Legal Fight Continues Over Asbestos Disease in Libby, Mont.

The Center for Asbestos Related Disease in Libby, Montana, dodged a potential setback recently when officials from the U.S. Department of Justice decided against joining a lawsuit alleging fraudulent medical practices. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway filed the original suit in 2019 against the center – known as the CARD Clinic – alleging Medicare fraud that included unnecessary screenings and misdiagnosing patients with various asbestos-related diseases. The railroad giant is facing more than a thousand asbestos-related injury claims stemming from its transportation of asbestos-laden products through its railyard from the nearby W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine decades ago. Part of its defense involves discrediting the CARD Clinic, a community nonprofit health organization that evolved from the widespread asbestos contamination and resulting diseases that have been part of the Libby area for decades. The most serious disease has been pleural mesothelioma cancer, which is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. CARD Clinic Saving Lives for a Decade Libby is home to the longest-running human-made environmental disaster in U.S. history, where toxic asbestos was mined for more than 70 years. Although the mine closed more than 20 years ago, new cases still are being diagnosed today, primarily because of the lengthy latency period of asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma. The Card Clinic staff includes a variety of asbestos disease specialists such as rese...
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