, 13-6233 (E.D. La.).

A full-text copy of Judge Vance's August 14, 2015 order is
available at http://is.gd/6JSHeufrom Leagle.com.

Firefighters Pension & Relief Fund of the City of New Orleans is
represented by:

          Andrew Allen Lemmon, Esq.
          Irma L. Netting, Esq.
          LEMMON LAW FIRM
          650 Poydras Street, Suite 2335
          New Orleans, LA 70130
          Tel: (504) 581-5644
          Fax: (504) 581-2156
          Email: andrew@lemmonlawfirm.com

            -- and --

          Donald A Broggi, Esq.
          Joseph P. Guglielmo, Esq.
          SCOTT & SCOTT LLP
          The Chrysler Building
          405 Lexington Ave. 40th Floor
          New York, NY 10174-4099
          Tel: (212) 223-6444
          Fax: (212) 223-6334
          Email: dbroggi@scott-scott.com
                 jguglielmo@scott-scott.com

Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund is represented by:

          Louis Leo Robein, III, Esq.
          ROBEIN, URANN, SPENCER, PICARD & CANGEMI, APLC
          2540 Severn Avenue, Suite 400
          Metairie, LA 70002
          Tel: (504) 885-9994

            -- and --

          Christopher D Stewart, Esq.
          Cody R LeJeune, Esq.
          Danielle S Myers, Esq.
          Robert R. Henssler, Jr., Esq.
          ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP
          655 West Broadway, Suite 1900
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Tel: (619) 231-1058
          Fax: (619) 231-7423
          Email: cstewart@rgrdlaw.com
                 clejeune@rgrdlaw.com
                 danim@rgrdlaw.com
                 bhenssler@rgrdlaw.com

Brian M Neiman and David Callaham are represented by:

          William B. Federman, Esq.
          FEDERMAN & SHERWOOD
          10205 North Pennsylvania Avenue
          Oklahoma City, OK 73120
          Tel: (405) 235-1560
          Fax: (405) 239-2112
          Email: wbf@federmanlaw.com

            -- and --

          Stephen H. Kupperman, Esq.
          BARRASSO, USDIN, KUPPERMAN, FREEMAN & SARVER, LLC
          909 Poydras Street 24th Floor
          New Orleans, LA 70112
          Email: skupperman@barrassousdin.com

Brian Stackhouse is represented by:

          Sammy Ford, IV, Esq.
          ABRAHAM WATKINS NICHOLS SORRELS AGOSTO & FRIEND
          800 Commerce Street
          Houston, TX 77002
          Tel: (713) 222-7211
          Fax: (713) 225-0827

Thomas J Mansfield, Albert L Reese, Jr., and Keith R Godwin are
represented by:

          Thomas J. McKenna, Esq.
          GAINEY & MCKENNA
          440 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor
          New York, NY 10016
          Tel: (212) 983-1300
          Fax: (212) 983-0383
          Email: tjmckenna@gme-law.com

T Paul Bulmahn is represented by:

          Roy Clifton Cheatwood, Esq.
          Matthew A. Woolf, Esq.
          BAKER DONELSON BEARMAN CALDWELL & BERKOWITZ
          201 St. Charles Avenue Suite 3600
          New Orleans, LA 70170
          Tel: (504) 566-5200
          Fax: (504) 636-4000
          Email: rcheatwood@bakerdonelson.com
                 mwoolf@bakerdonelson.com

            -- and --

          Hamilton P Lindley, Esq.
          DEAN & LYONS, LLP
          325 North Saint Paul Street Suite 1500
          Dallas, TX 75201
          Tel: (214) 736-7861
          Fax: (214) 965-8505

            -- and --

          James P. Sullivan, Esq.
          Michael J. Biles, Esq.
          Paul R. Bessette, Esq.
          Royale Price, Esq.
          Tyler W Highful, Esq.
          Yusuf Bajwa, Esq.
          KING & SPALDING, LLP
          401 Congress Avenue Suite 3200
          Austin, TX 78701
          Tel: (512) 457-2000
          Email: jsullivan@kslaw.com
                 mbiles@kslaw.com
                 pbessette@kslaw.com
                 thighful@kslaw.com

Chris A Brisack, Arthur H. Dilly, Gerard J. Swonke, Brent M.
Longnecker, Walter Wendlandt, Burt A. Adams, George R. Edwards,
and Robert J. Karow are represented by:

          Omer Frederick Kuebel, III, Esq.
          Corby Davin Boldissar, Esq.
          Monique M. Lafontaine, Esq.
          LOCKE LORD LLP
          601 Poydras Street Suite 2660
          New Orleans, LA 70130
          Tel: (504) 558-5100
          Fax: (504) 558-5200
          Email: rkuebel@lockelord.com
                 dboldissar@lockelord.com
                 mlafontaine@lockelord.com

            -- and --

          Alicia Fazzano Castro, Esq.
          Brent Benoit, Esq.
          Philip Guy Eisenberg, Esq.
          LOCKE LORD LLP
          2800 JPMorgan Chase Tower 600 Travis
          Houston, TX 77002
          Tel: (713) 226-1200
          Fax: (713) 223-3717
          Email: acastro@lockelord.com
                 peisenberg@lockelord.com

J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. is represented by:

          John William Hite, III, Esq.
          Erika Lynn Mullenbach, Esq.
          Glen Mercer, Esq.
          Peyton C. Lambert, Esq.
          SALLEY, HITE, MERCER & RESOR LLC
          365 Canal Street
          One Canal Place, Suite 1710
          New Orleans, LA 70130
          Tel: (504) 566-8800
          Fax: (504) 566-8828
          Email: jhite@shmrlaw.com
                 emullenbach@shmrlaw.com
                 gmercer@shmrlaw.com
                 plambert@shmrlaw.com

T Paul Bulmahn, Leland E Tate, Albert L Reese, Jr., George R
Morris, and Keith R Godwin are represented by:

          Paul R. Bessette, Esq.
          James P. Sullivan, Esq.
          KING & SPALDING, LLP
          401 Congress Avenue Suite 3200
          Austin, TX 78701
          Tel: (512) 457-2000
          Email: pbessette@kslaw.com
                 jsullivan@kslaw.com

            -- and --

          Matthew A. Woolf, Esq.
          Roy Clifton Cheatwood, Esq.
          BAKER DONELSON BEARMAN CALDWELL & BERKOWITZ
          201 St. Charles Avenue Suite 3600
          New Orleans, LA 70170
          Tel: (504) 566-5200
          Fax: (504) 636-4000
          Email: mwoolf@bakerdonelson.com
                 rcheatwood@bakerdonelson.com

Armada Advisors, Inc. is represented by:

          Eric J. O'Bell, Esq.
          GAUTHIER, HOUGHTALING & WILLIAMS
          3500 N. Hullen Street
          Metairie, LA 70002
          Tel: (504) 456-8600

Summit Capital Management LLC, is represented by:

          Lewis Stephen Kahn, Esq.
          Melinda A. Nicholson, Esq.
          KAHN SWICK & FOTI, LLC
          206 Covington Street
          Madisonville, LA 70447
          Tel: (504) 455-1400
          Fax: (504) 455-1498

Moshe Issac Foundation is represented by:

          James H. Gibson, Esq.
          ALLEN & GOOCH
          2000 Kaliste Saloom Rd Suite 400
          Lafayette, LA 70508
          Tel: (337) 291-1000
          Fax: (337) 291-1200

            -- and --

          Shashi H Patel, Esq.
          Jeffrey W. Chambers, Esq.
          WARE JACKSON LEE & CHAMBERS, LLP
          America Tower, 39th Floor
          2929 Allen Parkway
          Houston, TX 77019
          Tel: (713) 659-6400
          Fax: (713) 659-6262

            -- and --

          Joshua W. Ruthizer, Esq.
          Lester L. Levy, Esq.
          Patricia I Avery, Esq.
          WOLF POPPER, LLP
          845 Third Avenue
          New York, NY 10022
          Tel: (212) 759-4600
          Fax: (212) 486-2093
          Email: jruthizer@wolfpopper.com
                 llevy@wolfpopper.com
                 pavery@wolfpopper.com

            -- and --

          Stephen H. Kupperman, Esq.
          BARRASSO, USDIN, KUPPERMAN, FREEMAN & SARVER, LLC
          909 Poydras Street 24th Floor
          New Orleans, LA 70112
          Email: skupperman@barrassousdin.com

Zohar Asher and Jack D Hart are represented by:

          Ronald Dean Gresham, Esq.
          PAYNEMITCHELL LAW GROUP

William Kruse is represented by:

          Ronald Dean Gresham, Esq.
          PAYNEMITCHELL LAW GROUP
          2911 Turtle Creek Blvd Suite 1400
          Dallas, TX 75219
          Tel: (214)252-1888
          Email: dean@paynemitchell.com

            -- and --

          Stephen H. Kupperman, Esq.
          BARRASSO, USDIN, KUPPERMAN, FREEMAN & SARVER, LLC
          909 Poydras Street 24th Floor
          New Orleans, LA 70112
          Email: skupperman@barrassousdin.com

            -- and --

          William B. Federman, Esq.
          FEDERMAN & SHERWOOD
          10205 North Pennsylvania Avenue
          Oklahoma City, OK 73120
          Tel: (405) 235-1560
          Fax: (405) 239-2112
          Email: wbf@federmanlaw.com

                 About ATP Oil

Houston, Texas-based ATP Oil & Gas Corporation is an international
offshore oil and gas development and production company focused in
the Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean Sea and North Sea.

ATP Oil & Gas filed a Chapter 11 petition (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Case
No. 12-36187) on Aug. 17, 2012.  Attorneys at Mayer Brown LLP,
serve as bankruptcy counsel.  Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., is
the conflicts counsel.  Motley Rice LLC and Fayard & Honeycutt,
APC serve as special counsel.  Opportune LLP is the financial
advisor and Jefferies & Company is the investment banker.

Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC is the claims and notice agent.

ATP disclosed assets of $3.6 billion and $3.5 billion of
liabilities as of March 31, 2012.  Debt includes $365 million on a
first-lien loan where Credit Suisse AG serves as agent.  There is
$1.5 billion on second-lien notes with Bank of New York
MellonTrust Co. as agent.  ATP's other debt includes $35 million
on convertible notes and $23.4 million owing to third parties for
their shares of production revenue.  Trade suppliers have claims
for $147 million, ATP said in a court filing.

An official committee of unsecured creditors has been appointed in
the case.  Evan R. Fleck, Esq., at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley &
McCloy, in New York, represents the Creditors Committee as
counsel.

A seven-member panel of equity security holders has also been
appointed in the case.  Kyung S. Lee, Esq., and Charles M. Rubio,
Esq. of Diamond McCarthy LLP, in Houston, Texas, serve as counsel
to the Equity Committee.


AUSSIE BOOMERANG: Faces "Smith" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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James Smith, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated v. Aussie Boomerang Bar on the Avenue, Inc., Case No.
9:15-cv-81246-WJZ (S.D. Fla., September 2, 2015), is brought
against the Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages in
violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

Aussie Boomerang Bar on the Avenue, Inc. owns and operates a
restaurant in Palm Beach County, Florida.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      David Markel, Esq.
      THE MARKEL LAW FIRM
      777 Brickell Avenue Suite 500
      Miami, FL 33131
      Telephone: (305) 458-1282
      Facsimile: (800) 407-1718
      E-mail: David.Markel@markel-law.com



BEATS MUSIC: Suit Over Unsolicited Text Referred to Arbitration
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Dana Herra, writing for Cook County Record, reported that the
questions of whether and how much a music streaming service will
need to pay for sending a text message to one of its subscribers
must be decided in arbitration, a federal judge has ruled.

Plaintiff Megan Craddock filed a putative class action lawsuit
against Beats Music LLC, claiming the company violated the federal
Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it sent her a text message
informing her of special offers on the company's website. On Aug.
19, U.S. District Judge Joan H. Lefkow granted Beats Music's
motion to refer the matter to arbitration, based on the provisions
in its user terms and conditions that address resolution of
disputes.

According to court documents, Craddock downloaded a free seven-day
trial of Beats' music streaming app to her mobile phone in January
2014. The app notifies users that by clicking the "Start" button,
they agree to the company's terms of use and privacy policy.
Shortly after downloading the app, Craddock received a text
message from an unidentified number that read, "Beats Music Free
Msg. You may qualify for special offers on Beats Music through
AT&T," and gave a link to Beats' website.

According to court documents, Craddock said she never consented to
receiving text messages. She filed suit in December 2014 on behalf
of herself and "all persons within the United States who received
one or more unauthorized text message advertisements on behalf of
Beats at any time in the four years prior to the filing of the
complaint." The suit alleges violation of the TCPA, which
prohibits the use of an automated dialing system to send text
messages without the texted party's prior express consent.

In its motion, Beats argued the case falls under the dispute
resolutions section of the app's terms of use. Among the passages
in that section is one saying any "dispute controversy, or claim"
must first be negotiated directly between the user and the
company. If no resolution is achieved within 30 days, either party
"may commence arbitration." The section also includes a subsection
that sets out specific procedures that should be followed in
arbitration.

The terms of use agreement also contains a class action waiver and
a section titled "AT&T Offers" that discusses special offers
available to some AT&T customers. The privacy policy attached to
the terms of use discloses that Beats may share user information
with business partners to send communications about promotions,
special offers and products.

In her analysis, Lefkow cited case law holding courts may not deny
a party's request to arbitrate unless the arbitration clause
clearly does not cover the dispute. In this case, Lefkow wrote,
Craddock claimed a narrower interpretation of the arbitration
clause, saying it applies only to disputes arising from the
agreement itself. Lefkow disagreed. In breaking down the
arguments, she said it seems clear Craddock's claims arise from
Beats Music's services, which are expressly covered in the
arbitration clause.

The suit also attempts to claim the charges can't be related to
Beats' services because the text message was sent by AT&T, an
argument Lefkow dismissed.

"Craddock . . . cannot sue Beats Music while maintaining that AT&T
was solely responsible for the message," Lefkow wrote. "If she has
determined that AT&T sent the text message independently she has
sued the wrong party and should dismiss her claims against Beats
Music.

"As is, Craddock's claims will be sent to arbitration."

The case has been stayed pending arbitration.

Craddock is represented in the action by attorneys Lauren E.
Snyder and Matthew P. McCue, of Chicago, as well as the firms of
Broderick Law PC, of Boston, and Murray Murphy Moul Basil LLP, of
Columbus, Ohio.

Beats Music is represented by the firm of Latham & Watkins LLP, of
Chicago.


BLYTH INC: Faces "Gauthier" Suit Over Proposed Carlyle Merger
------------------------------------------------------------
Martin Gauthier, On Behalf of Himself and All Others Similarly
Situated v. Blyth, Inc., et al., Case No. 11464 (D. Del.,
September 2, 2015), is brought on behalf of all the public
stockholders of Blyth, Inc. to enjoin the to enjoin the proposed
acquisition of Blyth by The Carlyle Group LP through a flawed
process and inadequate consideration.

Blyth, Inc. is a Delaware corporation and maintains its principal
executive offices at 1 East Weaver Street, Greenwich, Connecticut
06831. Blyth is a marketer of candles, home fragrance, and home
decor products.

The Carlyle Group LP operates a global asset management firm with
its corporate headquarters located at 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC 20004- 2505.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Seth D. Rigrodsky, Esq.
      Brian D. Long, Esq.
      Gina M. Serra, Esq.
      Jeremy J. Riley, Esq
      RIGRODSKY & LONG, P.A.
      2 Righter Parkway, Suite 120
      Wilmington, DE 19803
      Telephone: (302) 295-5310
      E-mail: sdr@rl-legal.com
              bdl@rl-legal.com
              gms@rl-legal.com
              jjr@rl-legal.com


BRENDAN STANTON: Faces "Ramoutar" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT
-------------------------------------------------------------
Dale Ramoutar v. Brendan Stanton, Inc., BSI Electrical
Contractors, Inc., Brendan Stanton, and Jean Stanton, Case No.
2:15-cv-04941-ER (E.D. Penn., September 2, 2015), is brought
against the Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages in
violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

The Defendants own and operate a construction company with a place
of business located at 416 Stump Road, Montgomeryville, PA 18936.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Diana J. Nobile, Esq.
      Gregory K. McGillivary, Esq.
      Molly A. Elkin, Esq,
      WOODLEY & McGILLIVARY LLP
      1101 Vermont Ave., N.W., Suite 1000
      Washington, DC 20005
      Telephone: (202) 833-8855


CALIFORNIA: Inmates and Lawyers Against Solitary Confinement
------------------------------------------------------------
Alexander Reed Kelly, writing for Truth Dig, reported that the
Constitution of the United States is supposed to protect citizens
from cruel and unusual punishment inflicted by the criminal
justice system, and, in the opinion of many experts, from
government torture capable of inflicting lasting psychological
damage. Thousands of inmates and a number of legal advocates are
struggling to outlaw the practice of solitary confinement -- in
which inmates are isolated in a small room 23 hours a day, with
only one hour per day for exercise, sometimes for longer than 10
years -- in California and beyond.

The effort began in 2011, when inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison
near Crescent City, Calif., sought through a hunger strike to
bring mass attention to solitary confinement and other practices
by the state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
(CDCR). As well as causing outrage in some quarters of the public,
the demonstration caught the attention of several civil rights
lawyers.

The strike was over by the time Anne Weills, of the law firm
Siegel & Yee in Oakland, and associates there and at the Center
for Constitutional Rights agreed on a plan to support the inmates.
But during the strike, Weills and her colleagues gained access to
many of the convicts and soon developed both a detailed view of
the practices being protested and the trust of the strike leaders.
The lawyers formed a plan to challenge the state's use of
indefinite detention and solitary confinement on the premise that
the practices violated the Eighth and 14th amendments of the U.S.
Constitution -- prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment and
requiring due process, respectively -- and in early 2012 won
permission from the strike leaders to take their case to the U.S.
District Court in Oakland.

One of those strike leaders was a former Aryan Brotherhood
affiliate, Todd Ashker, 52. Ashker has spent more than 25 years in
the Security Housing Unit (SHU), after being convicted of second-
degree murder; while serving time at another prison for a
burglary, he fatally stabbed another prisoner in 1987. His is a
model case for the state's standard argument for continuing
solitary confinement: Some convicts must be held there because
they are too dangerous to be housed among a prison's general
population.

In a column published, Truthdig's Bill Blum, a former judge and
defense attorney for convicts on death row, describes the SHU,
which he saw during visits to Pelican Bay in the late 1980s. He
called it a "high-tech hellhole, a science fiction nightmare come
to life" where prisoners were subjected to an "unyielding routine
of being held in a tiny, concrete, windowless cell with no access
to other prisoners," meals were slipped through a narrow steel
slot and "access to books, writing materials and toiletries was
severely restricted." Cell doors are controlled electronically,
and when guards speak to the inmates, they do so over an intercom.

"The monotony was broken only by an hour of daily exercise, also
conducted alone, in a barren, concrete pen known as the 'dog run'
that contained no gym equipment and offered only a narrow view of
the sky through a metal mesh gate," Blum wrote. The CDCR keeps
nearly 1,200 of Pelican Bay's inmates in this horrific
environment.

A class-action lawsuit filed in the 1990s won rules that curtailed
the use of force by correctional staff and called for the removal
of prisoners with confirmed mental illnesses from the SHU. But the
decision did no good for inmates like Ashker, who had no such
diagnoses. Ashker started to study law and in 2009, with fellow
inmate Danny Troxell, filed his own lawsuit, one aimed at
overturning his and Troxell's indefinite detention in the SHU.

The suit "gathered dust in district court" for two years, Blum
tells us. Then, in a remarkable achievement, the inmates -- many
of whom were natural enemies because of their ties to rival ethnic
gangs -- learned to talk to each other through their cell doors.
Their decision to co-operate among themselves -- an effort
involving more than 1,000 inmates in Pelican Bay and 6,000 inmates
across the state -- culminated in the strike that drew the
attention of Weills and her associates in 2011.

As reported in Blum's column, Weills described the experience of
meeting these prisoners face-to-face as "mind blowing. Starving
and weak, they were being subjected to further punishment with
freezing air blasted into their cells while wearing only
underwear. It became very clear that they were wedded to their
nonviolent protest to win improved conditions for all those men in
solitary confinement, whatever the personal costs to themselves."

The lawsuit filed by Weills and other lawyers (and led by Jules
Lobel, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a
professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law) declares
that the CDCR's use of the SHU at Pelican Bay is unconstitutional.
Further, it demands that prisoners who have spent more than 10
years in the SHU be released, that "the conditions of sensory
deprivation and lack of social and human contact experienced by
any remaining SHU inmates" be alleviated and that the need for the
confinement of any remaining inmates in the SHU be reviewed.

Settlement negotiations are in progress, but the case remains
relatively obscure. In his column, Blum urged California Attorney
General Kamala Harris, who is seeking to replace Barbara Boxer in
the U.S. Senate, to settle the case "as quickly and
comprehensively as possible."

Truthdig discussed the case with Blum by telephone a few days
after his column was published.

"Solitary confinement isn't an appropriate punishment anywhere,
but especially in the U.S., which is supposed to be an enlightened
nation governed by the best constitution the world has ever seen,"
he said. "We have a provision in the Eighth Amendment which
prohibits cruel and unusual punishment and that applies to federal
and state governments by way of the 14th Amendment due process
clause. A growing body of opinion believes that solitary
confinement amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, particularly
prolonged solitary confinement.

"The lawyers are not naive. They don't think the plaintiffs are
angels and they're not suggesting that all of them go back to
general population or that they be released immediately. There are
degrees of confinement in between the extremes of housing in the
SHU and the general population."

Blum said that a number of lawyers think the evidence used to put
many inmates in the SHU is "flimsy. . . . They have a horrible
situation where people are encouraged to snitch on others, and
it's not always clear that they're snitching honestly. They want
to curry favor."

"The best estimate is that that at any given time 80,000 American
prisoners are held in solitary confinement. And I think that in
the largest sense we have to think of SC as part and parcel of the
garrison state that the U.S. has become, with the world's largest
prison population. That's truly a disgrace and ties into questions
of equality with a prison population where African-Americans are
disproportionately represented."

On the question of why solitary confinement is practiced in the
U.S. at all, while many countries around the world are banning it,
Blum said: "I think that there's a lot of support for solitary
confinement, as there's a lot of support for locking people up.
This war on crime's been going on since Richard Nixon, who said
we've got to fight criminals the way they fight us. It accelerated
under [Bill] Clinton."

"You couldn't get elected in the U.S. unless you were tough on
crime. I think it's slowly changing, and the Black Lives Matter
movement is to its credit pushing the issue to the forefront."

As Blum notes in his column, outlawing solitary confinement would
help many California officials burnish their liberal credentials.
But more important, it would "restore the lives of hundreds of
inmates who are housed under the most grinding and inhumane
conditions."

The inmates who united to spark outrage over solitary confinement
and the lawyers who came to their aid are our Truthdiggers of the
Week.


CATAMARAN HEALTH: Faces "Hine" Suit Over Disability Policy
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Christine Hine, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Catamaran Health Solutions, LLC f/k/a Catalyst Health
Solutions, Inc. f/k/a HealthExtras, Inc., and National Union Fire
Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, P.A., Case No. BC593510 (D. Cal.,
September 2, 2015), is an action for damages as a result of the
Defendants' solicitation and sale of purported group health
insurance disability policy to California residents, through
unlicensed insurance brokers at excessive amounts when compared to
the benefits provided by the policies.

The Defendants are in the business of marketing and sale of
insurance products in California.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Mark A. Milstein, Esq.
      MILSTEIN ADELMAN, LLP
      2800 Donald Douglas Loop North
      Santa Monica, CA 90405
      Telephone: (310) 396-9600
      Facsimile: (310)396-9635
      E-mail: info@milsteinadelman.com

         - and -

      Sarah L. Hennessy, Esq.
      FLAHERTY HENNESSY, LLP
      8055 West Manchester Street, Suite 420
      Playa del Rey, CA 90293
      Telephone: (310) 305-1280
      Facsimile: (310)305-1210
      E-mail: sarah@FHAttorneys.com


CELLADON CORP: Howard G. Smith Files Securities Class Suit
----------------------------------------------------------
The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action
has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the securities Celladon
Corporation ("Celladon" or the "Company") who purchased shares
between July 7, 2014 and June 25, 2015, inclusive (the "Class
Period"). Celladon investors have until August 31, 2015, to file a
motion to serve as lead plaintiff in the class action.

Celladon is a clinical-stage biotechnology company which is
focused on the development of cardiovascular gene therapy and
calcium dysregulation. The Company's lead candidate is MYDICAR to
treat inadequate pumping in heart failure patients. The complaint
alleges that the Company potentially misled investors regarding
the design of its MYDICAR clinical trials; and otherwise misled
investors regarding the successful FDA approval of MYDICAR.

On April 26, 2015, Celladon issued a press release announcing that
the Company's Phase 2b CUPID2 trial of MYDICAR did not meet its
primary and secondary goals. As a result of this news, the price
of Celladon stock plummeted $11.04 per share to close at $2.64 per
share on April 27, 2015, a decline of 80% on volume of 32 million
shares.

On June 1, 2015, Celladon issued a press release announcing the
abrupt resignation of defendant Krisztina M. Zsebo ("Zsebo") as
Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and a director.

Then, on June 26, 2015, before the market opened, Celladon issued
a press release announcing the suspension of its plans for further
research or development of its MYDICAR program and other pre-
clinical programs, and indicating the possibility that the Company
could be liquidated with net cash available to shareholders of
$25-$30 million. As a result of this news, the price of Celladon
stock dropped $0.85 per share to close at $1.35 per share on June
26, 2015, a decline of 38% on volume of 9 million shares.

If you purchased shares of Celladon during the Class Period, have
information regarding these allegations, and/or would like to
learn more about your legal rights in connection with this notice,
please contact Howard G. Smith, Esquire, of Law Offices of Howard
G. Smith, 3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
19020 by telephone at (215) 638-4847, toll-free at (888) 638-4847,
or by e-mail to howardsmith@howardsmithlaw.com, or visit our
website at http://www.howardsmithlaw.com.

Howard G. Smith, Esq.
The Law Offices of Howard G. Smith
3070 Bristol Pike, Suite 112, Bensalem, PA 19020
Telephone: (215) 638-4847
Facsimile: (215) 638-4867
Toll Free: 1-888-638-4847
http://www.howardsmithlaw.com/


CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS: Block & Leviton Files Class Action Suit
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Block & Leviton LLP, a Boston-based law firm representing
investors nationwide, has filed a lawsuit alleging breaches of
fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors of Charter
Communications, Inc. ("Charter" or the "Company") CHTR, +3.68%
concerning certain transactions with Liberty Broadband Corporation
("Liberty") in connection with Charter's proposed acquisitions of
Time Warner Cable, Inc. ("TWC") and Bright House Networks, LLC
("Bright House").

The complaint alleges that Liberty -- which owns approximately 26%
of Charter's outstanding stock -- is a controlling shareholder of
Charter. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Bright
House, Charter will allow Liberty to purchase $700 million in
newly issued shares for $173/share, a total of more than 4 million
shares. Similarly, in connection with the proposed acquisition of
TWC, Charter will allow Liberty Broadband to purchase $4.3 billion
of newly issued shares at a price equivalent to $176.95 per
Charter share.

The complaint alleges that the share issuances are unfairly priced
because, among other reasons, Charter's financial advisors project
that the combined company could be worth significantly more per
share when the transactions close.

Liberty will also receive an irrevocable five-year voting proxy
for 6% of the outstanding voting power of Charter.  This will
bring Liberty's total voting power to 25% and make it the only
shareholder able to avoid significant dilution of its voting
interest upon the consummation of the transactions.  Liberty is
paying nothing for this material benefit.

Block & Leviton's complaint alleges that Liberty and Charter's
directors breached their fiduciary duties to Charter shareholders
by approving the unfair terms of these transactions.  Finally, the
complaint alleges that the Definitive Proxy statement filed with
the SEC on August 20, 2015 was materially incomplete.

If you are a shareholder of Charter and have questions about your
legal rights, or if you have information relevant to this
investigation, please contact attorney Joel Fleming, at (617) 398-
5600 or email him at joel@blockesq.com.

Block & Leviton has offices in Boston and the San Francisco Bay
area and represents investors nationwide for violations of
securities laws. The firm's lawyers have collectively been
prosecuting securities cases on behalf of investors for over 70
years.

Joel Fleming, Esq.
Steven Harte, Esq.
BLOCK & LEVITON LLP
155 Federal St Suite 400, Boston, MA 02110
(617) 398-5600
Steven@blockesq.com
joel@blockesq.com.


CHICAGO WHITE SOX: "Senne" Plaintiffs Seek Transfer to Calif.
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Plaintiffs in Aaron Senne, et al., Individually and on Behalf of
All Those Similarly Situated v. Chicago White Sox, Ltd., Case:
1:15-cv-06930 (N.D.Ill., Aug. 7, 2015), moved under Federal Rule
of Procedure 45 to compel Chicago White Sox, Ltd., to produce
documents in response to Plaintiffs' subpoena duces tecum, and to
transfer this motion to the Northern District of California.

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

     John A. Libra, Esq.
     Stephen M. Tillery, Esq.
     Garrett R. Broshuis, Esq.
     Aaron M. Zigler, Esq.
     KOREIN TILLERY, LLC
     505 North 7th Street, Suite 3600
     St. Louis, MO 62101
     Tel: (314) 241-4844
     Fax: (314) 241-3525
     E-mail: stillery@koreintillery.com
             gbroshuis@koreintillery.com
             azigler@koreintillery.com

        - and -

     George A. Zelcs, Esq.
     John A. Libra, Esq.
     KOREIN TILLERY, LLC
     205 North Michigan, Suite 1950
     Chicago, IL 60601
     Tel: (312) 641-9750
     Fax: (314) 241-3525
     E-mail: gzelcs@koreintillery.com

        - and -

     Bruce L. Simon, Esq.
     Benjamin E. Shiftan, Esq.
     PEARSON, SIMON & WARSHAW LLP
     44 Montgomery Street, Suite 2450
     San Francisco, CA 94104
     Tel: (415) 433-9000
     Fax: (415) 433-9008
     E-mail: bsimon@pswlaw.com
             bshiftan@pswlaw.com

        - and -

     Daniel L. Warshaw, Esq.
     Bobby Pouya, Esq.
     PEARSON, SIMON & WARSHAW LLP
     15165 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 400
     Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
     Tel: (818) 788-8300
     Fax: (818) 788-8104
     E-mail: dwarshaw@pswlaw.com
             bpouya@pswlaw.com


CIRCLE K: Suit Over Unpaid OT Wages May Proceed as Class Action
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Carri Geer Thevenot, writing for Las Vegas Review-Journal,
reported that a lawsuit that accuses Circle K Stores Inc. of
failing to pay overtime wages to store managers may proceed as a
national class action, a federal judge ruled in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas attorney Andrew Rempfer, who already represents 246
plaintiffs in the case, said the ruling by U.S. District Judge
Richard Boulware II means the number of plaintiffs could grow to
the thousands.

The case initially was filed in February 2014 on behalf of former
store manager Charles Grahl and "others similarly situated." It
was filed as a collective action, a type of class action.

According to the lawsuit, Circle K misclassified employees to
avoid paying overtime wages. Grahl was called a store manager but
"disagrees with that labeling," Rempfer said.

Rempfer said those given the title of store manager did not have
the authority to make personnel or independent decisions that
would affect the business.

According to Grahl's lawsuit, he worked as a store manager for
Circle K from 1995 to 2001 and from 2005 until February 2014, and
was paid a weekly salary of about $800. Grahl, who worked in Las
Vegas, claims he and other store managers were required to put in
at least 16 hours of overtime a week.

"This was a corporate-wide policy, program and/or practice
defendant applied at all its stores nationwide," his complaint
alleges.

According to court papers, Circle K's principal place of business
is in Tempe, Ariz., and the company has more than 3,300
convenience stores throughout the United States.

Boulware heard more than two hours of arguments before giving
preliminary approval for class certification. He said the class
will include all current and former store managers who have worked
for the company since Oct 31, 2011.

Once potential plaintiffs are notified about the case, they will
have 120 days to join in. Boulware said potential plaintiffs will
be free to seek their own attorneys.


CIRCLE Z: "Perry" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
-------------------------------------------------------------
Daniel Perry and Desmond Williams, individually and on behalf of
all others similarly situated v. Circle Z Pressure Pumping, LLC,
Case No. 2:15-cv-01474 (E.D. Tex., September 2, 2015), seeks to
recover unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages, all available
equitable relief, attorney fees, and litigation expenses and costs
pursuant to the Fair Labor Standard Act.

Circle Z Pressure Pumping, LLC is a Texas limited liability
company that provides high pressure pump down services to the oil
and gas industry.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      William S. Hommel Jr., Esq.
      HOMMEL LAW FIRM
      1404 Rice Road, Suite 200
      Tyler, TX 75703
      Telephone: (903) 596-7100
      Facsimile: (469) 533-1618
      E-mail: bhommel@hommelfirm.com


CLASSIC SOUTHERN: Faces "Rios" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Jose Rios, Jose Hernandez, Modesto Rivera, Orlando Alcides,
Jeovany Juares, Walter Maradiaga, and Eduardo Chaverria themselves
and other persons similarly situated v. Classic Southern Home
Construction Inc. and Richard Bates, Case No. 2:15-cv-04104 (E.D.
La., September 3, 2015), is brought against the Defendants for
failure to pay overtime wages for work in excess of 40 hours per
week.

Classic Southern Home Construction Inc. owns and operates a
construction company with its principal place of business in
Gretna, Louisiana.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Roberto Luis Costales, Esq.
      3801 Canal Street, Suite 207
      New Orleans, LA 70119
      Telephone: (504) 914-1048
      Facsimile: (504) 273-2956
      E-mail: costaleslawoffice@gmail.com

         - and -

      William H. Beaumont, Esq.
      3801 Canal Street, Suite 207
      New Orleans, LA 70119
      Telephone: (504) 483-8008
      E-mail: whbeaumont@gmail.com


COMMUNITY HOME: Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
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Natalia Petrachkevitch, individually and on behalf of all other
persons similarly situated v. Community Home Care Referral
Service, Inc., d/b/a Helping Hands Attendant Services and Barry
Weiss, Case No. 510866 (D.N.Y., September 3, 2015), seeks to
recover unpaid minimum wages, overtime wages and "spread of hours"
wages pursuant to the New York Labor Law.

The Defendants are in the business of providing personal care and
assistance to disabled and elderly clients.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Lloyd R. Ambinder, Esq.
      LaDonna M. Lusher, Esq.
      VIRGINIA & AMBINDER, LLP
      40 Broad Street, Seventh Floor
      New York, NY 10004
      Telephone: (212) 943-9080
      Facsimile: (212) 943-9082
      E-mail: lambinder@vandallp.com


CONFORMIS INC: Sued in Mass Over Misleading Financial Reports
-------------------------------------------------------------
Henry J. Klein, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Conformis, Inc., Philipp Lang, and Paul Weiner, Case
No. 1:15-cv-13295 (D. Mass., September 3, 2015), alleges that the
Defendants made materially false and misleading statements
regarding the company's business, operational and compliance
policies both in connection with its initial public offering and
in subsequent filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

Conformis, Inc. is a medical technology company that purports to
use its proprietary iFit Image-to-Implant technology to develop,
manufacture and sell joint replacement implants that are
individually sized and shaped to fit each patient's unique
anatomy.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Jason M. Leviton, Esq.
      Joel A. Fleming, Esq.
      BLOCK & LEVITON LLP
      155 Federal Street, Suite 400
      Boston, MA 02110
      Telephone: (617) 398-5600
      Facsimile: (617) 507-6020
      E-mail: jason@blockesq.com
              joel@blockesq.com

         - and -

      Jeremy A. Lieberman, Esq.
      J. Alexander Hood II, Esq.
      Marc Gorrie, Esq.
      POMERANTZ LLP
      600 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
      New York, NY 10016
      Telephone: (212) 661-1100
      Facsimile: (212) 661-8665
      E-mail: jalieberman@pomlaw.com
              ahood@pomlaw.com
              mgorrie@pomlaw.com

         - and -

      Patrick V. Dahlstrom, Esq.
      POMERANTZ LLP
      10 South La Salle Street, Suite 3505
      Chicago, IL 60603
      Telephone: (312) 377-1181
      Facsimile: (312) 377-1184
      E-mail: pdahlstrom@pomlaw.com


CONSUMERTRACK INC: Sued Over Alleged Gender Discrimination
----------------------------------------------------------
Reyhaneh Khaligh and Laura Flores v. Consumertrack, Inc., Jeff
Bartlett, Brett Rossmann, and Does 1-100, inclusive, Case No.
BC593343 (D. Cal., September 2, 2015), seeks to put an end on the
Defendants' pattern and practice of gender discrimination.

Consumertrack, Inc. owns and operates a digital marketing agency
located at 2121 Rosecrans Ave #1300, El Segundo, CA 90245.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      William W. Bloch, Esq.
      LA SUPERLAWYERS INC.
      9100 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 333 East
      Beverly Hills, CA 90212
      Telephone: (310) 477-7767
      Facsimile: (310)550-6798
      E-mail: lasuperlawyers@gmail.com

         - and -

      Martin R. Berman, SBN125325
      LAW OFFICES OF PFLASTER & BERMAN
      9100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 333 East
      Beverly Hills, CA 90212
      Telephone: (310) 445-3581
      Facsimile: (310)550-6798
      E-mail: mberman@mrblaw.net


CORNER BAR: "Squires" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
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Coley I. Squires, on his own behalf and others similarly situated
v. Corner Bar Partners One LLC d/b/a Marlows Tavern 13, Case No.
1:15-cv-03084-ODE (N.D. Ga., September 2, 2015), seeks to recover
unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages, reasonable
expenses of litigation, and attorneys' fees pursuant to the Fair
Labor Standard Act.

Corner Bar Partners One LLC is in the business of providing food
and beverage services throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Larry A. Pankey, Esq.
      PANKEY & HORLOCK, LLC
      1441 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Suite 200
      Atlanta, GA 30338-4122
      Telephone: (770) 670-6250
      Facsimile: (770) 670-6249
      E-mail: lpankey@pankeyhorlock.com


DETROIT, MI: Court Dismisses Prison Sexual Abuse Class Suit
-----------------------------------------------------------
FOX News reported that the Michigan appeals court has ruled in
favor of the state and dismissed a major class-action lawsuit by
young prisoners who said guards failed to stop sexual assaults
behind bars.

The court says Michigan's civil rights law doesn't apply to
lawsuits by prisoners. It also dismissed the case on other
technical grounds in a decision released.

The lawsuit claims male prisoners, typically aged 16 or 17, were
forced to engage in sex acts with adult prisoners and staff, with
some abuse "open and obvious." The Corrections Department disputes
the allegations.

A similar lawsuit citing violations of federal law still is
pending in federal court in Detroit.

Hundreds of teens were housed with adults until 2012 when the
Corrections Department assigned males under 18 to a single prison
in Lapeer.


DORAL FINANCIAL: Investors' Suit vs. Wakeman, Wahlman Continues
---------------------------------------------------------------
In the case captioned ROBERT BLUE, Individually and on Behalf of
All Others Similarly Situated, Plaintiffs, v. DORAL FINANCIAL
CORPORATION, GLEN R. WAKEMAN, ROBERT E. WAHLMAN, PENKO IVANOV,
DAVID HOOSTON, ENRIQUE R. UBARRI-BARAGANO and CHRISTOPHER C.
POULTON, Defendants, CIVIL NO. 14-1393 (GAG) (D.P.R.), Judge
Gustavo A. Gelpi of the United States District Court for the
District of Puerto Rico granted in part and denied in part a
motion to dismiss, and, subsequently, dismissed the case against
the individual defendants, except for Glen R. Wakeman and Robert
E. Wahlman against whom the case continues.

A putative class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of investors
against the holding company of Doral Bank, Doral Financial
Corporation, and several current and prior company executives.
The complaint alleged that the plaintiffs purchased common stock
of Doral between April 2, 2012, and May 1, 2014, at prices that
were artificially inflated by the defendants' false and misleading
statements.

