Asbestos fibers brought home: What is a company’s duty?

Automotive technicians replacing brake pads and workers in manufacturing plants not only worked with asbestos on the job, but often brought the fibers home on their clothing. Even small amounts of asbestos and short periods of exposure can cause mesothelioma. Strange as it might sound, a parent who worked with or around asbestos or asbestos-containing

Highest court to hear asbestos case involving maritime law

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case involving military members and asbestos exposure. The case involves men who developed lung cancer after working on ships and in shipyards for the Navy. At issue is the liability of equipment manufacturers for replacement parts supplied by others when the replacement parts met specifications established

Tennessee’s DUI laws mean serious penalties, even for first-timers

In recent years, Tennessee’s legislature has really “cracked down” on drunk driving offenders. Our state has, comparatively, some of the toughest DUI laws in the nation. Even a first-time conviction will come with mandatory jail time, fines and more. The penalties only increase for additional or enhanced drunk driving charges. A standard, first-time DUI in Tennessee (for

Expect sobriety checkpoints this Memorial Day weekend

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, it’s important to be aware of stepped-up DUI enforcement. In particular, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting several sobriety checkpoints throughout Chattanooga from Friday, May 25th through Monday, May 28th. Whether you are a Chattanooga local or just visiting for the holiday, knowing where you may encounter police can

Researchers say Breathalyzer tests fundamentally flawed

Researchers working in Washington state recently discovered fundamental flaws in the source code of a widely used Breathalyzer machine, Draeger’s “Alcotest” device. Two software engineers conducted the research at the behest of criminal defense attorneys after Washington adopted the Alcotest devices for all its state and local law enforcement agencies. The engineers didn’t examine individual

Experimental vaccine could help mesothelioma patients

Scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine have gotten promising results from a study on the efficacy of stem cell treatments for both current – and future – mesothelioma patients. Researchers tested patient-specific vaccines made from the individual’s own stem cells on various types of cancerous growths. The stem cell treatments were effective against breast

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