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Chelsea Hotel Ordered to Get Rid of Asbestos

Historic Chelsea Hotel’s current owner Joseph Chetrit is in an asbestos fight.

According to occupant leaders in the hotel, Chetrit has been ordered to remove asbestos from the building’s shaft space.

Zoe Pappas, the president of the Chelsea Hotel Tenant Association, said residents were extremely angry as asbestos is a known cancer-causing material.

Such clashes are not new for Chetrit. He had been sued by a group of permanent residents last December over hazardous dust and airborne asbestos particles released by the massive renovations at 222 W. 23rd St. Ruling was in favor of the tenant group. A Housing Court judge ordered the project to abide by all safety regulations.

The group also questioned Chetrit’s efforts to expel long-term tenants.

Chetrit has not commented on the issue.

12 Companies Sued over Asbestos Death

A woman is suing 12 companies for allegedly causing her recently deceased husband to develop malignant mesothelioma by exposing him to hazardous asbestos fibers.

Mary Dunkin has filed a complaint on behalf of late Patrick Dunkin on February 7 in St. Louis Circuit Court. The suit doesn’t say where the plaintiff resides.

Mary Dunkin says the defendants exposed Patrick to asbestos-containing products all through his employment as a machinist mate and auto mechanic at different locations from 1966 to 2009. She argues the companies should have known of the dangerous features of asbestos, but failed to warn Patrick and to provide him with proper protection.

Prior to his death, Patrick became disabled and disfigured because of his fatal disease and suffered immense pain and mental anguish, the complaint says. Additionally, Patrick’s death caused his family to incur funeral expenses, and to lose large amounts of money that would have accrued to them, Mary Dunkin argues.

The four-count complaint is seeking actual and compensatory damages of more than $50,000. Additionally, Mary Dunkin is asking for punitive and exemplary damages.

Asbestos Victim Seeks Damages

Betty Ruth Rhodes, a woman who developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos fibers, has filed a lawsuit against 65 companies on January 6.

According to the complaint filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Rhodes was regularly exposed to asbestos products during her employment.

The lawsuit doesn’t specify where the plaintiff resides.

Rhodes worked a laborer at 3 different Illinois companies from 1958 to 1990. She says she also suffered secondary exposure to asbestos as her husband and father brought the substance home through their work clothes. Rhodes’ father was a laborer and husband was a millwright, according to the complaint.

Rhodes alleges the companies used asbestos in their products though they knew or should have known that the material can cause cancer.

The plaintiff became disabled and disfigured, incurred medical expenses on account of her fatal disease. She is suffering from immense physical pain and metal anguish, the complaint says.

Rhodes is no longer able to pursue her normal course of employment because of her fatal disease, according to the suit.

The nine-count complaint filed by Rhodes seeks a judgment of more than $50,000. Rhodes is also asking for punitive damages and other relief to which she might be entitled.

Asbestos Found at Pumping Plant

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Asbestos was discovered at the Ira J. Chrisman Wind Gap Pumping Plant, officials said.

The plant supplies water from Kern County over the Grapevine and into Los Angeles area.

According to plant officials, the cancer-causing substance was found by a worker during the routine maintenance at the plant. Anyway, there is no hazard to the water safety or the public, officials said.

“We were doing some repairs at one of our large pumping units. A worker came to know that he might have disturbed some asbestos while disassembling some piping,” said Jeff Said, the Field Division Chief.

Officials said they reacted rapidly to make sure that everyone was say. The facility was closed immediately and the worker was sent for check-up.

Now the officials are trying to find out how widespread the asbestos is and how to remove the substance.

State water officials have confirmed that there is no danger to the water supply to the Los Angeles.

Niagara Falls Man Wins $2 M in Asbestos Case

A Niagara Falls man, who filed an asbestos-related case in State Supreme Court one year back, has been awarded $2 million in an asbestos-related case.

66-year-old Gerald Failing was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in December 2010. Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma normally kills the victim within one year.

Failing started working in the compound department at Durez Plastics in North Tonawanda, a manufacturer of industrial resins and molding compounds, in 1966. During his employment, Failing had to use raw asbestos fibers to make granulated plastic molding compounds, according to his attorney. Failing worked at Durez Plastics until 1978.

The raw asbestos that Failing used was supplied by a Canadian asbestos mining company called ‘Hedman Resources Ltd.’

Failing’s attorney argued Hedman failed to warn workers regarding the hazards of asbestos.

The jury assigned 100 percent responsibility for damages to Hedman as it acted with reckless disregard for the safety of workers, Failing’s attorney said.