The defendants moved to dismiss the complaint pursuant to the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure 9(b) and 12(b)(6), arguing that the plaintiffs
failed to state a single claim under the applicable federal
securities laws upon which relief can be granted.

Judge Gelpi analyzed the motion to dismiss only as to the
individual defendants because the case against Doral was
automatically stayed when it filed a voluntary petition under
Chapter 11 of the Title 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Judge Gelpi found that the allegations regarding Wakeman and
Wahlman's participation in the fraudulent scheme by knowingly
manipulating the ALLL and PLLL that was reported in the numerous
SEC filings, conference calls, and press releases are sufficient
to meet the heightened pleading standards for scienter.

However, Judge Gelpi found that with the remaining defendants, the
plaintiffs failed to plead their involvement in the purported
fraudulent scheme with the particularity required under Rule 9(b)
and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

A full-text copy of Judge Gelpi's July 22, 2015 opinion and order
is available at http://is.gd/gyQmVNfrom Leagle.com.

Robert Blue is represented by:

          Erin W. Boardman, Esq.
          Robert M. Rothman, Esq.
          ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP
          58 South Service Road, Suite 200
          Melville, NY 11747
          Tel: (631) 367-7100
          Fax: (631) 367-1173
          Email: eboardman@rgrdlaw.com
                 rrothman@rgrdlaw.com

             -- and --

          Frank J. Johnson, Esq.
          JOHNSON & WEAVER, LLP
          600 West Broadway, Suite 1540
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Tel: (619) 230-0063
          Fax: (619) 255-1856
          Email: frankj@johnsonandweaver.com

             -- and --

          Andres W. Lopez, Esq.
          THE LAW OFFICES OF ANDRES W. LOPEZ, P.S.C.

John Dalessandro is represented by:

          Erin W. Boardman, Esq.
          ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP
          58 South Service Road, Suite 200
          Melville, NY 11747
          Tel: (631) 367-7100
          Fax: (631) 367-1173

             -- and --

          Francis McConville, Esq.
          Jeremy A. Lieberman, Esq.
          POMERANTZ, LLP
          600 Third Avenue
          New York, NY 10016
          Tel: (212) 661-1100
          Fax: (212) 661-8665
          Email: jalieberman@pomlaw.com

             -- and --

          Frank J. Johnson, Esq.
          JOHNSON & WEAVER, LLP
          600 West Broadway, Suite 1540
          San Diego, CA 92101
          Tel: (619) 230-0063
          Fax: (619) 255-1856

             -- and --

          Jorge E. Perez-Casellas, Esq.
          Andres W. Lopez, Esq.
          THE LAW OFFICES OF ANDRES W. LOPEZ, P.S.C.

Timothy Stump and are represented by:

          Francis McConville, Esq.
          POMERANTZ, LLP

Mordechai Hakim represented by:

          Eric M. Quetglas-Jordan, Esq.
          QUETGLAS LAW OFFICE
          #1021 Ashford Ave., 2nd Floor
          Condado, PR 00908
          Tel: (787) 722-0635
          Fax: (787) 725-3970

             -- and --

          Kara M. Wolke, Esq.
          Leanne E. Heine-Solish, Esq.
          Lionel Z. Glancy, Esq.
          Peter A. Binkow, Esq.
          GLANCY PRONGAY & MURRAY LLP
          1925 Century Park East Suite 2100
          Los Angeles, CA 90067
          Tel: (310) 201-9150
          Fax: (310) 432-1495
          Email: kwolke@glancylaw.com
                 lheine@glancylaw.com
                 lglancy@glancylaw.com
                 pbinkow@glancylaw.com

             -- and --

          Robert M. Rothman, Esq.
          ROBBINS GELLER RUDMAN & DOWD LLP
          58 South Service Road, Suite 200
          Melville, NY 11747
          Tel: (631) 367-7100
          Fax: (631) 367-1173
          Email: rrothman@rgrdlaw.com

Doral Financial Corporation, Glenn R. Wakeman, Robert E. Wahlman,
Penko Ivanov, David Hooston, Enrique R. Ubarri-Baragano, and
Christopher C. Poulton are  represented by:

          Anthony Antonelli, Esq.
          Kevin P. Broughel, Esq.
          Kevin C. Logue, Esq.
          Shahzeb Lari, Esq.
          PAUL HASTINGS LLP
          75 East 55th Street
          New York, NY 10022
          Tel: (212) 318-6000
          Fax: (212) 319-4090
          Email: anthonyantonelli@paulhastings.com
                 kevinbroughel@paulhastings.com
                 shahzeblari@paulhastings.com

          Jose A. Acosta-Grubb, Esq.
          Jose L. Ramirez-Coll, Esq.
          FIDDLER GONZALEZ & RODRIGUEZ, P.S.C.
          254 Munoz Rivera Ave. 6th floor
          Hato Rey, PR 00918
          Tel: (787) 753-3113
          Email: jacosta@fgrlaw.com
                 jramirez@fgrlaw.com

                  About Doral Financial

Doral Financial Corporation is a holding company whose primary
operating asset was equity in Doral Bank.  DFC maintains offices
in New York City, Coral Gables, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

DFC has three wholly-owned subsidiaries: (i) Doral Properties,
Inc., (ii) Doral Insurance Agency, LLC ("Doral Insurance"), and
(iii) Doral Recovery, Inc.

On Feb. 27, 2015, regulators placed Doral Bank into receivership
and named the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as receiver.  Doral
Bank served customers through 26 branches located in New York,
Florida, and Puerto Rico.

DFC sought Chapter 11 protection (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. Case No. 15-
10573) in Manhattan on March 11, 2015.  The case is assigned to
Judge Shelley C. Chapman.

DFC estimated $50 million to $100 million in assets and $100
million to $500 million in debt as of the bankruptcy filing.

The Debtor tapped Ropes & Gray LLP as counsel.

The Debtor's Chapter 11 plan and Disclosure Statement are due July
9, 2015.  The initial case conference is set for April 10, 2015.

The U.S. trustee overseeing the Chapter 11 case of Doral Financial
Corp. appointed five creditors of the company to serve on the
official committee of unsecured creditors.


DOT HILL: Faces "Shen" Suit in Del. Over Proposed Seagate Merger
----------------------------------------------------------------
Thomas Qiong Shen, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated v. Dot Hill Systems Corp., et al., Case No. 11466 (D.
Del., September 2, 2015), is brought on behalf of all the public
stockholders of Dot Hill Systems Corp. to enjoin a proposed
transaction announced on August 18, 2015, pursuant to which Dot
Hill will be acquired by affiliates of Seagate Technology Public
Limited Company through a flawed process and inadequate
consideration.

Dot Hill Systems Corp. designs, manufactures, and markets a range
of storage systems, including hybrid storage arrays, for the entry
and mid-range storage markets.

Seagate Technology Public Limited Company is a leading provider of
electronic data storage technology and solutions.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Seth D. Rigrodsky, Esq.
      Brian D. Long, Esq.
      Gina M. Serra, Esq.
      Jeremy J. Riley, Esq
      RIGRODSKY & LONG, P.A.
      2 Righter Parkway, Suite 120
      Wilmington, DE 19803
      Telephone: (302) 295-5310
      E-mail: sdr@rl-legal.com
              bdl@rl-legal.com
              gms@rl-legal.com
              jjr@rl-legal.com


EAT GOOD: Faces "Calle" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime Wages
---------------------------------------------------------------
Guillermo Velasquez Calle, individually and on behalf of others
similarly situated v. Eat Good Feel Good Inc. d/b/a City Sandwich,
Michael Guerrieri, Anna Maria Guerrieri, and Jason Doe, Case No.
1:15-cv-06931-AJN (S.D.N.Y., September 2, 2015), is brought
against the Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages in
violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

The Defendants own and operate a deli and restaurant located at
649 9th Avenue, New York, New York, 10036.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Michael Faillace, Esq.
      MICHAEL FAILLACE & ASSOCIATES, PC
      60 East 42nd Street, Suite 2540
      New York, NY 10165
      Telephone: (212) 317-1200
      E-mail: Michael@Faillacelaw.com


EDISON INT'L: Andrews & Springer Files Securities Class Suit
------------------------------------------------------------
Andrews & Springer LLC, a boutique securities class action law
firm focused on representing shareholders nationwide, announced
that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed in the
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, on behalf of
investors of Edison International (NYSE:EIX) ("Edison" or the
"Company") that held shares between July 31, 2014 and June 24,
2015 (the "Class Period"). Those who purchased Edison securities
during the Class Period had until September 4, 2015, to request
that the Court appoint them lead plaintiff of the proposed class.

A copy of the complaint is available from the Court or from
Andrews & Springer LLC. If you would like to join the class
action, please visit our website or contact Craig J. Springer,
Esq. at cspringer@andrewsspringer.com, or call toll free at 1-800-
423-6013. You may also follow us on LinkedIn -
www.linkedin.com/company/andrews-&-springer-llc, Twitter -
www.twitter.com/AndrewsSpringer or Facebook -
www.facebook.com/AndrewsSpringer for future updates.

NO CLASS HAS YET BEEN CERTIFIED IN THE ABOVE ACTION. UNTIL A CLASS
IS CERTIFIED, YOU ARE NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL UNLESS YOU RETAIN
ONE. YOU MAY ALSO REMAIN AN ABSENT CLASS MEMBER AND DO NOTHING AT
THIS POINT. YOU MAY RETAIN COUNSEL OF YOUR CHOICE.

The lawsuit alleges that Edison made false and misleading
statements about the Company's business, operational and
compliance policies. In particular, the complaint alleges that:
(i) Edison's ex parte contacts with CPUC decision makers were more
extensive than the Company had reported to CPUC; (ii) that belated
disclosure of Edison's ex parte contacts with the California
Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") personnel would jeopardize
the Company's $3.3 billion dollar San Onofre Nuclear Generating
Station ("SONGS") Settlement; and (iii) as a result of the above,
the Company's financial statements were materially false and
misleading at all relevant times.

On June 22, 2015, the law firm Strumwasser & Woocher released an
independent report commissioned by the CPUC in connection with a
review of ex parte meetings between utility lobbyists or
executives and CPUC decision makers (the "Strumwasser Report").
The Strumwasser Report described such ex parte meetings as
frequent, pervasive, and at least sometimes outcome-determinative,
and recommended banning them altogether in rate cases.

On June 24, 2015, the Utility Reform Network ("TURN") filed an
application with the CPUC that charged Edison's largest
subsidiary, Southern California Edison ("SCE"), with fraud by
concealment and urged the CPUC to set aside the SONGS Settlement
and reopen its investigation.

As a result, Edison executives caused Edison securities to trade
at artificially inflated prices by improperly concealing this
information.

On this news, shares of Edison declined $1.56 per share or over
2.70%, to close at $56.07 on June 24, 2015.

If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no
later than September 4, 2015. A lead plaintiff is a representative
party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the
litigation. If you wish to join the litigation, or to discuss your
rights or interests regarding this class action, please contact
Craig J. Springer, Esq. at cspringer@andrewsspringer.com, or call
toll free at 1-800-423-6013. You may also follow us on LinkedIn -
www.linkedin.com/company/andrews-&-springer-llc, Twitter -
www.twitter.com/AndrewsSpringer or Facebook -
www.facebook.com/AndrewsSpringer for future updates.

Andrews & Springer is a boutique securities class action law firm
representing shareholders nationwide who are victims of securities
fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty or corporate misconduct. Having
formerly defended some of the largest financial institutions in
the world, our founding members use their valuable knowledge,
experience, and superior skill for the sole purpose of achieving
positive results for investors. These traits are the hallmarks of
our innovative approach to each case our Firm decides to
prosecute. For more information please visit our website at
www.andrewsspringer.com

Craig J. Springer, Esq
Andrews & Springer LLC
3801 Kennett Pike #305, Wilmington, DE 19807
1-800-423-6013
cspringer@andrewsspringer.com
www.andrewsspringer.com.


EDISON INT'L: Bronstein Gewirtz Files Securities Class Suit
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Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC, reminds investors that a
securities class action has been filed in the United States
District Court for the Southern District of California on behalf
of those who purchased shares of Edison International during the
period between July 31, 2014 and June 24, 2015 inclusive. (the
"Class Period").

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, defendants
made materially false and misleading statements regarding the
Company's business, operational and compliance policies.
Specifically, defendants made false and/or misleading statements
and/or failed to disclose that: (i) Edison's ex parte contacts
with CPUC decision makers were more extensive than the Company had
reported to CPUC; (ii) that belated disclosure of Edison's ex
parte contacts with CPUC personnel would jeopardize the Company's
$3.3 billion dollar SONGS Settlement; and (iii) as a result of the
above, the Company's financial statements were materially false
and misleading at all relevant times.

No Class has yet been certified in the above action. If you wish
to review a copy of the Complaint, to discuss this action, or have
any questions, please contact Peretz Bronstein, Esq. or his
Investor Relations Coordinator Eitan Kimelman of Bronstein,
Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC at 212-697-6484 or via email
info@bgandg.com. Those who inquire by e-mail are encouraged to
include their mailing address and telephone number.  If you
suffered a loss in Edison International you have until September
4, 2015 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff.
Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you
serve as a lead plaintiff.

Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC is a corporate litigation
boutique.  Our primary expertise is the aggressive pursuit of
litigation claims on behalf of our clients.  In addition to
representing institutions and other investor plaintiffs in class
action security litigation, the firm's expertise includes general
corporate and commercial litigation, as well as securities
arbitration.

Peretz Bronstein, Esq.
Eitan Kimelman, Esq.
Bronstein, Gewirtz & Grossman, LLC
144 N Beverwyck Rd, Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
212-697-6484
info@bgandg.com


EL POLLO LOCO: Federman & Sherwood Files Securities Class Suit
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A class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District
Court for the Central District of California against El Pollo Loco
Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOCO). The complaint alleges violations of
federal securities laws, Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, including
allegations of issuing a series of material or false
misrepresentations to the market which had the effect of
artificially inflating the market price during the Class Period,
which is May 15, 2015 through August 13, 2015.

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all El Pollo Loco
Holdings, Inc. shareholders who purchased common stock during the
Class Period and are therefore a member of the Class as described
above. You may move the Court no later than, October 23, 2015 to
serve as a lead plaintiff for the entire Class. However, in order
to do so, you must meet certain legal requirements pursuant to the
Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

If you wish to discuss this action, obtain further information and
participate in this or any other securities litigation, or should
you have any questions or concerns regarding this notice or
preservation of your rights, please contact:

Robin Hester, Esq.
Federman & Sherwood
10205 North Pennsylvania Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73120
Telephone: 405.235.1560
Facsimile: 405.239.2112
http://www.federmanlaw.com/


EL POLLO LOCO: Rosen Law Firm Files Securities Class Suit
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The Rosen Law Firm, a global investor rights law firm, announces
that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of all
purchasers of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. securities from May 15,
2015 through August 13, 2015. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages
for El Pollo Loco investors under the federal securities laws.

According to the lawsuit, Defendants made false and/or misleading
statements and/or failed to disclose adverse information about El
Pollo Loco's business and prospects, including that traffic at El
Pollo Loco stores had declined substantially due to the removal of
value items from the restaurants' menu boards, and that
consequently, comparable store sales were not increasing at 3%,
much less the 3% to 5% the defendants had led investors to believe
they would grow in the second quarter of 2015.

On August 13, 2015, El Pollo issued a release revealing its second
quarter 2015 results, disclosing that system-wide comparable
restaurant sales had grown only 1.3% and reporting sales of just
$89.5 million. Shares fell from a close of $18.36 per share on
August 13, 2015, to a close of just $14.56 the following day.

The lawsuit seeks to recover losses for investors as a result of
the allegedly false and misleading statements.

If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no
later than October 23, 2015. A lead plaintiff is a representative
party acting on behalf of other class members in directing the
litigation. If you wish to join the litigation go to the firm's
website at http://www.rosenlegal.com/cases-706.htmlor to discuss
your rights or interests regarding this class action, please
contact Phillip Kim, Esq. or Kevin Chan, Esq. of The Rosen Law
Firm toll-free at 866-767-3653 or via e-mail at
pkim@rosenlegal.com or kchan@rosenlegal.com.

The Rosen Law Firm represents investors throughout the globe,
concentrating its practice in securities class actions and
shareholder derivative litigation.

Phillip Kim, Esq.
Kevin Chan, Esq.
The Rosen Law Firm
275 Madison Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10016
Phone:+1 978-474-0100
toll-free: 866-767-3653
pkim@rosenlegal.com
kchan@rosenlegal.com


FERRANDINO & SON: Faces "Devlin" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT
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Maria Devlin and Julie Thumm, individually and on behalf of all
persons similarly situated v. Ferrandino & Son, Inc., Case No.
2:15-cv-04976-NIQA (E.D. Penn., September 3, 2015), is brought
against the Defendant for failure to pay overtime wages in
violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

Headquartered in Audubon, Pennsylvania, Ferrandino & Son, Inc., is
a service supply chain management provider for more than 50,000
locations throughout the United States.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Shanon J. Carson, Esq.
      Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen, Esq.
      Alexandra K. Piazza, Esq.
      Camille Fundora, Esq.
      BERGER & MONTAGUW, PC
      1622 Locust Street
      Philadelphia, PA 19103
      Telephone: (215) 875-3000
      Facsimile: (215) 875-4604
      E-mail: scarcon@bm.net
              sschalman-bergen@bm.net
              apiazza@bm.net
              cfundora@bm.net


FOOD NATION: Recalls Sun Dried Tomato Products Due to Sulfites
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Food Nation Produce 47-05 Metropolitan Ave Ridgewood, NY 11385 is
recalling Western Beef packaged of Sun Dried Tomatoes, because it
may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe
sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious of life-
threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled Western Beef packaged of Sun Dried Tomatoes comes in
an un-coded, in a 16 oz. or 32 oz. plastic container and was sold
in Western Beef retail supermarkets in New York.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State
Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and
subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel
revealed the presence of sulfites in packages of Western Beef
packaged of Sun Dried Tomatoes. While sulfates are permitted in
the product when properly labeled, this product did not declare
sulfites on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of
sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions
in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain
sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more
of sulfites. Analysis of the Western Beef package of Sun Dried
Tomatoes revealed they contained 32.2 milligrams per serving.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this
problem. Consumers who have purchased Western Beef package of Sun
Dried Tomatoes should return it to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions may contact the company (718) 417-3370.

Pictures of the Recalled Products available at:
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm461376.htm


FORD MOTOR: Auto Companies Faces 'Keyless Ignition' Class Suit
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Palm Beach Post reported that a consumer class action suit against
10 automakers alleges the companies have known for years about the
dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning when keyless vehicles
continue to run after the drivers have left the car, taking their
key fobs with them, according to reports.

The issue identified in the lawsuit is that a driver can remove
the key fob from the vehicle, mistakenly leaving the car running
and emitting carbon monoxide. If the garage is attached to a home,
the mistake can be deadly.

The class action suit seeks to order Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda,
BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Kia to
install an automatic shutdown feature on the affected vehicles.

At least 13 carbon monoxide deaths have been reported in
connection with the defect, according to the suit.

The suit claims automakers have known about the defect since 2003
and could have prevented the deaths associated with the problem.

Previously, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
said it would establish a rule regarding the keyless ignition
safety issue by February 2015, but that ruling has been postponed
until 2016.


GENERAL MOTORS: Bledsoe Plaintiffs' Post-Judgment Bids Denied
-------------------------------------------------------------
Judge Robert E. Gerber of the United States Bankruptcy Court for
the Southern District of New York denied the reargument and other
post-judgment motions filed by Gary Peller Esq., on behalf of the
"Bledsoe Plaintiffs" in connection with litigation arising from
the announcement by General Motors LLC of the defects in its
ignition switches and the issuance by the court of two opinions in
connection with the controversy.

Mr. Peller moved: (a) to amend the Findings under Fed. R. Bankr.
P. 7052; (b) to alter or amend the Judgment, under Fed. R. Bankr.
P. 9023 (and, presumably, Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e)); (c) for relief
from the Judgment, under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9024; and (d) for
reargument, under S.D.N.Y. Local Bankruptcy Rule 9023-1.

Judge Gerber canvassed the submission in its entirety and found
that no material points other than those the court has already
specifically addressed were raised and had any merit.

The case is In re MOTORS LIQUIDATION COMPANY, et al., f/k/a
General Motors Corp., et al., Chapter 11, Debtors, CASE NO. 09-
50026 (REG)(JOINTLY ADMINISTERED) (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).

A full-text copy of Judge Gerber's July 22, 2015 decision and
order is available at http://is.gd/KXbZvNfrom Leagle.com

Bledsoe Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Gary Peller, Esq.
          GARY PELLER
          600 New Jersey Avenue N.W.
          Washington, DC 20001
          Tel: (202) 662-9122
          Email: peller@law.georgetown.edu

General Motors LLC (New GM) is represented by:

          Arthur J. Steinberg, Esq.
          Scott I. Davidson, Esq.
          KING & SPALDING LLP
          1185 Avenue of the Americas
          New York, NY 10036
          Tel: (212) 556-2100
          Fax: (212) 556-2222
          Email: asteinberg@kslaw.com
                 sdavidson@kslaw.com


GENERAL MOTORS: Bids to Withdraw Reference Allowed to Proceed
-------------------------------------------------------------
Judge Robert E. Gerber of the United States Bankruptcy Court for
the Southern District of New York construed and enforced a June 1,
2015 judgment upon the request of General Motors LLC ("New GM"),
but not in the way New GM advocated.  Judge Gerber concluded that
motions to withdraw the reference may proceed without interference
by the bankruptcy court.

New GM moved for an order to enforce the stay imposed by the June
1 judgment implementing Judge Gerber's April 2015 decision
addressing litigation flowing from New GM's announcement of a
defect in ignition switches that had been installed in certain GM
branded cars.  More specifically, New GM sought to apply the
judgment's stay against litigation in other courts to enjoin the
plaintiffs with whom it is litigating in the MDL and elsewhere
from pursuing a withdrawal of the reference of matters that would
come before the bankruptcy court under the judgment.

Judge Gerber found that the judgment's most specific language,
embodying the exclusive jurisdiction on which New GM relies,
grants exclusive jurisdiction only "to the fullest extent
permissible under law..."  Thus, the judge concluded that he
needed to construe the judgment in a fashion to avoid the
constitutional infirmity that would otherwise result -- and that
required construing the judgment so as not to block motions to
withdraw the reference.

The case is In re MOTORS LIQUIDATION COMPANY, et al., f/k/a
General Motors Corp., et al. Chapter 11 Debtors, CASE NO. 09-50026
(REG) (JOINTLY ADMINISTERED) (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.).

A full-text copy of Judge Gerber's August 1e, 2015 bench decision
and order is available at http://is.gd/6PGk8yfrom Leagle.com.

General Motors LLC (New GM) is represented by:

          Arthur J. Steinberg, Esq.
          Scott Davidson, Esq.
          KING & SPALDING LLP
          1185 Avenue of the Americas
          New York, NY 10036
          Tel: (212) 556-2100
          Fax: (212) 556-2222
          Email: asteinberg@kslaw.com
                 sdavidson@kslaw.com

Economic Loss Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Edward S. Weisfelner, Esq.
          BROWN RUDNICK
          7 Times Square
          New York, NY 10036
          Tel: (212) 209-4800
          Fax: (212) 209-4801
          Email: eweisfelner@brownrudnick.com

            -- and --

          Sander L. Esserman, Esq.
          STUTZMAN, BROMBERG, ESSERMAN & PLIFKA, P.C.
          2323 Bryan Street, Suite 2200
          Dallas, TX 75201-2689
          Tel: (214) 969-4900
          Fax: (214) 969-4999
          Email: esserman@sbep-law.com

States of California and Arizona are represented by:

          Steve W. Berman, Esq.
          HAGENS BERMAN SOBOL SHAPIRO LLP
          1918 Eight Ave., Suite 3300
          Seattle, WA 98101
          Tel: (206) 623-7292
          Fax: (206) 623-0594
          Email: steve@hbsslaw.com

State of California is represented by:

          Mark P. Robinson Jr., Esq.
          ROBINSON CALCAGNIE ROBINSON SHAPIRO DAVIS, INC.
          19 Corporate Plaza Drive
          Newport Beach, CA 92660
          Tel: (949) 720-1288
          Fax: (949) 720-1292


GOODYEAR TIRE: Sued in Cal. Over Inaccurate Wages Statements
------------------------------------------------------------
Sunil Prasad, on behalf of himself and others similarly situated
v. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and Does 1 through 10, Case
No. RG15784470 (D. Cal., September 3, 2015), is brought against
the Defendants for failure to provide accurate and complete wage
statements.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is an Ohio Corporation and is
one of the world's largest tire manufacturers.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Kevin F. Woodall, Esq.
      WOODALL LAW OFFICES
      100 Pine Street, Suite 1250
      San Francisco, CA 94111
      Telephone: (415) 413-4629
      Facsimile: (866) 937-4109
      E-mail: kevin@kwoodalllaw.com


HAL COLLUMS: Faces "Lopez" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Rene Lopez and Jose Moran, on behalf of themselves and other
persons similarly situated v. Hal Collums Construction LLC,
Central City Millworks, LLC, and Hal Collums, Case No. 2:15-cv-
04113 (E.D. La., September 3, 2015), is brought against the
Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages for all hours work in
excess of 40 hours a workweek.

The Defendants are in the business of commercial and residential
construction in Louisiana.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Roberto Luis Costales, Esq.
      3801 Canal Street, Suite 207
      New Orleans, LA 70119
      Telephone: (504) 914-1048
      Facsimile: (504) 273-2956
      E-mail: costaleslawoffice@gmail.com

         - and -

      William H. Beaumont, Esq.
      3801 Canal Street, Suite 207
      New Orleans, LA 70119
      Telephone: (504) 483-8008
      E-mail: whbeaumont@gmail.com


HONEST COMPANY: Faces "Rubin"  Suit Over Product Misbranding
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Jonathan D. Rubin, individually and on behalf of all those
similarly situated v. The Honest Company, Inc., Case No. 3:15-cv-
04036-EDL (N.D. Cal., September 3, 2015), arises out of the
Defendant's alleged deceptive and misleading labeling and
marketing of Honest Hand Soap, Honest Dish Soap, Honest Diapers,
Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner and Honest Sunscreen as both natural
and effective, when in fact, Honest Hand Soap, Honest Dish Soap,
Honest Diapers, and Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner contain unnatural
ingredients, and Honest Sunscreen is ineffective.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, The Honest Company,
Inc. operates a consumer goods company that markets its Products
online through the website Honest.com and operates an active
storefront on Amazon.com selling the Products.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Nicholas A. Carlin, Esq.
      Conor H. Kennedy, Esq.
      PHILLIPS, ERLEWINE, GIVEN & CARLIN LLP
      The Presidio
      39 Mesa Street, Suite 201
      San Francisco, CA 94129
      Telephone: (415) 398-0900
      Facsimile: (415) 398-0911
      E-mail: nac@phillaw.com
              chk@phillaw.com


JIM'S ANTIQUES: "O'Brien" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime
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Patrick O'Brien v. Jim's Antiques Ltd. of N.J. Inc. and James
Alterman, Case No. 9:15-cv-81256-RLR (S.D. Fla., September 3,
2015), seeks to recover unpaid overtime wages, liquidated damages
or pre-judgment interest, post-judgment interest, reasonable
attorney's fee and costs pursuant to the Fair Labor Standard Act.

The Defendants own and operate an antique store in Florida.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Brian J. Militzok, Esq.
      MILITZOK LAW, P.A.
      4600 Sheridan Street, Suite 402
      Hollywood, FL 33021
      Telephone: (954) 780-8228
      Facsimile: (954) 719-4016
      E-mail: bjm@militzoklaw.com


KENKLEEN CORP: "Rios" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime Wages
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Modesto Cortes Rios v. Kenkleen Corp., Kenneth Kinzer, and
Zachary Kinzer, Case No. 1:15-cv-05151 (E.D.N.Y., September 3,
2015), seeks to recover unpaid overtime wages and damages pursuant
to the Fair Labor Standard Act.

The Defendants operate a dry cleaning and laundry service with two
locations, at 175 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, and at
109 Front Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Adam Braverman, Esq.
      BRAVERMAN LAW, PC
      450 Seventh Avenue, 13th Floor
      New York, NY 10123
      Telephone: (212) 206-8166
      E-mail: abraerman@bravermanc.com


KING MANAGEMENT: "Rayos" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid Overtime
--------------------------------------------------------------
Janessa Rayos v. King Management Company, Inc., Gunterville Hotel
Corporation, Chrys King and Bill King, Case No. 4:15-cv-01520-SGC
(N.D. Ala., September 3, 2015), seeks to recover unpaid overtime
wages and damages pursuant to the Fair Labor Standard Act.

The Defendants operate Aqua Restaurant, in Guntersville, Alabama.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Daniel E. Arciniegas, Esq.
      Rachel McGinley, Esq.
      Patrick L. Pantazis, Esq.
      WIGGINS, CHILDS, PANTAZIS, FISHER, & GOLDFARB, LLC
      The Kress Building
      301 19th Street North
      Birmingham, AL 35203
      Telephone: (205) 314-0500
      E-mail: dea@wigginschilds.com
              rmcginley@wigginschilds.com
              dgp@wigginschilds.com


LA CANASTA: Faces "Reyes" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime Wages
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Dario Jose Jarquin Reyes and all others similarly situated v. La
Canasta Latina Corp., Roberta K. Chavez, Case No. 1:15-cv-23333-
DPG (S.D. Fla., September 3, 2015), is brought against the
Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages for work performed in
excess of 40 hours weekly.

La Canasta Latina Corp. owns and operates a convenience store in
Dade County, Florida.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      J.H. Zidell, Esq.
      J.H. ZIDELL, P.A.
      300 71st Street, Suite 605
      Miami Beach, FL 33141
      Telephone: (305) 865-6766
      Facsimile: (305) 865-7167
      E-mail: zabogado@aol.com


LBS PETROLEUM: DaSilva Law Firm Files Securities Class Suit
-----------------------------------------------------------
The Law Offices of Rodrigo S. Da Silva, P.A. announces that it has
filed a putative class action suit on behalf of LBS Petroleum, LLC
("Plaintiff") in the United States District Court for the Southern
District of Florida, Case No.: 1:15-cv-22880-UU on behalf of
purchasers of membership interests in Global Energy Acquisitions,
LLC, Demir Energy, LLC, GEA Exploration Fund I, LLC, GEA
Exploration Fund II, LLC, GEA Exploration Fund III, LLC, and GEA
Exploration Fund IV, LLC's (collectively, the "Oil Venture
Entities") (during the period of March 2010 through August 2015
(the "Class Period").

The second amended complaint alleges that the Oil Venture Entities
and its CEO Tulga Demir with the assistance of Rachael Robinson
and others engaged in violations of the Securities Exchange Act of
1934, the Securities Act of 1933 and the federal regulations
promulgated thereunder.

The second amended complaint alleges that defendants made false
and misleading statements about the qualifications of the
principals and financial condition of Oil Venture Entities,
including how the investors' funds were to be used by these said
entities.

The second amended complaint alleges, among other things, that
Tulga Demir embezzled the vast majority of the investors' funds to
finance his lifestyle and converted the vast majority of the
investors' share of revenues generated from the sale of crude oil
to local companies in the state of Kentucky, like Barrett Oil
Purchasing, Inc.

The second amended complaint also alleges that the securities sold
by Oil Venture Entities were unregistered because few, if any, of
the investors met the standard of accredited investors as defined
by Regulation D.

The second amended complaint also alleges that Rachael Robinson
aided and abetted Tulga Demir by soliciting investors and moving
funds embezzled by Tulga Demir through her PayPal account(s).

Plaintiff seeks to recover damages on behalf of all purchasers of
the Oil Venture Entities' membership interests during the Class
Period.

Generally, a pendency notice must be filed 20 days after the
filing of a case to offer any investor affected the opportunity to
be a lead plaintiff in the case.

If you are a member of the Class described above, you may, no
later than 60 days from, move the court to serve as lead plaintiff
of the Class, if you so choose. In order to serve as lead
plaintiff, however, you must meet certain legal requirements. If
you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning
this notice or your rights or interests, please contact
plaintiff's counsel, Rodrigo S. Da Silva of Law Offices of Rodrigo
S. Da Silva, P.A. at (305) 615-1434 or via e-mail at
rodrigo(at)rdasilvalaw(dot)com.

Rodrigo S. Da Silva, Esq.
Law Offices of Rodrigo S. Da Silva, P.A.
1001 Brickell Bay Drive, 9th Floor, Miami,FL 33131
Tel:(305) 615-1434
Fax: (305) 615-1435
Cell: (917) 613-8799
E-mail: rodrigo@rdasilvalaw.com


LEGEND ENERGY: Faces "Booker" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
---------------------------------------------------------------
Chris Booker, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Legend Energy Services, LLC, Case No. 1:15-cv-01909-
MEH (D. Colo., September 3, 2016), is brought against the
Defendant for failure to pay overtime wages in violation of the
Fair Labor Standard Act.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Legend Energy Services,
LLC, operates a commercial support service company.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Don J. Foty, Esq.
      KENNEDY HODGES, L.L.P.
      711W. Alabama St.
      Houston, TX 77006
      Telephone: (713) 523-0001
      Facsimile: (713) 523-1116
      E-mail: dfoty@kennedyhodges.com


LINCOLN NATIONAL: Sued in Ind. Over Disability Insurance Policy
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Lanisa Kelly, individually and on behalf of all similarly situated
individuals v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, Case No.
4:15-cv-00126-TWP-TAB (S.D. Ind., September 3, 2015), seeks legal,
equitable and pecuniary damages relating to the Defendant's
actions in the administration of a group long term disability
insurance policy, systemic reduction of insurance benefits by
Social Security disability benefits and denial of benefits.

Lincoln National Life Insurance Company is an Indiana corporation
that operates an insurance company.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Michael D. Grabhorn, Esq.
      Andrew M. Grabhorn, Esq.
      GRABHORN LAW OFFICE, PLLC
      2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite 107
      Louisville, KY 40223
      Telephone: (502) 244-9331
      Facsimile: (502) 244-9334
      E-mail: m.grabhorn@grabhornlaw.com
              a.grabhorn@grabhornlaw.com


M&B LOUNGE: Faces "Simpson" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Tynisha Simpson, individually and on behalf of all others
similarly situated v. M&B Lounge, LP, Roberta-Claire, LLC, Leyla
Measho, Freddie Muk, and Ebot Mbi, Case No. 3:15-cv-02899-M (N.D.
Tex., September 3, 2015), is brought against the Defendants for
failure to pay overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor
Standard Act.

The Defendants run a restaurant and bar in Texas.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      J. Derek Braziel, Esq.
      J. Forester, Esq.
      LEE & BRAZIEL, L.L.P.
      1801 N. Lamar Street, Suite 325
      Dallas, TX 75202
      Telephone: (214) 749-1400
      Facsimile: (214) 749-1010
      E-mail: www.overtimelawyer.com


MASTEC NORTH: "Neary" Suit Seeks to Recover Unpaid OT Wages
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Francis Neary, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated v. Mastec North America, Inc., Jose R. Mas, George L.
Pita, and Christopher Tremblay, Case No. 15-2650H (D. Mass.,
September 3, 2015), seeks to recover unpaid overtime wages and
damages pursuant to the Fair Labor Standard Act.

The Defendants are in the business of installing security and home
automation systems for residential and commercial purposes.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Philip J. Gordon, Esq.
      Kristen M. Hurley, Esq.
      GORDON LAW GROUP, LLP
      585 Boylston Street
      Boston, MA 02116
      Telephone: (617) 536-1800
      E-mail: pgordon@gordonllp.com
              khurley@gordonllp.com

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      Michael T. Marshall, Esq.
      THE MARSHALL LAW FIRM
      745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor
      Boston, MA 02111
      Telephone: (617) 903-7483
      E-mail: Michael@MLBoston.com


MDC PARTNERS: September 29 Lead Plaintiff Bid Deadline
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The Law Offices of Vincent Wong announce that a class action
lawsuit has been commenced in the USDC for the Southern District
of New York on behalf of investors who purchased MDC Partners Inc.
(NASDAQ:MDCA) securities between September 24, 2013 and April 27,
2015.

Click here to learn about the case: http://docs.wongesq.com/MDCA-
Info-Request-Form-865. There is no cost or obligation to you.

According to the complaint, throughout the Class Period defendants
issues materially false and misleading statements and/or failed to
disclose material information. On April 27, 2015 the Company
announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March
31, 2015. The Company also announced that: (a) it had been
actively cooperating with an SEC investigation relating to the
reimbursement of expenses incurred by CEO Miles Nadal; (b) that
Mr. Nadal had agreed to reimburse the Company $8.6 million, (c)
during the quarter ended March 31, 2015, the Company incurred
approximately $5.8 million in legal fees and other related
expenses relating to the inquiry; and (d) the Company reassigned
its CFO, Michael Sabatino, to a new role in the Company.

If you suffered a loss in MDC Partners you have until September
29, 2015 to request that the Court appoint you as lead plaintiff.
Your ability to share in any recovery doesn't require that you
serve as a lead plaintiff. To obtain additional information,
contact Vincent Wong, Esq. either via email vw@wongesq.com, by
telephone at 212.425.1140, or visit http://docs.wongesq.com/MDCA-
Info-Request-Form-865.

Vincent Wong, Esq.
The Law Offices of Vincent Wong
39 East Broadway Suite 304 New York, NY 10002
Tel. 212.425.1140
Fax. 866.699.3880
E-Mail: www.wongesq.com/


NATIONAL FOOTBALL: Faces Jammers Suit Over NFL Sunday Games
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Jammers, Inc. d/b/a/ Flight's Restaurant / Flight's Beer Bar,
individually, and on behalf of all others similarly situated v.
National Football League, Inc., NFL Enterprises LLC, DirecTv, LLC,
and DirecTv Holdings LLC, Case No. 2:15-cv-06959 (C.D. Cal.,
September 3, 2015), arises from the Defendants' alleged unlawful
agreement to restrict the output of, and raise the prices for, the
live broadcast of National Football League Sunday afternoon out of
market games.

National Football League, Inc. an unincorporated association of 32
American professional football teams in the United States.

NFL Enterprises, LLC was organized to hold the broadcast rights of
the 32 NFL teams and license them to providers and other
broadcasters.

DirecTV Holdings, LLC is a Delaware Limited Liability Company and
has its principal place of business at 2230 East Imperial Highway,
El Segundo, California. DirecTV is a direct broadcast satellite
service provider and broadcaster.

DirecTV, LLC is a California Limited Liability Company that has
its principal place of business at 2230 East Imperial Highway, El
Segundo, California. DirecTV, LLC issues bills to its subscribers.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Caleb Marker, Esq.
      ZIMMERMAN REED, LLP
      555 E. Ocean Blvd., Suite 500
      Long Beach, CA 90802
      Telephone: (877) 500-8780
      Facsimile: (877) 500-8781
      E-mail: caleb.marker@zimmreed.com

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      Brian C. Gudmundson, Esq.
      Jason R. Lee, Esq.
      ZIMMERMAN REED, LLP
      1100 IDS Center, 80 South 8th Street
      Minneapolis, MN 55402
      Telephone: (612) 341-0400
      Facsimile: (612) 341-0844
      E-mail: brian.gudmundson@zimmreed.com
              Jason.lee@zimmreed.com

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      Arthur M. Murray, Esq.
      MURRAY LAW FIRM
      650 Poydras Street, Suite 2150
      New Orleans, LO 70130
      Telephone: (504) 525-8100
      Facsimile: (504) 584-5249
      E-mail: amurray@murray-lawfirm.com


NAUTICA TRANSPORT: Faces "Diaz" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Isaac Diaz and all others similarly situated v. Nautica Transport
Inc. and Hary Sardinas, Case No. 1:15-cv-23337-CMA (S.D. Fla.,
September 3, 2015), is brought against the Defendants for failure
to pay overtime wages for work performed in excess of 40 hours
weekly.

