Kirk Hartley (LexBlog India)
Asbestos Compensation Paid in India to Former Miners with Asbestosis
Laurie Kazan-Allen – at IBAS on December 20 – reported on the first compensation payments in India for 14 former asbestos miners and/or widows.
Matt Peacock’s YouTube Story on Asbestos Use in India – An Example of a Useful Story Made Less Useful by Flawed Factual Assertions
Matt Peacock has been covering asbestos use issues for many years from a consumer point of view. Now on YouTube is a 25 minute video on asbestos use in India. The story also is on AlJazeera. The story is somewhat useful for presenting issues about continuing asbestos use. Unfortunately, the story also highlights the reality...
BBC Update on Asbestos Use in India
Here’s an update on the BBC’s “Toxic Trade” stories on use of asbestos in India. The story is by Matt Peacock.
Asbestos Cement Business Continues to Grow in India
Here is a new article on continuing growth in the asbestos-cement business in India.
Overview of the Asbestos-Cement Industry in India as of 1997-98
Here is a comprehensive summary of the asbestos-cement industry in India as of 1997-98. Papers like this tend to end up becoming “tomorrow’s” evidence.
Quebec Government Decides to Guarantee Loan for Asbestos Mining for Indian Fiber Buyer
The Montreal Gazette is reporting that the Quebec government has now said it will guarantee a loan to continue asbestos mining and exports. The government acted despite signficant outcry by opponents. Much of the fiber apparently is bound for India for asbestos-cement boards, as is described in the article.
Future Asbestos Claiming Evidence Now Online on the BBC with Respect to Asbestos Use in India, China and Russia
Information popping up lately on the BBC and elsewhere indicates that evidence is being gathered today for tomorrow’s claims against the non-US entities that are increasing involved in using asbestos. One example is this July 21 BBC article and video presentation regarding asbestos use in Russia. Preceding days included features on asbestos use in China, and...
Eternit, Etex and Asbestos Cement – Global Scale, Decades Ago – How to Deal with Current and Future Claims ?
Monday’s post (12/26) pointed out a variety of product liability, corporate law and compensation issues in the context of one nation (India) and a small group of apparently independent asbestos-cement companies. The point of today’s post is to illustrate macro level complexities that arise due to the cross-border issues that arise from multinationals, globalization and...
Focusing this Week on Global Issues and Future Claims, Starting with Articles on Growing Asbestos Cement Use in India
I keep falling off the “global” side of things. So, this week, I’ll make a special effort to be more global. This week I’m also going to try to focus more on the wide range of issues regarding “future” claims. By future claims, I mean future tort or business to business claims that possibly, likely...
Would US Auditors Prefer to Litigate Securities Issues in India or the US ?
Here is a Law.com article by Andrew Longstreth regarding the defense view on whether a major securities class action should be litigated in the US or India. What outcome would you want as GC? The article explains that PwC and others would prefer to litigate in India. A key excerpt is set out below: “The...
Promoting Asbestos-Cement Manufacturer as Providing a Good Stock to Purchase
Ironic the difference a continent can make. In the US, companies usually do not promote their involvement in current or past production of asbestos-containing products. Not so in India, where an online stock analyst item regarding Eternit Eeverst Ltd. lauds the profit in the company’s production of asbestos-cement products. It states: “The Tatas and the...