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By Brent Jones | January 31, 2008
A Baltimore jury ordered a sealant company yesterday to pay a 73-year-old man $15.3 million after determining that he developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos-containing products made by the company, the plaintiff's lawyer said. George J. Linkus worked at Key Highway Shipyard from 1952 to 1959, said his lawyer, David L. Palmer. In 1954, Linkus moved to the machine shop and worked on lining valves using rope made by the defendant, John Crane Inc. The jury found that the rope used by Linkus contained asbestos, Palmer said.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Peter Angelos, the personal injury lawyer who owns the Baltimore Orioles, donated $2.5 million to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center to establish a lung disease treatment center in his name, he and hospital officials announced Wednesday. The gift, the largest single donation in the hospital's 115-year history, will more than pay for renovating a 3,000-square-foot space where doctors from various disciplines related to lung disease will collaborate and see patients. Those diseases include cancers like mesothelioma that are caused by asbestos exposure, the specialty of Angelos' Baltimore law firm.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Staff Writer | April 11, 1992
The Maryland Court of Appeals yesterday upheld most of the $3.8 million in damages a lower court had awarded the estates of two former Bethlehem Steel Corp. employees who died from mesothelioma, a rare cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure.The court affirmed a Baltimore Circuit Court jury's award to Leslie Balbos, who died from mesothelioma at age 70 in 1983, and Sutton Knuckles, who died at 65 in 1984.Mr. Balbos was exposed to asbestos when he worked as a sheet-metal mechanic at Bethlehem Steel's Fairfield shipyard from 1942 to 1944.
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By Brent Jones | January 31, 2008
A Baltimore jury ordered a sealant company yesterday to pay a 73-year-old man $15.3 million after determining that he developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos-containing products made by the company, the plaintiff's lawyer said. George J. Linkus worked at Key Highway Shipyard from 1952 to 1959, said his lawyer, David L. Palmer. In 1954, Linkus moved to the machine shop and worked on lining valves using rope made by the defendant, John Crane Inc. The jury found that the rope used by Linkus contained asbestos, Palmer said.
NEWS
December 2, 2004
On November 30, 2004 ROLAND DAVID FISHER, after battling mesothelioma cancer for over 22 months. Dave was 70 and had worked at the Donut Corp. in Ellicott City, Johns Hopkins APL, and most recently was a gunsmith for over 30 years. He is survived by his former wife Carole; his five children, Jeanne, Karen, Tom, John and Mark, along with seven wonderful grandchildren. His family will be receiving friends on Saturday, December 4 from 2 to 6 P.M. at his daughter Karen's home at 7256 Lake Hill Ct., Marriottsville (Marriottsville Rd to Marriottsville 2, to right on Ridge Rd & left onto Lake Hills Ct 410-549-9010)
BUSINESS
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2005
The asbestos inhaled by residents of Libby, Mont., was never good for much - not for strengthening concrete, soundproofing buildings or insulating boilers, brake pads or clutches. But if someone were to design an asbestos fiber that stood a good chance of triggering cancers and respiratory disorders, experts say, he could hardly have done better. Nature made six types of asbestos, magnesium silicates that exist in nature as bundles of tiny fibers that can fray or be picked apart. The kind that occurred in the W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine is known as tremolite, but not all tremolite is created equal.
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | July 26, 1994
Harvey L. Scruggs did not live to see his multimillion-dollar verdict.When he testified in April, he was weak and short of breath from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining. Tears filled nearly every eye in the courtroom."It seems like I'm hanging on by a thread," he said then. "I don't know if I'm going to wake up tomorrow or not."I think about what my wife and kids will do without me being here. And I think about how it hurts them so much to see you suffer on something that somebody could have taken care of years ago."
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | May 29, 2002
DALLAS - Halliburton Co., the world's second-largest provider of oil field services, has settled 30 asbestos cases in New York for an undisclosed amount. The settlement includes cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer, Halliburton said yesterday in a statement. The company received numerous inquiries about those cases at a meeting of analysts and investors in Houston last Wednesday, spokesman Cedric Burgher said. Halliburton shares have tumbled 59 percent in the past year after three asbestos-exposure verdicts totaling $152 million last year sparked concern that such liabilities might push it into bankruptcy, which happened to W.R. Grace & Co. and Kaiser Aluminum Corp.
NEWS
By Michael Ollove | October 25, 1992
The best thing about asbestos is the worst thing about asbestos.Its fibers are nearly indestructible, which is why the mineral was such a desirable element in fireproofing and insulation material. Once someone inhales the fibers, they cannot be broken down or dislodged. Over time, the lungs become inflamed, scarred and finally too stiff to force adequate oxygen into the bloodstream.Called asbestosis, this condition is the most common illness associated with asbestos. In a worst-case scenario, it literally chokes its victim to death.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Peter Angelos, the personal injury lawyer who owns the Baltimore Orioles, donated $2.5 million to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center to establish a lung disease treatment center in his name, he and hospital officials announced Wednesday. The gift, the largest single donation in the hospital's 115-year history, will more than pay for renovating a 3,000-square-foot space where doctors from various disciplines related to lung disease will collaborate and see patients. Those diseases include cancers like mesothelioma that are caused by asbestos exposure, the specialty of Angelos' Baltimore law firm.