The Defendants own and operate a trucking company that regularly
transacts business within Dade County, Florida.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      J.H. Zidell, Esq.
      J.H. ZIDELL, P.A.
      300 71st Street, Suite 605
      Miami Beach, FL 33141
      Telephone: (305) 865-6766
      Facsimile: (305) 865-7167
      E-mail: zabogado@aol.com


NESTLE INDIA: Will Try to Bring Back Maggi By Year End
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Suresh Narayanan, writing for The Economic Times, reported that
bolstered by the Bombay High Court order overturning ban on Maggi,
Nestle India plans to bring back the popular instant noodles back
in the market by end of this year subject to certain clearances.

The company, which has taken a hit of INR450 crore, including
destroying over 30,000 tonnes of the instant noodles since June
when it was banned because of alleged excessive lead content, says
it will continue with the existing formula of the product and not
change the ingredients.

"We will try and target something that is better than that. My
desire is to do it before that but let's see," Nestle India
Managing Director Suresh Narayanan told PTI in an interaction when
asked whether Maggi noodles could be back in the market by start
of the next year.

He said as per court directives, this quarter it would go in for
testing of Maggi samples at three independent laboratories in
Punjab, Hyderabad and Jaipur which are accredited with National
Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories
(NABL).

"By the time we get everything done (all clearances), it will be
middle of September. I can tell you this quarter no, unlikely.
Subsequent quarter, we will try (to bring back Maggi)," Narayanan
said.

He said the company has to test the Maggi samples within six weeks
and after that it would start manufacturing and then the noodles
would be tested again.

Asked whether the recent problems would make the company change
ingredients of the instant noodles, Narayanan replied in the
negative saying "what has worked for 30 years" must work in future
too, although the company would continue to work on innovation and
add more variants in future.

Acknowledging that the ban has 'dented' the company, Narayanan
said the company has to win back consumer confidence and will
"spend aggressively" on rebuilding the brand from a "zero" level
through customer engagement activities and advertisements.

When asked if the company would consider seeking damages from food
regulators on the back of Bombay High Court judgement, Narayanan
remained non-committal said the company's focus would be to bring
back Maggi as soon as possible, look ahead and move on while
working together with authorities.

The Consumer Affairs Ministry has filed a class action suit
against Nestle India seeking about INR640 crore in damages for
alleged unfair trade practices, false labeling and misleading
advertisements.

It was for the first time that the ministry dragged a company to
the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) using
a provision in the nearly three-decade-old Consumer Protection
Act.

Narayanan said the company was confident of defending itself as it
has done in the Bombay High Court, which lifted the ban imposed by
food regulators on Maggi noodles while ordering a fresh test of
samples in three independent laboratories across India.

Nestle India had reported a standalone loss of INR64.40 crore for
the quarter ended June 30, 2015, its first quarterly loss in over
three decades. It had posted a net profit of INR287.86 crore
during the April-June quarter of FY 2014-15.

On questions raised by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of
India (FSSAI) that why did Nestle destroy Maggi if it was safe and
not export it, he said: "There was some confusion in the mind of
consumers. We took a call that consumer trust is most important
for us, we will withdraw everything. Once you withdraw what do you
do do? Either you change the packaging and put it back in the
market or you destroy it."

He said a lot of consumers at some stage had started asking the
question about monosodium glutamate (MSG) as to whether it is an
added chemical or does it occur naturally.

"We explained that glutamic acid naturally exists in a lot of food
products. We don't add it as a chemical or additive," he said.

On allegations of difference in Maggi's export and domestic
consumption quality, Narayanan said: "Difference in exported
product and Indian product is only of packaging. It is very
difficult to export (Maggi meant for consumption in India) as the
packaging is different in every country."

Narayanan had earlier stated that Nestle India would consider
introducing new products, including those under the Maggi brand,
while looking to drive growth of other categories with increased
advertising spending, as it looks to overcome the setback from the
ban on its flagship instant noodles.

In June, the FSSAI had banned Maggi noodles saying it was "unsafe
and hazardous" for consumption after finding lead levels beyond
permissible limits. The company had withdrawn the instant noodles
from the market.


NEW FIGUEROA: Sued Over Failure to Provide Workers Rest Period
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Jacob Misael Vasquez Guzman, an individual, and all other
similarly situated v. The New Figueroa Hotel, Inc. and Does 1
through 50, Case No. BC593678 (D. Cal., September 3, 2015), is
brought against the Defendant for failure to provide rest periods
in violation of the California Labor Code.

The Defendants own and operate the Hotel Figueroa, located at 939
South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Omid Nosrati, Esq.
      Tatiana Toroyan, Esq.
      THE LAW OFFICE OF OMID NOSRATI
      1875 Century Park East, 6th Floor
      Los Angeles, CA 90067
      Telephone: (310) 553-5630
      Facsimile: (310) 553-5691
      E-mail: omid@nosratilaw.com
              tatiana@nosratilaw.com


NORTHWEST BIO: Pomerantz LLP Files Securities Class Suit
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Pomerantz LLP announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed
against Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc. ("Northwest
Biotherapeutics" or the "Company") and certain of its officers.

The class action, filed in United States District Court, District
of Maryland, Greenbelt Division, and docketed under 8:15-cv-02532,
is on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who
purchased Northwest Biotherapeutics securities between March 8,
2013 and August 20, 2015 inclusive (the "Class Period"). This
class action seeks to recover damages against Defendants for
alleged violations of the federal securities laws under the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act").

If you are a shareholder who purchased Northwest Biotherapeutics
securities during the Class Period, you have until October 26,
2015 to ask the Court to appoint you as Lead Plaintiff for the
class.  A copy of the Complaint can be obtained at
www.pomerantzlaw.com. To discuss this action, contact Robert S.
Willoughby at rswilloughby@pomlaw.com or 888.476.6529 (or 888.4-
POMLAW), toll free, ext. 9980. Those who inquire by e-mail are
encouraged to include their mailing address, telephone number, and
number of shares purchased.

Northwest Biotherapeutics, a development stage biotechnology
company, discovers and develops immunotherapy products to treat
cancers in the United States and internationally.

The Company is involved in the development of DCVax, a platform
technology that uses activated dendritic cells to mobilize a
patient's own immune system to attack cancer. The Company's
products include DCVax-L, a brain and ovarian cancer treatment
currently undergoing a Phase III trial in Germany (the "DCVax-L
Trial"); DCVax-Direct, a treatment for various types of inoperable
solid tumor cancers currently undergoing Phase I/II clinical trial
(the "DCVax-Direct Trial"); and DCVax-Prostate, a treatment for
late-stage hormone-independent prostate cancer.

The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants
made false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to
disclose material adverse facts about the Company's business,
operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants made false
and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (i)
the Company's claims regarding positive results from its DCVax-
Direct Trial were based on preliminary and unconfirmed trial
results; (ii) the DCVax-Direct Trial results on which the Company
reported had not been reviewed or analyzed by the hospitals
conducting the trials; (iii) the Company's statements about DCVax-
Direct were derived from patient case report forms, which the
hospitals were obliged to send to the Company only because it
sponsored the study; (iv) the Company was the subject of an
aggressive stock promotion campaign which included promoters using
fictitious identities and false credentials; (v) German regulators
required additional information from the Company in order for the
Company's DCVax-L Trial to continue uninterrupted; and (vi) as a
result of the above, the Company's financial statements were
materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

On June 19, 2014, The Street.com reported that MD Anderson had
issued a stern rebuke to Northwest Bio for making promotional,
unjustified claims about results from the ongoing clinical trial
of DCVax-Direct.

On this news, Northwest Biotherapeutics securities declined $1.79
per share, or almost 20%, on unusually heavy trading volume, to
close at $7.18 per share on June 19, 2014.

On July 7, 2014, a report published on SeekingAlpha.com stated
that "Northwest Bio has been the subject of a massive promotional
campaign which has seen the [Company's] stock price soar" and that
"in some cases, authors have used fictitious identities and fake
credentials within healthcare or finance.  In fact, they are
simply paid writers."

On this news, Northwest Biotherapeutics securities declined $0.43
per share, or more than 6%, to close at $6.71 on July 7, 2014.

On August 21, 2015, pre-market, news broke that the Company's
Phase 3 DCVax-L brain cancer treatment clinical trial in Germany
was temporarily suspended.  Later on the same day, the Company
stated that new screening of patient candidates for the trial had
been temporarily suspended while the Company submitted certain
information from the trial for regulatory review.

On this news, Northwest Biotherapeutics securities fell $1.92, or
2.16%, to close at $6.96 on August 21, 2015.

The Pomerantz Firm, with offices in New York, Chicago, Florida,
and Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the premier firms in
the areas of corporate, securities, and antitrust class
litigation. Founded by the late Abraham L. Pomerantz, known as the
dean of the class action bar, the Pomerantz Firm pioneered the
field of securities class actions. More than 70 years later, the
Pomerantz Firm continues in the tradition he established, fighting
for the rights of the victims of securities fraud, breaches of
fiduciary duty, and corporate misconduct. The Firm has recovered
numerous multimillion-dollar damages awards on behalf of class
members.

Robert S. Willoughby, Esq.
Pomerantz LLP
rswilloughby@pomlaw.com
600 Third Avenue New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212.661.1100 or 1.888.4.POMLAW
Fax: 212.661.8665
http://pomerantzlawfirm.com/


OKLAHOMA: Couple Files Class Suit Over Indian Child Welfare Act
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Randy Ellis, writing for Tulsa World, reported that an Oklahoma
couple has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the
constitutionality of portions of the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare
Act.

The couple specifically objects to provisions of the Oklahoma act
that permit tribes to intervene in private, voluntary adoption
cases involving Indian children.

Under the Oklahoma law, tribes are allowed to intervene -- even
when both birth parents oppose tribal intervention and have agreed
on who they want as adoptive parents for their child.

"It's nobody's business who is involved in the adoption and they
shouldn't have to give anybody any notice and run the risk of
having all their personal information exposed to other people,"
said Tulsa attorney Paul Swain, who represents the couple in the
lawsuit filed in Tulsa federal court.

The couple contends that people of Indian descent, just like non-
Indians, should have a right to privacy in voluntary adoption
cases and that the state law giving tribes the authority to
intervene violates their constitutional rights to due process and
equal protection under the law.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Cherokee Nation
Attorney General Todd Hembree are listed as defendants in the
lawsuit because of their official positions.

Chrissi Nimmo, assistant attorney general for the Cherokee Nation,
said the tribe believes it is important for tribes to have a voice
in adoptions of Indian children and it plans to vigorously defend
the law.

The Cherokee Nation is a government and has an interest in what
happens to its citizens, just like the State of Oklahoma has an
interest in what happens to its residents, she said.

"In addition, we have a history that led to the Indian Child
Welfare Act of children being removed from their tribes and their
families," Nimmo said. "Even in voluntary placements, there's a
long history where young mothers were coerced by adoption agencies
to place their children for adoption because there was an attitude
that a child would be much better off with a middle class or upper
middle class home than to be raised by a young Indian mother."

Nimmo said the Cherokee Nation likes to be notified early when a
tribal member wants to put a child up for adoption so that the
tribe can work with the birth parents to identify prospective
Indian adoptive parents agreeable to all, before other
arrangements have been made.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has previously upheld the
constitutionality of the Oklahoma act, she said.

A spokesman for Pruitt said he had not yet seen the lawsuit.

The lawsuit uses fictitious names to identify both the birth
parents and prospective adoptive parents to protect their
identities. The birth couple, who are both 18 and unmarried, are
referred to as Jane and John Doe, while the prospective adoptive
parents are referred to as Richard and Mary Roe.

"After discussing the matter with their counsel, Jane and John Doe
became incensed that the Cherokee Nation would have any right to
interfere with the adoption plan . . .  which they had agonized
over for many months," the lawsuit states.

Although the birth mother is enrolled in the Cherokee Nation, the
birth father is not and neither birth parent grew up following
tribal traditions or participating in tribal events, the lawsuits
says.

"They do not know anything about the Cherokee culture and heritage
and, at this point, they have no interest in learning about those
subjects," the lawsuit states.

The prospective adoptive father is enrolled in the Cherokee
Nation, but the prospective adoptive mother is not enrolled in an
Indian tribe, according to the lawsuit.

"Jane and John Doe are also adamant that they do not want the
Cherokee Nation put on notice regarding Baby Doe's adoption," the
lawsuit says. "This notice will result in word spreading in the
tribal offices of their adoption plan in violation of their
privacy rights and if the tribe seeks out alternate placements,
then others in the tribal community will learn of their adoption
plan and John and Jane Doe feel that the decisions that they have
made for their child are confidential and are not the proper
subject for discussions among tribal members.

"This will result in embarrassment and immense pressure to deviate
from what Jane and John Doe have determined to be the best
decision for Baby Doe."

The lawsuit states that the initial couple that the birth parents
selected to serve as adoptive parents "made the tearful decision
to withdraw from the adoption because they did not want to
experience the emotional turmoil of litigating an adoption case."

That couple was not of Indian descent, but had an adoption profile
that impressed the birth parents, who spent months building a
relationship with them, the lawsuit says.

The birth parents subsequently selected another couple as
prospective adoptive parents, and that couple joined them in
filing the federal lawsuit.

The Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act goes beyond the federal
Indian Child Welfare Act by granting tribes the right to intervene
in voluntary adoption cases, the lawsuit says.

The federal act gives tribes the right to intervene in cases where
there has been an involuntary termination of parental rights,
which can happen for a number of reasons including abandonment,
neglect, abuse or failure to provide financial support for a
child.

Under state law, when an Indian child is put up for adoption --
absent good cause to take other action -- preference is to be
given to a member of the child's extended family, other members of
the Indian child's tribe or other Indian families.

Both the state and federal Indian Child Welfare Acts were written
to halt a trend of huge numbers of American Indian children being
taken from their parents and placed with white foster or adoptive
parents because of cultural differences rather than actual abuse
or neglect.

The federal and state Indian Child Welfare Acts both have come
under attack recently in a number of court cases.

In May, the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled that contrary to
new Bureau of Indian Affairs guidelines, a judge can deviate from
child placement preference contained in the federal Indian Child
Welfare Act when such action is in the best interest of a child.

In July, the Goldwater Institute filed a class-action lawsuit in
Phoenix contending the federal Indian Child Welfare Act is
unconstitutional because it doesn't give Indian children the same
right that other children have to be placed in homes based on
their best interests, without regard to their race. That case is
pending.

The Oklahoma and federal Indian Child Welfare Acts frequently come
into play in Oklahoma foster child placement and adoption cases.
About 30 percent of the children in state care have American
Indian ancestry, according to a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma
Department of Human Services.


PANASONIC CORP: Faces MakersLED Suit Over Resistor-Price Fixing
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MakersLED LLC on behalf of itself and all others similarly
situated v. Panasonic Corporation, et al., Case No. 5:15-cv-04042
(N.D. Cal., September 3, 2015), arises from the Defendants' and
others' alleged unlawful combination, agreement and conspiracy to
inflate, fix, raise, maintain or artificially stabilize prices of
linear resistors sold in the United States.

Panasonic Corporation is a Japanese corporation with its principal
place of business located at 1006 Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi, Osaka
571-8501, Japan. Panasonic is one of the world's leading
manufacturers of resistors.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Joseph W. Cotchett, Esq.
      Steven N. Williams, Esq.
      Demetrius X. Lambrinos, Esq.
      Elizabeth T. Tran, Esq.
      Joyce Chang, Esq.
      COTCHETT, PITRE & McCARTHY, LLP
      840 Malcolm Road, Suite 200
      Burlingame, CA 94010
      Telephone: 650-697-6000
      Facsimile: 650-697-0577
      E-mail: jcotchett@cmplegal.com
              swillims@cmplegal.com
              dlambrinos@cmplegal.com
              etran@cmplegal.com
              jchang@cmplegal.com

         - and -

      W. Joseph Bruckner, Esq.
      Heidi M. Silton, Esq.
      Elizabeth R. Odette, Esq.
      Brian D. Clark, Esq.
      LOCKRIDGE GRINDAL NAUEN P.L.L.P.
      100 Washington Avenue South, Suite 2200
      Minneapolis, MN 55401
      Telephone: (612) 339-6900
      Facsimile: (612) 339-0981
      E-mail: wjbruckner@locklaw.com
              hmsilton@locklaw.com
              erodette@locklaw.com
              bdclark@locklaw.com


PAUL EDWARD KOCH: Court Dismisses Counterclaims in FDCPA Suit
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Senior District Judge William M. Nickerson of the United States
District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed Defendant's
counterclaims in the case, BRYANT MOORE et al. v. PAUL EDWARD
KOCH, II, Case No. WMN-15-620 (D. Md.).

Plaintiffs brought a potential class action under the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Maryland Consumer Debt
Collection Act and the Maryland Consumer Protection Act. Defendant
is a debt collector and, on or about May 6, 2014, he sent
Plaintiffs a letter for the purpose of collecting on that
judgment, with interest. Defendant sent an additional collection
letter on June 11, 2014, and filed a request for the garnishment
of Plaintiff Sherri Moore's wages on January 8, 2015. Plaintiffs
alleged that Defendant made false and misleading representations
in the collection efforts.

Defendant answered the Complaint and also asserted four
counterclaims (1) he acknowledges that he has attempted to collect
this debt which was assigned to him by Mr. Barwick, (2) he asserts
that Plaintiffs have filed numerous frivolous motions and appeals
in Maryland courts and filed one or more frivolous complaints
against him with various government agencies, (3) he alleges that
Plaintiffs threatened to file a lawsuit against him unless he
stopped all collection efforts, and (4) he asserts counterclaims
for Tortious Interference with Business Relations (Count I),
Malicious Interference with the Right to Pursue a Lawful Business,
Trade, or Occupation (Count II),  Abuse of Process (Count III),
and Set-off and/or Recoupment  (Count IV). Plaintiffs moved to
dismiss the Counterclaim under Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure, asserting that the facts alleged are
insufficient to support these causes of action.

In his Memorandum dated July 21, 2015 available at
http://is.gd/wtNrAOfrom Leagle.com, Judge Nickerson concluded
that Counts I, II, and III are sufficiently related to the
Plaintiffs' claims that they were properly asserted as compulsory
counterclaims and that the counterclaims failed to to state claims
upon which relief could be granted.

Plaintiffs are represented by:

E. David Hoskins, Esq.
Max F Brauer, Esq.
LAW OFFICES OF E. DAVID HOSKINS
16 E Lombard St
Baltimore, MD 21231
Tel: (410)662-6500

Defendant is represented by:

George Weiss, Esq.
Brian R. Bregman, Esq.
BASCIETTO AND BREGMAN LLC
515 Main St
Laurel, MD 20707
Tel: (301)362-0009


PLAINS ALL: Hagens Berman Files Securities Fraud Class Suit
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Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a national investor-rights law
firm, alerts investors of the October 16, 2015 lead plaintiff
deadline in the securities fraud class action lawsuit filed
against Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. or Plains GP Holdings,
L.P. PAA, +3.20% PAGP, +1.85% ("Plains" or "the Company"). If you
have losses greater than $300,000 in Plains' securities during the
Class Period, contact Hagens Berman Partner Reed Kathrein, who is
leading the firm's investigation, by calling (510) 725-3000,
emailing PAA@hbsslaw.com or visiting http://hb-
securities.com/investigations/PAA

Two lawsuits have been filed and are pending in U.S. District
Courts for the Central District of California and the Southern
District of Texas.  The cases are filed on behalf of all investors
who purchased the Common Units of Plains All American Pipeline,
L.P. (PAA) between February 27, 2013 and August 4, 2015,
inclusive, and the Class A Shares of Plains GP Holdings, L.P.
(PAGP) between October 16, 2013 and August 4, 2015, inclusive,
(the "Class Period").

The complaint alleged that defendants failed to disclose the lack
of integrity concerning the Company's pipeline operations as well
as their lack of compliance with federal regulations. During the
Class Period, Plains executives characterized its Line 901
pipeline off the coast of Santa Barbara, California as "state of
the art," with an oil spill qualified as "extremely unlikely."

Yet on May 19, 2015, Line 901 ruptured, causing a spill that
impacted several miles of some of the most environmentally
sensitive and protected coastline in North America. The Company
told investors this was a small spill, and estimated that in the
"worst case" only 2,400 barrels were released into the Pacific
coastline. However, the truth was revealed on August 5, 2015, when
defendants announced that the spill was much greater than
initially estimated and that the U.S. Department of Justice had
initiated a criminal investigation. In response to disclosures
concerning the spill and the truth about the Company's operations,
the price of Plains securities have declined by nearly 30%. Plains
Holdings Class A Shares have similarly declined in value, falling
$5.65 per share on August 5, 2015, or over 20%.

If you were negatively impacted by over $300,000 in your
investment in PAA between February 27, 2013 and August 4, 2015, or
PAGP between October 16, 2013 and August 4, 2015, and would like
to learn more about this lawsuit and your ability to participate
as a lead plaintiff, please contact us for your no-cost
evaluation.

Whistleblowers: Persons with non-public information regarding
Plains should consider their options to help in the investigation
or take advantage of the SEC Whistleblower program. Under the new
SEC whistleblower program, whistleblowers who provide original
information may receive rewards totaling up to 30 percent of any
successful recovery made by the SEC. For more information, call
Reed Kathrein at (510) 725-3000 or email PAA@hbsslaw.com.

                      About Hagens Berman

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is an investor-rights class-action
law firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices in nine
cities. The firm represents investors, whistleblowers, workers and
consumers in complex litigation. More about the firm and its
successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Read the firm's
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The firm's blog is located at www.meaningfuldisclosure.com. For
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http://www.hbsslaw.com/newsroomor follow us on Twitter at
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Reed Kathrein, Esq
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
55 Cambridge Parkway, Suite 301
Cambridge, MA 02142
Tel. (617) 482-3700
Fax. (617) 482-3003
www.hbsslaw.com


PRO OILFIELD: Faces "McDonald" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Victor McDonald, on behalf of himself and all others similarly
situated v. Pro Oilfield Services, LLC, Case No. 7:15-cv-00140
(W.D. Tex., September 3, 2015), is brought against the Defendant
for failure to pay overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor
Standard Act.

Pro Oilfield Services, LLC provides various oil and gas services
to its customers in the oil and gas industry, including but not
limited to wire-line services, pump down perforating services,
completion services, pipe recovery services and cased hole
logging.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Jeremi K. Young, Esq.
      Rachael Rustmann, Esq.
      THE YOUNG LAW FIRM, P.C.
      1001 S. Harrison, Suite 200
      Amarillo, TX 79101
      Telephone: (806) 331.1800
      Facsimile: (806) 398.9095
      E-mail: jyoung@youngfirm.com
              rachael@youngfirm.com


RASPADOS DON: Faces "Ibarra" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Juana Ibarra v. Raspados Don Manuel, Manuel Tirado, Alma Acuna,
and Does 1-10, inclusive, Case No. BC593705 (D. Cal., September 3,
2015), is brought against the Defendants for failure to pay
overtime wages in violation of the California Labor Code.

Raspados Don Manuel is a business which purpose is to prepare and
sell flavored shaved ice to the public.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Rick Hicks, Esq.
      Eugenia Hicks, Esq.
      HICKS & HICKS
      9595 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900
      Beverly Hills, CA 90212
      Telephone: (310)274-2974
      E-mail: rickhicksnavyseal@hickslaw.net
              eugenia.hicks@hickslaw.net


SOULCYCLE: Faces Class Suit Over Forfeiture of Unused Passes
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Samantha Chang, writing for Digital Journal, reported that a class
action lawsuit has been filed against SoulCycle alleging the
fitness chain is illegally profiting from customers by placing
unreasonably short expiration dates on its exercise class passes.

In the federal lawsuit filed Aug. 25 in Los Angeles, California,
attorneys for the plaintiffs claim SoulCycle routinely forces its
customers to forfeit unused fitness classes by placing overly
restrictive and short expiration dates on its "series"
certificates.

"SoulCycle's practice of forcing its customers to forfeit unused
exercise sessions is the epitome of soulless unlawful greed," said
attorney Dorian Berger of Olavi Dunne LLP. "SoulCycle should not
be able to profit from selling exercise classes that it knows will
expire before a customer has a chance to redeem them."

According to the lead plaintiff, a California woman named Rachel
Cody, SoulCycle lures customers into buying multi-class passes for
sessions that expire in as little as 30 days.

"Congress passed legislation stopping companies from placing
expiration dates shorter than five years on certificates
redeemable for products and even exercise classes," said Berger.
"It is time SoulCycle put its customers first, live up to its
name, and comply with the law."

Many customers have lost thousands of dollars due to SoulCycle's
draconian expiration policies, the lawsuit alleges. The class
action demands SoulCycle refund the money it made from cancelling
sessions based on its unreasonable expiration dates.

"We believe thousands of people across America have been unable to
use the certificates SoulCycle forces customers to purchase based
on unlawful expiration dates," said co-counsel Daniel Hipskind.
This isn't the first time SoulCycle has been sued. In 2013, a
class action was filed against SoulCycle by a former employee who
claimed the chain violated wage laws by failing to pay its
instructors for the extra work they do marketing, communicating
with clients and attending corporate training programs. That
lawsuit was later settled out of court.

In April 2015, a New York judge allowed attorney Douglas Wigdor to
proceed in his breach of contract lawsuit against SoulCycle for
unlawfully banning him from classes because he had represented the
former employee who had sued the fitness chain for cheating him
out of his wages.

Ironically, SoulCycle is known for its loyal customer base, which
includes celebrities such as Kelly Ripa, David Beckham and Jessica
Alba. The classes aren't cheap, either. One class usually costs
$34, according to Business Insider. With the $3 shoe rental fee
and a $2 water bottle, a single session can cost $39.

SoulCycle said its policy is to not comment on pending litigation.
SoulCycle, which recently filed for an initial public offering,
posted revenue of $112 million in 2014 -- almost double the $75
million it generated in 2013.


TIME WARNER: Illegally Retains Customers Personal Info, Suit Says
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Derek Gubala, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., Case No. 2:15-CV-1078 (E.D.
Wis., September 3, 2015), is brought against the Defendant for
failure to destroy customers' personally identifiable information
after termination of services.

Time Warner Cable, Inc. is a cable telecommunications company with
its principal place of business located at 60 Columbus Circle in
New York City, New York.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Joseph J. Siprut, Esq.
      Richard L. Miller II, Esq.
      Ismael T. Salam, Esq.
      SIPRUT PC
      17 N. State Street, Suite 1600
      Chicago, IL 60602
      Telephone: (312) 236-0000
      Facsimile: (312) 241-1260
      E-mail: jsiprut@siprut.com
              rmiller@siprut.com
              isalam@siprut.com

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      Jacob E. Miota, Esq.
      MIOTA LAW LLC
      1400 E. Olive Street
      Shorewood, WI 53211
      Telephone: 414.973.9305
      Facsimile: 414.386.4675
      E-mail: jmiota@miotalaw.com



TRINET GROUP: Glancy Prongay Files Securities Class Suit
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Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP ("GPM") announces the filing of a
class action lawsuit on behalf of investors of TriNet Group, Inc.,
who purchased TriNet shares between May 5, 2014 and August 3, 2015
inclusive (the "Class Period"). Investment Technology Group
investors have until October 6, 2015 to file a lead plaintiff
motion.

On August 3, 2015, after the market close, TriNet reported a
second-quarter loss of $1.3 million, after reporting a profit in
the same period a year earlier. TriNet, a human resources services
outsourcing company, said it had a loss of 2 cents per share
during the quarter, and earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and
costs, of 14 cents per share. The results missed Wall Street
analyst expectations where expectations were for earnings of 27
cents per share. On this news shares of TriNet dropped
significantly during after-hours trading on August 3, 2015.

The complaint alleges that TriNet misled investors by failing to
adequately disclose that (a) the Company's processes and
methodologies for analyzing and accruing claims failed to properly
account for historical claims trends; (b) the Company's
forecasting process failed to properly incorporate relevant
historical and current claims trends; and (c) the Company was
experiencing growing claims trends in medical and workers
compensation that negatively affected the Company's current and
future business prospects.

If you purchased shares of TriNet during the Class Period, have
information or would like to learn more about these claims, or
have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or
interests with respect to these matters, please contact Casey
Sadler, of GPM, 1925 Century Park East, Suite 2100, Los Angeles,
California 90067 at 310-201-9150, Toll-Free at 888-773-9224, by
email to shareholders@glancylaw.com, or visit our website at
http://www.glancylaw.com.If you inquire by email please include
your mailing address, telephone number and number of shares
purchased.

Lesley Portnoy, Esq
Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP
1925 Century Park East Suite 2100 Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 201-9150
Toll-free: (888) 773-9224
Fax: (310) 432-1495
info@glancylaw.com


TRULAND GROUP: Agrees to Settle Former Employees' Class Suit
------------------------------------------------------------
Daniel J. Sernovitz, writing for Washington Business Journal,
reported that hundreds of employees who lost their jobs when
Reston-based electrical contractor Truland Group Inc. suddenly
shut down could soon get some financial relief.

Lawyers for Truland's bankruptcy trustee and for two former
Truland employees have agreed to the principal terms of a class
action settlement under which all workers impacted by the July
2014 shutdown would be eligible for a financial award, said Jason
Gold, an attorney with Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP
who is representing Truland's trustee, Klinette Kindred. It is
unclear exactly how many employees would be affected, but Truland
was said to have roughly 700 employees at the time of the
shutdown.

The exact terms of the settlement -- including how much individual
employee could get -- are still being worked out. U.S. Bankruptcy
Court Judge Brian Kenney issued an Aug. 21 order staying the class
action lawsuit pending the outcome of the settlement talks. Both
sides are due to appear at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Alexandria
on Sept. 22 for a settlement conference.

"The bottom line is that the trustee, Kindred, and myself are
firmly of the belief that we need to take care of the employees
and the customers first and foremost," Gold said. "Those are the
people who have suffered the most."

Lawyers for the former employees, Satina Matthews and Summer
James, could not be reached for comment.

Gold said there are several other pending matters in Truland's
bankruptcy case, including the trustee's efforts to recover money
Truland may have improperly paid out prior to its bankruptcy. The
trustee's ability to pay employees under the potential settlement
will depend in part on the successful outcome of those efforts.

The settlement stems from allegations Truland violated federal law
by not giving its employees at least 60 days' notice before
shutting down. The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining
Notification Act, or WARN, requires companies with 50 employees or
more to provide such notice.

Matthews and James sued Truland roughly two weeks after the
company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy seeking to be certified as
a class and given priority over other creditors for unpaid wages
and other benefits they would have earned had Truland given the
required notice. In December, Judge Kenney dismissed a motion by
Truland to throw out the suit.


TSA STORES: Removed "Gomez" Suit to Central District California
---------------------------------------------------------------
The class action lawsuit entitled Andres Gomez, individually, and
on behalf of others similarly situated v. TSA Stores, Inc. and
Does 1-10, Case No. BC590072, was removed from the Superior Court
of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles to the
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The
District Court Clerk assigned Case No. 2:15-cv-06907 to the
proceeding.

The Complaint asserts violations of the Americans with
Disabilities Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act.

The Defendant is represented by:

      Gregory F. Hurley, Esq.
      Michael J. Chilleen, Esq.
      SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP
      650 Town Center Drive, 4th Floor
      Costa Mesa, CA 92626-1993
      Telephone: (714) 513-5100
      Facsimile: (714) 513.-5130
      E-mail: ghurley@sheppardmullin.com
              mchilleen@sheppardmullin.com

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      Hayley S. Grunvald, Esq.
      SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP
      12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200
      San Diego, CA 92130-2006
      Telephone: (858) 720-8900
      Facsimile: (858) 509-3691
      E-mail: hgrunvald@sheppardmullin.com


TUBULAR SOLUTIONS: Faces "Ducote" Suit Over Failure to Pay OT
-------------------------------------------------------------
Ricky Ducote, individually and for others similarly situated v.
Tubular Solutions, Inc., Case No. 4:15-cv-02557 (S.D. Tex.,
September 3, 2015), is brought against the Defendant for failure
to pay overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standard Act.

Tubular Solutions, Inc. provides field service employees the oil
and gas industry to perform inspection and refurbishment services.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Richard J. (Rex) Burch, Esq.
      BRUCKNER BURCH PLLC
      8 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1500
      Houston, TX 77046
      Telephone: (713) 877-8788
      Facsimile: (713) 877-8065
      E-mail: rburch@brucknerburch.com

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      Michael A. Josephson, Esq.
      Andrew W. Dunlap, Esq.
      FIBICH, HAMPTON, LEEBRON, BRIGGS & JOSEPHSON, LLP
      1150 Bissonnet
      Houston, TX 77005
      Telephone: (713) 751-0025
      Facsimile: (713) 751-0030
      E-mail: mjosephson@fhl-law.com


UBER INC: Illegally Procures Consumer Reports, Action Claims
------------------------------------------------------------
Joseph Cuccinello and James Brooks, on behalf of themselves and
all others similarly situated v. Uber, Inc. and Hirease, Inc.,
Case No. 2:15-cv-06604-CCC-JBC (D.N.J., September 3, 2015), seeks
to stop the Defendants' practice of procuring consumer reports for
employment purposes without providing a clear and conspicuous
disclosure in a document that consists solely of the disclosure
that a consumer report may be obtained for employment purposes.

Uber, Inc. operates a transportation network company with
corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Hirease, Inc. operates an employment background screening company
located at Post Office Box 2559 Southern Pines, NC 28388.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Bruce D. Greenberg, Esq.
      LITE DEPALMA GREENBERG, LLC
      570 Broad Street, Suite 1201
      Newark, NJ 07102
      Telephone: (973) 623-3000
      Facsimile: (973) 623-0858
      E-mail: bgreenberg@litedepalma.com

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      Michael D. Donovan, Esq.
      DONOVAN AXLER, LLC
      1055 Westlakes Drive, Suite 155
      Berwyn, PA 19312
      Telephone: (610) 647-6067
      Facsimile: (610) 647-7215


UNITED STATES: Agriculture Secretary Sued Over APA Violation
------------------------------------------------------------
Daniel E. Davis and Cascabel Cattle Company v. United States of
America, et al., Case No. 1:15-cv-00159 (S.D. Tex., September 3,
2015), alleges that the Secretary of Agriculture has promulgated
directives, memorandums, guidance, and regulations that do not
comply and conflict with the requirements of Administrative
Practice Act.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Joe W. Stuckey, Esq.
      JOE W. STUCKEY, JD, LLM, P.E.,
      P.O. Box 550
      Rosharon, TX 77583
      Telephone: (281) 369-0000
      E-mail: jstuckey@hal-pc.org

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      Dennis Sanchez, Esq.
      SANCHEZ WHITTINGTON WOOD & DIJKMAN, LLC
      3505 Boca Chica Blvd., Ste. 10
      Brownsville, TX 78521
      Telephone: (956) 546-3731
      Facsimile: (956) 546-3765
      E-mail: dsanchez@swjz.com


VEERINDER S. ANAND: Court Wants Paraplegic's ADA Suit Amended
-------------------------------------------------------------
District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the United States District Court
for the Southern District of California granted Defendants' motion
to dismiss, granted in part Plaintiff's motion for leave to file a
First Amended Complaint, and denied as moot Plaintiff's  motion
for partial summary judgment in the case captioned, WILLIAM
LAWRENCE TURNER, Plaintiff, v. VEERINDER S. ANAND, ET AL.,
Defendants, Case No. 14-CV-01147-BAS(PCL)(S.D. Cal.).

Plaintiff William Lawrence Turner is a paraplegic who cannot walk
and uses a wheelchair for mobility. He commenced the action
against defendants Veerinder S. Anand, Sandhya Anand, Veerinder S.
Anand, M.D., Inc. (Defendants) on May 7, 2014 alleging violations
of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Unruh Civil Rights
Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act, and negligence. In
March 2013, Plaintiff was referred to Defendants' office while
seeking treatment for a hand injury which he claimed denied full
and equal access to Defendants' office and encountered difficulty
since the latter's office lacked ADA compliant parking space.

Upon receiving the Complaint, Defendants undertook to correct
Plaintiff's alleged issues and filed a motion to dismiss
thereafter for lack of subject matter jurisdiction arguing the
federal claim is moot and also seek dismissal of the pendant state
law claims. Immediately thereafter, on November 13, 2014,
Plaintiff filed a motion for leave to file a First Amended
Complaint stating that, in mid-October, the slope issue and other
architectural barriers were discovered, and that the defendants
have claimed that this slope issue has been corrected. In April
2015, Plaintiff filed a motion for partial summary judgment on
Plaintiff's state law causes of action before the Court under
supplemental jurisdiction.

In her Order dated July 21, 2015 available at http://is.gd/K61wpr
from Leagle.com, Judge Bashant found sufficient evidence to
conclude that the initial problems with the parking space at issue
in the Complaint have since been remedied and dismissed the ADA
claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction which tender the
court jurisdiction to exercise supplemental authority over
thestate law claims.

Plaintiff is represented by:

Christina Michelle Sosa, Esq.
Mark D. Potter, Esq.
Phyl Grace, Esq.
CENTER FOR DISABILITY ACCESS
9845 Erma Rod, Ste 300
San Diego, CA 92196
Tel: (858) 375-7385

Defendants are represented by:

Margarita Haugaard, Esq.
HORTON KNOX CARTER AND FOOTE
1221 W State St
El Centro, CA 92243
Tel: (760)352-2821


VELOCITY EXPRESS: Court Denies Bid to Amend April 2015 Order
------------------------------------------------------------
District Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court
for the Northern District of California denied Defendants' motion
to amend the April 16, 2015 Partial Summary Judgment Order to
Certify the Same for Interlocutory Appeal in the case, PHILLIP
FLORES, et al., Plaintiffs, v. VELOCITY EXPRESS, LLC, et al.,
Defendants, Case No. 12-CV-05790-JST (N.D. Cal.).

Plaintiffs brought a collective action under the Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) and as a class action under California's
labor and unfair competition laws. The Court granted partial
summary judgment in Plaintiffs' favor on the issue of whether
TransForce and Dynamex are successors to Velocity Express's
potential FLSA liability.

In the motion, Defendants moved to amend the order to certify that
it is appropriate for interlocutory appeal as to the rulings that
successor liability applies and that Plaintiffs have carried their
burden to show that Dynamex is a successor to Velocity's potential
FLSA liability in this case.

Defendants contended that certification of the Court's order is
warranted because (1) potential FLSA liability is a controlling
question of law that would materially affect the outcome of the
case, (2) there is no binding authority that addresses whether
successor liability can be imposed if no asset transfer has
occurred between the predecessor and successor entities, and (3)
resolution on interlocutory appeal would materially advance the
resolution of the litigation.

In his Order dated July 21, 2015 available at http://is.gd/4K0n3A
from Leagle.com, Judge Tigar concluded that Defendants failed to
show that either a substantial ground for difference of opinion
exists on the issue of whether successor liability could attach or
that an immediate appeal would materially advance the ultimate
termination of the litigation.
Plaintiffs are represented by:

Caleb Marker, Esq.
Christopher Paul Ridout, Esq.
RIDOUT MARKER & OTTOSON LLP
555 E Ocean Blvd # 500
Long Beach, CA 90802
Tel: (562)216-7380

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Jacob R. Rusch, Esq. -- jrusch@johnsonbecker.com -- Timothy J.
Becker, Esq. -- tbecker@johnsonbecker.com -- JOHNSON BECKER, PLLC

Defendants are represented by Alexander Hurd Scherbatskoy, Esq. --
ascherbatskoy@littler.com -- Andrew Michael Spurchise, Esq. --
aspurchise@littler.com -- Jessica Xing Yun Rothenberg, Esq. --
jrothenberg@littler.com & Robert G. Hulteng, Esq. -
rhulteng@littler.com -- LITTLER MENDELSON, P.C.


WASHINGTON: Too Many in Jails Awaiting Competency Services
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Martha Bellisle, writing for San Francisco Chronicle, reported
that efforts by Washington state health officials to shorten the
amount of time mentally ill people wait in jails for competency
services are failing to keep up with a growing demand and urgent
measures are needed to deal with the backlogs, according to a
court-ordered monitor.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman issued a permanent injunction
in April, ordering the Washington Department of Social and Health
Services to cut the wait times to seven days, saying that holding
mentally ill people in jails for months while awaiting competency
services is unconstitutional.

