Please Join with Phil Goodman, HSP and MICHAEL B. SERLING, P.C. to Help Cure Childhood Diseases.

“Golf for a Great Time and a Great Cause”.

On Monday, September 26, 2016, the Annual Jake & Johnny Club Golf Outing and Dinner will be held at the spectacular Fox Hills Golf Club, Golden Fox Championship Course.

The Jake & Johnny Club is a Michigan non-profit and 501(c)(3) charitable organization which raises money to fight childhood Leukemia and Juvenile Diabetes. The Michael B. Serling. P.C. firm has been a major supporter of this event. Come to the event and meet our attorneys and staff.

The Arthur Hills designed Golden Fox is a challenging Scottish Seaside links-style course, perfect for a round with golf pals at the end of a long hot summer season. Bring along one or two foursomes and get your game on! Have fun while helping to make a difference in the lives of children battling these life-threatening diseases.

Make your “early bird registration” and save. Contact Phil Goodman, Dwight Baker or Diane Green at 248-647-9300 or visit www.jakeandjohnnyclub.org to register.

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Lung Cancer Trial Stopped After Jimmy Carter Drug Shrinks Tumors

According to NBC News, researchers have stopped a study of a new lung cancer drug, saying it’s so effective they want to offer it to all the patients in the trial.

The drug, Keytruda, is the same drug that former president Jimmy Carter says helped stall advanced melanoma that had spread to his brain. Keytruda was being tested for the first time in 305 lung cancer patients who had not been treated at all yet. The researchers wanted to see how it worked against the standard chemotherapy cocktails. It worked at least as well if not better than the chemo, so the researchers have stopped the study to give everyone a chance to take Keytruda, Merck, the company that makes the drug, said. It helped patients live longer overall and helped them live longer without their tumors growing or spreading, Merck said.

Cancer research goes forward in slow steps. In tests of new drugs, patients always get either the very best therapy already available, or the new drug. Often they get both. Usually, cancer drugs are only tested at first in patients who have tried everything else available and their cancer has come back, anyway.

According to the article, the company now can ask the Food and Drug Administration if it will approve Keytruda to use as the first treatment a lung cancer patient tries. The FDA has given speedy approval to several new drugs in a class called checkpoint inhibitors, including Keytruda. They work on the principle that it’s not where cancer starts that matters, but the genetic mutation that causes the cancer. So a lung tumor in one patient may look like the melanoma in another. The new drugs are less toxic and more precise than standard chemotherapy. But they are not free of side-effects. Some are severe and can damage the lung, colon, liver, kidneys, hormone-producing glands and the brain, the FDA says.

Lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the U.S. It’s diagnosed in more than 220,000 people a year and it killed nearly 160,000 people last year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Asbestos exposure can lead to diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. If you, a family member or a friend were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we may be able to help. We have been assisting our clients with their asbestos cases since 1975. Please contact our office at 1-800-995-6991, for a free consultation.

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Asbestos contractors hire homeless

According to the Detroit Free Press, a Bay City contractor recruited workers at a homeless shelter and paid them cash to remove pipes wrapped in insulation made with asbestos.

The workers had no training, no protective gear, no water to wet the crumbly asbestos and no leak-proof bags in which to dispose of it. Some did the work dressed in flip-flops, T-shirts and shorts.

The crew included an ex-con, a drug addict, and at least six residents of a Rescue Mission, located across a parking lot from the job site. At one point during the project — the renovation of a church for a charter school — a ceiling with asbestos rained down dust, thick as snow.

DETROIT FREE PRESS
Deadly asbestos: Workers put in jeopardy, but state won’t get tough

At the Contractor’s federal trial on charges of improper asbestos abatement, assistant U.S. attorney Janet Parker told jurors that promising the men cash “was a convenient way of getting workers to do work that was very unpleasant, very difficult, very hazardous at times.”

“The workers were people who were very desperate for a job,” she said. “They were desperate for any kind of money.”

Across the country, the Free Press found other examples of contractors, who prey on vulnerable people to take material containing asbestos out of aging buildings: immigrants, ex-cons, day laborers, homeless people and teenagers.

Experts say documenting the extent of the problem is difficult because workers may be afraid to complain or may not know who to call. In many cases, they don’t speak English.

Craig Gestring, an assistant U.S. attorney in Rochester, N.Y., said he has prosecuted several cases that involved workers who were “unskilled, unknowledgeable and are basically patsies and it’s always done to save a buck.”

He said he believes it is a growing problem as more and more older buildings are demolished or renovated and contractors cut corners.

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency both investigated the Contractor. MIOSHA cited his company, for several violations — none involving asbestos — and levied $300 in penalties. The EPA got a four-count indictment against Bradley and a conviction on all charges after an eight-day jury trial. His sentence: five years.

