From asbestos discoveries, removals, and litigation, to mesothelioma research, treatment advances, and trial outcomes, there seems to be no end to the number of interesting and informative news articles from throughout the United States and around the world.

Keep up to date on the most recent cases, decisions, and regulatory news and developments associated with this ever-changing industry. Cooney & Conway searches the Internet to bring you the latest news and features relating to mesothelioma and the asbestos industry.

John D. Cooney Joins Crain’s Chicago Business Roundtable Discussion

Cooney & Conway partner John D. Cooney participated in a robust roundtable discussion for Crain’s Chicago Business with four of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers. This impressive group of distinguished Chicago attorneys discussed a wide range of topics related to today’s legal world, including case law, jury trends, technological advancements, and their effects on the legal field in the years and decades to come.

Cooney talked about his background as a trial lawyer and added unique insights into the world of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cases, and shared his thoughts on the state of lawsuits in Illinois and what he sees for the future of trial litigation.

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Experts Call for Global Asbestos Ban

Experts Call for Global Asbestos BanExperts gathering for the launch of the National Asbestos Awareness Campaign in Australia have called for a global ban on asbestos, the cancer-causing material that continues to make its way into products manufactured throughout the world.

Though regulations and restrictions have reduced the use of asbestos in developed countries like the United States and Australia, most of the world's population still live in counties where asbestos is in everyday use on a massive scale.


Asbestos Among Chemicals to Be Reviewed by EPA

Asbestos Among Chemicals to Be Reviewed by EPAAsbestos has been listed among ten chemicals The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will evaluate for potential health and environmental risks under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The ten chemicals under evaluation were chosen from a list of 90 selected chemicals based on their potential for hazard and exposure, among other considerations.

Per the TSCA, the EPA must release a scoping document within six months for each chemical, which is to include the chemical’s hazards, exposures, conditions of use, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations the agency plans to consider for the evaluation.


Kevin Conway Emcees Lawyers for the Creative Arts Luncheon

Kevin Conway Emcees Lawyers for the Creative Arts Luncheon
Kevin Conway

Cooney & Conway partner Kevin Conway served as emcee at a luncheon for Lawyers for the Creative Arts at Chicago’s Palmer House on Wednesday. The luncheon featured a panel discussion moderated by WTTW’s Chicago Tonight host Phil Ponce, who discussed the arts in Chicago with honorees opera superstar Rene Fleming, and Antony Freud, Executive Director of The Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The luncheon program also featured performances by rising stars from The Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center.

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Sydney Opera House Electricians Halt Work Over Asbestos Concerns

Sydney Opera House
(By Rosino -

Asbestos concerns have caused electrical workers to stop work on a $200 million renovation at the world-famous Sydney Opera House for the second time in two months.

Workers stopped work on Friday morning after receiving confirmation that potentially-deadly friable asbestos had again been located in work areas. The electricians’ union said samples confirmed to contain friable asbestos. Electrical workers decided to walk off the job until the safety issue was resolved.


Asbestos Remediation Causes Central Indiana Courthouse to be Vacated

Indiana Courthouse
(U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West)

County employees are moving out of a courthouse in central Indiana to allow for asbestos remediation work.

The Madison County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday with Anderson University to lease space at two locations for more than $30,000 a month.

Relocated offices include the court system and clerk's office.


Asbestos Testing Closes Schools for 2nd Day

Asbestos Testing Closes Schools for 2nd DayA New Jersey school district looking to calm fears of hazardous materials in the air due to the removal of asbestos closed a pair of South Jersey schools for a second day Wednesday as crews tested the air.

Crews have been replacing asbestos roofing and ceiling tiles from the high school and testing levels of the hazardous dust, according to posts on the district's health and safety page.


Asbestos-related violations during fire response results in fine for Honolulu Fire Department

An investigation by the Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) found that Honolulu Fire Department violated workplace safety standards by failing to reduce the level of potential asbestos exposure for firefighters battling a fire at a high-rise in Moiliili. The citation said HFD failed to conduct immediate decontamination procedures following the fire.


Asbestos exposure puts school district staffers at risk

A maintenance accident in a classroom has potentially exposed several staff members to asbestos. The wax layer coating the building’s asbestos tiles were being sanded and the maintenance worker went too deep, knocking asbestos into the air.

The district is seeking medical options for the maintenance employee and five additional employees who entered the classroom before the district was notified of the incident.


Asbestos cleanup claims iconic brewery site smokestack

An iconic smokestack which has been part of the Cincinnati skyline for more than 150 years will be torn down as part of the building demolition because of toxins and chemical compounds that could be hazardous to human health, including asbestos in large outdoor debris piles.

Demolition will begin after the completion of asbestos remediation at the site, which is already underway, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials announced at the site.


Asbestos removal from Edgewater Hospital halted over payment dispute

Asbestos removal from Edgewater Hospital halted over payment disputeA contractor hired to remove hazardous asbestos from the abandoned Edgewater Medical Center in Chicago has stopped work over a dispute over compensation.

Demolition efforts are in place to replace the former hospital with apartments, parking, single family homes, and a park. A new timeline for removing the hazardous substance hasn’t been announced, and the contractor said the asbestos remediation at the property isn't close to being finished.


Asbestos concerns could lead to library annex demolition

Asbestos concerns could lead to Decatur library annex demolitionThe specter of black mold and the asbestos contamination could lead to the demolition of the Decatur (Ill.) Public Library annex. The city council will determine whether the building, which has been closed for about seven years, will be repaired or demolished.