She set a January deadline and appointed Danna Mauch, an expert in
public mental health systems, to monitor the state's progress.

In her first quarterly report, Mauch said the state should be
commended for taking steps to address the waitlists, but the
measures have not provided relief for those waiting for services.

"The critical conditions in the jails suggest that interim urgent
measures to clear backlogs are in order," Mauch said in her report
filed with the court.

She also questioned if the state's long term plan will meet the
judge's deadline.

Messages sent to state health officials seeking a response to
Mauch's findings were not immediately returned.

Judges order competency evaluations when they have concerns about
whether a person arrested for a crime is able to assist with his
or her defense. If the person is found incompetent, the judge
orders treatment to have competency restored. But in Washington
state, people have languished in jails waiting for both services
because of a lack of bed space and staffing at the state's two
forensic hospitals.

Lawyers with Disability Rights Washington and the American Civil
Liberties Union filed the federal class-action lawsuit on the
behalf of these individuals and secured an injunction that
requires services within seven days of a judge's order. The state
has appealed the part of the order that requires evaluations to be
done in seven days.

In a letter to Mauch, the lawyers questioned the state's ability
to meet the January deadline.

"It is concerning that in the three and a half months since the
court's order, the time that it takes defendants to provide
competency restoration services has not significantly trended
downward," the letter said. "They didn't start the hiring process
for forensic evaluators until July - three months after the
order."

State reports on cases show that 16 people have waited more than
100 days for services, the lawyers said. Five of those people
waited between 150 and 398 days to get into the hospital to have
their competency restored, they said.

In her report, Mauch cited problem areas that put compliance with
the federal order into question.

The volume of orders for competency services is growing, she said.
In April, there were 336 competency cases, although officials said
that was an incomplete count. The state reported 918 cases in May
and 1,486 in June, she said.

Some people are waiting more than 60 days for competency
evaluations at Eastern State Hospital, and are held in jail for 15
to 44 days to receive treatment at Western State Hospital, she
said.

Mauch said when she spoke with officials about the $4.8 million it
secured to work on competency issues, they "underscore" that the
funds will "solve" the lags in services and help to prevent people
from entering the criminal justice system.

Mauch said that total "is modest given the scope of need for these
services in Washington."

She also had concerns about the state's ability to hire staff to
fill positions at both forensic hospitals. When the budget was
passed in July, the state made offers to nearly a dozen
psychologists to fill evaluator positions, she said. Eight were
hired for Western State Hospital, but not one wanted to work at
the eastern site, she said.

When Mauch asked state officials if they would consider emergency
hiring, department officials said they plan to have Western State
Hospital Staff cover Eastern State hospital cases and that
"constitutes its interim response."

The department should report within 30 days whether this plan has
been implemented and if so, whether it helped reduce wait times,
she said.

"In the face of these challenges, other steps need to be taken to
meet the seven-day time frames 'as soon as practicable' for
competency evaluation services," the monitor said.


WAYFAIR INC: Faces "Jenkins" Suit Over Misleading Fin'l Reports
---------------------------------------------------------------
Henry W. Jenkins, individually and on behalf of all others
similarly situated v. Wayfair Inc., Niraj Shah, and Michael
Fleisher, Case No. 1:15-cv-06985 (S.D.N.Y., September 3, 2015),
alleges that the Defendants made false and misleading statements,
as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the
Company's business, operations, and prospects.

Wayfair Inc. is a Delaware corporation that operates an online
retailer of home goods.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Jeremy A. Lieberman, Esq.
      J. Alexander Hood II, Esq.
      Marc C. Gorrie, Esq.
      POMERANTZ LLP
      600 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
      New York, NY 10016
      Telephone: (212) 661-1100
      Facsimile: (212) 661-8665
      E-mail: jalieberman@pomlaw.com
              ahood@pomlaw.com
              mgorrie@pomlaw.com

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      Patrick V. Dahlstrom, Esq.
      POMERANTZ LLP
      10 South La Salle Street, Suite 3505
      Chicago, IL 60603
      Telephone: (312) 377-1181
      Facsimile: (312) 377-1184
      E-mail: pdahlstrom@pomlaw.com

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      Peretz Bronstein, Esq.
      BRONSTEIN, GEWIRTZ & GROSSMAN, LLC
      60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 4600
      New York, NY 10165
      Telephone: (212) 697-6484
      Facsimile: (212) 697-7296
      E-mail: peretz@bgandg.com



WINDY PIZZA: Faces "White" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Mia C. White, individually and on behalf of others similarly
situated v. Windy Pizza Plus, LLC and Does 1 through 50,
inclusive, Case No. BC593377 (D. Cal., September 3, 2015), is
brought against the Defendants for failure to pay overtime wages
in violation of the California Labor Code.

Windy Pizza Plus, LLC owns and operates Eatalian Cafe, ExEat and
EnjoyEat restaurant in California.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Eric A. Boyajlan, Esq.
      Heather Davis, Esq.
      Cody Payne, Esq.
      PROTECTION LAW GROUP, LLP
      136 Main Street, Suite A
      El Segundo, CA 90245
      Telephone: (424) 290-3095
      Facsimile: (866) 264-7880


YALE ENFORCEMENT: Faces "Lewis" Suit Over Failure to Pay Overtime
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Lee Lewis, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated
v. Yale Enforcement Services, Inc., Case No. 2:15-cv-04120 (E.D.
Lo., September 3, 2015), is brought against the Defendants for
failure to pay overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor
Standard Act.

Yale Enforcement Services, Inc. owns and operates a security firm
located at 3867 Plaza Tower Drive, 1st Floor, Baton Rouge, LA,
70816.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Christopher L. Williams
      WILLIAMS LITIGATION, L.L.C.
      639 Loyola Ave., Suite 1850
      New Orleans, LA 70113
      Telephone: (504) 308-1438
      Facsimile: (504) 308-1446
      E-mail: chris@williamslitigation.com


ZULILY INC: Faces "Pisano" Suit Over Misleading Financial Reports
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Patrick Pisano, individually and on behalf of all others similarly
situated v. Zulily, Inc., et al., Case No. 2:15-cv-01424 (W.D.
Wash., September 3, 2015), alleges that the Defendants made false
and misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material
adverse facts about the Company's business, operations, and
prospects.

Zulily, Inc. is an online retailer that focuses on selling
merchandise to moms purchasing for their children, themselves, and
their homes.

The Plaintiff is represented by:

      Roger Townsend, Esq.
      1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3670
      Seattle, WA 98104
      Telephone: (206) 652-8660
      Facsimile: (206) 652-8290
      E-mail: Rtownsend@bjtlegal.com

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      Evan J. Smith, Esq.
      Marc L. Ackerman, Esq.
      BRODSKY & SMITH
      2 Bala Plaza, Ste. 510
      Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
      E-mail: esmith@brodsky-smith.com
              mackerman@brodsky-smith.com


* AUSTRALIA: New Kids on Class Action Block 'Carry Risk'
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Sarah Danckert, writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, reported
that investors need to be careful of the "new kids on the block"
launching class actions in Australia because the growing market
for class action law firms and litigation funders carries
significant risk, a senior law academic has warned.

Monash University business law and taxation professor Vince
Morabito said while Australia was not facing a "flood" of class
actions, there was an increasing number of law firms willing to
take on much smaller actions despite having limited experience in
the space.

"I'm not concerned about the number of class actions, we'll never
open the flood gates, I'm just concerned about the new players,"
said Professor Morabito, who will next month be speaking at the
Maurice Blackburn and BusinessDay corporate conduct and class
actions symposium in Melbourne.

Australia's class action landscape is dominated by two big
litigation firms, Slater & Gordon and Maurice Blackburn, while
Bentham IMF is the largest player in the litigation funding space.
Yet in recent years, smaller local firms and overseas litigators
had entered the Australian market.

"Not that Slater & Gordon and Maurice Blackburn have been perfect,
even IMF have had their problems," Professor Morabito said.

Australia will not have the class action scandal that they have in
the US, he said, but he is concerned for the future due to the
numbers of "new kids on the block".

In the US, a number of lawyers have gone to jail for paying
kickbacks to repeat class action participants, or "professional
class representatives".

Professor Morabito's 2014 research uncovered there had been little
increase in class actions filed in the Federal Court over the 22
years since Australia had the legal framework to bring such cases.

"I looked at the figures for the last five years [from March 2009
to March 2014] and it showed that the annual average was only
slightly higher with 15.8 class actions per annum, while the
average for the preceding 17 years was around 14 or 15," he said.

Professor Morabito said the number of shareholder class actions
had overtaken the number of product liability actions in the past
five years, which could explain why directors of listed companies
were increasingly concerned about class actions.

Separately, King & Wood Mallesons found there were 33 actions
filed between June 2014 and June 2015, though the author of the
report, Moira Saville, said some of the increase was due to new
bush fire filings, actions on product liability and multiple
actions brought by different law firms against the same.

Dennis Shore, a former director of the Australian Shareholders
Association, said class actions were often the only way a retail
shareholder could seek recourse if they believed a company's
directors had engaged in wrong-doing.

He said it needed a legal firm or somebody in a similar position
to initiate a class action and the parameters of the action were
usually decided by whoever was going to take on the litigation.


                        Asbestos Litigation

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Ban in Sweden Drops Mesothelioma Cases
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Tim Povtak, writing for Asbestos.com, reported that the strict ban
on asbestos more than 30 years ago in Sweden has produced a
tangible decline in mesothelioma throughout the country.

It has also helped fuel the growing debate about establishing a
similar asbestos ban in the U.S. and Canada.

"There is no good argument to use asbestos, anymore," senior
professor Bengt Jarvholm, of the department of Public Health and
Clinical Medicine at Umea University in Sweden, told Asbestos.com.
"Especially [using it] in an industrialized country."

No Argument for Not Banning Asbestos in US

Jarvholm has spent much of his career studying the impact of
asbestos exposure in Sweden's construction industry. He co-
authored a recent article in the Scandinavian Journal of Public
Health that detailed the emerging evidence about the decline in
mesothelioma incidence since the ban.

"Yes, I'm surprised [the U.S. hasn't banned asbestos]," he said.
"There are other, less dangerous substances to use. There is no
real argument, apart from pure economic ones, to keep using it."

Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma, a rare and
aggressive cancer with no cure. It is diagnosed in an estimated
3,000 Americans annually.

It can also lead to a host of other serious respiratory issues,
including asbestosis and lung cancer. Experts estimate asbestos is
responsible for 10,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

Although the use of asbestos in the U.S. has dropped significantly
from its peak in the 1970s, it remains legal to use in a variety
of industries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an
Asbestos Ban and Phase Out Rule in 1989, but it was overturned by
the legislature two years later, allowing the regulated use of
asbestos to continue in the country.

Sweden Paved Path to Ban Asbestos

Asbestos is banned in more than 50 countries. The Nordic countries
were among the first to ban it. Iceland (1982), Sweden (1982) and
Norway (1983) served as pioneers in reducing asbestos use and
lowering the incidence rate of mesothelioma, laying the groundwork
for other nations to follow.

The difficulty in measuring the positive effects of a ban is the
lengthy latency period (20-50 years) between first exposure and
definitive diagnosis.

"Yes, a ban [in the U.S.] would lead to a drop in mesothelioma
cases, but it would take several decades before you could measure
it," Jarvholm said. "Our analysis clearly shows that the ban and
other restrictions in the mid-70s and early '80s have decreased
the risk."

According to the study, Swedish men and women born between 1935
and 1949, whose working lives coincided with the boom in asbestos
use, were at a much higher risk for developing an asbestos-related
disease than those born after 1950.

Using specific five-year birth cohorts, the study also showed
those born from 1955 to 1959, and who started working before the
ban, were four times more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma
than those born from 1960 to 1965.

Ban on Asbestos Prevents Mesothelioma Cases in Sweden

Jarvholm scoffed at the popular argument that finding an asbestos
alternative is often difficult and expensive.

"When the discussion was hot in Sweden in the 1970s, some people
said it could not be replaced in brake linings. However, it was
quickly replaced, and even improved, when the market demanded it,"
he said. "Industry needs pressure from both the market and from
regulations."

The authors estimated the decreased use of asbestos has prevented
at least 12 cases of asbestosis annually in those under the age of
57. They believe 121 cases of mesothelioma were avoided among
Swedish men born between 1955 and 1979.

"It is reasonable to assume that similar interventions in other
countries will decrease the occurrence of pleural mesothelioma,"
the authors concluded. "The impact will depend on the proportion
of the population exposed, and the magnitude of the exposure."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust May Cause Health Risk in Pacific
------------------------------------------------------------
Matangi Tonga Online reported that newly released Pacific
Hazardous Waste survey reports have identified the risk of
asbestos materials to health in 13 Pacific Island countries,
including Tonga.

The PacWaste Regional Asbestos Baseline Survey Reports identified
locations in 25 different islands across the countries showing
just how widespread and serious the issue is.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was once
commonly used in building materials, insulation, brake linings,
roofing products and other consumer items. It is now banned from
most modern products as it has been found to be a major threat to
human health.

When products containing asbestos are damaged or wear down over
time, small fibres are released into the air and easily inhaled.
These fibres can travel to the lungs and cause inflammation and
scarring of the lung issue. After many years, this can result in
asbestosis, mesothelioma and other lung cancers, stated PacWaste.

The 13 reports revealed there is a substantial amount of the
substance present regionally in these participating countries,
with some locations notably higher risk than others.

"Historically, asbestos has been widely reported across the
Pacific islands but until now the available information has been
either largely anecdotal or too small in scope to withstand
scrutiny. The new survey details just how widespread and serious
the issue is."

Jesus Lavina, Head of Section for Natural Resources and
Infrastructure EU Pacific in Suva said the new data will ensure
that PacWaste can prioritize remedial actions in those locations
where asbestos poses the greatest risk to human health.

"Because such a large number of sites were found, it has been
important for PacWaste to target those which are most urgent. For
this reason, the data collected has been assessed in accordance
with an asbestos risk management methodology to rank sites on a
human health priority basis."

Highest priority will given to public and government sites such as
schools, hospitals and other places where members of the public
are vulnerable to exposure. Other priority locations include
those, which contain the most dangerous forms of asbestos such as
dated insulation materials and sources of fire damaged asbestos.

Removal

SPREP's PacWaste Project Manager Stewart Williams said that the
proposed program of PacWaste asbestos inventions, worth US$2
million has now been released for country comment and will be
followed by the final program of works.

Interventions will typically involve the removal of asbestos
materials and wastes by trained experts using specialized
equipment followed by secure transport and safe disposal including
international export.

Many locations will require the removed asbestos materials to be
replaced with non-asbestos products.

Survey reports are available for Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji,
Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau and
the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands,
Tuvalu and Vanuatu. They can be downloaded from the PacWaste
website at: PacWaste Asbestos Survey reports

PacWaste is a $7.85 million four-year project supported by EU and
implemented by SPREP to improve regional hazardous waste
management across the Pacific.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: NY Judge Sets New Rules for Fibro Suits
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John O'Brein, writing for Legal Newsline, reported that there will
be no stay of lawsuits on New York City's controversial asbestos
docket, but there will be changes made to the way cases are
handled there.

New York City Asbestos Litigation Judge Peter Moulton on Aug. 28
ruled against defendants who felt a stay was necessary to craft a
new order governing cases because court procedures are too unfair
to them.

However, he did grant a motion to negotiate a modification of the
NYCAL case management order that governs asbestos cases.

"Defendants have not demonstrated the need for the injunction they
seek: a stay of all NYCAL litigation, with limited exceptions,
while the parties re-negotiate the CMO," Moulton wrote, adding
that the procedures in NYCAL are not "rampantly unfair."

"However, the court agrees that defendants have raised important
issues that warrant a complete re-examination of the CMO."

The current CMO is 27 years old but has been amended several
times, including a controversial 2014 decision.

NYCAL's recent time in the spotlight began when former chief judge
Sherry Heitler ruled in 2014 to reintroduce punitive damages in
asbestos cases after years of them being deferred.

Then, in December, the American Tort Reform Association named
NYCAL the No. 1 Judicial Hellhole in the country in its annual
report.

Things continued in 2015 when former New York Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver was indicted over allegations that he traded state
grants to the hospital of a doctor who provided him with referrals
to asbestos plaintiffs.

Silver had long been listed as of counsel at the firm Weitz &
Luxenberg, which files the majority of cases in NYCAL. The firm
has denied any knowledge of Silver's alleged scheme.

Earlier, defendants in NYCAL, through attorney E. Leo Milonas,
wrote Moulton to ask for a stay. The letter said:

   - It is unfair to consolidate cases in the manner NYCAL does,
and that the average verdict in consolidated cases per plaintiff
is higher than trials featuring single plaintiffs;

   - Rulings on burden of proof, late product identification, the
production of plaintiffs' bankruptcy trusts, recklessness charges,
punitive damages are not in step with rulings on those issues in
other jurisdictions;

   - Plaintiffs firms are receiving preferential treatment by
having to meet a lower standard to have a case on the in extremis
docket;

   - Certain firms have their cases advanced faster than others;

   - The court has found for plaintiffs attorneys too often in
discovery disputes and summary judgment and evidentiary motions;
and

   - Lung cancer cases brought by smokers have flooded the court
since two 2011 multimillion-dollar verdicts.

Plaintiffs, led by Weitz & Luxenberg attorney Alani Golanski,
claimed the defendants had no evidence that they would be harmed
if their request for a stay were rejected.

"With the exception of one newly revised CMO provision -- which
does nothing other than to afford NYCAL plaintiffs precisely the
same rights afforded to all other New York plaintiffs, and to all
New York asbestos plaintiffs in other parts of the State, namely,
to seek punitive damages jury instructions under appropriate
circumstances -- defendants have long acquiesced in and fruitfully
abided by exactly the same CMO that they now disparate," Golanski
wrote.

"Their application for a litigation-wide stay is supported by
nothing whatsoever other than rhetoric that is baseless,
insupportable and already thoroughly rejected by the NYCAL Court."

So instead of granting a stay, Moulton appointed representatives
for both sides to negotiate changes to the CMO.

Representing the plaintiffs will be Charles Ferguson of Weitz &
Luxenberg and Jordan Fox of Belluck & Fox, while the defendants
will be represented by Judith Yavitz of Darger Errante Yavitz &
Blau and Robert Malaby of Malaby Bradley.

Those attorneys will also appoint another two members to join
their sides by Sept. 18.

From there, the two sides will prepare a document that specifies
points of agreement and disagreement by Oct. 9.

The court will then intervene to attempt to reach a settlement.

"The goal of the negotiation is to reach agreement on a new draft
CMO, which will be presented to the NYCAL bar at large for
comment.

After the new CMO is drafted, it will be posted on NYCAL's
website, and a period comment will commence. Moulton also wrote
that he'd consider a town hall-style meeting for the NYCAL bar at
some point.

Finally, the court will issue a new CMO.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Aussie Agency Finds Fibro in Imports
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PS News Online reported that a wide range of imported goods and
materials used in the building industry has been found to contain
asbestos, a Federal Senate Inquiry has been told.

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) said asbestos
had been discovered in fibre-reinforced building panels imported
into NSW to construct a residential building.

It said subsequent inquiries had revealed a similar product
purchased from the same supplier in China had also been imported
into WA and used in residential construction.

ASEA said fortunately, this batch of fibre-reinforced building
panels had been found to be asbestos-free.

The Senate Inquiry into non-conforming building products was told
that cement compound board imported into the ACT from China had
been found to contain chrysotile asbestos, and in NSW an owner-
builder had purchased a shed from a supplier on the internet,
which had also contained chrysotile asbestos in a sealing tape
installed between roof sheets.

Reviewing these findings, the WA Building Commission said it was a
timely reminder that builders must be vigilant about the products
they used during construction.

"In the NSW case, the certification provided to importers that the
goods were asbestos-free was unreliable and this is not the first
occasion certifications have been found to be wrong for the
purposes of Australian regulations," the Commission said.

"Builders must satisfy themselves the products they use do not
contain asbestos."

It said where builders sourced products directly from overseas it
could be prudent to carry out testing to ensure the products were
suitable.

The Commission said where builders sourced overseas products from
local distributors, it might also be prudent to ask the
distributor what tests or other assurances were available that the
products were suitable.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Deadly Dust Found in Renovated Homes
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Jill Margo, writing for Financial Review, reported that
mesothelioma is beginning to pick off people who never even knew
they had been exposed to asbestos dust.

Out of the blue, these people -- mostly men -- are suddenly
diagnosed with a fatal cancer caused by asbestos dust they
unknowingly inhaled decades ago. Among them is Martin Chimes, who
believed he was exposed to the dust while renovations were under
way at a chain of shops he was opening.

Experts predict the disease is beginning to enter a peak period in
Australia but say it is not known how high this will go. Every
month about 50 people receive the devastating news that they
probably have a year to live, if they're lucky. Many are part of
the so-called third wave of the disease. The first wave affected
workers involved in asbestos mining, milling and manufacturing.
The second wave affected workers using asbestos in industry.This
new wave affects those who had short term exposure at home, at
work or elsewhere in the asbestos-polluted Australian environment.

Pre-1987 houses a hazard if not renovated properly. And there is
now concern that the current housing boom in metropolitan
Australia may perpetuate this and affect a new generation. Most
houses built or renovated before 1987 are bound to contain
asbestos and as people rush to buy up old stock, do rapid make-
overs and put the houses back on the market, caution about the
removal of asbestos is not front of mind. As it's expensive to
remove and dispose of safely, many play " renovation roulette",
rip it out and dump it illegally.

Steven Kao, a research fellow at Asbestos Diseases Research
Institute and a medical oncologist at the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse,
says as asbestos is ubiquitous in Australia, it is likely most
people have been exposed to it. "Personally, I have no doubt the
housing boom will have some effect on exposure," he says pointing
to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 2013.
It showed 60 per cent of do-it-yourself home renovators in NSW
reported exposure to asbestos, half reported having exposed their
partner and 40 per cent their children. Kao says there is no safe
level of asbestos inhalation and there's no reliable form of early
detection of mesothelioma.

But as asbestos exposure can increase the risk of lung cancer,
there's good reason to stop smoking.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Waste Company Fined $11K for Storing Fibro
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News.com.au reported that a commercial waste operator has been
fined more than $11,000 for illegally storing asbestos at its
Haigslea site, west of Brisbane.

The company, which has not been named, stored large amounts of old
building materials containing the potentially deadly fibres in
piles on the ground and in large skips.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has also
ordered the company clean up and properly dispose of the waste.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Found in NY High School Auditorium
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Laura Ryan, writing for Skaneteles Journal, reported that an
environmental engineer discovered loose vermiculite insulation in
parts of the Groeling Auditorium building in Marcellus High
School, in New York.

The engineer was inspecting the school for potential asbestos-
containing materials as part of the district's preparations to
submit its capital improvement project plans to the state
Education Department.

Because the state Health Department considers all vermiculite used
as pour-in, block insulation to be asbestos-containing material,
the district immediately cordoned off the auditorium and adjacent
rooms to students and adults.

Then, on Aug. 27, the Marcellus Board of Education passed an
emergency resolution authorizing Interim Superintendent Judith
Pastel to make arrangements for clean-up.

"The health and safety of our students, staff and community is of
paramount importance," Pastel said. "We are moving as quickly as
possible to remedy this situation safely and in accordance with
state law."

When the auditorium was built in 1978 as a free-standing
structure, builders likely used material extracted from an
asbestos-contaminated mine that supplied most of the vermiculate
sold in the United States at that time.

The Environmental Protection Agency eventually shuttered the mine
and declared it a Superfund clean-up site.

In April 2011, the Health Department adopted the position that
there were no analytical methods available to reliably confirm
vermiculite did not contain asbestos. Contamination, therefore,
must now be assumed for all vermiculite.

The district undergoes an asbestos inspection from the Onondaga-
Cortland-Madison BOCES safety department every three years. Those
examinations do not, however, include a full inspection of every
school district building, said Stephen Gheen of Gheen Engineering,
who discovered the vermiculite.

Rather, they involve an assessment of all the asbestos-containing
materials that have been previously identified. Gheen was able to
locate the possible asbestos in the high school only because he
was examining the entire building since new construction is
planned throughout the structure.

Gheen prepared a petition for variance from the state's Industrial
Code Rule 56 so the district could start removing the vermiculite
as soon as at a cost of $20,000 to $40,000.

The abatement work, which the district expects to be completed by
Sept. 18, will present no health hazard. All required testing and
certification will take place before the area is re-opened to
students and staff.

During the asbestos removal process, student and staff access to
the area will be blocked by a Plexiglas barrier across the double
doors outside the choral room. As a result, band students will
temporarily meet in the choral room during the first two weeks of
classes and chorus students will meet in the large group
instruction room.

Individual student choral and instrumental lessons, which are not
typically scheduled until the end of September, should not be
disrupted.

"There are no school events scheduled in the high school
auditorium until October, so we're hoping to keep interruptions to
a minimum as school gets under way," Pastel said. "We're grateful
to the community for its patience and understanding as we navigate
this unexpected turn of events."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Barking Riverside Construction Halted by Fibro
---------------------------------------------------------------
Mark Shales writing for Banking and Dagenham Post, reported that
Bellway Homes, who are managing the Barking Riverside development
in conjunction with the Greater London Authority (GLA), confirmed
tests were currently being carried out after toxic fibres were
spotted just off River Road.

Bellway managing director Richard Burrows said: "It's quite common
in regeneration projects like these to find asbestos from time to
time.

"Work will continue as normal in a couple of weeks.

"Once the area has been tested, the asbestos will either be taken
away to elsewhere on the site or permanently removed -- there is
no cause for concern."

Barking has had a long history with asbestos, with Cape Asbestos,
based in Harts Lane from 1913 to 1968, the target of claims from
victims of "environmental" asbestos poisoning for many years.

Joseph Plaskett, 67, of Charlton Crescent, grew up on the Thames
View estate, linked to Barking Riverside by River Road

Earlier he led a petition opposing plans for an asbestos transfer
and waste storage facility at Lyon Business Park, and claims there
is much more asbestos to be found nearby.

"It's a well-known fact that the area was used to dump asbestos,"
he said. "It was just completely open land at the time.

"Anybody that lived here in the 60s will tell you the same -- I'm
sure they'll find more."

"I wouldn't want to live anywhere near asbestos."

A council spokesman said: "As part of the planning permission, the
developer must treat any contamination found to ensure there is no
threat to construction workers or the public.

"Once this remedial work is complete, the developer is required to
produce a report confirming the site is now suitable for
residential use."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Victim's Widow Calls for Witnesses in PI Suit
--------------------------------------------------------------
Sophie Wills, writing for Retford Guardian, reported that Ernest
Hurst, aged 82, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2013.

Mr Hurst's widow contends that he was exposed to asbestos while
working for the Co-operative as a joiner undertaking shopfitting
work at Worksop, Sheffield and Nottingham Co-op premises along
with West Burton Power Station. Ernest undertook this work between
1961 and 1963, between 1966 and 1968 and between 1968 and 1975.

He was never warned of the dangers of asbestos and was exposed to
asbestos dust without being provided with a mask.

Lawyer Simon Matthews, industrial disease specialist at OH
Parsons, has urged people to come forward as witnesses to assist
in a compensation claim and says anyone who worked with Ernest may
be able to help.

He said: "Ernest's family has been left devastated by what has
happened. It is vital that people who worked with Mr Hurst at any
of these premises comes forward in order to give statements about
working conditions there.''

"The risks to health from exposure to asbestos dust have been well
known for decades. The company should have been well aware of the
risks. Had they taken appropriate safety measures, Ernest and his
family would have been spared the effects of this devastating
illness."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Colo. Residents Worry Over Deadly Dust Exposure
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Glen Meek and Kyle Zuelke, writing for Las Vegas Now, the question
on what to do about deadly dust, or naturally occurring asbestos,
in the Boulder City area drew a packed house in Boulder City,
where citizens and scientists gathered to seek answers.

The gathering follows a special report about asbestos by I-Team
Chief Investigator George Knapp.

One of the key issues is whether folks in the Boulder City area
have an increased risk of mesothelioma, a deadly lung disease
linked directly to asbestos exposure.

That is one area where the doctors and the scientists remain
sharply divided.

The community room at the Boulder City Library overflowed with
residents concerned about the discovery of naturally occurring
asbestos in rocks and dust in the Boulder City area.

They heard from two UNLV geologists, a top EPA scientist and the
state's epidemiologist about how asbestos exposure can lead to
mesothelioma.

It was a session long on information, but not necessarily answers.

"Anyone who has asthma or various types of allergies are
definitely affected by that dust," said one resident. "Now, we're
suddenly learning -- well not so suddenly -- but learning that
there's also asbestos in that dust."

"We're grandparents. We want our children to have a place where
they can breathe the air safely," another resident said.

"I apologize for my long windedness, but all I got tonight was a
confirmation that I should be worried about something, but I don't
know what it is," Boulder City resident David Thompson said.

How worried residents should be was a hot topic.

The state's epidemiologist praised the UNLV geologists for
discovering the asbestos in the environment, but disagreed with
them about whether there was a higher incidence of mesothelioma in
the Boulder City area related to naturally occurring asbestos.

"In every place in the country where naturally occurring asbestos
is found -- including our neighbors -- truly, they did not find
significant increase in the risk of developing mesothelioma," he
said.

While the physician and the geologists disagree about the risk,
everyone agreed more monitoring is needed to determine how much
asbestos exposure residents are getting, especially those involved
in activities that stir up dust.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Delays City Mission Housing Opening
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Tina Law, writing for The Press, reported that new temporary
accommodation in New Zealand for families is expected to open in
October, after months of delays.

The City Mission decided more than 12 months ago to convert its
former Hereford Street headquarters into three family apartments.

It had hoped to have the units occupied a year ago, but
construction delays prevented that from happening.

City missioner Michael Gorman said asbestos was found, which led
to the delay.

"It's par for the course in Christchurch."

The project is being funded by Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment (MBIE) and Christchurch City Council.

The original $140,000 estimate was wishful thinking, Gorman said
and the budget had increased to $294,000.

"We're providing three individual units, which is pretty
economic."

MBIE has contributed $115,000 toward the building cost and the
council has picked up the remaining $154,000. The council has also
contributed a $50,000 grant to pay for a social worker to work
with the families and help find them long-term accommodation.

Gorman said families were still living in "awful situations"
across Christchurch and the apartments would help alleviate that
issue.

"We still have people in really substandard houses. Families are
living with other family in overcrowded conditions. There's still
the odd family in cars."

The idea was for the families to live in the apartments only long
enough for staff to find them permanent accommodation.

Gorman said there was still a lack of affordable homes in
Christchurch.

"People should not have to pay any more than 25 per cent of their
income on housing, but they are."

Cr Glenn Livingstone said the council had a moral imperative to
support projects like this one.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Causes Death of Brixham Electrician
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Herald Express reported that an inquest has opened into the death
of a retired electrician from Brixham, England.

Arthur Onslow, 68, of Barnfield Road, Brixham, had been diagnosed
with Mesothelioma having been exposed to asbestos in his working
life.

He was admitted to Rowcroft Hospice on, July 27, where he remained
before he died on, August 24.

Coroner for Plymouth, Torbay, and South Devon Ian Arrow was told
that the cause of death for Mr Onslow, who was born in Liverpool
and was widowed, was malignant mesothelioma.

The inquest was adjourned until a later date, when a full inquest
will be held.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Deaths Increases, EWG Report Says
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An interactive map recently released by the Environmental Working
Group (EWG) shows how much of a toll asbestos exposure has taken
on the United States, the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd
reports. The map shows exactly how many deaths from asbestos-
related diseases occurred in the U.S. from 1999-2013, both at the
state and county level.

According to the EWG, approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. die
annually due to diseases that are caused by exposure to asbestos.
The map shows that, as expected, the most deaths occurred in the
states with the highest populations -- California (21,338),
Florida (14,248), Pennsylvania (14,216), New York (12,146) and
Texas (11,905). However, the EWG reports that, in addition to
Pennsylvania, five states had death rates that exceeded the
national average by 50-100 percent. These states were Delaware
(981), Maine (2,003), Montana (1,135), Washington (7,244) and West
Virginia (2,481).

The EWG included deaths due to asbestosis, mesothelioma and non-
mesothelioma lung cancer in its tabulations. Asbestosis is a
disease that results in scarring of the lungs due to the
inhalation of asbestos fibers, while mesothelioma attacks the
lining of the abdomen and lungs (as well as the heart in some
instances), after asbestos fibers are ingested or inhaled.

"Even though this country has lost thousands and thousands of
people due to asbestos exposure, its use continues to be legal to
this day," said Russell Budd, president and managing shareholder
of the mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd.

Do not hesitate to contact the mesothelioma law firm of Baron &
Budd if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease
or you have lost a loved one due to this type of illness. Call
1.866.700.8994 or send an email to info@baronbudd.com to find out
if you qualify to file an asbestos lawsuit.

         Russell Budd, Esq.
         BARON & BUDD
         Encino Plaza 15910
         Ventura Blvd., Suite 1600
         Encino, CA 91436
         Phone: (818) 839-2333 /(800) 887-6989
         Fax: (818) 986-9698


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Found at Rhos Primary School
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Dean Jones, writing for News North Wales, reported that Conwy
County Council has moved to allay fears after asbestos was found
at a Rhos on Sea primary school.

The hazardous material was found at Ysgol Llandrillo-yn-Rhos
during an inspection before a kitchen revamp which took place
during the school holidays.

With pupils now back at the Elwy Road site after the summer break,
a council spokesperson stated that the building was safe and more
work will be carried out over the October half term.

The spokesperson added: "Work to refurbish the kitchen at Ysgol
Llandrillo-yn-Rhos was scheduled to take place during the summer
holidays.

"This involved undertaking a pre-refurbishment survey, which
included an assessment to confirm the presence or otherwise of
asbestos.

"As expected, in line with the Schools Asbestos Register, Asbestos
Containing Materials (ACMs) were identified and the appropriate
management processes were implemented to ensure that any risks
were mitigated.

"As an additional safeguard the survey was extended to the whole
school.

"The headteacher has been kept informed and air monitoring has
been on-going and will continue on a regular basis to ensure air
quality.

"Further work will take place at October half-term."

Conwy council added that they were managing the asbestos in order
to reduce risk, but did not confirm whether or not any of the
materials will be moved.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Roadwork Crew Dumps Fibro in Toowoomba Park
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Andrew Backhouse, writing for The Chronicle, reported that workers
from an intersection upgrade were responsible for leaving a pile
of deadly asbestos-tainted rubbish at Picnic Point Park, in
Toowomba, Australia.

A Toowoomba Regional Council spokesman said Black Spot Program
works on the corner of Rowbotham and South Sts required water
mains and electricity services to be relocated as part of the
project.

"Spoil from this site was stock-piled at Heller St before it
became apparent the pile contained asbestos cement water pipes.

"Workers cordoned off a pile of spoil containing soil and broken
lengths of decommissioned asbestos-cement water pipes in
Rangeville.

"Council put control measures in place including wrapping an
amount of suspected ac pipe, wetting down the stockpile, cordoning
off the area and contacting a specialist removal company to remove
all suspect material as soon as possible."

Toowoomba Regional Council chief executive officer Brian Pidgeon
said that recent remedial actions had managed the risk to public
health as the pipes had been contained.

He said it would be removed.

"Council staff enacted control procedures the moment the risk was
identified, however, a full incident investigation will be
undertaken as the asbestos materials should have been identified
in the first place so as to ensure proper handling and disposal,"
Mr Pidgeon said.

"Council took immediate action to secure this area so the
materials could be removed by certified contractors.

"A certificate to state the site has been cleared will be issued
by the contractor and council will perform air monitoring over the
weekend and undertake a final inspection before the site is re-
opened.

"We take any safety issue for the public and our workers very
seriously."

Mr Pidgeon said no further works on the water main relocation
project would occur until there had been a full review by
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland to ensure the correct
control procedures were in place.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Contractor in Probation in Contamination Case
--------------------------------------------------------------
David Wren, writing for The Post and Courier, reported that Albert
Dickson, the project manager for an asbestos removal project at
the former L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building, in South Carolina,
will spend two years on probation for lying about whether his
company followed strict legal requirements designed to protect the
environment.

Dickson, 62, also will be required to wear a monitoring device for
three months but his movements will not be restricted, according
to the sentence handed down by Judge Patrick Duffy in federal
court in Charleston.

Duffy said he believes Dickson was "the victim of sabotage by a
subcontractor" and that his actions were not reflective of the
"otherwise outstanding life" Dickson has led.

"While we have to condemn what you did, we don't condemn you,"
Duffy told Dickson during a sentencing hearing. "Hopefully this
will not ruin your life and you will be able to put this behind
you."

Dickson, who lives in New York, had faced a maximum two-year
prison sentence and a maximum fine of $10,000 for lying on a
document his company was required to file under the Clean Water
Act.

According to information filed in the case, Dickson told
investigators with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental
Control that a water filtration system had been installed at the
federal building to prevent asbestos from getting into the city's
sewer system. Investigators learned that the filtration system
wasn't installed after they questioned Dickson during a surprise
inspection prompted by an anonymous complaint.

Investigators, during the surprise inspection conducted June 6,
2011, found open drains to the sewer system filled with asbestos
material. DHEC issued a stop-work order to Dickson's employer,
Gramercy Group Inc., the next day. Gramercy later was allowed to
return and finished the project that fall.

DHEC spokeswoman Cassandra Harris told The Post and Courier
earlier that the asbestos project did not pose a public health
hazard.

"The sewer system where the discharge took place is a closed
system that was not accessible to the public," Harris said.

Duffy, saying he is "not concerned about him ever breaking the law
again," heard excerpts from letters submitted by Dickson's family
and friends who testified to his good character. Bart Daniel,
Dickson's lawyer, said a probationary sentence is appropriate in
his client's case. The U.S. Attorney's office had requested a
three-month jail sentence.

"I'm very sorry for this whole matter," Dickson told Duffy before
his sentencing. "It's something that I'll always deeply regret,
what I put my family through, my wife and children."

Duffy waived a monetary penalty, saying Dickson does not have the
ability to pay a fine. Duffy said he added the monitoring
requirement "just to let you know as a reminder that the
government is here, we care about these things and they are
serious."

The former Rivers federal building at 334 Meeting St., across from
Marion Square, was shut down in 1999 after Hurricane Floyd flooded
the structure, damaged roofs and disrupted asbestos in the
ceilings.

Dewberry Capital, a development firm based in Atlanta, bought the
seven-story structure for $15 million in a government auction in
early 2008, and the city approved plans to convert it into an
upscale hotel in early 2010. Construction of the hotel began last
fall and is expected to be completed by the end.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Australia Gets First Fibro Management Plan
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Andrew Heaton, writing for Sourceable.net, reported that launched
by Employment Minister Eric Abetz, the plan is supported by state
and territory leaders and seeks to coordinate state and local
government efforts as well as establish a national approach toward
handling, removing and promoting awareness about the deadly
material.

Under the framework, which covers until the end of 2018:

   -- Asbestos will be removed in priority areas where asbestos-
containing materials have been assessed to be in poor condition.

   -- Model grading systems, frameworks and processes will be
developed with regard to assessment of the condition of material
which is likely to contain asbestos, the stabilisation and
containment of any such materials which are considered to be in
poor condition and the identification of asbestos contaminated
land.

   -- A 'one-stop-shop' will be created for information on
asbestos related issues.

   -- Programs to raise awareness about asbestos will be reviewed,
gaps in awareness identified and training for workers such as
tradespeople will be provided.

   -- Australia will advocate for a worldwide ban on asbestos
mining and manufacturing and develop strategies to stop asbestos
coming to Australia through imported products.

Abetz said Australia had a legacy of asbestos emanating from
widespread use of the material in construction products prior to a
ban in 1989, and that the plan would see jurisdictions work
together toward long-term practical solutions.

"This plan will result in coordinated effort across the country to
reduce the deadly effects of asbestos on Australians, as well as
help put Australia at the forefront of global efforts to deal with
the deadly substance," he said.

