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$80 Million Settlement Reached in Kansas Courthouse Asbestos Case

According to the Associated Press, an $80 million settlement was reached at the end of October regarding long-term asbestos exposure that occurred in a Kansas courthouse 30 years ago. The source reported that the settlement was reached in the class action lawsuit involving the Jackson County Courthouse shortly before it was supposed to go to trial. The county allegedly reached the agreement with Kansas City-based U.S. Engineering, which removed the asbestos from the courthouse from 1983 to 1985. The settlement money will be used to pay for diagnostic tests for people exposed to the asbestos during their time at the courthouse. Those exposed and eligible for testing include county employees, jurors, jail inmates and attorneys. It is estimated that this could include as many as 7,500 people. According to the AP, people who spent 80 hours in any one year at the courthouse while renovations were occurring will get free…
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