Asbestos abatement is performed commonly in older homes and historic structures. Asbestos abatement performed under strict conditions by a skilled contractor can be quite effective; thereby removing the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you or a friend have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 1(800)995-6991 for a free consultation.

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A Brief History of Asbestos Regulation

According to the Detroit Free Press, by the numbers:

7,607: The number of notifications to MIOSHA about asbestos abatement projects in fiscal 2015. That’s double the 3,623 in fiscal 2010.

223: The number of licensed asbestos contractors in Michigan in fiscal 2015. That’s up from 158 in fiscal 2010.

39%: The percentage of active, licensed asbestos contractors inspected by MIOSHA in fiscal 2015. That’s down from 57% in 2010.

4: The numbers of asbestos inspectors employed by MIOSHA. That compares with three in fiscal 2010 and six in 2012 and 2013.

A brief history of the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)

Gov. Bill Milliken signed the law that created MIOSHA in 1974 and it took effect in 1975.
MIOSHA is one of 28 state or U.S. territory agencies that enforce health and safety standards with a state plan approved by the federal OSHA.
Michigan leaders chose to have their own plan so that primary decisions are made in the state — by the governor, Legislature and program directors.
States with their own plans must have standards that are at least as effective as federal OSHA.
In fiscal 2015, MIOSHA spent $15.3 million in state funds and $10.6 million in federal funds.
What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the commercial name given to a group of six naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. They are not harmful if left undisturbed or properly handled. Before the 1970s, asbestos was widely used in buildings for fireproofing, thermal and acoustical insulation, condensation control and decoration. It has often been found in floor and ceiling tiles. Some key facts:

Asbestos is the No. 1 cause of occupational cancer in the U.S., accounting for 54% of all such cancers each year.
Asbestos fibers can be easily breathed into the lungs once they float into the air.
55 countries have banned asbestos; the U.S. and Canada are the only two industrial countries not to ban it.
More than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
While research continues, prevention is the only cure at present for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases.

1971: The Environmental Protection Agency declares asbestos a hazardous pollutant, followed by a series of bans on asbestos products used in construction.

1977: The Consumer Product Safety Commission bans the use of asbestos in artificial fireplace embers and wall patching compounds.

1989: EPA issues a final rule banning most asbestos-containing products. It is to take effect in phases, starting in 1990 through 1997.

1991: The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns the EPA ban. The EPA declines to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision. As a result, asbestos-containing products can still be used in construction, which is why the EPA requires a thorough inspection for asbestos in most buildings, regardless of when constructed, before renovation or demolition.

Today: Health and liability issues have curtailed the use of asbestos in the U.S., while asbestos substitutes, alternative materials and new technology have also reduced its use. Domestic use of asbestos continues to decline from a record high of 803,000 tons in 1973 to an estimated 360 tons in 2015, a level not seen since the 1800s. Globally, asbestos-cement products are expected to be the leading market for asbestos. Asbestos products continue to be in demand in many regions of the world.

Asbestos abatement is performed commonly in older homes and historic structures. Asbestos abatement performed under strict conditions by a skilled contractor can be quite effective; thereby removing the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you or a friend have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 1(800)995-6991 for a free consultation.

Sources: MIOSHA, EPA, OSHA, the U.S. Geological Survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial

According to Reuters, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer.

Following a three-week trial in Missouri state court, jurors deliberated for about a day before returning a verdict for Gloria Ristesund. She was awarded $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.

The Plaintiff, Ms. Ristesund, said she used J&J’s talc-based powder products – which include the well-known Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Powder – on her genitals for decades. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had to undergo a hysterectomy and related surgeries. Her cancer is now in remission.

The verdict followed a $72 million jury award from the same court in February to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after years of using talc powder for feminine hygiene.

Plaintiffs in talc litigation, which is concentrated in Missouri and New Jersey state courts, have accused J&J of failing for years to warn that talc was linked to an increased risk for ovarian cancer. J&J has said it acted properly in developing and marketing the products.

We are lawyers from Michigan that have specialized in environmental cancer and defective products cases for more than forty years. If you or a family member suspect that the diagnosis of ovarian cancer could have been the result of exposure to Johnson and Johnson talc products, please feel free to contact us at 248-647-6966.

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New PSA spots relating to Gynecologic Cancer including ovarian cancers.

The CDC has NEW Public Service Announcements (PSAs) And Behind-the-Scenes Videos…

One such PSA is “Are You Listening?” These PSAs focus on why it’s important to listen when your body tells you something may be wrong, and why you should learn the symptoms of gynecologic cancers.

Another PSA features Cote de Pablo for “Inside Knowledge”. Actress Cote de Pablo was busy and delayed getting a Pap test. She talks about what happened when she was finally tested. And check out the behind-the-scenes videos! The PSAs and videos with Ms. de Pablo were directed by acclaimed film director Patricia Riggen. Please click on the link above to learn more.