As a high level document, however, the plan does not lay out much
in terms of quantifiable goals, objectives or specified timeframes
for delivery. These are instead being left up to individual
jurisdictions to determine for themselves.

There is no set objective, for example, for having asbestos
removed from all public buildings within Australia by a specified
date.

The plan comes amid growing fears about the extent of the presence
of asbestos -- which if inhaled can cause lung cancer,
mesothelioma and asbestosis -- within buildings and infrastructure
around the country.

According to one estimate, the material may be present in as many
as one-third of all homes throughout the nation.

Meanwhile, with the material continuing to be used in a number of
countries, there are fears asbestos may be coming into Australia
through imported products.

For example, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency says the
material was found in cement compound board imported from China
into the ACT, a type of boiler which had previously been imported
from South Korea in 2008, a shed purchased by a builder over the
internet and a loss circulation material imported from China which
was used in coal-seam-gas drilling rig operations to help prevent
drilling fluids from moving sideways.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Found in Community Hospital Project Site
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Tim Healy, writing for Leicester Mercury, reported that asbestos
will have to be cleared from the site of a delayed community
hospital project, the NHS announced.

NHS Property Services has admitted there are traces of the
potentially cancer-causing material where the proposed
GBP7.8million St Luke's Hospital will be built in Market
Harborough.

But it says the mineral is not hazardous and does not pose a
health risk.

The traces of asbestos are contained in the buried remains of a
previously demolished building.

However specialists will have to be brought in to deal with the
asbestos.

Building work should have started on the St Luke's site in
Leicester Road in the Spring.

However that was cancelled because of a wrangle over agreements
with proposed tenants.

Health campaigner Phil Knowles, who has battled for the new
hospital for 28 years, said: "This is a very disturbing
development.

"We need to be told the level of asbestos contamination and what
is going to be done to ensure the site is clean.

"We also need to be told if the clean up will add to the costs and
of course whether the project will be further delayed.

"I am very disappointed that we have to drag every piece of
information from the NHS. There is no transparency here."

Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier QC who has raised the delays with
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: " The St Luke's project has
become a metaphor for incompetence.

"If there is asbestos present or not or if it is serious or not,
this is simply another example of the problems besetting this
project.

"This project needs to be elevated to the highest political and
official level.

"It seems that this project cannot progress without in-built
delays at every stage."

The NHS admitted the presence of the asbestos after the Leicester
Mercury had seen an official document referring to the mineral on
site.

An NHS Property Services spokesman said: "The underground remains
of the previous buildings on site have been excavated and examined
and some traces of asbestos have been identified.

"However, these have been found to be non-hazardous and there is
no risk to the public.

"The site itself contains no hazardous materials and an
appropriate action plan has been developed to manage the site when
construction of the new hospital commences."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Anglian Ltd Fined for Selling Boiler with Fibro
----------------------------------------------------------------
Jordan Day, writing for Ely News, reported that a demolition and
licensed asbestos removal company has been fined after it sold a
boiler found to contain asbestos.

Norwich Magistrates' Court heard that in May or June 2012, Anglian
Demolition and Asbestos Limited was the contractor for the
demolition and asbestos removal work at the boiler house at the
Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told the court
the firm had removed two boilers from the boiler house and sold
them to Kings Boiler Hire Limited.

One of the boilers was then found to contain asbestos.

Anglian Demolition and Asbestos Limited, which is based on the
Anglian Business Centre in West Carr Rd, Attleborough, Norfolk,
was fined a total of GBP2,750 and ordered to pay GBP1,716 in costs
after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11(2) of the
REACH Enforcement Regulations 2008.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Edward Crick said: "The
dangers of asbestos fibres to health are well known.

"Asbestos fibres, and items that have asbestos intentionally added
to them, are items that cannot legally be placed on the market, as
detailed by requirements of the Registration, Evaluation,
Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation EC
No 1907/2006.

"Placing on the market has a wide definition and includes
supplying or making available, whether in return for payment or
free of charge, to a third party and applies at every stage in the
supply chain."

Lee Storer, managing director of Anglian Demolition and Asbestos
Limited, said: "Although disappointed with the verdict and the
decision to prosecute by the HSE, we deeply regret what was an
unintentional oversight in allowing one of two by six tonne
boilers containing a single asbestos gasket weighing approximately
0.1kg to leave one of our demolition sites for refurbishment at a
specialist boiler sales and hire contractor.

"It was never our intention to allow this onto the open market and
no one had been put at risk.

"The company has had an exemplary health and safety record since
it was formed in 2005 which was recognised by the bench and we
take any procedural failings very seriously.

"We have therefore revised our standard working procedures as one
of the measures to prevent such recurrences."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Gov't Knew of Fibro Risk in Nauru Prison
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Nicole Hasham, writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, reported
that piles of burnt rubble riddled with asbestos lay around a
prison at Nauru where scores of asylum seekers have been held and
government subcontractors have worked, posing a "potentially
serious" health risk, leaked emails show.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection says tests
later showed airborne asbestos fibres were not above "monitoring
thresholds".

But it did not report the potential problem to Comcare, the
federal workplace safety regulator, despite being required to
notify the agency of suspected asbestos exposure relating to the
department's work. Asbestos fibres can cause lung diseases
including cancer.

Confidential emails seen by Fairfax Media reveal government
officials and subcontractors said staff should either wear
protective clothing and masks or avoid the prison entirely.
However, a former staff member alleges those measures were not
implemented, and neither workers nor asylum seekers were protected
while the risk was being assessed.

United Voice, the union representing staff of government
subcontractor Wilson Security, said it has repeatedly raised the
issue of asbestos exposure at Nauru but the company "blatantly
failed to address" it.

The incident will stoke further fears over the welfare of asylum
seekers and workers in the Pacific island nation, host to an
Australian-funded detention centre, which a Senate report found
was "not adequate, appropriate or safe". A New York Times
editorial on described the centre as "purgatory".

Fairfax Media has sighted emails from December in which a
department official said tests had "discovered a potentially
serious asbestos exposure at the prison".

"After the old prison was burnt down in 2007, a new prison was
built on the same site without any clean-up [and] the burnt debris
is still there," she wrote.

The email notes staff from government subcontractor Wilson
Security and detention centre health provider International Health
and Medical Services, "visit the prisoners on occasions".

"It has been suggested all personnel avoid that area if possible,
until a clean-up is organised," the official says, asking for
department staff to be informed.

In other emails, an employee believed to be from Wilson Security
describes the asbestos as "a real concern". She says the reports
of contamination were yet to be formalised but recommended staff
not visit the prison.

"However, we currently have an asylum seeker that requires visits
from our behaviour team once a fortnight . . . which we will not
be undertaking without protective clothing and respiratory mask,"
she says.

Asbestos is a common building material on Nauru.

An email from a senior department official last November said 27
sites on the island were being tested, including refugee
accommodation.

After riots at the detention centre in 2013, about 60 detainees
were arrested and taken to the Nauru prison. Many others have been
held there for other alleged offences or convictions -- sometimes
for years.

In one email, a Wilson Security manager says many staff members
worked in the prison after the riots and its rooms and yards had
been used for training.

Fairfax Media provided details of the emails to the department,
Wilson Security and detention centre operator Transfield Services,
which did not dispute they were genuine.

In July the department told a Senate committee it was aware that
Nauru jail buildings were built with asbestos but it had "not
undertaken any precautionary or constructive works" and had no
plans to do so.

A Comcare spokesman said the agency had not been notified of any
asbestos issues on Nauru by the department or Transfield Services.

"The department has a duty to notify Comcare if a worker suspects
exposure to asbestos where it relates directly to work being
undertaken by the department," he said. This would also apply to
contractors and subcontractors.

The department did not respond to questions over how staff and
asylum seekers were protected when officials were alerted to the
potential asbestos risk, saying only that it "takes safety and
security very seriously and seeks expert advice in relation to any
risks identified".

Three days after first being contacted about the issue by Fairfax
Media, a department spokeswoman said a baseline study indicated
"no airborne asbestos fibres have been detected on Nauru above the
monitoring thresholds" in any location tested.

A former Nauru contractor told Fairfax Media old framing and
rubble lay around the prison, and many staff were concerned the
asbestos risk was being "hidden".

"It was not made public, there were no briefings in regards to
it," the former worker said.

He said "nothing was done" for asylum seekers living at the prison
-- an account confirmed by an asylum seeker previously held there.

Refugee Council of Australia chief executive Paul Power said it
was "outrageous that [asylum seekers] living 24 hours a day seven
days a week in that situation . . . have not been warned of the
dangers or given any support to protect themselves."

Wilson Security and Transfield Services refused to comment.
Transfield revealed its government contract, which expires in
October, was set to be renewed for five more years.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Pensioners Died After Fibro Exposure
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Express & Star reported that Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin
coroner Mr John Ellery ruled in the cases of both Barry Ellis,
from Pattingham and Clive Alister Brogan, from Telford, that their
deaths were as the result of industrial disease.

The separate inquests of both men were heard at Telford Register
Office.

Mr Ellis, aged 66, died on March 17 at Telford's Princess Royal
Hospital while Mr Brogan, 72, of Ashdale Road, Wrockwardine Wood,
passed away on May 16 at the same hospital.

A post-mortem into Mr Ellis' death revealed it was caused by
pneumonia and lung disease as a result of asbestosis.

His daughter Jodie Winfield, through a solicitor, told the hearing
it was believed Mr Ellis had been exposed to asbestos over a
period of 26 years from 1966 to 1992 when he was employed by three
different firms.

They included Willenhall-based Swinnerton & Miller, where he
worked as an explosives and demolition engineer between 1969 and
1972.

The inquest heard Mr Ellis died on the respiratory ward at
Princess Royal shortly after being admitted. His family are
pursuing compensation, the hearing was told.

Concluding his inquest, coroner Mr Ellery said: "I am satisfied
that the asbestosis was caused by exposure to asbestos in the
workplace.

"I do not even have to identify which of the three companies it
was. I am satisfied it would have been some or all of those three.
I record a verdict of death as the result of industrial disease."

Mr Ellery reached the same verdict following the inquest into the
death of Mr Brogan, whose wife Barbara described in a written
statement as a 'fit, strong and healthy' man even into retirement
who loved going on long walks.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: MSU Faces Fibro Negligence Class Suit
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Jillian Duff, writing for Mesothelioma.com, reported that a 61-
year-old man named Lewis Williamson filed a lawsuit against
Morehead State University (MSU) for health problems he believes
were caused by asbestos exposure during his time as a student and
employee. He's only expected to live another two years with the
asbestos disease he developed.

Williamson was at MSU collectively for a total of seven years.
First, from 1998-2002 for his nursing degree, and then again from
2004-2007 to work as a multi-media lab coordinator in the
Department of Nursing. He claims nearly 100 buildings on-campus
potentially contain asbestos.

Asbestos exposure has been attributed to being the root of many
types of health complications, with some being more serious than
others. Many affect the respiratory system and can impact
breathing and lung function.

The lawsuit was filed on August 11 in the Rowan Circuit Court
seeking $1 million in lost wages, $1 million in pain and
suffering, and $20 million in punitive damages. Williamson says
his related health problems have made him unable to work since
2010. The compliant is for negligence and intentional disregard of
the asbestos risks that led to his exposure.

Williamson is also asking for a class action suit against the 100
asbestos-ridden MSU buildings and hopes a $1 billion trust fund
can be created for the medical expenses and damages numerous
others might experience in the future.

"I don't care if I get anything. Anyone who walks in those
buildings is at risk to exposure," he said. "Until I publicize
this, they're not going to address the situation. This has been
going on for years, since 1980 at least. In essence, they don't
value the lives of their students, employees, and visitors."

Even though asbestos was once considered a "miracle mineral" for
its excellent fire and heat-resistant properties, experts now
agree that no amount of exposure to the hazardous material is
safe.

Williamson was diagnosed with asbestos disease in 2014 by Dr.
Ayesha Sikder after the four years of being unable to work and
returning to Kentucky. He had been working on a Native American
reservation in Arizona before that.

"I got offered a job out west and got sick and spent around four
years being unable to work. I came back to Kentucky and sought
medical care. The x-rays came back and I didn't have anything. But
I had this constant pain," he explained. "After Obamacare came, I
got insurance and they paid for a CT scan. That's how I found
out."

MSU would not comment on the filed lawsuit, but Williamson stated
he's not giving up and doesn't care if he gets anything for
himself from the lawsuit. As a nurse, his job is to protect people
hence the litigation to ensure MSU takes the appropriate actions
to protect people on its campus.

"They're going to pay one way or the other. Too many people have
been exposed," said Williamson.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Scottish Govt Called to Address Fibro Issue
------------------------------------------------------------
Jim Milnes, writing for Hawick News, reported that occupational
health researchers from the University of Stirling are calling on
the Scottish Parliament to address an asbestos-related
compensation issue.

Scotland leads the way in protecting the rights of people affected
by asbestos, but an academic report has discovered in certain
circumstances claimants are poorly served within the current
arrangements.

Stirling researchers found people who suffer from pleural plaques,
an asbestos-related condition which affects the lungs and chest,
are forced to second-guess their chances of developing a
potentially fatal condition such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Pleural plaques victims must choose between a smaller provisional
payout enabling them to return to court if then affected by a more
serious condition, or accept a full and final payment, ending all
legal liability.

"It is perfectly understandable that the victim when faced with
such a choice would choose the larger compensation award, but they
cannot possibly grasp the potential effects of a more serious
illness upon them and their family," explained lead researcher
Tommy Gorman, from the University of Stirling's Occupational and
Environmental Health Research Group.

"The Scottish Parliament has produced vital legislation in recent
years to address the devastating impact of asbestos-related
conditions and I believe our report provides a compelling argument
for the need to move quickly to resolve negative impacts on
claimants and their families."

Researchers suggest one possible solution would be to give pleural
plaques stand-alone status, which is in line with similar
approaches taken across Europe. This would enable victims to
receive an award through an alternative payment system and pursue
future court claims in relation to a more serious condition.

Fellow researcher Professor Andrew Watterson added: "An
alternative compensation system such as one similar to that
operated in France under a social insurance scheme would remove
unnecessary pressures on claimants, reduce legal costs for both
the claimant and defender and crucially increase access to
compensation for people negligently affected by asbestos
exposure."

Their findings have been backed by Scottish writer James Kelman,
who worked for a period as an asbestos-mixer. He said: "Any
movement towards justice for the victims of asbestos abuse is
welcome. At this period in the struggle the work being done by the
University of Stirling is crucial. The Scottish Parliament has the
chance to show here its commitment and support not only to the
Research Group but to the many thousands of people whose health
has been damaged irreparably, and fatally in too many cases."

The report will be discussed at a meeting of MSPs from all
parties, ministers, groups representing those with asbestos-
related diseases, health and safety groups, trade unions and
lawyers at the Scottish Parliament on 8 September.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Apache Tribe Conducts Toxic Dust Clean-up
----------------------------------------------------------
WMIcentral.com reported that the White Mountain Apache Tribe
Environmental Protection Office will be conducting asbestos
abatement, hazardous waste removal and demolition of the old
Maintenance Building.

The exact location of the facility is 106 E. Spruce St., the
northeast corner of North 1st and East Spruce streets.

The asbestos abatement, hazardous waste removal, as well as
demolition of the facility will  be conducted immediately. The
tribal has announced that any trespassing before or during the
abatement, hazardous waste removal and demolition of the facility
is prohibited for safety reasons.

Should any non-related activities occur on-site, officials ask
that the office be contacted immediately. The operation schedule
of the abatement, hazardous waste removal and demolishment will be
during daylight hours only.

Any questions, comments or concerns may be directed to the
Environmental Protection Office Public Works/Solid Waste
Department at 928-339-4325 or 928-338-1504/1505.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Port Terminal Sued Over Employee's Fibro Death
---------------------------------------------------------------
Carol Ostrow, writing for Southeast Texas Record, reported that a
railroad worker's estate executors are suing his employers
alleging wrongful death in the man's alleged exposure to asbestos
over the course of his career beginning in 1959 and culminating in
2002.

Chuck L. Harrison and Karen A. Cannon filed a lawsuit individually
and as representatives of the estate of Leon E. Harrison against
Port Terminal Railroad Association of Harris County and its
successor in interest, Union Pacific Railroad Co., in the Houston
Division of the Southern District of Texas on Aug. 31 alleging
negligence dating back to the late 1970s.

The complaint states that the railroad companies were in violation
of the Federal Employers' Liability Act when they allowed Leon
Harrison to work with machinery, tools and equipment associated
with asbestos exposure. According to the lawsuit, the employee was
diagnosed with lung cancer on or about Oct. 5, 2012, and died on
Jan. 25, 2013, at age 73.

Charging the defendants with negligence in their alleged failure
to protect Leon Harrison, the plaintiffs hold the defendants
responsible for failure to avoid asbestos-containing materials,
inspect its equipment thoroughly, warn employees of hazardous
conditions, provide respirators and medical monitoring, and follow
their own policies.

Claiming pain, suffering, anguish, fear, impairment, and medical
expenses for the elder Harrison, the plaintiffs seek actual and
special damages, pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney's fees,
expenses and costs. They are represented by J. Kirkland Sammons of
Sammons & Berry in Houston.

         J. Kirkland Sammons, Esq.
         SAMMONS & BERRY
         4606 Cypress Creek Pkwy #600
         Houston, TX 77069
         Phone: +1 713-425-7200


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Family Sues Chevron Over Fibro-Caused Death
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Molly English-Bowers, writing for Southeast Texas Record, reported
that a Nederland family is suing the workplace of their deceased
husband and father, alleging negligence in exposing him to
asbestos, which they say caused him to develop lung cancer,
leading to his premature death.

Wife Lillian Aycock, as independent executrix of the estate John
Aycock III, and sons Justin Aycock and Chad Aycock filed a lawsuit
June 17 in Jefferson County District Court against Chevron USA,
Gulf Oil Corporation, Able Supply Co. and Guard-Line Inc.,
alleging negligence.

According to the complaint Aycock's employer Chevron caused his
Jan. 16, 2014, death by knowingly exposing him to asbestos in the
course of his work duties.

The suit says Aycock began working at the Gulf Oil refinery in
Port Arthur in 1969, first as a laborer, then a utility helper, a
welder and finally a refinery inspector. The lawsuit states he was
exposed to asbestos-containing materials when he worked as a
laborer, until 1974.

The Aycock family seeks general damages, special damages, punitive
and exemplary damages, as well as a trial by jury, plus legal
costs. They are represented by attorney Tina H. Bradley of Hobson
& Bradley in Beaumont.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Ruling Fuels Bogus Claims
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Christopher Booker, writing for the Telegraph, reported that like
numerous other businesses across the country, a small, long-
established Hertfordshire building firm has been threatened with
bankruptcy over events which allegedly took place 50 years ago --
all because of a controversial judgment by the U.K. Supreme Court
in 2011 which, as I warned at the time, was based on a disastrous
scientific error. Based on no scientific evidence, the judges
ruled in effect that all cases of mesothelioma, a nasty form of
cancer, are caused by exposure to "asbestos".

Had the judges heard any proper scientific evidence, they would
firstly have known that up to 25 per cent of mesotheliomas occur
naturally. But they would also have learnt the vital distinction
between two very different minerals which are both loosely and
unscientifically known as "asbestos".

The "blue" and "brown" forms, fibrous iron silicates, can cause
potentially lethal lung damage. But 90 per cent of "asbestos
products" consist of cement bonded with "white asbestos", a
magnesium silicate, the soft fibres of which soon dissolve in the
lungs and cannot cause mesothelioma.

By recklessly lumping together all types of "asbestos", the
Supreme Court judges set in train just the chain of events I
warned of in 2011. For claims lawyers it promised a field day.
They could begin advertising for anyone with a suspected
mesothelioma who could be quizzed as to where they might ever have
been exposed to asbestos at work or even at their schools -- to
use the Supreme Court ruling as the basis for an automatic
compensation claim.

No medical proof is required to show even that the cancer is
genuinely a mesothelioma, let alone that it was caused by asbestos
(to establish this by analysis of fibres in the lung is very
costly). Under the 2014 Mesothelioma Act, the Government further
boosted the claims industry by setting up a GBP300 million
compensation fund, paid for by insurance companies. But even this
is paltry compared with City estimates that total claims may
amount to GBP5 billion. And the main beneficiaries of all this, as
in America, where a similar system was famously dubbed the "$200
billion miscarriage of justice", are not so much the genuine
victims as the claims lawyers themselves.

Comparisons have been drawn with the scandal a decade ago
involving a similar government-backed scheme to compensate miners
for industrial diseases, when it came to light that one firm of
solicitors had earned GBP115 million in fees for processing
100,000 claims, while most of the miners received less than
GBP1,000.

What too often happens is typified by the plight of the
Hertfordshire building firm. The claims lawyers, supported by the
insurers, target any businesses where their client could have been
in contact with any form of asbestos, or even their schools, to
sue them directly. In the Hertfordshire case, the victim, who has
just died of an alleged mesothelioma, claimed to have worked
several times in the Sixties with guttering and downpipes made of
asbestos cement.

When the firm's owner was sued for GBP300,000, which would put him
out of business, he contacted John Bridle of Asbestos Watchdog,
arguably the country's most experienced practical expert on
asbestos (also supported by the leading independent asbestos
scientists), who has long fought to expose the various scams which
exploit the confusion between the two different minerals.

Earlier the firm's lawyers, on Bridle's advice, demanded clear
medical evidence of a link between the man's disease and an
asbestos product named in the claim, which has never in fact
existed. Since then the claims lawyers have gone quiet.
As Bridle says: "This has happened in all the similar cases I have
been involved in, only one of which I could see was genuine, when
I immediately advised that compensation should be paid. The real
victims of this racket are the genuine cases who may well receive
less because, thanks to that Supreme Court ruling, they are being
muddled in with the very much larger number of claims which are
wholly spurious and never put to any proper evidential test."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Found in Hundreds of Shropshire Buildings
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Shropshire Star reported that schools, libraries, fire stations
and daycare centres are included on a list of buildings in
Shropshire, England.

Although the substance is not deemed dangerous, if disturbed its
fibres cause long-term lung problems like mesothelioma, lung
cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.

Overall there are 391 sites across Shropshire with asbestos, of
which around 175 are schools, 13 libraries, 10 fire stations, and
about 10 leisure facilities including swimming pools.

Telford & Wrekin Council has a total of 62 buildings containing
the substance. Oakengates Theatre in Telford, Prees gipsy and
traveller site near Market Drayton and Shrewsbury Crown Court are
among buildings that have asbestos.

The building that contains the most traces of asbestos is The
Shirehall in Shrewsbury, where 398 samples were found during an
inspection.

This is followed by the Grove School in Market Drayton with 270
samples and Idsall School in Shifnal with 257.

Neither council has needed to shut any of the sites and they say
no current or former employees have reported any health issues
relating to asbestos.

Dealing with the issue, Telford & Wrekin Council has spent a total
of GBP280,000 since 2011, while Shropshire Council has spent
GBP174,423 since 2013.

The councils say the money was used to cover inspections, updating
records, and removing, enclosing or encapsulating known asbestos
as a result of annual inspections or planned building
refurbishments.

Steph Jackson, Shropshire Council's head of commercial services,
said: "We take our duties with regards to asbestos extremely
seriously and undertake our duties to ensure the safety of the
public and school users."

Diseases caused by the substance still kills about 5,000 workers
each year, which is more than the number of people killed in road
accidents across the UK.

The Health and Safety Executive also states that around 20
tradesman die each week as a result of past exposure to the
substance.

Asbestos can be present in any building that was built or
refurbished before the year 2000.

Figures show the challenge faced by councils as they attempt to
deal with buildings that were constructed before the dangers of
asbestos became known.

Other sites that contain asbestos include Raven Meadows car park
in Shrewsbury, Newport Girls High and Whitchurch Civic Centre.

The substance is rarely removed from the buildings as it is not
deemed dangerous unless disturbed during demolition or
refurbishment.

But the list of problem buildings has been created to ensure that
nobody is placed in danger when work is carried out in the future.

If a sample is found to be "high risk" while inspections are
carried out, actions will be made to reduce the risk of harm.

In the on-site asbestos register produced by Shropshire Council
one per cent of samples are high risk, 24 per cent are medium
risk, and 75 per cent are low risk.

Shropshire Councils says it has not closed any buildings due to
asbestos being present in recent years. The council also says it
has no records of people who use these buildings suffering ill
health caused by the substance.

Steph Jackson, Shropshire Council's head of commercial services,
said: "In keeping with the current Health and Safety Executive
guidance, all known asbestos samples in council-managed buildings
are reinspected at least annually to evaluate the risk associated
with each one.

"Each asbestos sample has the risk sorted in order to establish
its risk priority.

"The number of samples, sites and the ratio of risk priorities
changes daily, as re-inspection surveys are completed and ongoing
removal and remedial works are completed.

"The expenditure covers inspecting and monitoring the condition of
known asbestos and updating the records, and removing, enclosing
or encapsulating known asbestos as a result of the annual
inspections or planned building refurbishments.

"I believe this demonstrates that we take our duties with regards
to asbestos extremely seriously and undertake our duties to ensure
the safety of the public and school users."

Russell Griffin, of Telford & Wrekin Council, said: "In accordance
with the control of asbestos regulations the council has in place
asbestos management surveys for its properties, these include both
operational and educational buildings.

"From these surveys asbestos containing materials are known to be
present in 62 properties.

"There are no schools or operational properties that are not being
used because of the presence of asbestos."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: White Collar Workers Warned of Mesothelioma
------------------------------------------------------------
Sunderland Echo reported that the North East's toll of absbestos-
related illness is increasingly affecting white collar workers, a
solicitor has warned.

Industrial workers have previously been most affected by the
tragedy, because of the region's legacy of heavy industry,

But John Hall, Managing Partner with Tilly Bailey & Irvine
Solicitors, said increasing numbers of white collar workers were
succumbing to asbestos-related diseases following years of low-
level workplace exposure -- but claims against their employers
were proving difficult to substantiate.

The British Medical Journal recently predicted a rise in the
number of asbestos-related diseases, likely to peak around 2020.
The deadliest such disease is mesothelioma, for which there is no
cure.

"Mesothelioma has mostly affected those who have worked in heavy
industry without protection against the asbestos dust they were
exposed to," said Mr Hall.

"However, more recently cases have appeared where teachers and
office workers have developed this disease.

"These occupations were not previously considered at risk, but the
evidence shows low level exposure to the dust is sufficient to
cause disease.

"Mesothelioma develops between 25 and 50 years after the asbestos
exposure, and many of the cases we see now involve exposure in the
1960s and 70s.

"At that time many white collar workers would have been
unknowingly exposed to low levels of the dust in their workplace.

"Only now is it revealing itself as the disease develops."

"While it is difficult to substantiate a claim against the owners
of the building where a person worked, or the local authority if
applicable, we are expecting increasing numbers of such cases in
the coming years."

"A lawyer who is tracking relevant case law will be best able to
advise anyone suffering from this disease," he said.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Coles Closes Site Due to Toxic Dust
----------------------------------------------------
Lawrence Machado, writing for Daily Telegraph, reported that
community uproar has forced supermarket giant Coles to close off
their site for a proposed supermarket at Box Hill, over fears of
asbestos contamination.

According to "disgusted" Castle Hill Liberal MP, Ray Williams, who
raised the matter in Parliament, Coles had leased the site to a
contractor who.

Coles said they are working with The Hills Shire Council to make
the site safe.

"As soon as we were made aware of this issue we immediately
evicted the tenants," a Coles spokeswoman said. "We have been
working closely with the local council to ensure the site is
secure and safe and are currently preparing to undertake the
remediation process as quickly and safely as possible."

MASTER PLAN FOR $4B BOX HILL DEVELOPMENT

On past experience in these matters, it has always fallen to the
sometimes unfortunate OWNERS of the land to ultimately pay for the
clean-up and or removal of contaminated waste, if other parties
cannot be found or prosecuted.

One of the residents, Bob Cockerill, said he fears the potential
for deadly illnesses caused by the asbestos.

"My kids and grandkids live in this area and I am concerned for
them and all the other kids in the area," Mr Cockerill said.

"I was a contractor many years ago and know how bad it can be."
What we want is for Coles to take responsibility and get licensed
contractors to properly secure the facility as it's a health
hazard. Five years ago a young man in the area died from disease
associated with asbestos and it was very tragic."

PARAMEDIC WHO LOVES HIS JOB

Mr Williams told the Rouse Hill Times he will pursue Coles until
the site is remediated.

"On behalf of the safety of the families in my community, Coles
should immediately clean this site thoroughly and then pursue the
offenders who dumped the contaminated rubbish," Mr Williams said.

In Parliament Mr Williams said: "In July, a local resident in my
electorate noticed waste building materials being illegally
deposited late at night onto a five-acre block of rural land in
Box Hill, and raised the alarm immediately with the council.

"The council inspected the property at 25 Terry Road, Box Hill,
and issued a clean-up notice to a company by the name of Demo Worx
on 15 August to be implemented by 16 September 2015.

"On 17 August, another resident contacted me advising that the
owner of this site had put a leaflet into residents' letterboxes
stating that asbestos of both a friable and bonded nature has been
detected on the site."

"As we know, friable asbestos is 100 per cent pure and, because it
is very soft, it can become airborne and extremely dangerous if it
is blown around. If it is subsequently breathed in, it can cause
asbestosis and/or mesothelioma.

"The resident who contacted me, said that at the time a westerly
wind was blowing straight across nearby homes, which are as close
as 30 meters from that dangerous material.

"At the time the asbestos had not been buried or covered and was
exposed to the elements.

"It was just lying in a heap on the property. Several very young
children live with families in adjoining properties.

"I contacted the council immediately and was advised that the
owner of the property is none other than Coles Supermarkets. Coles
apparently purchased this five-acre rural block of ground at
number 25 Terry Road, Box Hill.

"The property is in the middle of a new residential release area.
The site eventually will be used for a new Coles Supermarket as
the area develops.

"In the meantime, Coles has leased the property to receive
some income from its investment until construction of the
supermarket begins. The company that Coles leased the site to is
KMAC Waste Services Pty Ltd trading under the business name of
Demo Worx. Demo Worx is a demolition company that removes waste
materials from building sites across Sydney.

"Following my latest representations to the council, the property
is now in virtual lockdown with a 24-hour security guard parked
outside. There is an encompassing mesh and steel boundary fence
with several large "Keep Out, Asbestos" signs on it."

A representative for the Seven Hills-based Demo Worx declined to
provide a response, when contacted by Rouse Hill Times.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Kingston Man Appeals for Info on Father's Death
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Rachel Burford, writing for Kingston Guardian, reported that a man
whose research physicist father died of asbestos-related cancer is
appealing for colleagues who may have known him in the 1970s.

Norman Crevis, who lived in Dysart Avenue, Kingston, was 80 years-
old when he died in March 2012 in the Princess Alice Hospice in
Esher.

He died from Mesothelioma, the type of cancer most commonly
associated with asbestos exposure.

Mr Crevis' son Jonathan believes his father may have been exposed
to asbestos when he worked in the research department at the
Electrical Research Association (ERA) in Leatherhead from 1967
until 1973.

He said: "He had a number of jobs over the years and, based on
some of the work he did, it seems like the most likely place he
was exposed.

"If any witnesses that knew him at the time and could come forward
and confirm whether he was or wasn't exposed while working at ERA
that would help us.

"It would also help any other potential asbestos-related cases.

"We just want to know how and why he died the way he did."

An inquest into the death ruled the most-likely cause of death
would have been asbestos.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Watts Water Has 250 Fibro Suits at March 29
------------------------------------------------------------
Watts Water Technologies, Inc., is defending 250 lawsuits alleging
injury or death as a result of exposure to asbestos, according to
the Company's Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended March 29, 2015.

The Company is defending approximately 250 lawsuits in different
jurisdictions, alleging injury or death as a result of exposure to
asbestos. The complaints in these cases typically name a large
number of defendants and do not identify any particular Company
products as a source of asbestos exposure. To date, discovery has
failed to yield evidence of substantial exposure to any Company
products and no judgments have been entered against the Company.

Watts Water Technologies, Inc., (Watts Water) designs,
manufactures and sells water safety and flow control products. The
Company operates through three segments: Americas; Europe, Middle
East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia-Pacific. It offers a range of
products in terms of design distinction, size and configuration.
It classifies its products into four product lines, including
residential and commercial flow control products, which includes
products for plumbing and hot water applications; heating,
ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and gas products,
including hydronic and electric heating systems for under-floor
radiant applications, commercial high-efficiency boilers, water
heaters and heating solutions, custom heat and hot water
solutions; drainage and water re-use products, including drainage
products and engineered rain water harvesting solutions, and water
quality products, including point-of-use and point-of-entry water
filtration, conditioning and scale prevention systems.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Roper Tech Continues to Defend Fibro Claims
------------------------------------------------------------
Roper Technologies, Inc., continues to defend itself against
asbestos-related litigation claims, according to the Company's
Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

Over recent years there has been an increase in certain U.S.
states in asbestos-related litigation claims against numerous
industrial companies. Roper or its subsidiaries have been named
defendants in some such cases. No significant resources have been
required by Roper to respond to these cases and the Company
believes it has valid defenses to such claims and, if required,
intends to defend them vigorously. Given the state of these claims
it is not possible to determine the potential liability, if any.

Roper Technologies, Inc. (Roper), formerly Roper Industries, Inc.,
is a diversified technology company. The Company operates in four
segments, including Medical and Scientific Imaging segment, which
offers products and software in medical applications and digital
imaging products; RF Technology segment, which provides radio
frequency identification (RFID) communication technology and
software solutions; Industrial Technology segment, which produces
fluid handling pumps, materials analysis equipment and
consumables, leak testing equipment, flow measurement and metering
equipment and water meter and automatic meter reading products and
systems, and Energy Systems and Controls segment, which produces
control systems, fluid properties testing equipment, industrial
valves and controls, vibration sensors and controls, and non-
destructive inspection and measurement products and solutions.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: W.R. Grace Accrues $400K for Two PD Claims
-----------------------------------------------------------
W.R. Grace & Co., has accrued $400,000 relating to two asbestos
property damage claims, according to the Company's Form 10-Q
filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the
quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

Grace emerged from an asbestos-related Chapter 11 bankruptcy on
February 3, 2014 (the "Effective Date"). Under its plan of
reorganization, all pending and future asbestos-related claims are
channeled for resolution to either a personal injury trust (the
"PI Trust") or a property damage trust (the "PD Trust"). The
trusts are the sole recourse for holders of asbestos-related
claims. The channeling injunctions issued by the bankruptcy court
prohibit holders of asbestos-related claims from asserting such
claims directly against Grace.

Following the repurchase of the warrant issued to the PI Trust in
connection with emergence from bankruptcy, Grace has satisfied all
of its financial obligations to the PI Trust.

Grace has fixed and contingent obligations remaining to the PD
Trust. With respect to property damage claims related to Grace's
former attic insulation product installed in the U.S. ("ZAI PD
Claims"), the PD Trust was funded with $34.4 million on the
Effective Date. Grace is obligated to make a payment of $30
million to the PD Trust in respect of ZAI PD Claims on February 3,
2017, and has recorded a liability of $28.4 million representing
the present value of this amount in "debt payable after one year"
in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. Grace is also
obligated to make up to 10 contingent deferred payments of $8
million per year to the PD Trust in respect of ZAI PD Claims
during the 20-year period beginning on the fifth anniversary of
the Effective Date, with each such payment due only if the assets
of the PD Trust in respect of ZAI PD Claims fall below $10 million
during the preceding year. Grace has not accrued for the 10
additional payments since Grace does not currently believe they
are probable. Grace is not obligated to make additional payments
to the PD Trust in respect of ZAI PD Claims beyond the payments.
Grace has satisfied all of its financial obligations with respect
to Canadian ZAI PD Claims.

With respect to other asbestos property damage claims ("Other PD
Claims"), claims unresolved as of the Effective Date are to be
litigated in the bankruptcy court and any future claims are to be
litigated in a federal district court, in each case pursuant to
procedures to be approved by the bankruptcy court. To the extent
any such Other PD Claims are determined to be allowed claims, they
are to be paid in cash by the PD Trust. Grace is obligated to make
a payment to the PD Trust every six months in the amount of any
Other PD Claims allowed during the preceding six months plus
interest (if applicable) and the amount of PD Trust expenses for
the preceding six months (the "PD Obligation"). The aggregate
amount to be paid under the PD Obligation is not capped and Grace
may be obligated to make additional payments to the PD Trust in
respect of the PD Obligation. Grace has accrued for those
unresolved Other PD Claims that it believes are probable and
estimable. Grace has not accrued for other unresolved or
unasserted Other PD Claims as it does not believe that payment is
probable. As of March 31, 2015, Grace has accrued $0.4 million
since the Effective Date related to two Other PD Claims that were
filed in the bankruptcy but were not resolved until after the
Effective Date.

All payments to the PD Trust required after the Effective Date are
secured by the Company's obligation to issue 77,372,257 shares of
Company common stock to the PD Trust in the event of default,
subject to customary anti-dilution provisions.

W.R. Grace & Co. (Grace) is engaged in the production and sale of
specialty chemicals and specialty materials on a global basis. The
Company operates in three segments: Grace Catalysts Technologies,
which includes catalysts and related products and refining,
petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing technologies; Grace
Materials Technologies, which includes packaging technologies and
engineered materials, and Grace Construction Products, which
includes specialty construction chemicals and specialty building
materials. Its brands include Sylojet, Syloid, Shieldex, Sylosiv,
Sylowhite, Durafill, Ludox, Sylodent, Syloblanc, Daraclar, Trisyl,
Perkasil, Phonosorb, Sylobead, Cryosiv, Safetysorb, Poliedge,
Sylobloc, Synthetech, Davisil, Vydac, Modcol, Spring, Multipacker,
Reveleris, Revealx, Graceresolv, Visionht, Vydac, Alltech,
Alltima, Sodasorb, Darex, Daraform, Daraseal, Darablend, Sincera,
Celox, Apperta and Sistiaga.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Con Edison Accrues $8-Mil. Fibro Liability
-----------------------------------------------------------
Consolidated Edison, Inc., accrued $8 million liability for
asbestos suits, according to the Company's Form 10-Q filing with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarterly
period ended March 31, 2015.

