Monday, August 27, 2007


Workers Who Bring Asbestos Home

Bergman & Frockt: Families of Workers Who Bring Asbestos Home On Work Clothes May Now File Their Own Claims Against the Worker's Employer

The Washington State Court of Appeals establishes a precedent that may finally allow thousands of Puget Sound family members to seek their own relief

SEATTLE, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A Washington State Court of Appeals decision paved the way for claims to be filed on behalf of individuals exposed to deadly asbestos fibers brought into the home by thousands of Washington workers. The decision overturned a lower court ruling and set a precedent that could allow hundreds of family members and others living in the same home to file their own claims.

"For decades, people working with or around asbestos products brought deadly fibers home on their clothing, thereby exposing their families to cancerous materials," explains Seattle attorney Matthew Bergman. "Until now it has been very difficult for individuals who develop asbestos-related diseases as a result of household exposures to pursue a claim against the employer, even though the hazards of asbestos were well documented by the early 1950s. This ruling gives new hope to family members suffering from diseases caused by asbestos exposure."

"There is not a day that goes by that I don't wish I could go back and change things," says Lawrence Rochon, whose wife Adeline was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2004 and passed away soon after. "My wife was a wonderful woman who took pride in caring for her family. She didn't deserve to die in such a horrible way."

Adeline Rochon was a mother of seven who dutifully fulfilled the household chores during her 49-year marriage to Lawrence Rochon. For more than 10 years, Lawrence Rochon worked with and around asbestos containing products while employed at the Scott Paper Mill in Everett. Every night he came home, changed out of his work clothes and Adeline washed them regularly. That simple task may have caused the mesothelioma that eventually took her life.

Kimberly Clark Corporation acquired the Scott Paper Company, including its mill in Everett, in 1996, thereby assuming its legal responsibilities. Kimberly Clark had successfully argued in Snohomish County Superior Court that it had no duty of care to Mrs. Rochon because the potential for harm was not foreseeable. The Washington State Court of Appeals overturned the lower court's ruling. Judge J. Cox wrote in the decision, "Kimberly Clark had a duty to prevent injury from an unreasonable risk of harm it had itself created."

Asbestos was used for decades in the shipbuilding, aluminum and wood products industries. These industries employed hundreds of thousands of workers throughout Washington State from the 1940s through the 1970s. As a result, Washington now has the second highest rate of asbestos related cancer in the nation.

Up to the late 1970s, asbestos was also a common ingredient in joint compounds and ceiling and wall textures, products widely used in commercial and residential construction as well as home remodeling projects.

Asbestos exposure has been linked to several deadly diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of chest lining that may take as long as 15-40 years to manifest. Once diagnosed, mesothelioma patients often have only months to live.

About Bergman & Frockt
Bergman & Frockt is a Seattle-based law firm that focuses on representing individuals and families who have been harmed by more powerful interests. The firm built its reputation on serious asbestos diseases claims and is expanding its practice to benzene and predatory lending cases. Matthew Bergman is the firm's managing partner and one of seven lawyers across the nation who recently negotiated a $4 billion national settlement with the Halliburton Corporation for its asbestos liabilities, approximately $30 million of which went to Bergman & Frock clients residing primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Bergman also served on the committee that negotiated a $5.1 billion bankruptcy settlement with Owens Corning that will result in over $50 million in payments to Pacific Northwest victims.

    Matthew Bergman
    Bergman & Frockt
    (206) 200-2606

    Kevin Bush
    Firmani + Associates, Inc.
    (206) 443-9357

Friday, August 24, 2007


Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Tests Experimental Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma Clinical Trial in New York City Tests Experimental Mesothelioma Treatment

Researchers are testing Cisplatin, Pemetrexed, and Bevacizumab to see if the new drug combination is more effective against malignant mesothelioma

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 15, 2007 -- Researchers at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital are currently conducting a mesothelioma clinical trial in New York City to determine if a new, experimental mesothelioma treatment is effective and safe. Patients enrolled in this study will be administered three therapeutic drugs--Cisplatin, Pemetrexed, and Bevacizumab-which will be used together to see if this new drug combination constitutes a more effective form of mesothelioma treatment than other standard therapies.

To be eligible for this mesothelioma clinical trial in New York City, prospective patients must not have undergone prior chemotherapy for the treatment of mesothelioma or have been treated with any of the drugs under the consideration of this study. Patients must also be willing to take B12 vitamin and folic acid supplements to participate in this mesothelioma clinical trial. New York City is the home of top cancer institutions such as Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. To learn more about this hospital and its cancer treatments, please click on the following link:

To lean more about this clinical trial that tests this new experimental mesothelioma treatment of Cisplatin, Pemetrexed, and Bevacizumab, please click on the following link:

Malignant mesothelioma is a terminal form of cancer that arises primarily in the lining of the lungs and the abdomen; it is caused by the inhalation of asbestos. Generally speaking, mesothelioma takes at least fifteen years for symptoms to manifest themselves after a person's initial contact with asbestos. Even if a person is only exposed to asbestos for a short period of time, it is possible for them to develop mesothelioma in later life. Because asbestos fibers are microscopic, exposure can occur without an individual being aware of it.

Mesothelioma attorneys at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, have prosecuted mesothelioma claims in New York City, and throughout New York and New Jersey, for more than twenty-five years. LPK has law offices in New York City and Lawrenceville, New Jersey and directly represents victims of asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.

Press Contact: Jay Berkowitz
Company Name: CEPAC
Phone: 561-716-1334


Early Prescription Refills in Minnesota Disaster Areas

Humana to Allow Early Prescription Refills in Minnesota Disaster Areas

Company waives prescription refill rule for members affected by storms and flooding

August 24, 2007 - MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced today it will allow its health plan members in three southeastern Minnesota counties to obtain early refills of their prescriptions in the wake of devastating thunderstorms and flooding that have struck the region in recent days.

President Bush has declared Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties federal disaster areas following the storms and flooding, which killed seven people and damaged thousands of homes.

With flooding and property damage widespread in the area, Humana today has temporarily lifted the normal 30-day restriction on early prescription refills for its health plan members in Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties over the next seven days.

The early-refill waiver on prescriptions is in effect in those counties for all Humana members through August 31, 2007.

Humana is one of Minnesota's largest providers of Medicare health benefits. More than 100,000 members statewide use Humana's Medicare Advantage health plans or Medicare prescription drug plans.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with approximately 11.3 million medical members. Humana offers a diversified portfolio of health insurance products and related services - through traditional and consumer-choice plans - to employer groups, government-sponsored plans, and individuals.

Over its 46-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's web site at
http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

    * Annual reports to stockholders;
    * Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
    * Most recent investor conference presentations;
    * Quarterly earnings news releases;
    * Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
    * Calendar of events (includes upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
    * Corporate Governance Information.


Humana Inc.
Corporate Communications:
Mark Mathis, 312-441-5010

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