In recent years, health experts all over the world believe Asbestos to be one of the most harmful and unsafe products around, which still continues to affect a large population. There are many environment protection institutions and state laws that regulate the use and extraction of asbestos. Known to cause Mesothelioma, Asbestosis and severe personal injuries, asbestos have been increasing over the last three decades. As per one report, the legal battle in United States started in late 60’s when first case was filed in Texas, and today it is one of the most predominant in at least eight states.

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma lawsuits have become synonymous as Mesothelioma is a form of that is only caused by asbestos. In 2002, there was an interim report published by a non-profit research agency that stated there were 600,000 individual claims filed prior to 2000 against the asbestos industry for causing personal injuries. The first asbestos defendant in U.S. was Johns Manville. Today more than 50 manufacturing companies have been named as defendants asbestos lawsuits. Among them are some popular names like Dow Chemical, General Motors, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Kaiser Aluminium, and Viacom.

The impact of the lawsuits and compensation has been so much on the industry that the use of asbestos has been reduced by a considerable extent. However, products and materials, especially used as building materials, are still out there. Also, many manufacturing companies have filed for bankruptcy, primarily due to their liability the affected workers who were exposed to their products.

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