Suits have been brought in New York State and federal courts
against the Utilities and many other defendants, wherein a large
number of plaintiffs sought large amounts of compensatory and
punitive damages for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by
exposure to asbestos at various premises of the Utilities. The
suits that have been resolved, which are many, have been resolved
without any payment by the Utilities, or for amounts that were
not, in the aggregate, material to them. The amounts specified in
all the remaining thousands of suits total billions of dollars;
however, the Utilities believe that these amounts are greatly
exaggerated, based on the disposition of previous claims. At March
31, 2015, Con Edison had accrued its estimated aggregate
undiscounted potential liabilities for these suits and additional
suits that may be brought over the next 15 years of $8 million.
The estimates were based upon a combination of modeling,
historical data analysis and risk factor assessment. Trial courts
have begun, and unless otherwise determined by an appellate court
may continue, to apply a different standard for determining
liability in asbestos suits than the standard that applied
historically. As a result, the Companies currently believe that
there is a reasonable possibility of an exposure to loss in excess
of the liability accrued for the suits. The Companies are unable
to estimate the amount or range of such loss.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) is a holding company, which
owns Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), which
delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to customers in New
York City and Westchester County; Orange and Rockland Utilities,
Inc. (O&R) (together with CECONY referred to as the Utilities),
which delivers electricity and natural gas to customers primarily
located in southeastern New York, and northern New Jersey and
northeastern Pennsylvania, and competitive energy businesses,
which provide retail and wholesale electricity supply and energy
services. CECONY's business operations are its regulated electric,
gas and steam delivery businesses. O&R's business operations are
its regulated electric and gas delivery businesses. In July 2012,
Consolidated Edison Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of Con
Edison, and GCL Solar Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited, acquired two solar photovoltaic
projects.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Con Edison's CECONY Accrues $7MM Fibro Liability
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Consolidated Edison, Inc., reported that its subsidiary,
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), accrued $7
million liability for asbestos suits, according to the Company's
Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

Suits have been brought in New York State and federal courts
against the Utilities and many other defendants, wherein a large
number of plaintiffs sought large amounts of compensatory and
punitive damages for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by
exposure to asbestos at various premises of the Utilities. The
suits that have been resolved, which are many, have been resolved
without any payment by the Utilities, or for amounts that were
not, in the aggregate, material to them. The amounts specified in
all the remaining thousands of suits total billions of dollars;
however, the Utilities believe that these amounts are greatly
exaggerated, based on the disposition of previous claims. At March
31, 2015, CECONY had accrued its estimated aggregate undiscounted
potential liabilities for these suits and additional suits that
may be brought over the next 15 years of $7 million. The estimates
were based upon a combination of modeling, historical data
analysis and risk factor assessment. Trial courts have begun, and
unless otherwise determined by an appellate court may continue, to
apply a different standard for determining liability in asbestos
suits than the standard that applied historically. As a result,
the Companies currently believe that there is a reasonable
possibility of an exposure to loss in excess of the liability
accrued for the suits. The Companies are unable to estimate the
amount or range of such loss. In addition, certain current and
former employees have claimed or are claiming workers'
compensation benefits based on alleged disability from exposure to
asbestos. Under its current rate plans, CECONY is permitted to
defer as regulatory assets (for subsequent recovery through rates)
costs incurred for its asbestos lawsuits and workers' compensation
claims.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) is a holding company, which
owns Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), which
delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to customers in New
York City and Westchester County; Orange and Rockland Utilities,
Inc. (O&R) (together with CECONY referred to as the Utilities),
which delivers electricity and natural gas to customers primarily
located in southeastern New York, and northern New Jersey and
northeastern Pennsylvania, and competitive energy businesses,
which provide retail and wholesale electricity supply and energy
services. CECONY's business operations are its regulated electric,
gas and steam delivery businesses. O&R's business operations are
its regulated electric and gas delivery businesses. In July 2012,
Consolidated Edison Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of Con
Edison, and GCL Solar Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited, acquired two solar photovoltaic
projects.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Con Edison Accrues $50MM Rupture Liability
-----------------------------------------------------------
Consolidated Edison, Inc., accrued its estimated liability of $50
million relating to suits due to the rupture of its subsidiary's
steam main in midtown Manhattan for the suits, according to the
Company's Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

In July 2007, a CECONY steam main located in midtown Manhattan
ruptured. It has been reported that one person died and others
were injured as a result of the incident. Several buildings in the
area were damaged. Debris from the incident included dirt and mud
containing asbestos. The response to the incident required the
closing of several buildings and streets for various periods.
Approximately ninety suits are pending against the Company seeking
generally unspecified compensatory and, in some cases, punitive
damages, for personal injury, property damage and business
interruption. The Company has notified its insurers of the
incident and believes that the policies in force at the time of
the incident will cover the Company's costs to satisfy its
liability to others in connection with the suits. In the Company's
estimation, there is not a reasonable possibility that an exposure
to loss exists for the suits that is materially in excess of the
estimated liability accrued. At March 31, 2015, the Company has
accrued its estimated liability for the suits of $50 million and
an insurance receivable in the same amount.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. (Con Edison) is a holding company, which
owns Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (CECONY), which
delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to customers in New
York City and Westchester County; Orange and Rockland Utilities,
Inc. (O&R) (together with CECONY referred to as the Utilities),
which delivers electricity and natural gas to customers primarily
located in southeastern New York, and northern New Jersey and
northeastern Pennsylvania, and competitive energy businesses,
which provide retail and wholesale electricity supply and energy
services. CECONY's business operations are its regulated electric,
gas and steam delivery businesses. O&R's business operations are
its regulated electric and gas delivery businesses. In July 2012,
Consolidated Edison Development, a wholly owned subsidiary of Con
Edison, and GCL Solar Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited, acquired two solar photovoltaic
projects.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Noble Corp. Has 45 Fibro Lawsuits at March 31
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Noble Corporation plc has 45 asbestos-related lawsuits, according
to the Company's Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

The Company states: "We are from time to time a party to various
lawsuits that are incidental to our operations in which the
claimants seek an unspecified amount of monetary damages for
personal injury, including injuries purportedly resulting from
exposure to asbestos on drilling rigs and associated facilities.
At March 31, 2015, there were 45 asbestos related lawsuits in
which we are one of many defendants. These lawsuits have been
filed in the United States in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi
and Texas. We intend to vigorously defend against the litigation.
We do not believe the ultimate resolution of these matters will
have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results
of operations or cash flows."

Noble Corporation plc is an offshore drilling contractor for the
oil and gas industry. The Company performs contract drilling
services through its subsidiaries. In August 2014, the Company
announced that it has completed the spin-off of Paragon Offshore
plc.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Houston Wire Continues to Defend PI Lawsuits
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Houston Wire & Cable Company continues to defend itself against
asbestos-related individual personal injury lawsuits, according to
the Company's Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

As part of the acquisition of Southwest Wire Rope and Southern
Wire made in 2010, the Company assumed the liability for the post-
remediation monitoring of the water quality at one of the acquired
facilities in Louisiana. The expected liability of $95 at March
31, 2015 relates to the cost of the monitoring, which the Company
estimates will be incurred over approximately the next 2 years,
and also the cost to plug the wells. Remediation work was
completed prior to the acquisition in accordance with the
requirements of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

The Company, along with many other defendants, has been named in a
number of lawsuits in the state courts of Illinois, Minnesota,
North Dakota, and South Dakota alleging that certain wire and
cable which may have contained asbestos caused injury to the
plaintiffs who were exposed to this wire and cable. These lawsuits
are individual personal injury suits that seek unspecified amounts
of money damages as the sole remedy. It is not clear whether the
alleged injuries occurred as a result of the wire and cable in
question or whether the Company, in fact, distributed the wire and
cable alleged to have caused any injuries. The Company maintains
general liability insurance that, to date, has covered the defense
of and all costs associated with these claims. In addition, the
Company did not manufacture any of the wire and cable at issue,
and the Company would rely on any warranties from the
manufacturers of such cable if it were determined that any of the
wire or cable that the Company distributed contained asbestos
which caused injury to any of these plaintiffs. In connection with
ALLTEL's sale of the Company in 1997, ALLTEL provided indemnities
with respect to costs and damages associated with these claims
that the Company believes it could enforce if its insurance
coverage proves inadequate.

There are no legal proceedings pending against or involving the
Company that, in management's opinion, based on the current known
facts and circumstances, are expected to have a material adverse
effect on the Company's consolidated financial position, cash
flows, or results from operations.

Houston Wire & Cable Company is a holding company. The Company is
a provider of electrical and mechanical wire and cable, hardware
and related services. Its cable management program includes
purchasing and storing inventory for product availability. It
offers products in categories of wire and cable, including
continuous and interlocked armor cable; control and power cable;
electronic wire and cable; flexible and portable cord;
instrumentation and thermocouple cable; lead and high temperature
cable; medium voltage cable; premise and category wire and cable;
primary and secondary aluminum distribution cable; steel wire rope
and wire rope slings, and synthetic fiber rope slings, chain,
shackles, and other related hardware. It also offers private
branded products, including its brand LifeGuard, a low-smoke,
zero-halogen cable. Its products are used in repair and
replacement work, also referred to as maintenance, repair and
operations (MRO), and related projects.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Huntington Ingalls Continues to Defend PI Cases
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Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc., continues to defend itself
against a longstanding series of asbestos-related cases, according
to the Company's Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

HII and its predecessors-in-interest are defendants in a
longstanding series of cases that have been and continue to be
filed in various jurisdictions around the country, wherein former
and current employees and various third parties allege exposure to
asbestos containing materials while on or associated with HII
premises or while working on vessels constructed or repaired by
HII. The cases allege various injuries, including those associated
with pleural plaque disease, asbestosis, cancer, mesothelioma and
other alleged asbestos related conditions. In some cases, several
of HII's former executive officers are also named as defendants.
In some instances, partial or full insurance coverage is available
to the Company for its liability and that of its former executive
officers. Although the Company believes the ultimate resolution of
these cases will not have a material effect on its consolidated
financial position, results of operations or cash flows, it cannot
predict what new or revised claims or litigation might be asserted
or what information might come to light and can, therefore, give
no assurances regarding the ultimate outcome of asbestos related
litigation.

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII) designs, builds,
overhauls and repairs ships for the United States Navy and the
United States Coast Guard. The Company is the designer, builder
and refueler of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, the builder of
amphibious assault and expeditionary warfare ships for the United
States Navy and the sole builder of National Security Cutters for
the United States Coast Guard. The Company designs and builds
nuclear-powered submarines for the United States Navy and builds
the Navy's fleet of DDG51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The
Company operates its shipbuilding business through Huntington
Ingalls Incorporated subsidiary, which is organized into two
segments: Ingalls Shipbuilding (Ingalls), which includes non-
nuclear ship design, construction, repair and maintenance
businesses, and Newport News Shipbuilding (Newport News), which
includes the nuclear ship design, construction, overhaul,
refueling, and repair and maintenance businesses.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bus Mechanic Dies of Fibro Cancer
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Paul Cheston, writing for London Evening Standard, reported that a
widow appealed for former workmates of her late husband to help
her win justice after his asbestos-related death.

Bob Mannion had been a mechanic in the Tottenham and Hackney bus
garages in 1967 to 1969.  He died aged 65 in January 2013 from the
asbestos cancer mesothelioma convinced he had been exposed to the
deadly dust when working on the bus brake shoes and linings at
that time.

His wife Sue, a legal secretary from Chingford, has now instructed
lawyers to sue Transport for London who deny liability.

"He had been a very fit and healthy man and he had it all to look
forward to after working so hard," said Mrs Mannion.

"When he died he had only just got his state pension yet he had
never drawn it because he was hospital."

Mr Mannion lived in Westbourne Road, Tottenham when he was a
trainee mechanic changing the brake linings.  She described how he
was supplied with a boiler suit but not a mask when blowing the
asbestos dust away from the worn brake shoe parts that had to be
replaced while others swept up the dust around him.  He also had
to brush the brake pads with a wire brush, she said.

"It was all enclosed in a big workshop and that was the only job
he did when he was there," she added.

"I'm asking for anyone who worked with him at the time to come
forward, particularly mechanics, to provide details of the work,
the methods and the conditions. Bob was one of the youngest
working there at the time."

After two years working on the buses Mr Mannion left and later
became an ice cream seller, an insurance salesman and a driving
instructor, none of which involved exposure to asbestos, she said.

All was well until September 2012 when he suddenly fell ill and
short of breath while on holiday in Marbella.

After agonizing hospital treatment in Spain and in London he was
diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is like a tumour on the lung,
on Hallowe'en in October that year and died little more than two
months later.

A Transport for London spokesperson said: "We were sorry to hear
of the death of Mr Mannion.  The case has been investigated
previously and the evidence obtained suggests that Mr Mannion was
not exposed to asbestos dust during his employment with London
Transport, a predecessor organization to TfL.

"However, we will now undertake a further detailed review of the
case and will contact Mrs Mannion's lawyers.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Victim Groups Divided Over Abolition of Board
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Lucy McNally, writing for ABC News, reported that a decision to
dismantle a board that oversees compensation claims for people
with asbestos-related diseases in New South Wales has divided
victims' groups.

Set up in 1927, the Dust Diseases Board met once a month to assess
compensation applications from people with asbestos-related
diseases.

Under changes announced, that organization will become the Dust
Diseases Authority, but the State Government insists the staff
will stay on and there will be no reduction in benefits.

However, the board overseeing the current Dust Diseases Board will
be abolished.

It comprises of three union members, three employers and a
chairperson.

Finance Minister Dominic Perrotet said those seven people had been
told their appointments would be terminated, but they could apply
for jobs on a new advisory committee.

"We want to retain the current expertise of the board and we
encourage those members who have the expertise from the board to
apply," he said.

"But we'd also like to get input from victims' groups and victims
to advise the government on dust diseases."

The changes will also see the establishment of a new body -- the
Care and Insurance Board.

The Minister said the new organization would process claims
faster.

"Under the current arrangements the compensation applications can
only be processed on a monthly basis," Mr Perrotet said.

"But under the changes that we're bringing in, they'll be assessed
on a more timely basis -- every day."

'We're deeply, deeply suspicious'

Asbestos Diseases Foundation president Barry Robson said he was
sceptical about the new model.

"We're deeply, deeply suspicious," he said.

"Why change something that has been working for nearly four
decades?

"There's never been a hint of scandal, there's never been a hint
of someone rorting the system, nothing."

Mr Robson said he would welcome any change that led to victims and
their families receiving payments quickly, but said the Government
had been light on detail.

"If they can process claims faster that's a plus, but we don't
know all the other stuff," he said.

"My underlying concern is that services to victims will dissipate
or the amount of compensation could shrink.

"Or the services that the board now supplies to victims, such as
having a contractor coming over to mow the lawn or installing a
shower in their house or putting an oxygen generator in their
home, we're worried that they could disappear."

Asbestos awareness group welcomes invitation to victims' groups

But the Bernie Banton Foundation, an asbestos awareness and
advocacy group, applauded the move.

"Any reform by the NSW Government of the Dust Diseases Board that
guarantees the maintaining of current levels of benefits and
services, along with streamlining the application process, can
only be seen as positive," the foundation said in a statement.

"We are encouraged that the Baird Government is aiming to reduce
approval time of applications."

The statement went on to congratulate the Government for inviting
victims' groups to be represented on the new advisory committee.

"The fact the proposed advisory committee will for the first time
give victims' support organizations a direct input on how victims
are helped, will be of significant benefit to sufferers," it said.

Opposition Leader Luke Foley Labor called on the Government to
reverse the decision.

"I heard the Minister talking about his desire for a scheme that
looks after its customers," he said.

"I'd say to the Minister -- these people aren't customers, they're
victims, have a bit of compassion."

Mr Foley said he could not understand the decision.

"There's no public policy rationale for this decision, perhaps
it's an ideological agenda from a Minister trying to make a name
for himself," he said.

Dust Diseases Board handles families with care: widow

Maree Stokes lost her husband to asbestos-related disease in 2003.

"He was probably only 19 when he was an apprentice panel beater,"
she said.

"They used to put the asbestos in their hands and make a paste and
they'd put it up underneath the dashboard and then they'd weld and
he'd go home with it all over his head, and hands and hair."

Now vice president of the Asbestos Diseases Foundation, Mrs Stokes
said the Dust Diseases Board continued to handle families with the
care they needed.

"I think it was in 1997 when we first approached the board, they
were just great," she said.

"They made sure I was compensated fortnightly with a small amount
to help me get through all the times I had ahead of me.

"It was only a small organization then, it's just exploded now,
because of the amount of people who've been diagnosed."

Mrs Stokes agreed that at the moment the processing of claims
could take a while.

"It depends on when they put the application in because the board
only meets once a month," she said.

"So if they put the application in quite late then they have to
wait a month until the application is approved."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro-Action Disclosure Bill Introduced in House
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John L. Kennedy, writing for The Legal Intelligencer, reported
that legislation that would require plaintiffs attorneys in
asbestos cases to disclose all actions on a client's behalf has
been introduced in the state House of Representatives by Rep.
Warren Kampf, R-Chester.

Kampf said HB 1428, the Fairness in Claims and Transparency Act,
would cover any civil actions and any claims made through a
bankruptcy trust established to compensate victims of asbestos
exposure.

"What happens in these cases is that the company in these cases,
the defendant, is somewhat down the supply line and because the
company is still solvent it is brought in on these claims," Kampf
said. "All this bills says is that the defendant should know of
any awards from any of the trusts and the nature of the claim."
Similar legislation was introduced last session by Rep. Bryan
Cutler, R-Lancaster, but never left committee.

Larry Cohan, past president of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers
Association, called the bill a "blatant assault on the right of
mesothelioma victims."

"It gives the asbestos companies credit for bankruptcy payments
they never made, and it makes it impossible for any client to get
full restitution on a claim," Cohan said.

In a bill sponsorship memo, Kampf wrote that asbestos lawsuits
date to the 1970s, when companies that mined and milled asbestos,
or that incorporated significant percentages of the material in
products used in the workplace, were the primary targets of
lawsuits. Beginning in the 1980s and substantially accelerating in
the last decade, many of those companies have used federal
bankruptcy to shield them from suit in exchange for funding
standalone trusts. These trusts, formed by asbestos miners,
manufacturers and fabricators, make an estimated $30 to $60
billion available to qualifying injured parties through a
simplified claim process. A company declaring bankruptcy and using
the trust process can never be sued in court.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ruling Clarifies Federal Removal Trigger
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Zack Needles, writing for New Jersey Law Journal, reported that a
federal judge in Camden has refused to kick an asbestos case back
to state court, finding that the defendants did not miss the
deadline for removal because the complaint failed to provide
sufficient information to trigger federal jurisdiction.

In Vesper v. 3M Corporation, Chief U.S. District Judge Jerome
Simandle of the District of New Jersey said plaintiff George
Vesper's assertion in his Aug. 14, 2014, complaint that he was
injured when he came in contact with asbestos while working at the
New York Ship Building Co. in Camden was not enough to provide
adequate notice of a potential federal contractor defense and thus
did not trigger the 30-day time limit for removal from New Jersey
Superior Court to federal court.

Instead, Simandle said, the time limit was not triggered until
Feb. 3 of this year, when Vesper stated in a response to
interrogatories that he was exposed to asbestos while working
aboard four Navy ships containing the defendants' equipment.
Thus, defendants CBS Corp., Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. and
General Electric timely filed their removal on Feb. 20, Simandle
said.

Under 28 U.S.C. Section 1446(b), defendants ordinarily have 30
days from receipt of the first pleading to remove a case to
federal court. However, Simandle said, if the initial pleading is
not removable, Section 1446(b) permits a defendant to remove a
case within 30 days of receiving a "'pleading, motion, order, or
other paper'" that states a basis for federal jurisdiction.

Vesper had argued that the reference in his complaint to working
at the New York Ship Building Co. should have tipped off the
defendants to the potential for federal jurisdiction because they
have been involved in asbestos litigation for decades and "'have
knowledge that their products were used at the New York Ship
[B]uilding Company throughout the 1950s on Naval ships.'"

But Simandle said whether the defendants should have known from
past litigation experience that Vesper's claims involved
government equipment or products was irrelevant to the question of
when the 30-day removal time limit was triggered. Case law
dictates that the proper focus of such an inquiry is what a
plaintiff's documents actually say, not what the defendants learn
from their receipt, according to Simandle.

"In short, the complaint provides no allegation that plaintiff may
have been exposed to asbestos-containing products linked to U.S.
Navy or U.S. military equipment," Simandle said. "The bare
allegations that plaintiff worked at a ship yard at some point do
not suggest that the asbestos-containing products plaintiff used
were made under federal contract with government specifications,
much less that there is a causal nexus between the products made
under federal direction and plaintiff's injury."

"As the complaint itself contained no allegations to suggest that
plaintiff worked on equipment that was commissioned by a United
States government entity, plaintiff cannot argue that defendants
nevertheless knew that the action was removable," Simandle said.
Simandle found particularly instructive the 2005 U.S. District
Court for the District of Maine case Snowden v. A.W. Chesterton
Co., in which the plaintiff argued that the complaint provided
notice of a federal contractor defense through the allegation that
her deceased husband was exposed to asbestos-containing products
while working at Bath Iron Works.

The Maine federal court found that notice was not actually
provided until the plaintiff asserted in her answers to
interrogatories that her late husband had worked on particular
Navy ships with turbines and other components that were
manufactured by the defendant, Simandle said.

"The supplemental interrogatory response [in Snowden] was the
first 'paper' from which it could be ascertained that the case was
removable, and removal, which came 28 days after receipt of the
interrogatory responses, was timely under 28 U.S.C. Section 1446,"
Simandle said. "Likewise, in [Vesper], the court holds that the
complaint provided insufficient notice of a federal contractor
defense, and the 30-day time limit for removal was not triggered
until defendants received plaintiff's interrogatory answers on
Feb. 3, 2015."

Vesper's attorney, Freehold solo Michael Noonan, did not respond
to a request for comment on the ruling. Counsel for the
plaintiffs, Christopher J. Keale of Sedgwick in Newark, also did
not respond to a request for comment.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: NSW Gov't to Wind Up Board on Fibro Victims
------------------------------------------------------------
ABC News reported that the New South Wales Government will wind up
the Dust Diseases Board, which decides asbestos victims'
compensation claims.

The decision to cut the board was made as part of a restructure to
Workers Compensation in NSW.

NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrotet today announced an extra
$1 billion for workers compensation which will increase minimum
weekly payments for many injured workers and set aside more money
for people who need artificial limbs or hearing aids.

The announcement reverses some of the cuts former premier Barry
O'Farrell made in 2011.

Mr Perrotet said the decision to cut the board was part of a
restructure, and the Insurance and Care Board would replace it.

The State Government said it would not result in benefits to
victims compensation being cut, and would reduce claim times and
provide better outcomes.

But Tim Ayres from the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
describing it as a cynical cost-cutting move.  He said the board
was an important body that had decided claims independently for
many years.

"It deals with those claims sensitively. It deals with them
carefully. It provides A-grade top quality support to those
families, and to abolish it is senseless bureaucratic violence,"
he said.

"I don't understand why the Government would set about doing
this."

Mr Perrotet said members of the board could apply for new jobs on
an advisory committee.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Calif. Court Awards Summary Judgment to Crane Co
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HarrisMartin Publishing reported that a California federal court
has awarded summary judgment to Crane Co. in an asbestos case,
finding the defendant had satisfied its burden of proving that the
plaintiffs had insufficient evidence tying the decedent's exposure
to its products.

In the July 23 order, the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of California further noted that the plaintiffs had
chosen not to present evidence contesting the motion, but instead
filed a notice of non-opposition.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Exposure Leads to Court Action
-----------------------------------------------------
Kirin Bashir, writing for Madison Record, reported that a St.
Clair County woman is suing nearly 30 companies, alleging
negligence in employees' exposure to asbestos.

Janet Cline, of Washington, Ill., filed multiple lawsuits June 2
in the St. Clair Circuit Court against more than two dozen
companies, alleging negligence regarding exposure to asbestos.

According to the complaint, Cline's husband was employed at
Caterpillar Inc., as a machinist from 1950 through the early
1990s, and on many occasions he would work with asbestos and
asbestos-containing products. The suit says Cline has been
secondarily exposed to this asbestos in the form of dust,
allegedly leading to her developing mesothelioma, which was
diagnosed May 21. This disease allegedly could ultimately lead to
her death.

The lawsuit states the companies could easily have known about
their employees' exposure to asbestos and its dangers, alleging
they were negligent in securing the safety of employees from this
danger as well as warning them about it.

Cline has also filed counts including spoliation of evidence,
alleging the defendants' possession of certain documents relating
to asbestos-containing products and wrongful disposal of these
documents. The plaintiff alleges Metropolitan Life Insurance and
Pneumo Abex conspired with asbestos-producing companies and
withheld information regarding the hazards of asbestos.

Cline seeks $50,000 in damages on each count, plus court costs.
She is represented by attorneys Ethan Flint, Carson Menges, Jill
Price, Luke Pfeifer and Laci Whitley of the Flint Law Firm in Glen
Carbon.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-363.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Attys Argue Adding More Defendants to Fibro Suit
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James Mayse, writing for Messenger-Inquirer, reported that
attorneys representing General Electric, Big Rivers Electric Corp.
and several other companies being sued by a former Daviess County
woman who claims she contracted cancer from asbestos dust on her
ex-husband's work clothes argued that other companies might be
equally or more responsible for the woman's asbestos exposure and
should be added to the already long list of defendants.

However, attorneys for Doris White, the woman who is suing the
companies, accused the other side of attempting to delay the
trial, which is scheduled to begin in February.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: EPA Alleges Improper Fibro Removal at Plant
------------------------------------------------------------
Tim Landis, writing for The State Journal-Register, reported that
demolition work at the former Pillsbury Mills plant on the
northeast side of Springfield has resulted in multiple violations
of state and federal laws, including possible release of asbestos
into the air, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said in
a complaint announced.

The complaint filed with the Illinois Attorney General's Office
against Pillsbury Mills LLC asks that work be halted and the site
secured until a cleanup plan using a licensed contractor is
approved. Pillsbury Mills LLC also has been the target of city
complaints for working without a demolition permit and failure to
register the former flour mill on a vacant-building registration
list. The company eventually obtained a new permit.

Owners of Pillsbury Mills LLC have not been identified during city
proceedings, though the company lists an address in Sherman.
According to the state EPA, the agency received a complaint
Aug. 5 of improper removal of asbestos-containing materials during
pre-demolition work. Agency inspectors visited the site at 1525 E.
Phillips St.  Inspectors reported demolition workers at the plant,
and a follow-up inspection found more areas of asbestos.

"The Illinois EPA inspections identified numerous violations of
state and federal laws," the EPA stated. "Through the referral,
Illinois EPA is seeking prompt enforcement action and proper
remediation of the site."

EPA spokeswoman Kim Biggs said the attorney general's office would
have to file for the remediation order in court. Any fines would
be determined by the case outcome, said Biggs.

Ward 3 Ald. Doris Turner said she has monitored progress at the
plant site, which is in her ward. But she said he had not been
notified of the state EPA action.

"I haven't heard a word," Turner said. "I would have thought if
that was going on, we would have been notified."

Ann Ridgeway, who has lived across the street from the mill for
more than 20 years, said she was pleased the state has stepped in
to force proper cleanup of the site.

"They were taking some stuff out of the towers the other day,"
said Ridgeway. "You can see there's still metal and other stuff on
the ground."

The 18-acre plant site has remained vacant since Cargill Corp.
shut down operations in 2001. Pillsbury Mills operated the plant
from 1929 to 1991.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Retailers Responded to Fibro in Toys, Dems Say
---------------------------------------------------------------
Lydia Wheeler, writing for The Hill, reported that Senate
Democrats say four retailers have responded to their calls to
remove from store shelves children's products that tested positive
for asbestos fibers.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund found fibers of
asbestos in four brands of crayons that were purchased at Party
City and Dollar Tree, and two crime lab kits that were purchased
from Toys "R" Us and Buy-Rite.

Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) responded
by sending letters asking the retailers to voluntarily stop
selling the contaminated products, remove any remaining stock from
their store shelves and allow customers to return products that
have been purchased.

The lawmakers have said all four responded to their request and
several took additional steps to retest the products themselves
and call on their suppliers to reformulate products without
substances that could cause asbestos contamination.

The brands of crayons were Amscan Crayons, Disney Mickey Mouse
Clubhouse, Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Crayons and
Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce. The crime lab finger
printing kits were the EduScience Deluxe Forensics Lab Kit with
black fingerprint powder and Inside Intelligence Secret Spy kit
with white fingerprint powder.

In its report, EWG Action Fund said the asbestos fibers found in
the products most likely came from contaminated talc, which is
used as a binding agent in crayons and in the powder used in crime
scene fingerprint kits, because asbestos is often found in mines
alongside talc deposits.

"We commend these four companies for their good corporate
citizenship and commitment to protecting children and families
from contaminated products," Durbin and Markey said in a joint
statement. "In order to ensure toxic products never again reach
the hands of America's children, the [Consumer Product Safety
Commission] CPSC should ban talc from children's products and
issue a rule on asbestos modeled on the existing rules for lead or
phthalates in toys."

The lawmakers would not publicly disclose the responses from the
companies.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Victims' Families Call for Better Screening
------------------------------------------------------------
BBC News reported that families of workers affected by asbestos
related cancers have called for better screening for the
condition.

Illnesses associated with working in the construction industry are
thought to kill more than 4,000 people across the UK every year.

Experts have warned that 2015 will see a peak in numbers.

The Clydeside Action on Asbestos charity said early detection
would improve the life expectancy of patients.

Lynsey Innes, 40, told BBC Scotland how her father Gordon Roberts
died of mesothelioma -- a form of cancer most commonly caused by
exposure to asbestos.

Difficulty breathing

Mr Roberts had spent his working like as a joiner before retiring
at the age of 62. He kept fit by swimming.

He had difficulty breathing last summer and eventually went to the
doctor, where an X-ray examination found mesothelioma.
Mr Roberts was told he had only between nine and 12 months to
live, and died at Easter of this year. He was 70.

Ms Innes said her uncle, who had been a plumber, also died of
mesothelioma after discovering pains in his shoulder.

She said: "It was just a simple x-ray that picked up my dad's
cancer. It doesn't cost a lot of money to give an X-ray to
somebody. (Carrying out screening) within a certain generation,
over a certain period of time, would be ample to try and catch it
at an early stage.

"If you catch it at an earlier stage the chemotherapy may shrink
the tumour, you may then not get nine to 12 months -- you can get
up to five years."

Routine X-rays

At its annual general meeting on Saturday, Clydeside Action on
Asbestos -- the biggest asbestos charity in Scotland -- called for
more investment in screening, either through routine X-rays or a
simple blood test that would detect illnesses.

Phyllis Craig, the charity's chairwoman, said catching the disease
at the earlier possible opportunity would allow patients to "start
making plans for their life and their families and so forth, but
also to receive any form of treatment that may be available."

A Scottish government spokesman said it took advice on national
screening programs from the National Screening Committee, and
screening programs are only introduced after a detailed assessment
of clinical and cost effectiveness and public health benefit.

He added: "The National Screening Committee has not considered
screening for asbestos exposure."

He encouraged anyone who has symptoms such as difficulty
breathing, shortness of breath, coughing and chest pains and who
has a history of working in occupations or industries associated
with asbestos exposure to contact their GP.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Woman Finds Fibro Following Husband's Death
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Reading Chronicle reported that a woman whose husband of 11 years
died of mesothelioma was "shocked" to have found sheets of
asbestos dumped in a footpath outside her home.

Liz Turner came across four large sheets of the deadly substance
two weeks ago and immediately called Reading Borough Council to
complain.

But Ms Turner, whose 50-year-old husband Richard died after being
exposed to the substance, said she then received a call from the
council who tried to give her a quote to pay for the removal of
the sheets.

The 69-year-old said: "I was shocked. I picked up the phone
thinking 'oh perhaps they're calling to tell me they're sorting it
out' but the woman tried quoting me for the work, so I just ended
the call.

"I really don't want to go anywhere near it, not just because it's
dangerous but because it's a reminder of what I went through with
my husband."

She added: "I think it's dormant but the problem is you just don't
know."

Mrs Turner, a retired French and Italian teacher said her husband
worked for British Gas and died of the illness in 1996.

The sheets measure three square foot and have been dumped in a
footpath around the back of her house in St Bartholemews Road,
east Reading.

She said: "I just want it gone, it's so dangerous and should be
disposed of properly, not just dumped in a public footpath."

A Reading Borough Council spokesman said: "An officer investigated
a report of asbestos being dumped on privately owned land near St
Bartholemews Road and spoke to the householders accused who denied
it had come from them.

"The officer also spoke to Mrs Turner and investigations are
continuing into this matter."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Illegally Dumped at Aussie Hospital Site
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News.com.au reported that potentially millions of tonnes of
asbestos lie buried or dumped around Darwin -- a hidden legacy of
Cyclone Tracy's devastation that continues to plague the city.

The NT News can reveal mounds of asbestos-contaminated soil have
been illegally dumped at the Palmerston Regional Hospital site.
Work is also under way at the Darwin RAAF Base to remove another
mound of dirt containing the potentially deadly substance.

International expert on asbestos-related diseases Dr Greg Deleuil
grew up in the Territory and was working in Nightcliff as a GP
when Tracy hit in 1974. He said the majority of houses in Darwin
at the time were built out of fibro asbestos.

"I don't know how many million tonnes, but it would have been
millions of tonnes to get rid of in the clean-up," Dr Deleuil
said.

"I imagine that after the cyclone there was all of this destroyed
material they had to dump and just had to take a punt where Darwin
wouldn't reach and, of course, the expanded Darwin could now be
reaching these dumps.

"They've got a hell of a job on their hands."

Dr Deleuil's mother died of mesothelioma -- her only contact with
asbestos was their home in Parap.

Dr Deleuil said he knows of two confirmed cases of mesothelioma in
people who were exposed to asbestos during the Cyclone Tracy
clean-up.

"The clean-up dress of the day was a floppy hat, a pair of shorts,
a pair of leather gloves and boots -- no shirt or anything and
definitely no space suit- looking gear they wear now to get rid of
asbestos," he said.

He said the transient nature of the laborers working in the clean-
up and the fact they may have come into contact with asbestos in
other ways made it hard to measure the full effects of Tracy on
asbestos-related diseases.

In early 2013, the Northern Territory Government established a
special taskforce to help manage the potentially huge asbestos
deposits in the Territory.

The Inter-Agency Asbestos Management Working Group's core
functions are to provide a thorough examination of asbestos-
related issues and to co-ordinate the Territory's position in
respect of the Australian Government's National Strategic Plan.
The Working Group is chaired by the Department of Infrastructure
boss David McHugh. The group is not a statutory group and has no
decision-making authority -- it is purely an advisory body.

Palmerston hospital site

The Department of Infrastructure discovered illegally dumped soil
stockpiles on the Palmerston Regional Hospital site. Nobody knows
how long the piles have been there.

Because of the debris found throughout the soil piles, the
department engaged the services of HSE (local hygienist) to take
samples and report on findings. The tests came back positive to
the soil containing asbestos.

Department of Infrastructure acting chief executive Brett Brogan
said Mcmahons was then brought in to isolate the areas and has
been working under controlled conditions screening and removing
any contaminated soil.

"At this stage, minimal quantities have been found. Works will
conclude. . ., at which time a site clearance certificate will be
provided to the department," he said.

"There is no issue with constructing on the site, as the affected
area is outside of the building area and will be a designated
clean site on conclusion of the works undertaken by Mcmahons."

RAAF base

Civil works going on at the Darwin RAAF base include work on
telecommunications pits, stormwater drains, land and
streetscaping.

NT WorkSafe said as part of the works it had received the required
notifications for asbestos removal and is monitoring the civil
works being undertaken at the base.

Soil remediation is being conducted as the top soil at the site
contains building debris, including asbestos from Cyclone Tracy.
NT WorkSafe director of operations Neil Burgess said the first
notification for asbestos removal from the site was received by NT
WorkSafe in October last year.

"Worksite visits undertaken by inspectors confirmed that
appropriate measures are in place as outlined in the asbestos
removal notification, including air monitoring and workers wearing
full personal protective equipment," Mr Burgess said.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Rio Tinto Loses Court Appeals vs. Fibro Pay
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James Oaten and Elizabeth Byrne, writing for ABC News, reported
that the Australian High Court has thrown out an appeal by mining
giant Rio Tinto against an asbestos compensation claim, setting a
precedent for the Northern Territory.

Zorko Zabic, 74, worked at the Gove alumina refinery in the 1970s
cleaning asbestos from pipes, and was diagnosed with mesothelioma
after suffering chest pains early last year.

In January, the Supreme Court had ruled Mr Zabic developed the
malignant mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos dust
and negligence by the mine operators, Alcan Gove, which has since
been bought by mining giant Rio Tinto.

But the court ruled against the claim because the symptoms emerged
after the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act, which
prevents such compensation claims being made in the courts after
1987.

This was overturned by the NT Court of Appeal in March.

Our deepest sympathies remain with Mr Zabic and his family. . . we
accept the decision of the High Court, and whilst disappointed
with the outcome, are grateful that the matter has now been
resolved for all involved.

"The appellant sustained an injury of the kind defined in the act
during and following his inhalation of asbestos fibres," the Court
of Appeal ruling said.

"That damage inevitably and inexorably led to the onset of
malignant mesothelioma."

In rejecting Rio Tinto's latest challenge, the High Court has
upheld the Court of Appeal decision.

High Court sets precedent

The arguments submitted to the High Court centred on whether the
injuries suffered by Mr Zabic occurred before 1987, when the
Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act started.

Rio Tinto argued the claim for damage should be covered by the
statutory workers' compensation scheme, rather than through common
law.

In submissions, Rio Tinto argued that mesothelioma was not
contracted the moment the fibres entered the lungs.

"The decision of the NT Court of Appeal was made in error," Rio
Tinto's submission said.

"As at 1 January 1987 [Mr Zabic] had suffered some cellular
changes -- but these were dormant and were likely to remain
dormant."

"All that had accrued as at January 1, 1987, was a risk that Mr
Zabic would contract mesothelioma."

Mesothelioma symptoms often emerge many years after asbestos
fibres enter the lungs.

Irrespective of the High Court result, Rio Tinto was required to
pay Mr Zabic $425,000 in compensation.

'Disappointed with the outcome': Rio Tinto

In a statement issued shortly after the court's decision, Rio
Tinto said "our deepest sympathies remain with Mr Zabic and his
family".

"We accept the decision of the High Court, and whilst disappointed
with the outcome, are grateful that the matter has now been
resolved for all involved. We will wait to review the detailed
judgement of the High Court to understand the reasoning behind the
decision," the statement reads.

"Our deepest sympathies remain with Mr Zabic and his family.

"This case was not about trying to deny Mr Zabic's ability to
access compensation, as he has always been able to seek
compensation through the Northern Territory workers compensation
scheme.

"The reason we pursued this matter was simply to confirm what has
been widely understood to be the correct application of the
relevant Northern Territory legislation, that claims such as Mr
Zabic's should be made under the statutory workers compensation
scheme rather than the common law."

A 'victory for humanity'

Roger Singh from Shine Lawyers, who represented Mr Zabic, said the
court decision would have widespread implications in the NT.

"Today's decision is a win for workers, a win for their families
and a win for humanity," Mr Singh said.

"This decision will pave the way for the many asbestos victims in
the Northern Territory who have previously been denied justice to
come forward and seek redress for themselves and their families,"
he said.

He said workers in the NT injured prior to January 1987 would now
be allowed to use common law to get fair and reasonable
entitlements and compensation, without having to rely only on the
existing workers' compensation scheme.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Found in Orange High School Auditorium
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Brenda Cain, writing for Northeast Ohio Media Group, reported that
upgrades to the Orange High School auditorium this summer have
turned up asbestos in the ceiling.

Orange Superintendent Ed Holland told district school board
members the discovery, and resulting abatement, has significantly
slowed work on the 8,800-square-foot auditorium.

The $2.1 million in enhancements to the 40-year-old space were
originally expected to be completed by Nov. 1, but asbestos has
now stretched the timeline by about six weeks, according to
Holland. The auditorium will not be available for use until after
Jan. 1.

Testing of the space, prior to demolition, did not show asbestos,
an insulation which can cause cancer.

"We are very fortunate that the material was sealed and was never
a danger to any of our students and staff," said Holland. "It was
only detected once other layers of the ceiling were removed during
the demolition."

Holland said the abatement will be complete and the building
deemed safe by the Environmental Protection Agency in time for the
arrival of students and staff Aug. 19.

All work on the space had to stop until a contractor who
specialized in asbestos removal could be scheduled. The entire
auditorium has been sealed while the asbestos was removed and
special air filters cleaned the air inside the auditorium.

Although asbestos abatement cost $25,000, Holland said the project
remains on budget because the district scrapped plans to install
new heating and air conditioning systems on the roof of the
auditorium.

The workroom was originally planned to be the location for the
light and sound boards, but since there would be no access for
handicapped students to that location, designers had decided to
keep those systems in the auditorium, freeing up the second-floor
space for mechanical systems.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ill. Company Exposed Mexican Workers to Fibro
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The Associated Press reported that the top federal official for
worker safety said that an Illinois businessman's "outrageous
behavior" of bringing in Mexican workers to remove asbestos
without safety gear warrants fines of nearly $1.8 million.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration levied the fines Monday. Investigators found Joseph
Kehrer, Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated
company, D7 Roofing, exposed at least eight workers to asbestos in
violation of federal health standards.

"This case stands out because of the outrageous behavior of Joseph
Kehrer," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety
and Health David Michaels. Workers were threatened with firing if
they spoke to investigators, Michaels said.

"They spoke no English. He drove to them to jobs," Michaels said.
"He set up a housing camp for them. They were at his mercy."

A phone message left for Kehrer seeking comment was not
immediately returned.

Kehrer had workers removing asbestos-containing materials during
renovation of a former school in Okawville, about 45 miles
southeast of St. Louis. Many of the workers came to the United
States to work for Kehrer under a special visa program that allows
companies to hire foreign workers temporarily, according to OSHA.

