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2015 Broussard Scholarship Recipients Announced

Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1929. Future California Supreme Court Associate Justice Allen E. Broussard is born. The Depression hits and seeking better opportunities, the family moves to the Bay Area. Justice Broussard sells shoes and works in a canning plant to pay his way through San Francisco City College, UC Berkeley and Boalt School of Law. […]

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Asbestos Warning Hoped For at UN Convention

A global asbestos warning at long last is the hoped for outcome of the United Nations Rotterdam Convention currently underway in Geneva, Switzerland. It is an ongoing struggle because of the powerful international asbestos industry interests that profit by keeping things just as they are. But anti-asbestos advocates and Convention delegates who are concerned about […]

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Workplace Safety Report Highlights Hazardous Conditions

Workplace safety is something we take for granted. We just assume that when we go to work the elevators in the building will run properly, that the electrical outlets are grounded and safe and that the air we breathe is clean and healthy. But for many people, even here in socially conscious California, the workplace […]

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AB 597 Retreat Is Victory For Asbestos Victims

AB 597, a California State Assembly bill that threatened the rights of asbestos victims, has vanished for now, I am proud to report. Thanks to a concerted effort by the Consumer Attorneys of California, labor unions and other concerned groups, AB 597 was mothballed by the leading Assemblyman, its sponsor. With major corporate interests like […]

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Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Reports Good News

Mesothelioma clinical trial results were announced recently by the major American pharmaceutical company Merck and the news is good. Merck tested its new cancer-fighting drug Keytruda in 25 patients with advanced pleural mesothelioma, a fatal cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma typically affects the cells that line the lungs but can also […]

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Veterans Mesothelioma Rights Hurt By New State Bill

Veterans mesothelioma rights will be drastically hurt by a proposed new state bill. The legislation now pending in the California State Legislature disproportionately impacts veterans, who comprise 30% of all mesothelioma patients, and their families. This mean-spirited piece of asbestos legislation, motivated by sheer corporate greed, takes away the rights of all of the thousands […]

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Asbestos Legislation AB 597 Will Trample Victims’ Rights

Asbestos legislation now proposed in the California threatens to crush the rights of all mesothelioma patients as well as the rights of other victims of asbestos exposure and their families. This is a very urgent matter: the first vote on Assembly Bill 597 (AB 597) is set for April 28 in the California Assembly Judiciary […]

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Vietnam Veterans and the Risk of Asbestos Exposure

Vietnam veterans face a major health risk as a result of exposure to asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure is the sole cause of mesothelioma, a fatal cancer affecting the cells lining vital organs. Because mesothelioma takes decades to emerge, many veterans of the Vietnam War who were exposed to asbestos during their service may only now […]

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Asbestos Exposure Bill Aims To Protect Workers, Families

Sen Dick Durbin (D-ILL) has introduced a bill, the Reducing Exposure to Asbestos Database (READ) Act designed to require manufactures, importers and those who handle asbestos-containing products to annually report information to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about their products. Asbestos Exposure Product Data Would Be Accessible Online The proposed READ Act would require EPA […]

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Kazan Law Proud to Sponsor Alameda County Phillip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations to Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward for winning this year’s Alameda County Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition. We are very proud to continue to sponsor this meaningful competition in memory of our dear friend and partner Philip A. Harley (1947-2009). The Alameda County Philip A. Harley Memorial Mock Trial Competition is […]

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