A Global View Of Mesotheliomas And Asbestos Litigation

Law360, New York (April 16, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT) -- Asbestos-caused disease — and resulting personal injury litigation — are sometimes viewed as uniquely American phenomena.

But, in fact, asbestos-caused disease is growing around the world, resulting in several nations enacting asbestos compensation funds, and various nations experiencing increasing amounts of litigation seeking compensation for asbestos-caused injuries.

The rising incidence of asbestos-related disease arises from historic patterns of use of the naturally occurring mineral fiber. And, over the recent decades, asbestos use expanded in Asia, Africa, Russia[1] and South America[2], thus setting in motion events predicted...
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