Breathing asbestos fibers can increase the risk of cancer.

It's unclear whether the workers will be able to find other work
in the United States, Michaels said. "These workers will carry
this increased cancer risk for the rest of their lives," he said.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Kentucky Fibro Case Tainted by Suits
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John O'Brien, writing for Legal Newsline, reported that while
Garlock Sealing Technologies pursues racketeering claims against
four asbestos law firms in federal court, it is hoping a Kentucky
appellate court reinstates another of its lawsuits alleging
gamesmanship by a plaintiffs firm.

Garlock is waiting on the Kentucky Court of Appeals to decide the
fate of a lawsuit it filed over the nearly $700,000 asbestos case
of Thomas E. Robertson, whose estate was represented by the former
Louisville firm Sales, Tillman, Wallbaum, Catlett & Satterley. In
2013, a judge ruled Garlock's complaint came after the statute of
limitations had expired and that it had not stated a fraud claim.

Garlock's complaint, filed in 2012 in Jefferson County Circuit
Court, alleges attorneys waited until they had secured the verdict
to begin submitting claims to bankruptcy trusts designed to
compensate asbestos victims. The Court of Appeals heard oral
arguments in February.

"(Delores) Robertson and/or her attorneys knew of the decedent's
exposures to asbestos-containing products manufactured by Quigley,
Flintkote, Mines and Grace before the jury trial . . . and in such
time that Robertson could have seasonabley supplemented her
(answers to defendants' interrogatories)," the complaint says.

"Robertson and/or her attorneys, however, did not disclose these
exposures.

"Robertson's failure to disclose the exposure evidence then known
to her and/or her attorneys regarding the decedent's exposures to
asbestos-containing products . . . constituted knowing
concealment."

Garlock's past efforts to show asbestos plaintiffs attorneys
regularly withheld their clients' trust claims -- thereby placing
more blame on Garlock in civil lawsuits -- resulted in a landmark
2014 ruling by bankruptcy judge George Hodges.

Hodges ruled that past settlements and verdicts would not be
indicators of Garlock's future liabilities because of the actions
of plaintiffs attorneys.

So Judge Hodges ruled in January 2014 that Garlock, which is going
through the bankruptcy process, should put $125 million in its
trust -- more than $1 billion less than plaintiffs attorneys had
requested. A settlement of $368 million has since been proposed.

Garlock was allowed full discovery into 17 cases to make its case.
Days before Judge Hodges' ruling, Garlock filed racketeering cases
against the firms that handled those cases.

"It appears certain that more extensive discovery would show more
extensive abuse," Hodges wrote. "But that is not necessary because
the startling pattern of misrepresentation that has been shown is
sufficiently persuasive.

"While it is not suppression of evidence for a plaintiff to be
unable to identify exposures, it is suppression of evidence for a
plaintiff to be unable to identify exposure in the tort case, but
then later to be able to identify it in Trust claims."

Garlock is attempting to prove the same type of activity occurred
in the Kentucky case, but the defendants say the company is
minimizing key facts about the case.

In the complaint, Garlock claims Delores Robertson, the executrix
of Thomas Robertson's estate, did not identify any asbestos-
insulation or asbestos-product manufacturer except for Garlock.

Robertson also replied that her counsel "has not submitted any
claims at this time," in response to a pre-trial interrogatory
from a defendant in the case.

Five months prior to the start of the trial, though, her attorneys
submitted a claim to the Quigley Company trust, the complaint
says. Quigley had produced the asbestos-containing product
Insulag.

Garlock, meanwhile, continued to file third-party complaints
against other companies that it argued should be liable for a
percentage of the fault for causing Thomas Robertson's illness.

The jury was ultimately not allowed to apportion any fault to the
bankrupt companies. Garlock was found 25 percent liable, and
$400,000 in punitive damages was also assessed against it.

"In the months immediately following the Jefferson Circuit Court's
entry of judgment, Robertson's attorneys repeatedly swore under
penalty of perjury in filings in various bankruptcy proceedings
that Thomas E. Robertson had been exposed to asbestos from
products manufactured by certain bankrupt entities," the complaint
says.

"As she had done concerning Quigley Company before the trial,
Robertson had failed to identify these bankrupt entities in
response in Answers to Interrogatories, answers that had professed
a lack of any specific knowledge about the decedent's exposures."

Those claims were submitted to the Flintkote Company and Flintkote
Mines, as well as W.R. Grace & Co.

Attorney Kevin Burke and colleagues at the Poppe Law Firm in
Louisville argue in response that none of the bankruptcy ballots
were cast before Robertson answered the interrogatories and that
her attorneys objected to production of any bankruptcy filings or
ballots.

"Garlock's petition also fails to mention when Garlock first
learned of the bankruptcy ballots -- the last ballot having been
cast in 2009 -- or why Garlock waited nearly three years after the
last ballot, and over three-and-a-half years after final judgment
to file for . . . relief," Robertson's appellate brief says.

"Finally, Garlock fails to explain why, in light of the objection
posted in interrogatory answers and Garlock's apparent affinity
for collecting bankruptcy reorganization ballots, Garlok did not
investigate, follow up, or move to compel production of that
information before trial.

"Ms. Robertson's discovery responses were accurate in 2007 and
continue to be today. Ms. Robertson has not fraudulently concealed
anything."

Jefferson Circuit Judge McKay Chauvin ruled in 2013 that the
complaint should have been filed within one year of the judgment.
He also said that even if the allegations were true, Garlock was
never denied a full and fair opportunity to investigate
Robertson's claims.

"As such, the conduct complained of, even if 'fraudulent,' neither
affected the proceedings nor subverted the integrity of the
judicial process," he wrote.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Verdict Reversed on Appeal
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Edith Brady-Lunny, writing for Pantagraph.com, reported that a
$1.3 million verdict awarded in January 2014 to a Heyworth man in
an asbestos-related lawsuit has been reversed by the 4th District
Appellate Court in Springfield.

James Smith filed the lawsuit in 2005 against his former employer,
the Illinois Central Railroad, now known as Canadian National
Railway, and several other firms that manufactured asbestos.
Settlements with the other companies left the railroad as the only
defendant at a McLean County trial.

Smith has since died of asbestosis, according to his lawyer, James
Wylder.

The appellate court reversed the jury's decision in favor of
Smith, who alleged that he was exposed to dangerous substances
while working in the Bloomington rail yard.

In its appeal, the railroad argued that McLean County Judge
Rebecca Foley erred when she barred the jury from hearing about
Smith's previous work at the nearby Union Asbestos & Rubber Co.
facility for three months in 1954.

Wylder said an appeal of the ruling will be sought with the
Illinois Supreme Court.

"We will petition the Supreme Court because we believe the
decision is inconsistent with prior Supreme Court rulings" in
other asbestos-related cases," said Wylder, whose firm won a $3.3
million award for a client in another McLean County asbestos case
in February.

A lawyer for the railroad was not available for comment on the
reversal.

At Smith's trial, one of his doctors testified that when released,
the toxic material becomes a "neighborhood disease" that endangers
those in the surrounding area and others who may come in contact
with them or their clothing afterward.

Smith testified that he worked for the railroad for three years in
the mid-1950s. Smith told the jury that "he was afraid he was
going to get cancer. He stated he thought about it every day,"
according to the appellate opinion.

In his ruling, the appellate court said the railroad should have
been able to tell the jury about Smith's work at UNARCO. Without
that information, the jury "clearly found plaintiff had an
asbestos-related disease, which it could only blame on defendant
because it heard no other evidence with regard to asbestos
exposure," said the ruling.

The ruling also noted that evidence presented at Smith's trial
supported the opinion that the deceased worker and others were not
provided a safe working environment.

A new trial date has not been set in the case.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Construction Cos. Face Nearly $2-Mil. Fine
-----------------------------------------------------------
Alejandra Cancino, writing for Chicago Tribune, reported that two
construction companies in southern Illinois face fines totaling
$1.9 million after they were accused of exposing workers to
cancer-causing asbestos, according to the Department of Labor's
Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

"The law is that all workers in the United States have a right to
a safe workplace," David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor
for occupational safety and health, said in a phone interview.
"The size of the fine is a statement about the gravity of the
situation. These workers will carry the increased risk of cancer
for the rest of their lives."

Michaels said OSHA rarely imposes such large fines and it is
considering filing criminal charges against the company with the
Justice Department.

By comparison, last year, six companies accused of exposing
workers to asbestos, lead and electrical hazards while renovating
a school cafeteria in Evanston faced a combined fine of more than
$132,000. Separately, a company accused last year of failing to
collect and dispose of asbestos-containing material from a Chicago
historical firehouse faced a fine of $46,000.

The fines against downstate companies Kehrer Brothers Construction
and D7 Roofing stem from an OSHA investigation earlier this year
at a school in Okawville, near St. Louis. Investigators found that
the companies violated labor law when they directed several
workers to remove materials that contained asbestos.

The workers were not provided training on hazardous materials or
given basic safety equipment like helmets, OSHA said. Furthermore,
the companies did not comply with rules to remove asbestos,
exposing workers to high concentrations of the minerals, OSHA
added.

OSHA said many of the workers were immigrants with H-2B visas,
which allow companies to temporarily hire foreign workers.

Asbestos exposure occurs when workers cut and sand building
materials with asbestos, releasing fibers that can be inhaled.
Asbestos can cause lung disease and mesothelioma, a cancer of the
lining of the lung or stomach that is nearly always fatal, OSHA
said.

Kehrer Brothers, based in Albers, faces a fine of about $1.8
million for 40 violations. The company, which has been fined in
previous years, was placed in OSHA's severe violator enforcement
program, which includes follow-up inspections.

New Baden-based D7 Roofing was fined $147,000 for three
violations.

Kehrer Brothers and D7 didn't respond to calls for comment. The
companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citation to
pay the fine, request an informal conference with OSHA's area
director or contest the citation.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Millbury Facility Fined for Fibro Violations
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Paul Ploumis, writing for Shanghai Metals Market, reported that
Millbury-based Central Mass Recycled Metals, LLC, has been fined
by the Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection (DEP)
for violating asbestos and mercury management regulations. The
authority has imposed a fine of $36,775 on the company.

According to press release, the action by the DEP follows
inspection conducted at the company's 14-21 McCracken Road
facility by MassDEP's asbestos program and Environmental Strike
Force during August and October in 2013.

The August 2013 inspection had spotted asbestos violations at the
site. The agency officials had found asbestos-containing
insulation lying exposed in outdoors and on pieces of scrap metal
and dismantled boilers. The October inspection revealed that the
company had failed to adhere to state mercury management laws by
not removing mercury-added components before crushing of vehicles.
Consequent to the inspection findings, the company had hired an
asbestos contractor approved by the state authorities to collect
and safely dispose of the materials containing asbestos. It also
had to stop crushing vehicles without removing mercury-added
components.

A Massachussets DEP press release reminded scrap metal facilities
to ensure that the materials they receive are clean and free of
asbestos. It also noted that failure to remove mercury-added
components before crushing may cause serious threat to human life
and environment. The DEP further stated that scrap facilities will
be subject to thorough inspection by authorities. Failure to
comply with regulations may invite huge penalties and corrective
measures.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Study Quantifies Mesothelioma Risk After Closure
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Surviving Mesothelioma reported that Italian scientists studying
the link between asbestos and mesothelioma have found a continuing
risk to former workers, their families, and even residents in the
region of a closed asbestos cement plant.

The research conducted by doctors at several Italian universities,
focused on mesothelioma patients in the Casale Monferrrato region
of Northwest Italy. It included 200 mesothelioma patients and 348
healthy controls.

"Risk of PMM [pleural mesothelioma] increased with cumulative
asbestos exposure and also in analyses limited to subjects non-
occupationally exposed," states study author Daniela Ferrante of
the University Piemonte Orientale in Novara.

In other words, even people who never worked in the Eternit
asbestos-cement plant, which was closed in 1986, still carry a
higher lifetime risk for mesothelioma than people outside the
region.

"This study is just further evidence that the danger of asbestos
extends far beyond on-the-job exposure," says Alex Strauss. "It
should serve as a warning to anyone who lives where an asbestos
industry was once located."

Get the details of the new Italian study at Mesothelioma-Causing
Power of Asbestos Lingers Long After Contaminating Industry
Leaves, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Ferrante, D, "Pleural mesothelioma and occupational and non-
occupational asbestos exposure: a case-control study with
quantitative risk assessment," August 11, 2015, Occupational and
Environmental Medicine, Epub ahead of print, http://is.gd/9Blh0b

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the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes,
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ASBESTOS UPDATE: Gardai Warning Over Fibro Risk in Cigarettes
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Elaine Keogh, writing for Herald, reported that illegal cigarettes
seized at an open-air market could contain hazardous materials
including asbestos, gardai have warned.

The cigarettes were being sold at the Saturday morning market at
Bolton Square in Drogheda, Co Louth.

In a haul of 20,000 illegal cigarettes were a large quantity of
packets marked 'Jin Ling'. Garda Inspector Alan McGovern said they
were concerned about the contents of the illegal cigarettes that
were seized.

"I can confirm we have seized a large quantity of counterfeit CDs,
DVDs and cigarettes at the Drogheda market and we are particularly
concerned about the cigarettes marked Jin Ling," Inspector
McGovern said.

Bargain

"We are very concerned about members of the public purchasing
these items believing they are getting a bargain and we suspect
they (Jin Ling) contain hazardous materials."

Inspector McGovern said that in Britain packets marked Jin Ling
were analysed and found to contain asbestos.

"While we are in the process of getting these cigarettes analysed
it is suspected they could contain hazardous material.

"It has been previously reported in the UK that these illegal
cigarettes contained asbestos," Inspector McGovern said.

The same operation also recovered 5,000 CDs and DVDs, including
bootleg copies of Ed Sheeran's Multiply album.

In relation to the cigarettes, which also included Richman and
L&M, they represent a potential loss to the exchequer of EUR8,000.

The gardai thanked the public for tipping them off about their
concerns, which was one of the factors that led to the raid on the
market.

Concerns

"This operation was partly due to concerns by members of the
public and we thank them for that.

"We would appeal to the public to contact us at any time if they
are aware of the selling of cigarettes or of any counterfeit DVDs
or CDs at any open-air market," the Inspector added.

The seizure was welcomed by Retailers Against Smuggling, whose
spokesman Benny Gilsenan said he was not surprised at the prospect
of asbestos in the cigarettes.

"The levels of carcinogens in the illegal cigarettes is 20pc to
25pc higher than in those produced in legitimate premises," he
said.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Research Shows Cancer Cases Have Not Declined
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Andrea K. McDaniels, writing for The Baltimore Sun, reported that
while the use of asbestos peaked about 40 years ago, the number of
cases of the rare but deadly cancer it causes has not declined.

Every year, doctors diagnose about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma
after patients come in with a cough, fever, fatigue, excessive
sweating and pain in the chest. In most cases the disease already
has advanced so far that patients will die in a matter of months.

Treatment is primarily palliative -- meant to ease the suffering -
- but that may be changing.

Doctors see hope as interest in the disease has grown. There are
at least 20 clinical trials underway, and the FDA recently gave a
special designation to a new drug created by AstraZeneca's
Rockville, Md., subsidiary MedIummune.

"For the first time we have more companies than ever interested in
this orphan disease," said Mary Hesdorffer, a nurse practitioner
who is executive director of The Meso Foundation, which says it is
the only nonprofit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma
and the suffering from it.

If any of the new drugs prove promising, it could extend the life
of those who live with the disease.

"Really, treatment since the early 2000s has not changed for
mesothelioma," said Dr. Julie Renee Brahmer, an associate
professor of oncology and interim director at the Johns Hopkins
Kimmel Cancer Center at Bayview, who is participating in some of
the clinical trials. "Mesothelioma is such a slow-growing disease
that it is insidious, and we need to find better ways to treat
people."

The average mesothelioma patient will live only 7 to 17 months
after diagnosis, doctors said. Only about 9 percent of patients
diagnosed from 1975 to 2008 survived at least five years.

As a result most of the attention on mesothelioma has been on
litigation rather than developing treatments. If the disease can't
be cured, the thinking goes, someone ought to pay.

Attorneys around the country, including Baltimore's Peter T.
Angelos, sued the companies who exposed workers and others to
asbestos, the fire-resistant and insulating material that is
mesothelioma's primary cause. They've won large settlements for
the victims and huge profits for themselves.

Today laws and regulations limit the use of asbestos, though it's
still found in some products such as roofing and brake pads. An
entire industry has sprung up around removing asbestos from homes
and buildings, where it was used to insulate walls and pipes.

There is only one drug combination treatment for the disease
approved by the FDA. The chemotherapy drug pemetrexed works by
blocking the action of a certain substance in the body that may
help cancer cells multiply. It is combined with another
chemotherapy drug called cisplatin, which can kill cancer cells,
but doctors said more effective treatments are needed.

AstraZeneca announced in April that it received FDA orphan drug
designation for its drug tremelimumab to treat mesothelioma.
Intended to encourage the development of drugs that might not
prove too profitable, the designation is given to drugs used to
treat rare diseases and gives their makers extended exclusivity to
sell the drugs and tax credits for developing them.

Tremelimumab is part of the broad pipeline of immuno-oncology
treatments under development by AstraZeneca and its biologics
research and development arm, MedImmune, which are designed to
harness the body's own immune system to fight cancer. It also is
being tested in combination with another drug to treat head, neck
and non-small cell lung cancers.

In addition to researching this immunotherapy treatment, studies
are looking at gene therapy, which attempts to add new genes to
mesothelioma cells to make them easier to kill, according to the
American Cancer Society. Researchers also are studying the use of
specially designed viruses that could infect and kill the cancer
cells directly, or cause the immune system to attack the cancer
cells.

Many of these treatments are still in the early phases of clinical
trials.

Hopkins' Brahmer is involved in a trial testing a vaccine that
attacks a protein on mesothelial cancer cells. She is also part of
a study that targets cancer stem cells.

The rate of mesothelioma first began increasing significantly in
the 1970s. Those in the medical community differ on when and if
they think the disease has peaked. Some say it hit its high in the
1990s, while others said it may yet peak down the road.

"Because it is so rare the interest is not quite as great, but it
does impact those people who have been exposed, as well as their
families," Brahmer said.

Doctors sometimes confuse the symptoms of mesothelioma with other
illnesses, such as asthma or pulmonary disorder. A correct
diagnosis may not come until the disease is in the most advanced
stages.

Jen Blair, a 43-year-old substitute teacher, said it took months
for doctors to figure out what was causing severe pain in her
abdomen in 2007. They blamed it on gynecological issues, and a
family member even accused her of being a hypochondriac and
suffering from postpartum depression. Finally, a CT scan
determined the truth.

Blair's disease was caught early enough that it was removed with
surgery. But it reappeared and she had to have a second surgery
this past March. She worries about its return.

"I don't know what my new normal feels like," she said. "The first
time it took me like two years before I wasn't skittish anymore."

In once predominantly blue-collar Baltimore, many cases of
asbestos have been connected to jobs in shipbuilding, insulation,
pipe fitting, auto mechanics and other professions.

Microscopic asbestos fibers easily become airborne and can be
inhaled, lodging in the lungs and slowly damaging them.

Most people with the disease show symptoms many years after being
exposed, well after companies have shut down or cleaned up
asbestos.

"It doesn't happen a year out and it doesn't happen 10 years out,"
said Albert Polito, medical director at the Lung Center at Mercy
Medical Center. "It's like 30 to 40 years out in most cases."

Others may not know they have been exposed to asbestos until
doctors, and sometimes lawyers, start asking their medical
history. They may have been exposed at a school or an old
apartment building.

Blair isn't sure where she was exposed. She has been a teacher all
her life and never worked in manufacturing.

The wives of manufacturing workers exposed to asbestos also have
been known to get the disease, perhaps from cleaning clothes
covered in the microscopic fibers. Some research also has found
that people exposed to high doses of radiation to the chest or
abdomen as treatment for another cancer have developed
mesothelioma.

The disease is different from most cancers in that it doesn't
appear as raised tumors. The tumors are more flat along the lining
of the lungs, making them hard to remove once they have spread.
Doctors said it's difficult if not impossible to remove all traces
surgically.

"You are almost certainly going to succumb to the cancer at some
point," said Dr. Joseph Friedberg, a mesothelioma expert who is
the Charles Reid Edwards professor of surgery at the University of
Maryland School of Medicine. "The goal is to try to buy you more
time."

Friedberg, also head of thoracic surgery at University of Maryland
Medical Center and thoracic surgeon-in-chief for the University of
Maryland Medical System, recently came from the University of
Pennsylvania, where he pioneered a lung-sparing surgical technique
for mesothelioma and, along with fellow researchers, published
some of the best results that have been reported for the deadly
cancer.

Part of the treatment technique they employed involved the use of
photodynamic therapy, a light-based cancer treatment that
potentially stimulates the immune system against the cancer and is
under further investigation.  He hopes to do even more advanced
research at the University of Maryland, where he has created a
mesothelioma program.

"We're not where we need to be, not even close," Friedberg said.
"But there is progress being made all around."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Thika Residents Exposed to Dumped Fibro
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Oliver Musembi, writing for All Africa, reported that concerns
have been raised over a large consignment of asbestos waste dumped
near residential estates in Thika by a contractor.

Kiambu County officials said the broken asbestos sheets were
brought in 20 trucks from Nairobi and dumped within the Kang'oki
garbage dumpsite.

Asbestos fibre which was initially used to make roofing sheets is
highly toxic and causes cancer of the lungs and stomach.  It has
since been classified as a hazardous substance and banned.

Speaking at the site, County Executive Member for Water and
Environment Esther Njuguna termed the dumping as "criminal and
unscrupulous" adding that the dumping was done without informing
the county administration.

CRIMINAL ACT

"This is a criminal act since the guidelines for disposing
asbestos waste were not followed.

"Dumping in in the open exposes thousands of residents to grave
health risks," she said.

The official also said she was surprised to learn that an officer
from the National Environment Management Authority supervised the
dumping which was done at various spots within the dumpsite.

Ms Njuguna who was accompanied by the Kiambu County Director of
Environment Andrew Kimani said they were pursuing the contractor
who reportedly ferried the waste from a market under
rehabilitation in Nairobi.

Incidentally the only registered dumping site for asbestos waste
in the country is in Gatuanyaga, a short distance from the
Kang'oki dumpsite.

A number of villagers who eke out a living by scavenging for
valuables from the dumpsite were spotted carting away some of the
asbestos sheets unaware of the danger they exposed themselves to.

The dumpsite neighbors Makongeni, Kiganjo and Kisii estates whose
residents are now exposed to cancer risks.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Group Targets Ambler's Fibro History, Legacy
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James Boyle, writing for The Intelligencer, reported that on
Christmas 2002, Joe Amento was a healthy husband and father
enjoying life playing games with his family and coaching baseball
and basketball. Six months later, Amento died, his body ravaged by
the effects of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos.

"He did not work in a factory or on construction," said Marilyn
Amento, Joe's widow. "But his father worked in the Ambler asbestos
pipe factory, and he would visit his dad as a kid and breathe in
all the dust. That's all it took."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Judge Rules Out More Defendants in Fibro Suit
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James Mayse, writing for Messenger-Inquirer, reported that
additional defendants won't be added to a lawsuit working its way
toward trial in Daviess Circuit Court that was filed by a former
Owensboro resident who claims she contracted cancer from exposure
to asbestos dust.

Doris White, who now lives in Louisville, claims in her lawsuit
asbestos dust brought home on her husband's work clothes while
they were married led to her 2014 diagnosis of mesothelioma, which
is a form of cancer associated with people who have worked around
asbestos.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Fibro Kills Derby Concert Orchestra Founder
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Martin Naylor, writing for Derby Telegraph, reported that a
founder member of the Derby Concert Orchestra, who played with the
group for six decades, died after being exposed to asbestos.

Accomplished musician Roy Harrison also performed in front of the
Queen at a garden party at Buckingham Palace while he was in the
Army on his National Service.

After working in the railway industry in Derby until he was in his
50s, he then changed careers and taught music at Abbotsholme
Boarding School, in Rocester, while still performing with the
Derby Concert Orchestra.  He was diagnosed with the industrial
disease pulmonary fibrosis -- scarring of the lungs caused by
exposure to asbestos -- six years ago and died at London Road
Community Hospital on June 2, aged 82.

During his inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners' Court,
his widow, Joan Harrison, said: "He had a full and happy life and
we were married very happily for 58 years.

"Roy was a very well respected and accomplished musician who was
one of the founder members of the Derby Concert Orchestra more
than 60 years ago.

"He was an outstanding orchestral player and was even able to play
for three years with pulmonary fibrosis, which he put down to his
ability as a musician to breathe using his diaphragm.

"He only slowed down his playing when his condition meant that he
could not sustain the long notes needed to play a symphony."

Mr Harrison, of Dovedale Rise, Allestree, began working at the
Locomotive Works, in Derby, when he left school in 1949. As an
apprentice, he spent time in the workshops, working as a fitter
and a millwright. It was during this time that he was first
exposed to asbestos.

Mr Harrison completed his apprenticeship in 1954 and was called up
for National Service, which saw him join the 8th King's Irish
Hussars and play in the band which entertained the Queen at a
garden party. After completing his National Service, he returned
to work in the railway industry until he was made redundant in
1988. He then started teaching the flute at Abbotsholme.

He also started playing with the Burton Concert Band and, right up
to his death, was still helping teach the Champagne Flutes -- a
group of 12 female musicians in Burton.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died from pulmonary
fibrosis. Assistant Deputy Coroner Paul McCandless reached a
conclusion that Mr Harrison died of an industrial disease. He told
Mrs Harrison: "I am a great music lover and it has been a great
honour to have done your husband's inquest and to be able to talk
to you about his active and accomplished musical life."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Jury Awards Oxford Family for Fibro Death
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Daniel Tepfer, writing for Connecticut Post, reported that a jury
awarded more than $800,000 to the family of an Oxford man who they
claimed died as a result of asbestos exposure while working at
Sikorsky Aircraft.

The six-member jury deliberated about four hours over two days
before finding Wyeth Holding Corp., the successor to American
Cyanamid which made asbestos-containing foam products, negligently
caused the death in May 2012 of Wayne Bagley. The jury awarded the
family a total of $804,770.

Bagley, the 55-year-old father of two children, had worked at
Sikorsky since 1979 first as an engineer and later as a business
manager.

During the month-long trial before Superior Court Judge Dale
Radcliffe, the Bagley's lawyer, Christopher Meisenkothen,
presented evidence that Bagley died of asbestos-related
Mesothelioma as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers while working
as an engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft.

The lawsuit claims that American Cyanamid and its successor were
aware of the health dangers of working with asbestos materials but
did not warn workers.

A former co-worker of Bagley testified at trial that as part of
their employment as engineers he and Bagley were required to be
present when helicopter blades, composed at the time of asbestos
material, were sanded.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Darwin School Closed Following Fibro Find
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Xavier La Canna, writing for ABC News, reported that Darwin's
Dripstone Middle School has been closed after suspected asbestos
was found at the site.

The material was discovered by workers replacing ceiling tiles
during the night, and the Northern Territory's Department of
Education was later alerted.

"I was notified of it, of the potential, at around two o'clock
this morning," said Marion Guppy, the acting chief executive of
school education at the Department.

Ms Guppy told 105.7 ABC Darwin that at 7 a.m. people at a hastily
convened meeting decided to close the school for the day.

"It was determined that the appropriate course of action was for
us to close the school for the day to ensure that we are able to
undertake necessary testing and have time for results to be
known," Ms Guppy said.

President of the NT branch of the Australian Education Union
Jarvis Ryan praised the way the Department had acted following the
discovery.

"It is certainly a source of inconvenience for the students and
the parents, but nobody wants to put our staff or our students in
an environment where they could be exposed to a potentially lethal
substance," Mr Ryan said.

"That substance is potentially airborne in the building and so
there needs to be tests done to ensure that the air is safe before
anyone is allowed to enter that environment," he said.

Lois Modoh was alerted to events when she tried to drop her child
off at school.

"It is not safe obviously for the kids to go in being that they
are not sure what is going on, so we would prefer obviously for
the school to be shut," Ms Modoh said.

"I guess they did the best they could with what notice they had."

An update line for staff and parents has been set up and those
people needing information can call 08 8901 1371.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: ADAO Calls for Probe by US GAO
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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, the largest
independent non-profit organization in the U.S. which combines
education, advocacy, and community to prevent exposure and protect
asbestos victims' civil rights; released laboratory results
confirming that a debris sample collected outside a former
asbestos superfund site fence line in Ambler, PA (Montgomery
County) tested positive for 60 percent chrysotile asbestos. It's
been nearly 22 years since the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) approved the Ambler Asbestos Piles Site final cleanup, yet
toxic debris remains a public health threat.

"I want our federal, state, and local governments to work together
to make Ambler safe forever. There are crumbling, abandoned
Keasbey and Mattison buildings along North Maple Street, directly
across the street from the BoRit site. Why has nothing been done
with them? It's so frustrating."

Exposure to asbestos may cause mesothelioma, lung,
gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers in addition to
non-malignant lung and pleural disorders. The World Health
Organization (WHO), International Labor Organization (ILO), and
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agree there is no safe
level of asbestos exposure.

Under the Superfund program, created by the Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980,
the EPA is "authorized to respond directly to releases or
threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger
public health or the environment."

Based on new findings of asbestos contamination, ADAO called on
Congress to request the US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
to investigate the Ambler Asbestos Piles and the BoRit Asbestos
Superfund sites to evaluate the past and present impact asbestos
contamination in the air, water, and soil had and continues to
have on the public health and the environment. In addition to the
GAO investigation, ADAO is calling for federal agencies to
establish a medical monitoring and surveillance program and clinic
in Ambler and sample the homes (exterior and interior) that are
near the superfund sites, for asbestos contamination.

"Ambler, Pennsylvania is just one of many American communities
still haunted by the most horrific and long-running public health
crisis in history -- asbestos waste contamination," said ADAO
President, Linda Reinstein. "Recent laboratory tests indicate
that, for the residents of Ambler, there is no end in sight. As a
result of the Keasbey and Mattison Company's extensive
manufacturing, processing, and distribution from 1897 to 1962,
Ambler became known at the 'Asbestos Capital of World.' The deadly
legacy continues, as each year, 12,000 -- 15,000 Americans are
killed by asbestos. Shockingly, government records show
Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation with the most deaths
caused from mesothelioma and asbestosis. Montgomery County, PA
ranks number 13 out of 518 counties in the nation with the most
mesothelioma and asbestosis deaths from 2000 -- 2009."

Ambler resident, Marilyn Amento, lost her husband, Joe, to
asbestos-caused mesothelioma after he was exposed in the 1960s to
asbestos fibers in the Borough. "He lost his life at age 53. Our
kids were 8 and 10 when he died. I don't want anyone else to
suffer and die as my husband did," said Amento. "I want our
federal, state, and local governments to work together to make
Ambler safe forever. There are crumbling, abandoned Keasbey and
Mattison buildings along North Maple Street, directly across the
street from the BoRit site. Why has nothing been done with them?
It's so frustrating."

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy said, "Because of its use
in so many products, asbestos is still of special concern for
anyone who works in construction. The danger comes from inhaling
the tiny fibers or dust released into the air once asbestos has
been disturbed or damaged."

"Asbestos remains legal and lethal today, and imports continue.
Congress must pass legislation that ensures the EPA can once and
for all ban asbestos in the United States," said Reinstein. "ADAO
applauds the citizens of the Amber Borough for their tireless
efforts that have led to the listing of the Ambler Asbestos Piles
and BoRit areas as superfund sites;" said Reinstein. "Leading by
example, the Ambler community has taught the nation that
dedication, diligence, and community activism fuels change."

        About Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by
asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO seeks to give
asbestos victims and concerned citizens a united voice to raise
public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO is
an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing
asbestos-related diseases through education, advocacy and
community. For more information, visit
www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.

Contacts
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)
Kim Cecchini
Media Relations
202-391-5205
Kim@asbestosdiseaseawareness.org


ASBESTOS UPDATE: New Threats Affect Vets, Workers, Children
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Alex Formuzis, writing for Huffington Post, reported that in July
alone, asbestos contamination has plagued a veterans' medical
center in Denver, construction workers rehabbing a school in
southern Illinois as well as an elementary school in the state,
and potentially, a popular river and drinking water source in
Colorado.

Two Illinois construction companies, Kehrer Brothers Construction
and D7 Roofing, face nearly $2 million in fines after inspectors
with the federal Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration
found that they had directed workers to remove asbestos and
asbestos-laced materials from a school in Okawville, Ill., without
the required training or equipment.

The agency said the companies "failed to warn employees, some of
whom spoke only Spanish, of the danger -- even though they were
aware of the asbestos hazard. They also failed to ensure that
workers used appropriate work methods and respirators, and to
train them about the hazards of working around asbestos,"
according to an Aug. 11 news release.

A number of the exposed workers "came to the U.S. to work for
Kehrer under the H-2B visa program that allows companies to hire
foreign workers temporarily. The investigation also found the
Kehrer management threatened some workers with termination if they
spoke with OSHA inspectors," the agency noted in its release.

Elsewhere in Illinois, Centralia's Schiller Elementary School was
forced to close just days before classes were due to start after
workers discovered mold growing on asbestos-containing insulation.
Teachers had to pack up and move to a church across town, where
the 200 students will attend classes until a cleanup is complete.
The closing came just days after a Washington Post report
spotlighting the continued threat that asbestos poses to students,
teachers and others at many of the nation's schools.

Military veterans are no strangers to the dangers of asbestos,
accounting for roughly 30 percent of all victims of mesothelioma,
an incurable cancer caused by exposure to the mineral. Asbestos
was once widely used by all branches of the military, most notably
as a component in Navy ships built over decades.

So it's particularly ironic that far from the ships, tanks and
other vehicles that exposed millions of military men and women to
the lethal fibers, federal worker safety inspectors found asbestos
in a stairwell and overhead spaces at the Denver Veterans Affairs
Medical Center.

In addition to these confirmed exposure threats, what could be a
much more widespread case developed when a routine Environmental
Protection Agency inspection of an abandoned mine near Riverton,
Colo. turned into an environmental and public health disaster. The
federal workers inadvertently released 3 million gallons of toxic
waste into the once-pristine Animas River, which now runs mustard
yellow. The river, a favorite of whitewater rafting and fly
fishing enthusiasts and a source of drinking water for Durango and
several other communities, now contains extremely high levels of
lead, arsenic and other toxic substances. Similar accidents in the
past have resulted in asbestos contamination as well, and it could
very well turn up in the Animas, according to experts and media
reports.

These four real-life and recent examples reflect the widespread
danger that asbestos poses for virtually every American community,
where even the slightest exposures can result in serious, often
fatal, health problems later in life. A naturally occurring
mineral once heavily mined in western states, asbestos was widely
used in a wide variety of products and settings, and it still
turns up in many American homes, schools, public buildings and
even in some children's toys. Up to 15,000 Americans die each year
from asbestos-related diseases, and the toll is not likely to drop
any time soon.

In an effort to address the problem, a bill pending before
Congress -- the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (or READ)
Act sponsored by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) in the Senate and
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) in the House -- would require
companies that use asbestos to regularly disclose what products
it's in and where they may be located. The information would be
turned over to EPA and made available online so people could find
out where there may be asbestos-containing items in their local
area.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Central Mass Fined $37K for Fibro Violations
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Jillian Duff, writing for Mesothelioma.com, reported that the
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has
fined Central Mass Recycled Metals, LLC $36,775 for violating
state asbestos and mercury management laws.

The metal recycling business' facility in Millbury was inspected
by the MassDEP's asbestos program and Environmental Strike Force
in August and October of 2013.

MassDEP is in charge of ensuring clean air and water, safe
management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, timely
clean up of sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and
coastal resources. This regulation is vital when it comes to
asbestos, as exposure to the toxin can lead to the deadly cancer
mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer of the thin membrane
in the body known as the mesothelium. There are three types of
mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma forms in the lining of the
lungs and is the most common form of mesothelioma. Peritoneal and
pericardial mesothelioma are less common and form in the lining of
the abdominal cavity and of the heart.

"During the August inspection, agency personnel observed dry,
asbestos-containing insulation lying uncontained on the ground
outdoors, on pieces of scrap metal and on pieces of dismantled
boilers exposed to the ambient air at the site," said a press
release. "During the October inspection, agency personnel
determined that the company was partially crushing vehicles
without first removing mercury-added components, as required by
law."

Regulations call for any materials contaminated with asbestos to
be removed wet and sealed (while still wet) in leak-tight
containers with the correct warning labels. Anywhere that asbestos
work might occur has to be sealed off and air filtration equipment
used during the abatement process. This ensures asbestos fibers
are not released into the environment so building occupants and
the general public isn't exposed to the hazardous material.

A Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards-licensed asbestos
contractor was required to be hired "to properly move, package,
and dispose of the asbestos-containing waste materials" and
Central Mass Recycled Metals, LLC was ordered to no longer crush
vehicles without previously disposing of the mercury-added parts.

"Preventing asbestos-containing materials from entering these
facilities protects workers, customers, and the general public
from exposure," said Deputy Regional Director in MassDEP's Central
Regional Office John Kronopolus.

"Failure to remove mercury-added components from vehicles prior to
crushing poses a serious threat to the environment and public
health. As this penalty demonstrates, companies that fail to
comply with these regulations face significant penalties, as well
as escalated cleanup, decontamination, and monitoring costs."

Just recently, another company in Massachusetts, UMass Realty,
received similar fines for improperly demolishing and renovating a
former hospital building. A grand total of $45,412.50 may need to
be paid out by UMass Realty in the future.

"Metal recycling facilities must ensure that the scrap metals they
receive are clean and free of asbestos, as asbestos is a known
carcinogen," said Kronopolus.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: NJ Ex-Judge Alleging Courthouse Fibro Dies
-----------------------------------------------------------
David Gialanella, writing for New Jersey Law Journal, reported
that Amos Saunders, the retired New Jersey judge who claimed he
developed cancer as a result of asbestos exposure at the Passaic
County courthouse, died Aug. 16 at the age of 81, but the
litigation will continue, according to his attorney.

Saunders died at home after a week on hospice, according to
attorney Rachel Placitella of Cohen, Placitella & Roth in Red
Bank.  She said the complaint will be amended with a wrongful-
death count, and the suit -- which alleges that the exposure
occurred, at least in part, during a 1983 asbestos-removal project
at the Paterson facility -- will "absolutely" proceed, possibly
with additional discovery.

Saunders' death -- as a result of adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer
that can affect the lungs, pancreas, esophagus and other areas of
the body -- came just days after a victory in the case. On Aug.
12, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Ana Viscomi denied motions for
summary judgment by two defendants.

The case was originally filed in April 2013 in Passaic County but
was transferred to Middlesex, where state-court asbestos
litigation is centralized. It claims Saunders was exposed to
asbestos particles, both in connection with and independently of
the 1983 project.

The suit, in addition to naming Passaic County, also names A.H.
Environment Inc., which was allegedly the contractor for the
project, and Alaimo Group, successor to Richard A. Alaimo
Engineering Associates, which was allegedly the consulting
engineer in charge of the operation, according to the complaint.

The suit claims that all three defendants were aware of the danger
to those foreseeably exposed to asbestos but were negligent with
regard to "proper hygiene procedures" to ensure that toxic
chemicals and substances were not carried home on courthouse
employees' persons and clothing.

As of Aug. 18, A.H. Environment had not filed an answer to the
complaint or any other court papers, according to the judiciary's
online database.

Passaic County's and Alaimo's motions for partial summary judgment
were denied by Viscomi on Aug. 12, the database said.

Viscomi ruled orally from the bench, according to Placitella.
Saunders, who left the bench in 2000 after 23 years, subsequently
became of counsel to Carlet, Garrison, Klein & Zaretsky in
Clifton.  He also had served as a member of the New Jersey
Election Law Enforcement Commission since 2008.

A 1958 graduate of Columbia University Law School, Saunders was
appointed to the bench by Gov. Brendan Byrne in 1977. He was
Passaic County's Chancery Division judge, and also sat in the
Civil and Criminal parts.

