Libby mine News

Attorney for Libby Mine Claimants Hopes to Undo $500M Loss Portfolio Deal

A Montana attorney who helped win a $36.5 million jury verdict for a worker exposed to asbestos at the Libby Mine is asking a federal court to void a loss-portfolio deal that transferred liability for hundreds of similar claims from …

Jury Awards $36.5M to Former Libby Miner With Lung Disease

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana jury has awarded $36.5 million in damages to an Oregon man who suffers from lung disease because of exposure to asbestos while working at a vermiculite mine in Libby, a bellwether case that could …

Montana Court Upholds Most Points in Ruling That Cost Insurer $98M for Libby Mine Claims

The Montana Supreme Court upheld all but one point in a ruling that requires Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity Co. to reimburse the state nearly $98 million for the cost of asbestos litigation tied to the Libby Mine. In a 6-1 …

EPA, Forest Service Want Permanent Firefighters Near Montana Mine

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service want to station 10 firefighters near Libby, Mont., this summer so crews are immediately available to fight any fire that night burn in or near a former vermiculite mine contaminated with …

EPA Plan Leaves Some Remaining Asbestos in Montana Mining Town

Federal regulators’ long-delayed final cleanup plan for a Montana mining town where thousands have been sickened by asbestos contamination would leave some of the deadly material where it sits, in the walls of houses, underground and elsewhere. The U.S. Environmental …

Health Program for Western Asbestos Victims Expanded

A pilot program that provides medical and other services to victims of asbestos exposure has been expanded to include 18 additional counties in Montana, Idaho and Washington. The program offers home assistance, mileage reimbursements for medical travel and other benefits …

Attorneys in Asbestos Settlement Seek $4M in Fees

Attorneys for asbestos victims in a Montana mining town are seeking more than $4 million in fees and costs out of a legal settlement with chemical company W.R. Grace that was set up to cover the victims’ ongoing medical costs. …