Access to Justice

Legal Loophole in Illinois Prevents Justice for Mesothelioma Victims

November 25, 2015

  The Illinois Supreme Court dismissed the case of a widow whose husband, James Folta, died of mesothelioma, the cancer caused exclusively by asbestos. Because Folta was diagnosed with mesothelioma over 40 years after being subjected to asbestos, the court ruled that there was no way for the family to collect damages from the employer… Read More

5 Amazing Americans to be Thankful for at Thanksgiving 2015

November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving is a time to pause, reflect, and express gratitude. This year, Sokolove Law would like to call attention to 5 individuals who have made the world a better place. All 5 of these individuals are true heroes who have made a difference through their unique brand of advocacy, calling attention to the people who… Read More

9/11 Zadroga Bill Gets Boost from Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans, But Still Faces Hurdles

November 23, 2015

Advocates of reauthorizing the recently expired James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act gained the support of an influential group of veterans this past week. On Tuesday, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced their endorsement of a permanent extension of the bill at a press conference outside the US Capitol. Members of… Read More

Abilify® Linked to Dangerous Pathological Behaviors & Compulsive Gambling

November 23, 2015

On November 2nd, 2015, Health Canada issued a formal safety alert, warning patients and physicians about an increased risk for uncontrollable impulses that result from taking the antipsychotic medication Abilify® (aripiprazole). Labels for Abilify and Abilify Maintena have now been updated to include the risks of pathological gambling and hypersexuality. Canada’s alert and subsequent label… Read More

FACT Act Increases Risk of Identity Theft, Rep. Farenthold Has No Answers

November 20, 2015

  Texas Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX) has been on a 3-year crusade to strip asbestos exposure victims of their rights to privacy and compensation. The legislator introduced an entirely Republican-backed bill into congress called the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2015 earlier in the year and if the bill is passed, it will… Read More

A Long History of Abuse & Asbestos for Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S., Featuring Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

November 19, 2015

With less than a year until the U.S. presidential election, opinions regarding immigration have been coming strong and fast from all angles. However, whether you support stricter laws or allowing more immigrants into the country, there is one side of the discussion not enough people are talking about: the long history of abuse and exploiting… Read More

Why Maine Has the Highest Mesothelioma Rate in the States

November 18, 2015

  Could the state where you live have an impact on your cancer risk? That’s the question that many people are asking after the release of new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The data, collected between the years 1999 and 2012, provides annual numbers on cancer rates by each… Read More

Emails Reveal Nevada State’s Attempt to Cover up the Dangers of Asbestos

November 17, 2015

  Last month, we reported on naturally occurring asbestos in Nevada; a development that was being outright ignored by state health officials. Now, new emails released to the media organization KLAS-TV reveal more than just a slow government response. Officials within the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) deliberately tried to discredit researchers… Read More

Fate of So-Called ‘FACT Act’ Rests with Senator Graham and Other Influential Members of Congress

November 16, 2015

A bill that would make it more difficult for asbestos-exposure victims to receive justice and compensation is now pending in Congress. The creatively-named Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2015 (H.R. 526) will soon be voted on in the House of Representatives. A companion bill, the identical FACT Act (S. 357), will also soon… Read More

Koch Industries Is Buying the United States One Senator at a Time

November 12, 2015

During a recent interview on the MSNBC talk show Morning Joe, Charles G. Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, admitted that he “expect[s] something in return” for contributing millions of dollars to political campaigns. Specifically, he expects Republican legislators to enact laws that shield his multi-billion dollar corporate network from federal regulations. Charles and David Koch… Read More