As a judge, he developed a reputation as an expert in the law
governing professional boxing. In paying tribute to Saunders on
the floor of Congress on June 6, 2000, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell
Jr., D-New Jersey, whose district includes Paterson, said Saunders
was a "nationally respected expert on the legal aspects of the
sport of boxing" and handled many high-profile boxing cases in his
court, including those of boxing promoter Don King. In 1997, the
International Boxing Digest magazine listed Saunders as number 16
in the list of boxing's 50 most influential people, Pascrell said.

Before becoming a judge, Saunders served in a variety of roles,
including private practitioner at a law firm, municipal court
judge, borough attorney and board of education attorney for the
Borough of Totowa. He also served as an administrative law judge
for the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.

Placitella said, "Judge Saunders dedicated his life to the people
of the state of New Jersey and the lawyers who appeared before
him. We will dedicate ourselves in his memory to achieving justice
for his family."

Alaimo's counsel, Jeffrey Intravatola of Hoagland, Longo, Moran,
Dunst & Doukas in New Brunswick, didn't return a call seeking
comment on the suit.

Passaic County's lawyer, Laurence Maddock of Waters McPherson
McNeill in Secaucus, also didn't return a call.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Auckland Company Fined After Fibro Scare
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Auckland Now reported that a demolition and removal company has
been fined $8600 after an employee potentially exposed himself and
others to asbestos at an Auckland school.

WorkSafe said Yakka Contracting received the $8607 penalty after
appearing in the Auckland District Court for sentencing.

The court was told an employee had broken up large sheets of
cladding containing asbestos, after it was hired to help with the
demolition of a classroom at Bayfield Primary School in Herne Bay.

While removing cladding containing asbestos, the employee was said
to have broken it so there were no protruding sharp edges in the
disposal bags.

WorkSafe said it "potentially exposed him and others to asbestos
fibres".

Chief inspector Keith Stewart said the employee's actions went
against best practice guidelines.

"Yakka Contracting Limited should have ensured the employee was
properly trained and supervised so that he did not break (the
cladding) down."

Asbestos contamination is a major focus for WorkSafe, formerly the
Department of Labour, who believes asbestos-related diseases kill
around 180 people in New Zealand annually.

An earlier version of this story included a photograph of an
unrelated company, Empire Contracting, that was not involved in
any way in this matter. Stuff regrets the error and apologizes for
any embarrassment caused by publication of the incorrect
photograph.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Court Strengthens Sole Proximate Cause Defense
---------------------------------------------------------------
Drew Kemp, Esq. -- dkemp@thompsoncoburn.com -- and Erick VanDorn,
Esq. -- evandorn@thompsoncoburn.com -- at Thompson Coburn LLP,
wrote that the question of whether a product manufacturer or
employer in an asbestos lawsuit can introduce evidence of the
plaintiff's exposures to asbestos from other sources has become a
highly contested issue. There is a lengthy latency period
associated with asbestos-related disease and some types of
asbestos fibers may be more hazardous than others. To paint a
complete picture for the jury, it is important to put on evidence
of all sources of asbestos the plaintiff encountered throughout
his or her life.

Recently, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District, held
that a defendant in an asbestos case may introduce evidence of
plaintiff's other exposures to asbestos to support its defense
that those exposures were the sole proximate cause of the alleged
injury. The case is Smith v. Illinois Central Railroad Company,
2015 IL App (4th) 140703.

James Smith alleged he was exposed to asbestos when he worked for
Illinois Central at a railyard in Illinois between the years 1955
and 1958. Before working at the railyard, he worked for three
months at the nearby Union Asbestos & Rubber Company (UNARCO).
Smith testified he left the UNARCO facility because it was too
dirty and the conditions were horrendous. A fact witness who also
worked there testified that it was so dusty that people could not
be seen walking around inside.

But UNARCO was not on trial. The plaintiff successfully moved in
limine to exclude any evidence Smith was exposed to asbestos dust
in any manner other than from his employment by the defendant at
the railyard. Smith claimed such evidence would confuse or mislead
the jury.

In 2014, the jury found Smith had an asbestos-related disease,
which it could only blame on the defendant because it heard no
other evidence with regard to asbestos exposure. After judgment
was entered for the plaintiff, Illinois Central appealed.

On appeal, the plaintiff argued that "any attempt by defendant to
bring up Smith's exposure at UNARCO would just be an attempt to
shift the blame to a concurrent tortfeasor, not to prove a sole
proximate cause defense." The Illinois Appellate Court disagreed
and reversed and remanded for a new trial. The court emphasized
that the defendant did not have to prove anything. It was the
plaintiff's burden to establish Illinois Central's conduct was a
proximate cause of his injury. In turn, the court said, Illinois
Central should have been allowed to introduce evidence of the
plaintiff's other exposures in an attempt to cast doubt on
plaintiff's claim.

This holding reiterates the Illinois Supreme Court's holding in
Nolan v. Weil-McLain that a defendant in an asbestos case is
entitled to put on evidence of the plaintiff's other potential
asbestos exposures. See 233 Ill. 2d 416 (2009). It is important,
however, for the defendant to do its homework before trial and
throughout the discovery process to develop evidence of
alternative asbestos exposures.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Deadly Dust Found at Undercliff Drive
------------------------------------------------------
David Newble, writing for Isle of Wight County Press, reported
that work to restore access to homes along landslip-struck
Undercliff Drive, in Isle of Wight, remains on hold after asbestos
was found at the site.

Since July, Island Roads has been working to reinstate the
carriageway from Niton, with hopes that construction would be
complete in early October.

However, following the drilling of a number of test boreholes, the
Isle of Wight Council and Island Roads say that asbestos has been
found.

In a joint statement, the council and Island Roads said: "The
results of the laboratory test samples on Undercliff Drive have
been received by Island Roads. The tests indicate the presence of
asbestos on site.

"Safety advice is being sought by Island Roads on handling these
types of asbestos before seeking to identify the extent. We will
continue to work with local stakeholders as this situation
progresses. Public access remains prohibited during the works."

* The Isle of Wight Council added that it was currently awaiting
further clarity on the scope of the contaminents found on the
site, and was seeking a solution to ensure that the wider scheme
was deliverable as quickly as possible.

Gary Smedmore, one of the residents who spearheaded building a
temporary access road along Undercliff Drive, said the
contamination could have come from any source.

He said: "We have had a large number of construction vehicles from
the water board and drilling crews, as well as Island Roads over
this section of road since it was constructed, which could also
bring contaminents from other sites.

"Contaminants could also have been present under the original road
surface from the windening of Undercliff Drive during the war.

"The materials we used were purchased through Island builders'
merchants and were supplied from a screened concrete crushing
company on the Island."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Contractor Could Face Criminal Charges
-------------------------------------------------------
The Associated Press reported that a southern Illinois contractor
whose companies were fined nearly $2 million for federal workplace
safety violations involving asbestos exposure could face a
criminal inquiry.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined
Joseph Kehrer of Albers, Kehrer Brothers Construction and an
affiliated roofing company $1.939 million after finding that at
least eight Mexican guest workers participating in the H-2B visa
program were deprived of required safety equipment while working
at an Okawville school.

OSHA spokesman Scott Allen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(bit.ly/1JizWDz ) that the agency is considering whether to refer
the case to the U.S. Justice Department "for possible criminal
charges."

OSHA alleges that Kehrer threatened to fire workers, who would
then be deported, if they talked to its investigators. The
companies can appeal the federal decision.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Dumped at Peterborough Foot Path
------------------------------------------------------------
Peterborough Telegraph reported that fly tipped waste -- including
dangerous asbestos has been cleared away after being dumped near a
public footpath close to a country park.

The waste, which includes bags of rubbish along with asbestos
sheets, was dumped on private land next to a route which leads
from Thorpe Wood to Ferry Meadows Country Park and Bluebell Woods.
It was reported to Peterborough City Council, and after
discussions over whose responsibility it was to clear the waste
away, a spokesman for the council said they would be removing it -
- but would try and recover the cost from the land owner.

The Peterborough City Council spokesman said: "We have been out to
inspect the fly-tip and it appears to contain concrete-bonded
asbestos. The fly-tip is on private land.

"As it is on private land the council is not responsible for
clearing the waste and ordinarily we would write to the landowner
to inform them of their duty to arrange removal.

"However, given how close it is to the footpath we have instructed
Amey to clear it.

"We believe there is a clear public interest in removing this
waste and therefore we have made an exception on this occasion.

"We will write to the landowner in order to try and recover this
cost.

"The only person to blame here is the irresponsible individual who
decided to dump their waste rather than dispose of it in the
correct way."

A spokeswoman for the Nene Park Trust, which runs Ferry Meadows,
said they had been made aware of the rubbish, but it was not on
Trust land.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Inquests Open Into Three Fibro Deaths
------------------------------------------------------
Paul Greaves, writing for Torquay Herald Express, reported that
the coroner has opened separate inquests into the deaths of three
Torbay men from an asbestos-related disease.

Anthony Sydney Ellis, who was born in Newton Abbot but lived in
Kings Road Paignton, was a retired carpenter.

The coroner has been told that during his life he had been exposed
to asbestos.

Two years ago he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

He died from the disease at his home on August 7. He was 71 years
old.

The coroner has also opened an inquest into the death of Leslie
Roy Gibson.

Mr Gibson was born in Birmingham, was married and lived at
Washington Close in Paignton.

He was a retired carpenter.

During his life he had been exposed to asbestos and was diagnosed
with mesothelioma in 2012.

He died at his home on August 9 aged 86.

A third inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of
John Moss, 84, a widow who was born in Plymouth but lived at
Torbay Road in Paignton.

He was a retired Royal Navy shipwright.

He had been exposed to asbestos during his working life and was
clinically diagnosed with mesothelioma in February.

He died at the Mount Olivet Nursing Home on July 22.

Cause of death was malignant mesothelioma and pulmonary
thromboembolism.

None of the deaths, which are unrelated, are suspicious.

Full inquest hearings will take place at a later date.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Former Steelworker Contracts Fibro Disease
-----------------------------------------------------------
Swindon Advertiser reported that a former steel worker is
appealing to colleagues who can confirm he worked at the factory
where asbestos was rife.

Kenneth Moody, 83, of Stratton, has recently developed an illness
related to the substance, which was widely used in the
manufacturing industry several decades ago, and is seeking
compensation.  He worked for the Pressed Steel company as a spot
welder for 29 years, where he regularly came into contact with
asbestos.

However, he needs someone to come forward to prove he worked on
the line between 1962 and the early '70s, when his contact with
asbestos was at its most regular.

"I didn't use it directly in my job but it was all over the
place," says Kenneth.

"We didn't know how dangerous it was.

"It was used to fix breaks in the panels but was then just
discarded and thrown on the floor so it was everywhere.

"The air was full of dust and while we had goggles and gloves,
there was nothing to stop you breathing it in.

"There weren't any washing facilities either, other than a few
sinks in the toilet."

During those years, Kenneth had a young family to help raise with
his wife so never formed a close bond with any of his fellow
workers.

And as it was so long ago, he has had difficulty remembering their
names.

He said: "I know I worked with a Bob, I know I worked with a Wally
but I don't know what their surnames were. It was more than 50
years ago.

"What I need is someone who can remember my face to say they
remember me working there and that there was asbestos everywhere."

Solicitor Brigitte Chandler, of Charles Lucas & Marshall, is
acting for Mr Moody and is one of the UK's leading legal
specialists in asbestos-related disease.

"The symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses can take between 15
and 60 years to emerge," she said.

"Mr Moody wants to pursue a claim against his employers and we are
keen to speak to anyone who can either remember Mr Moody and the
work he did there as a spot welder or confirm the use of asbestos
for welding at Pressed Steel between 1964 and 1991."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Plymouth Has High Lung Cancer Mortality Rate
-------------------------------------------------------------
Alex Shipman, writing for Plymouth Herald, reported that new
figures reveal that 85 people in Plymouth died from asbestos-
related lung cancer between 2010 and 2014.

Plymouth has the 11th highest mortality rate in England and Wales
for the disease at 7.7 deaths per 100,000 people. The average rate
for England and Wales is 4.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

The figures were released a fortnight after campaigners from
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Plymouth and South West
(MAAPS) warned people not to trespass in the abandoned Quality
Hotel, which sits on Cliff Road.

Speaking to The Herald, a spokesperson said the hotel is
"extremely hazardous" and that "damage to asbestos, due to
deliberate vandalism or arson, can cause the release of
microscopic fibres into the atmosphere."

The fibres cling to shoes and clothes, and, if inhaled, they may
become trapped in the lungs, and this can lead to mesothelioma
over time.

"Mesothelioma is a legacy of Britain's industrial heritage," said
Jonathan Wheeler, president of not-for-profit group the
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) which campaigns for
the rights of exposed workers and their families. "Thankfully,
employers nowadays are more aware of the dangers of exposing
workers to asbestos. But those who were exposed 30 or 40 years ago
are now facing death sentences for simply turning up to work.

"Our members are lawyers and many of them see former dockworkers,
factory workers, tradesmen and even teachers, who have never
worked in heavy industry but have been exposed in schools, seeking
compensation to make them comfortable in their final months, and
to ensure their families will be fine financially. But because
records have been lost or destroyed over time, it is not always
possible to track down the former employers' insurers," Jonathan
explained.

"There is now a Government fund of last resort for them to turn to
in that eventuality but it doesn't quite go far enough. It needs
to be extended to include other asbestos-related diseases, such as
asbestosis, so that other suffering workers can get the justice
they need and deserve."


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ill. Couple's Suit Alleges Exposure to Fibro
-------------------------------------------------------------
Kirin Bashir, writing for Madison Record, reported that a St.
Clair County, Illinois, couple is suing electrical service
companies, manufacturing companies and other associates over
negligence in employee exposure to asbestos and the preservation
of evidence concerning the matter.

Geraldine Sabish and Richard Sabish filed multiple lawsuits June
23 in St. Clair Circuit Court against ABB Inc., Regal Ware Inc.,
Sprinkmann Sons Corp., Pneumo Abex LLC, Metropolitan Life
Insurance Co. and several other companies.

According to the filing, Geraldine Sabish was employed as a
laborer at Amity from 1962 to 1966 and at Regal Ware Inc. from
1966 to 2003. She claims she was exposed to large amounts of
asbestos while working at these locations causing her to develop
lung cancer.

The plaintiff alleges that the companies could have easily known
about their employees being exposed to asbestos and that it was
highly toxic. Thus, the plaintiff claim, they were negligent in
securing the safety of employees from this danger as well as
warning them about it.  She has also filed many counts including
spoliation of evidence, claiming possession of certain documents
relating to asbestos-containing products and wrongful disposal of
these documents.

Other claims are that Metropolitan Life Insurance and Pneumo Abex
conspired with asbestos-producing companies and withheld
information regarding the hazards of asbestos exposure and lung
cancer. This allegedly led her to remain ignorant of these factors
and eventually suffer much mental and physical anguish as well as
monetary losses.

Her husband, Richard Sabish, is suing the defendants for allegedly
causing him to be deprived of his wife's companionship.

The plaintiffs are seeking $50,000 in damages on each count and
are represented by attorneys Gori, Jullian & Associates.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case No. 15-L-366


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Sunderland Has High Fibro Mortality Rate
---------------------------------------------------------
Sunderland Echo reported that Sunderland has one of the highest
asbestos-related death rates in the country.

The city has mortality rate of 7.4 asbestos-related deaths per
100,000 of the population according to figures released by the
Office for National Statistics.

Between 2010 and 2014, 94 Wearsiders died from mesothelioma -- a
cancer of the lungs -- making it the 18th worst affected area in
the country.

Council bosses acknowledge that the substance was widely used in
the past, but say any asbestos now identified is removed in line
with health, safety and legal guidance.

Coun John Kelly, Sunderland City Council's portfolio holder for
public health, wellness and culture, said: "Sadly, asbestos was
widely used for many, many years and had many, many uses. While it
is no longer used in the work or at home, its prevalence means
there are always issues about how and when it is discovered or
disturbed.

"If the council identifies any asbestos risks then they are
immediately dealt with and in line with health, safety and legal
guidance.

Barrow-in-Furness, in Cumbria, has the highest mortality rate in
the country with 14.3 per 100,000 having asbestos related deaths,
while South Tyneside came in second with a rate of 10.9.

Jonathan Wheeler, president of not-for-profit group the
Association Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), said: "Mesothelioma is
a legacy of Britain's heritage.

"Thankfully, employers nowadays are more aware of the dangers of
exposing workers to asbestos.

"But those who were exposed 30 or 40 years ago are now facing
death sentences for simply turning up to work."

Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres. People can breathe these
fibres in when they come into contact with the substance.

The fibres work their way into the pleura, lining the lung. They
irritate the pleura and may cause gene changes (mutations) that
lead to the growth of cancer.

Some of the fibres that have been breathed in can be coughed up
and swallowed. This is probably the cause of peritoneal
mesothelioma.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Conman Exposes Perth Residents to Toxic Dust
-------------------------------------------------------------
WAToday.com reported that a conman has exposed Perth residents to
asbestos while posing as a licensed expert in the removal of the
deadly material.

Consumer Protection has issued a warning as it tries to track down
David Leslie Patrick Back, who quotes licence and registration
numbers on his business card that are false.

So far, nine complaints have been lodged against Mr Back who
trades under the name Southside Asbestos Removals.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection Gary Newcombe is
concerned about his activities and urges consumers not to have any
dealings with Mr Back or Southside Asbestos.

"Consumers who have been approached by Mr Back or have responded
to his advertising are advised not to engage his services. Not
being licensed means he may not have the necessary skills or
training to remove the asbestos safely," Mr Newcombe said.

The acting commissioner that that anyone who had information about
Mr Back's whereabouts, or may have had recent dealings with him,
should contact either Consumer Protection or WorkSafe immediately
to report this information.

"We are very keen to locate Mr Back and put a stop to his
dangerously deceptive and incompetent behaviour which is
jeopardising the health and safety of consumers and the wider
community," he said.

WorkSafe WA Executive Director Lex McCulloch said a licence was
generally required from WorkSafe to remove material containing
asbestos in WA,

"Asbestos is considered a hazardous material. People who work with
asbestos must be trained in the safe way of handling, transporting
and disposing of it," Mr McCulloch said.

He said that only a licence holder, or an employee of a licence
holder, was allowed to carry out the removal of asbestos. Only if
the asbestos was bonded, or not broken, and the amount was under
ten square metres could it be removed without a licence.

"Before organising for asbestos removal from their property,
consumers and businesses should check on the WorkSafe website to
ensure that the company or tradesperson they intended to use to
carry out the work has the appropriate licence, if required," Mr
McCulloch said.

Enquiries can be made at WorkSafe on 1300 307 877 or Consumer
Protection 1300 30 40 54.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Toxic Dust Removed at Indiana Uni Bldg.
--------------------------------------------------------
WLKY.com reported that Indiana University has resumed renovation
work on Franklin Hall after asbestos was found in July by
construction crews.

The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reports construction resumed Aug.
17 following the asbestos cleanup that cost roughly $45,000.
University spokesman Mark Land says construction workers had found
unsafe levels of asbestos in caulk around windows.

Land says there was no indication of any harm done to construction
workers by the asbestos.

The $21 million renovation of Franklin Hall started in November.
Work is on track to be mostly finished on schedule by June 2016.

The building was constructed in the early 1900s and will house the
university's recently formed Media School.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: 2 Cos. Fail to Win Summary Judgment in PI Suit
---------------------------------------------------------------
Judge Staci M. Yandle of the United States District Court for the
Southern District of Illinois, in the asbestos-related personal
injury lawsuit captioned CHARLES NEUREUTHER, Plaintiff, v. ATLAS
COPCO COMPRESSORS, L.L.C., et al., Defendants, CASE NO. 13-CV-
1327-SMY-SCW (S.D. Ill.), denied defendant CBS Corporation's and
John Crane, Inc.'s motions for summary judgment, holding that
there is evidence sufficient to create an inference that the
Defendants knew or should have known that their products were
unreasonably dangerous in their years of packing manufacturing.

A full-text copy of Judge Yandle's Aug. 27, 2015 memorandum and
order on CBS's motion for summary judgment is available at
http://is.gd/ch6ARWfrom Leagle.com.

A full-text copy of Judge Yandle's Aug. 28, 2015, memorandum and
decision on John Crane's motion for summary judgment is available
at http://is.gd/wCyis0from Leagle.com.

Judge Yandle also denied John Crane's motion to limit trial
testimony of proferred expert witness Matthew A. Vuskovich, after
determining that Dr. Vuskovich is qualified to render an expert
opinion as to the Plaintiff's diagnosis and causation.  A full-
text copy of Judge Yandle's Aug. 20, 2015 memorandum and order on
John Crane's Motion in Limine is available at http://is.gd/OdC8BY
from Leagle.com.

Charles Neureuther, Plaintiff, represented by Ben A. Vinson, Jr.,
Vinson Law, Zane T. Cagle, Cagle Law Firm, LLC & John D Sloan, Jr,
Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry.

CBS Corporation, sor-in-Interest to BF STURTEVANT CO, Defendant,
represented by Daniel G. Donahue, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP &
Michael R. Dauphin, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Defendant, represented by Benjamin J. Wilson,
HeplerBroom LLC, Carl J. Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Noel L. Smith,
Jr., HeplerBroom LLC.

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Defendant, represented by Benjamin J.
Wilson, HeplerBroom LLC, Carl J. Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael
J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Defendant, represented by Daniel R. Griffin,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C. & Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Defendant, represented by Charles
L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver, Joley,
Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill, Heyl,
Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. & Michael
D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Claimant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Michael R.
Dauphin, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Noel L. Smith, Jr.,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Electrolux Home Products, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by
Dennis J. Graber, Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Michael R.
Dauphin, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Noel L. Smith, Jr.,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

Crane Co., Cross Claimant, represented by Noel L. Smith, Jr.,
HeplerBroom LLC.

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Michael R.
Dauphin, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Noel L. Smith, Jr.,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

John Crane, Inc., Cross Claimant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Michael R.
Dauphin, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

John Crane, Inc., Cross Claimant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Michael R.
Dauphin, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Daniel G.
Donahue, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J. Geraci,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Claimant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Daniel G.
Donahue, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J. Geraci,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Daniel G.
Donahue, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J. Geraci,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Daniel G.
Donahue, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J. Geraci,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

Electrolux Home Products, Inc., Cross Claimant, represented by
Dennis J. Graber, Hinshaw & Culbertson.

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Daniel G.
Donahue, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Crane Co., Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J. Geraci,
HeplerBroom LLC.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..

Crane Co., Cross Claimant, represented by Benjamin J. Wilson,
HeplerBroom LLC & Carl J. Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC.

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Daniel G.
Donahue, Foley & Mansfield, PLLP.

Electrolux Home Products, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by
Dennis J. Graber, Hinshaw & Culbertson.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Bradley R.
Bultman, Segal, McCambridge et al. & William R. Irwin, Segal,
McCambridge et al..

Ingersoll-Rand Company, Cross Defendant, represented by Carl J.
Geraci, HeplerBroom LLC & Michael J Chessler, HeplerBroom LLC.

John Crane, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Sean P. Fergus,
O'Connell, Tivin, Miller & Burns L.L.C..

Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Cross Defendant, represented by
Charles L. Joley, Joley, Nussbaumer, et al. & Georgiann Oliver,
Joley, Nussbaumer, et al..

Owens-Illinois, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Brian
O'Connor Watson, Schiff Hardin LLP, Edward M. Casmere, Schiff
Hardin LLP & Matthew J. Fischer, Schiff, Hardin et al..

Warren Pumps, LLC., Cross Defendant, represented by Keith B. Hill,
Heyl, Royster et al., James R. Grabowski, Heyl, Royster et al. &
Michael D. Schag, Heyl, Royster et al..


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bid to Reconsider Dismissal of "Southern" Denied
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Plaintiffs Larry Southern, Roy Southern, Yvonne Harris, and
Barbara Patterson filed a motion to alter or amend judgment
pursuant to Rule 59(e) and Rule 60(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure.  Specifically, the Plaintiffs move the United
States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Rock
Hill Division, to reconsider its Order dated June 30, 2015, which
granted the Defendants' motions for summary judgment and dismissed
the action.  The Plaintiffs request that at a minimum, the Court
should revise its Order to deny the Defendants' motions for
summary judgment.  The Plaintiffs further request that the Court
grant their motions for partial summary judgment and set the case
for trial on the remaining issues.

In the view of the Court, the Plaintiffs' motion fails to meet any
of the requirements under Rule 59(2) or Rule 60(b)(6).  Having
reviewed the pleadings related to the motion, the Court found that
further oral argument will not aid in its decision-making process.
Accordingly, the Plaintiffs' motion to reconsider is denied.

The case is Larry Southern; Roy Southern; Yvonne Harris; and
Barbara Patterson, Plaintiffs, v. Asbestos Processing, LLC;
Richard H. Bishoff, PC; Richard H. Bishoff; John M. Deakle; A.
Joel Bentley; A. Joel Bentley Law Office; William R. Couch; Couch
Law Firm; David O. McCormick; Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter &
McCormick; Crymes G. Pittman; Pittman, Germany, Roberts & Welsh,
LLP; and John Michael Sims, Defendants, C/A NO. 0:11-CV-01800-JFA
(D.S.C.).  A full-text copy of the Court's Aug. 27, 2015 Order
penned by Judge Joseph F. Anderson, Jr., is available at
http://is.gd/01x3T1from Leagle.com.

Larry Southern, Plaintiff, represented by Ann McCrowey Mickle, Ann
McCrowey Mickle Law Offices, Brent P Stewart, Stewart Law Offices,
Chad A McGowan, McGowan Hood Felder and Johnson, Jenna W Garraux,
Stewart Law Offices, Jordan Christopher Calloway, McGowan Hood and
Felder, Steven Randall Hood, McGowan Hood and Felder & Susan F
Campbell, McGowan Hood and Felder.

Larry Southern, Plaintiff, represented by Pendarvis Law Office

Larry Southern, Plaintiff, represented by Whitney Boykin Harrison,
McGowan Hood and Felder.

Roy Southern, Plaintiff, represented by Ann McCrowey Mickle, Ann
McCrowey Mickle Law Offices, Brent P Stewart, Stewart Law Offices,
Chad A McGowan, McGowan Hood Felder and Johnson, Jenna W Garraux,
Stewart Law Offices, Steven Randall Hood, McGowan Hood and Felder,
Susan F Campbell, McGowan Hood and Felder, Thomas A Pendarvis,
Pendarvis Law Office & Whitney Boykin Harrison, McGowan Hood and
Felder.

Yvonne Harris, Plaintiff, represented by Ann McCrowey Mickle, Ann
McCrowey Mickle Law Offices, Brent P Stewart, Stewart Law Offices,
Chad A McGowan, McGowan Hood Felder and Johnson, Jenna W Garraux,
Stewart Law Offices, Steven Randall Hood, McGowan Hood and Felder,
Susan F Campbell, McGowan Hood and Felder, Thomas A Pendarvis,
Pendarvis Law Office & Whitney Boykin Harrison, McGowan Hood and
Felder.

Barbara Patterson, Plaintiff, represented by Ann McCrowey Mickle,
Ann McCrowey Mickle Law Offices, Brent P Stewart, Stewart Law
Offices, Chad A McGowan, McGowan Hood Felder and Johnson, Jenna W
Garraux, Stewart Law Offices, Steven Randall Hood, McGowan Hood
and Felder, Susan F Campbell, McGowan Hood and Felder, Thomas A
Pendarvis, Pendarvis Law Office & Whitney Boykin Harrison, McGowan
Hood and Felder.

Asbestos Processing LLC, Defendant, represented by Alexis Kaylor
Lindsay, Esq. -- alindsay@sowellgray.com -- Sowell Gray Stepp and
Laffitte, Elizabeth Van Doren Gray, Esq. -- egray@sowellgray.com -
- Sowell Gray Stepp and Laffitte, Jason D Maertens, Esq. --
jason.maertens@smithmoorelaw.com -- Smith Moore Leatherwood,
Joseph Calhoun Watson, Esq. -- cwatson@sowellgray.com -- Sowell
Gray Stepp and Laffitte & Susan F Campbell, McGowan Hood and
Felder.

Richard H Bishoff PC, Defendant, represented by Jason D Maertens,
Smith Moore Leatherwood, Kurt Matthew Rozelsky, Esq. --
kurt.rozelsky@smithmoorelaw.com -- Smith Moore Leatherwood,
Michael J Giese, Esq. -- mike.giese@smithmoorelaw.com -- Smith
Moore Leatherwood, Dane Hal Butswinkas, Esq. -- dbutswinkas@wc.com
-- Williams and Connolly & Richmond Turner Moore, Esq. --
rtmoore@wc.com -- Williams and Connolly.

Richard H Bishoff, Defendant, represented by Jason D Maertens,
Smith Moore Leatherwood, Kurt Matthew Rozelsky, Smith Moore
Leatherwood, Michael J Giese, Smith Moore Leatherwood, Dane Hal
Butswinkas, Williams and Connolly & Richmond Turner Moore,
Williams and Connolly.

John M Deakle, Defendant, represented by Jason D Maertens, Smith
Moore Leatherwood, Kurt Matthew Rozelsky, Smith Moore Leatherwood,
Michael J Giese, Smith Moore Leatherwood, Dane Hal Butswinkas,
Williams and Connolly & Richmond Turner Moore, Williams and
Connolly.

A Joel Bentley, Defendant, represented by Leslie Arlen Cotter, Jr,
Esq. -- lcotter@richardsonplowden.com -- Richardson Plowden and
Robinson & Sheila M Bias, Esq. -- sbias@richardsonplowden.com --
Richardson Plowden and Robinson.

A Joel Bentley Law Office, Defendant, represented by Leslie Arlen
Cotter, Jr, Richardson Plowden and Robinson & Sheila M Bias,
Richardson Plowden and Robinson.

William R Couch, Defendant, represented by Daniel C Leonardi,
Federal Public Defender's Office, Jennifer Butler Routh, Nexsen
Pruet, Susan Pedrick McWilliams, Esq. --
smcwilliams@nexsenpruet.com -- Nexsen Pruet Jacobs and Pollard,
William Camden Lewis, Esq. -- wlewis@nexsenpruet.com -- Nexsen
Pruet, Dane Hal Butswinkas, Williams and Connolly & Richmond
Turner Moore, Williams and Connolly.

Couch Law Firm, Defendant, represented by Daniel C Leonardi,
Federal Public Defender's Office, Jennifer Butler Routh, Nexsen
Pruet, Susan Pedrick McWilliams, Nexsen Pruet Jacobs and Pollard,
Dane Hal Butswinkas, Williams and Connolly & Richmond Turner
Moore, Williams and Connolly.

David O McCormick, Defendant, represented by R Hawthorne Barrett,
Esq. -- tbarrett@turnerpadget.com -- Turner Padget Graham and
Laney & Thomas Charles Salane, Esq. -- tsalane@turnerpadget.com --
Turner Padget Graham and Laney.

Cumbest Cumbest Hunter & McCormick, Defendant, represented by R
Hawthorne Barrett, Turner Padget Graham and Laney & Thomas Charles
Salane, Turner Padget Graham and Laney.

Crymes G Pittman, Defendant, represented by John William Fletcher,
Esq. -- jfletcher@barnwell-whaley.com -- Barnwell Whaley Patterson
and Helms & Morris Dawes Cooke, Jr, Esq. -- mdc@barnwell-
whaley.com -- Barnwell Whaley Patterson and Helms.

Pittman Germany Roberts & Welsh LLP, Defendant, represented by
John William Fletcher, Barnwell Whaley Patterson and Helms &
Morris Dawes Cooke, Jr, Barnwell Whaley Patterson and Helms.

John Michael Simms, Defendant, represented by Alexis Kaylor
Lindsay, Sowell Gray Stepp and Laffitte, Elizabeth Van Doren Gray,
Sowell Gray Stepp and Laffitte & Joseph Calhoun Watson, Sowell
Gray Stepp and Laffitte.

William Howell Morrison, Intervenor for limited purpose,
Intervenor, represented by Steve Allen Matthews, Esq. --
smatthews@hsblawfirm.com -- Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Final Judgment Renders Appeal Moot, Ct. Rules
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In a wrongful death lawsuit against asbestos and tobacco
companies, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, in a decision
dated Aug. 27, 2015, denied the tobacco companies' motion to
dismiss the lawsuit for lack of appellate jurisdiction and
dismissed as moot the appeal from the plaintiff of a final
judgment dismissing their claims against the tobacco defendants.

Although the Maryland Court concluded that the circuit court has
entered a final, appealable judgment, the Special Appeals Court
dismissed the appeal as moot, because it can afford no effective
remedy for the dismissal of the tobacco defendants now that all of
the asbestos defendants have been dismissed as well.

The Special Appeals Court concluded that the circuit court should
not have dismissed the tobacco defendants without first
considering possible procedural safeguards under Rule 2-212(b) to
prevent embarrassment, delay, expense, or prejudice.

The case is DOUGLAS STIDHAM, etc. et al., v. R. J. REYNOLDS
TOBACCO CO., INC., et al., NO. 178, SEPTEMBER TERM, 2014 (Md.
Spec. App.).  A full-text copy of the Decision is available at
http://is.gd/H6DmOdfrom Leagle.com.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: "Uribes" Remanded to Calif. Superior Court
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Elia B. Uribes, individually and as successor-in-interest to
Raymond R. Uribes, deceased, and their son Raymond Steve Uribes,
have brought a survival and wrongful death action against
Defendants BASF Catalysts, LLC and two of its entities, Eastern
Magnesia Talc Company and Pita Realty Limited, as well as
Defendant E.T. Horn Company.

Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the
Northern District of California, San Jose Division, in an order
dated Aug. 28, 2015, granted the Plaintiffs' Motion to Remand the
action to Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The case is ELIA B. URIBES, individually and as successor-in-
interest to RAYMOND R. URIBES, Deceased, and RAYMOND STEVE URIBES,
individually, Plaintiffs, v. BASF CATALYSTS, LLC (sued
individually and as successor-in-interest to ENGELHARD
CORPORATION), et al., Defendants, CASE NO. 15-CV-02131-LHK (N.D.
Calif.).  A full-text copy of Judge Koh's Decision is available at
http://is.gd/l9HAtlfrom Leagle.com.

Elia B. Uribes, Plaintiff, represented by Andrew Seitz, Waters
Kraus Paul, Kevin Mathew Loew, Waters, Kraus & Paul, Charles S.
Siegel, Waters & Kraus, LLP & Scott L. Frost, Waters Kraus Paul.

Raymond Steve Uribes, Plaintiff, represented by Andrew Seitz,
Waters Kraus Paul, Kevin Mathew Loew, Waters, Kraus & Paul,
Charles S. Siegel, Waters & Kraus, LLP & Scott L. Frost, Waters
Kraus Paul.

BASF Catalysts LLC, Defendant, represented by Michael F. Williams,
Esq. -- michael.williams@kirkland.com -- Kirkland and Ellis LLP,
Daniel Aaron Bress, Esq. -- daniel.bress@kirkland.com -- Kirkland
and Ellis LLP, Karen A. Braje, Esq. -- kbraje@reedsmith.com --
Reed Smith LLP, Peter A. Farrell, Kirkland Ellis LLP & Steven J.
Boranian, Esq. -- sboranian@reedsmith.com -- Reed Smith LLP.

Eastern Magnesia Talc Company, Defendant, represented by Michael
F. Williams, Kirkland and Ellis LLP, Daniel Aaron Bress, Kirkland
and Ellis LLP, Karen A. Braje, Reed Smith LLP, Peter A. Farrell,
Esq. -- peter.farrell@kirkland.com -- Kirkland Ellis LLP & Steven
J. Boranian, Reed Smith LLP.

Pita Realty Limited, Defendant, represented by Michael F.
Williams, Kirkland and Ellis LLP, Daniel Aaron Bress, Kirkland and
Ellis LLP, Karen A. Braje, Reed Smith LLP, Peter A. Farrell,
Kirkland Ellis LLP & Steven J. Boranian, Reed Smith LLP.

E.T. Horn Company, Defendant, represented by Karen Mayann Johnson,
Esq. -- kjohnson@wfbm.com -- WFBM, LLP.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: John Crane Wins Summary Judgment in "Young"
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Judge Martin Reidinger of the United States District Court for the
Western District of North Carolina, Asheville Division, in an
order dated Aug. 21, 2015, granted defendant John Crane Inc.'s
Motion for Summary Judgment in the asbestos-related lawsuit styled
CAROLYN M. YOUNG and SARA M. WORKMAN, both Individually and as Co-
Executrices of the ESTATE OF FRANK VERNON MILLER, Deceased,
Plaintiffs, v. AGCO CORPORATION, et al., Defendants, CIVIL CASE
NO. 1:13-CV-00054-MR-DLH (W.D.N.C.).

In granting summary judgment to John Crane, Judge Reidinger ruled
that the Defendant has demonstrated that the Plaintiffs lack a
forecast of evidence of the decedent's exposure to an asbestos-
containing product of the Defendant sufficient to establish
causation under Lohrmann.  The Defendant's forecast of evidence is
undisputed insomuch as the Plaintiffs have failed to respond to
the Defendant's motion, Judge Reidinger said.  As the Plaintiffs
are unable to present evidence of causation sufficient to raise a
genuine issue of material fact, the Court concluded that summary
judgment in favor of the Defendant is appropriate.

A full-text copy of Judge Reidinger's Decision is available at
http://is.gd/1yNodufrom Leagle.com.

Carolyn M. Young, Plaintiff, represented by Kevin W. Paul, Esq. --
kpaul@sgpblaw.com -- Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC &
Janet Ward Black, Esq., Ward Black, P.A..

Sara Workman, Plaintiff, represented by Janet Ward Black, Ward
Black, P.A. & Kevin W. Paul, Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett,
PC.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Cabot Corp. Has 40,000 AO Respiratory Claimants
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There were 40,000 claimants in pending cases asserting claims
against Cabot Corporation's American Optical Corporation in
connection with respiratory products, according to the Company's
Form 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2015.

Cabot has exposure in connection with a safety respiratory
products business that a subsidiary acquired from American Optical
Corporation ("AO") in an April 1990 asset purchase transaction.
The subsidiary manufactured respirators under the AO brand and
disposed of that business in July 1995. In connection with its
acquisition of the business, the Cabot subsidiary agreed, in
certain circumstances, to assume a portion of AO's liabilities,
including costs of legal fees together with amounts paid in
settlements and judgments, allocable to AO respiratory products
used prior to the 1990 purchase by the Cabot subsidiary. In
exchange for the subsidiary's assumption of certain of AO's
respirator liabilities, AO agreed to provide to the subsidiary the
benefits of: (i) AO's insurance coverage for the period prior to
the 1990 acquisition and (ii) a former owner's indemnity of AO
holding it harmless from any liability allocable to AO respiratory
products used prior to May 1982. As more fully described in the
2014 10-K, the respirator liabilities generally involve claims for
personal injury, including asbestosis, silicosis and coal worker's
pneumoconiosis, allegedly resulting from the use of respirators
that are alleged to have been negligently designed and/or labeled.

As of March 31, 2015 and September 30, 2014, there were
approximately 40,000 and 41,000 claimants, respectively, in
pending cases asserting claims against AO in connection with
respiratory products. Cabot has a reserve to cover its expected
share of liability for existing and future respirator liability
claims. At March 31, 2015 and September 30, 2014, the reserve was
$11 million and $13 million, respectively. Cash payments related
to this liability were $2 million in the first six months of both
fiscal 2015 and 2014.

Cabot Corporation (Cabot) is a global specialty chemicals and
performance materials company. The Company's principal products
are rubber and specialty grade carbon blacks, fumed metal oxides,
inkjet colorants, aerogels and cesium formate drilling fluids.
Cabot and its affiliates have manufacturing facilities and
operations in the United States and approximately 20 other
countries. The Company operates in four business segments:
Reinforcement Materials; Performance Materials; Advanced
Technologies; and Purification Solutions. It is organized into
three geographic regions: The Americas; Europe, Middle East and
Africa, and Asia Pacific.


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