We are lawyers from Michigan that have specialized in environmental cancer and defective products cases for more than forty years. If you or a family member suspect that the diagnosis of ovarian cancer could have been the result of exposure to Johnson and Johnson talc products, please feel free to contact us at 248-647-6966.

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Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $72 million in ovarian cancer talc case

According to usatoday.com, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million in damages to the family of an Alabama woman who died from ovarian cancer allegedly caused by using the company’s Baby Powder and other products that contained talc for feminine hygiene. Jackie Fox, who lived in Birmingham, Alabama, joined dozens of women suing the company after her cancer diagnosis. The women claimed that the company failed to inform consumers about the dangers of talc, which is found in baby powder.

We are lawyers from Michigan that have specialized in environmental cancer and defective products cases for more than forty years. If you or a family member suspect that the diagnosis of ovarian cancer could have been the result of exposure to Johnson and Johnson talc products, please feel free to contact us at 248-647-6966.

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Detroit Edison ‘Mighty Marysville’ plant imploded

According to the Detroit Free Press, samples of dust that landed in Canada after the implosion of the former Marysville DTE power plant in late 2015 have tested negative for asbestos.

Kate Jordan, a spokeswoman for the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, said “The samples are back and testing did not detect any asbestos,” Jordan said in an e-mail. “We’ve informed the property owners whose homes the samples were collected from as well as the city.”

Canadian residents raised concerns about possible asbestos fibers in the dust cloud that spread across the St. Clair River after the Nov. 7 implosion, prompting officials to take samples for testing.

The former Marysville plant, which operated between 1922 and 2001 was imploded after months of preliminary demolition to make way for development at the riverside property. The Michigan power plant was decommissioned in 2011.

Marysville Public Safety Chief Tom Konik said, in preparing for the implosion, Sitetech Inc. of Grafton, Ohio, looked for and removed asbestos from the building numerous times. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an independent third party also reviewed those asbestos removal efforts.

Marysville officials have laid out a proposal for the redevelopment of the property that would include a hotel, condominiums, restaurants, outdoor seating, a riverfront promenade and specialty shops.

Asbestos abatement is performed commonly in older homes and historic structures. Asbestos abatement performed under strict conditions by a skilled contractor can be quite effective; thereby removing the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you or a friend have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 1(800)995-6991 for a free consultation.

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Closely Watched AstraZeneca Cancer Drug Fails in Mesothelioma

According to foxnews.com, a closely watched AstraZeneca drug, tremelimumab, did not extend lives of patients with the rare cancer mesothelioma when given on its own, but the drug maker said it still believed the medicine had a role to play in combination treatments.

In a clinical trial tremelimumab failed to meet the goal of improving overall survival in hard-to-treat mesothelioma patients whose disease had already been treated unsuccessfully with standard drugs. While the company is disappointed that tremelimumad monotherapy did not demonstrate a survival benefit in the trial, they are still confident in tremelimumab’s clinical activity in combination with another AstraZeneca drug. The immune-boosting drug called durvalumab is being tested in combination with tremelimumab in multiple tumor types, including non-small cell lung cancer.

In the USA and around the world, asbestos exposure has been shown to cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and a variety of other cancers. If you or a friend has been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 1(800)995-6991 for a free consultation.

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Factory Owner Admits Exposing Workers to Asbestos

According to democratandchronicle.com, an Avon man has admitted that he knowingly subjected untrained workers – including a 16-year-old boy – to asbestos at a Rochester warehouse, court records show. Anastasio “Taso” Kolokouris, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating federal Clean Air asbestos work standards. Kolokouris faces between 15 and 21 months in prison, according to his plea agreement.

According to a statement from an Assistant U.S. Attorney, “Acting on a complaint, an inspector from the New York State Department of Labor Asbestos Control Bureau visited the Exchange Street warehouse, owned by Kolokouris, on Dec. 13, 2011. The inspector observed large quantities of white fibrous material, later confirmed to be asbestos, in and around the dumpster. He also noted that people working in the dumpster did not have proper personal protective equipment, and that there was no asbestos warning signs on the dumpster.”

Criminal investigators with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visited the warehouse site, and found extensive proof of improper handling of asbestos. Workers told investigators that Kolokouris agreed to pay them in cash for removing asbestos from the dumpster. Kolokouris is scheduled to be sentenced June 1st before a U.S. District court Judge.

Asbestos abatement is performed commonly in older homes and historic structures. Asbestos abatement performed under strict conditions by a skilled contractor can be quite effective; thereby removing the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure, such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. If you or a friend have been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 1(800)995-6991 for a free consultation.

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