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Rick Shapiro

Is Asbestos in Talcum Baby Powder the ‘Crime of the Century’?

Recent health and safety information has arisen with regard to asbestos contamination of common talc baby powder products, including talc products sold by Johnson & Johnson, and other talcum powder products still for sale throughout the United States. During 2016 […]

Randy Appleton

New Asbestos Claim Killer Making Its Way Through Congress

The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act, also referred to as the FACT Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, poses significant harm to asbestos victims and their families. In short, the FACT Act would forfeit the privacy of individuals […]

Rick Shapiro

Top 10 Civil Justice Stories of 2015, Part One

Attorney-inventor-author Richard N. (Rick) Shapiro frequently blogs at Virginia Beach Legal Examiner and he wrote the 2015 international award winning fiction thriller Taming The Telomeres. In addition to being a published, award-winning author, he a prolific American inventor/product designer. Special […]

Rick Shapiro

The Synergistic Effect of Smoking and Asbestos Exposure – A Deadly Team

As many as 1.3 million people in the U.S. go to a workplace where they’re exposed to asbestos every day, according to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mesothelioma (a deadly asbestos-related cancer) has been linked to asbestos […]

Patrick Austin

How Safe Are Natural Gas and Oil Pipelines?

The latest federal report on measures being taken to ensure the safety of natural gas pipelines across the United States raises serious concerns. While acknowledging that catastrophic, and fatal, failures such as the 2010 explosion of a Pacific Gas & […]

Rick Shapiro

American Tort Reform Association: A Hack Organization That Consciously Misleads the Public About the Civil Justice System

The American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”) maintained its standing as the least reputable, overtly partisan, and highly deceptive special interest group in the U.S. with its release of an annual report of so-called “judicial hellholes.” Newport News, Virginia made the […]

Randy Appleton

Smoking and Asbestos Exposure: The Disturbing Synergistic Link

For smokers who work on the railroad, heed this warning – there is a disturbing synergistic effect between smoking and asbestos exposure in the proliferation of mesothelioma cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos and smoke, you are at […]

Rick Shapiro

Do Companies ‘Break Bad’ and Hide Evidence During Asbestos Liability Cases?

An old, more-sad-than-funny joke runs, “I didn’t get rich by writing a lot of checks.” My decades of work on behalf of railroad employees who developed disabling and fatal lung diseases after working with and around asbestos have nearly convinced […]

Rick Shapiro

Norfolk Southern Rescinds Legal Indemnity Demand on Tank Car Shippers

Though large companies like Norfolk Southern must manage the railways they own all along the east coast, they do not own the vast majority of the tank-car fleet that travels along their rails. This includes tanker cars carrying crude oil, […]

Rick Shapiro

The Top Ten Civil Justice Stories of 2013 (Part 2)

In part two of our second annual countdown of the top 10 civil justice stories of 2013, we continue with the top five, culminating with the biggest civil justice story of the year.  Read part 1 of the top ten […]