Officials say there is no current threat to main library complex.


Contractors halt renovation work at courthouse over asbestos concerns

Madison County (Ind.)
Government Center

A major renovation project at a Madison County (Ind.) government center has been delayed while officials determine how to deal with asbestos issues throughout the building.

The delays affect two contractors who have stopped working on the installation of a new heating/cooling system, and new lighting in the building, until the asbestos issues are resolved.



Improper asbestos removal delays school start for suburban district

Country Clubs school delayA public health inspector found the improper removal of asbestos in classrooms at a south suburban middle school, prompting a delay to the start of classes at Country Club Hills School District 160, reports CBS Chicago.

Parents were notified of “unforeseen construction delays” without informing them of the discovery that asbestos removal was not being done properly in three classrooms at Southwood Middle School. Classes will begin on Monday, August 21.

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St. Louis officials say no asbestos found near Clemens House after fire

Clemens House fireThe Environmental Protection Agency has found no trace of asbestos near the Clemens House in north St. Louis, according to city officials.



OSHA fines NC county for asbestos issues in courthouse

OSHA fines NC county for asbestos issues in courthouseThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued three citations and fined the Davidson County government $6,500 in relation to asbestos issues in the Davidson County Courthouse in North Carolina, according to a press release.


Maine-based environmental center sues EPA over toxic chemical rules

The Portland-based Environmental Health Strategy Center has joined two lawsuits challenging the Environmental Protection Agency for rewriting rules that determine how the agency will regulate toxic chemicals found in consumer products, building materials and workplaces as well as in drinking water and food.


City council OKs demolition of facility where asbestos present

Eureka, Calif., council OKs demolition of cold storage facility where asbestos present
(The Times-Standard)

The Eureka City Council on Tuesday discussed the emergency demolition of the waterfront cold storage warehouse that burned down in June.



Firefighters union raises asbestos concerns from Honolulu high-rise blaze

Mesothelioma and Asbestos NewsNearly a month after more than 120 Honolulu firefighters responded to the city's largest-ever high-rise fire, many are being asked turn in their jackets, hoods, and pants because of potential asbestos contamination.


Michigan audit says state behind on asbestos inspections

Michigan’s Auditor General found the state’s asbestos remediation program needs more inspectors and more money. The program is falling behind in its reports and follow-up visits, Michigan Radio reports.


Asbestos-laced materials land in Australia through goods made in China

Asbestos-laced materials land in Australia through goods made in China
Australian carpenter at work.
Picture: Justin Lloyd

Building materials laced with lethal asbestos are landing in Australian homes and building sites, as Chinese companies flout the country’s asbestos ban, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Australian Border Force identified thousands of shipments as “high risk” for asbestos during 2016-17, but left 90 per cent of them to slip through to building sites, hardware stores and supermarkets.


Jury awards millions to Portland man with asbestos cancer

Jury awards millions to Portland man with asbestos cancer
Robert and Bonnie
Sprague (Family photo)

A Portland jury awarded a $5.4 million verdict to a married Oregon couple after the husband was stricken with a terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos in the Navy and while working as a pipefitter decades ago.




Development firm challenges asbestos violations fine


A Pennsylvania development firm is seeking to reduce fines levied for illegal removal and disposal of tons of asbestos at a 135-acre research property in Churchill.


Ohio school delays start after tile damage releases asbestos dust

A central Ohio private school is pushing back the start of the school year after asbestos dust was released following damage to tile floor. The 2017-18 school year is now expected to start on Sept. 22.


Asbestos found at Sydney Opera House

Asbestos found at Sydney Opera House
Australia's Sydney Opera House

Electricians working on a $200 million renovation at the world-famous Sydney Opera House has prompted a work stoppage after the workers were exposed to asbestos fibers for five days. 

The ban includes about 25 electricians involved in electrical services on the iconic building.


Aurora City Officials Threaten Asbestos Lawsuit

The city of Aurora has issued a notice of intent to sue the owners of the old Copley Hospital to get them to remove or mitigate asbestos in the old buildings on South Lincoln Avenue.


Indonesia Asked to Ban Asbestos Use

The Indonesian government has been asked to join 55 countries worldwide in banning the use of asbestos.


State takes oversight, investigative actions on asbestos after fire

State takes oversight, investigative actions on asbestos after fire
Fire sparks asbestos concerns
in Honolulu high-rise. 

Two Hawaiian state agencies are taking action over asbestos removal at the scene of the massive fire at the Marco Polo building.


Asbestos found in some Arkansas Capitol spaces

An Arkansas state House committee learned that asbestos was found in two meeting rooms and in adjoining offices that will be renovated in the next several months at the state Capitol.


Two firms settle case over illegal asbestos removal

The contractor in charge of razing a former Massachusetts YMCA building and a consultant hired to monitor the work have paid a total of $180,000 to settle a state lawsuit alleging that they caused or allowed illegal asbestos work at the site.


Illegal asbestos removal potentially exposed residents to fibers

A Massachusetts man has been fined for illegally removing asbestos at a home without a state contractor’s license, potentially exposing residents to harmful asbestos fibers.,514477


St. Louis residents concerned about future of Clemens House

Clemons MansionA fire in an historic home with ties to Mark Twain is still raising some serious concerns for residents. The debris that went flying through their neighborhood - much of it still laying around has residents upset with how the developer is responding.


Asbestos-riddled Oxford University building 'could be demolished'

One of Oxford University’s largest buildings has been recommended for demolition after the discovery of asbestos.

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