BUSINESS
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2005
The asbestos inhaled by residents of Libby, Mont., was never good for much - not for strengthening concrete, soundproofing buildings or insulating boilers, brake pads or clutches. But if someone were to design an asbestos fiber that stood a good chance of triggering cancers and respiratory disorders, experts say, he could hardly have done better. Nature made six types of asbestos, magnesium silicates that exist in nature as bundles of tiny fibers that can fray or be picked apart. The kind that occurred in the W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine is known as tremolite, but not all tremolite is created equal.
NEWS
December 2, 2004
On November 30, 2004 ROLAND DAVID FISHER, after battling mesothelioma cancer for over 22 months. Dave was 70 and had worked at the Donut Corp. in Ellicott City, Johns Hopkins APL, and most recently was a gunsmith for over 30 years. He is survived by his former wife Carole; his five children, Jeanne, Karen, Tom, John and Mark, along with seven wonderful grandchildren. His family will be receiving friends on Saturday, December 4 from 2 to 6 P.M. at his daughter Karen's home at 7256 Lake Hill Ct., Marriottsville (Marriottsville Rd to Marriottsville 2, to right on Ridge Rd & left onto Lake Hills Ct 410-549-9010)
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | May 29, 2002
DALLAS - Halliburton Co., the world's second-largest provider of oil field services, has settled 30 asbestos cases in New York for an undisclosed amount. The settlement includes cases of mesothelioma and lung cancer, Halliburton said yesterday in a statement. The company received numerous inquiries about those cases at a meeting of analysts and investors in Houston last Wednesday, spokesman Cedric Burgher said. Halliburton shares have tumbled 59 percent in the past year after three asbestos-exposure verdicts totaling $152 million last year sparked concern that such liabilities might push it into bankruptcy, which happened to W.R. Grace & Co. and Kaiser Aluminum Corp.
NEWS
By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2000
Beginning today, thousands of civil suits against asbestos companies are finally headed for trial in Baltimore Circuit Court, as officials try to slash a backlog so severe that some plaintiffs have died waiting for their cases to be heard. Court officials will begin to chip away at the roughly 12,500 pending asbestos injury cases that have been sitting in the clogged courthouse for more than a decade. Five judges will hear the cases, which are scheduled in clusters of 30 plaintiffs each, until the backlog is cleared out, said Administrative Judge Ellen M. Heller.
NEWS
By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | July 26, 1994
Harvey L. Scruggs did not live to see his multimillion-dollar verdict.When he testified in April, he was weak and short of breath from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining. Tears filled nearly every eye in the courtroom."It seems like I'm hanging on by a thread," he said then. "I don't know if I'm going to wake up tomorrow or not."I think about what my wife and kids will do without me being here. And I think about how it hurts them so much to see you suffer on something that somebody could have taken care of years ago."
NEWS
By Michael Ollove | October 25, 1992
The best thing about asbestos is the worst thing about asbestos.Its fibers are nearly indestructible, which is why the mineral was such a desirable element in fireproofing and insulation material. Once someone inhales the fibers, they cannot be broken down or dislodged. Over time, the lungs become inflamed, scarred and finally too stiff to force adequate oxygen into the bloodstream.Called asbestosis, this condition is the most common illness associated with asbestos. In a worst-case scenario, it literally chokes its victim to death.
NEWS
By Caitlin Francke and Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2000
Beginning today, thousands of civil suits against asbestos companies are finally headed for trial in Baltimore Circuit Court, as officials try to slash a backlog so severe that some plaintiffs have died waiting for their cases to be heard. Court officials will begin to chip away at the roughly 12,500 pending asbestos injury cases that have been sitting in the clogged courthouse for more than a decade. Five judges will hear the cases, which are scheduled in clusters of 30 plaintiffs each, until the backlog is cleared out, said Administrative Judge Ellen M. Heller.
NEWS
June 28, 2008
On June 23, 2008, CALVIN LEE CROSBY; caring husband of Nancy Hewitt-Crosby; devoted father of Janeen Crosby-Bowers and Kandis Crosby; loving brother of Gloria Crosby, Rebecca Simms and Frank Crosby, Jr.; dear grandfather to two grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, 2 P.M. at 2492 Warm Spring Way, Odenton, MD 21113. Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, P.O. Box 91840 Santa Barbara, CA, 93190. Arrangements handled by DONALDSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, P.A.
NEWS
By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Staff Writer | April 11, 1992
The Maryland Court of Appeals yesterday upheld most of the $3.8 million in damages a lower court had awarded the estates of two former Bethlehem Steel Corp. employees who died from mesothelioma, a rare cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure.The court affirmed a Baltimore Circuit Court jury's award to Leslie Balbos, who died from mesothelioma at age 70 in 1983, and Sutton Knuckles, who died at 65 in 1984.Mr. Balbos was exposed to asbestos when he worked as a sheet-metal mechanic at Bethlehem Steel's Fairfield shipyard from 1942 to 1944.
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