Mesothelioma Awareness Day is not only an opportunity to remember the parents, children, siblings and friends who have been claimed by this ongoing epidemic, but it is also an opportunity to reflect on significant developments in the United States and around the world regarding asbestos, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Although asbestos civil litigation has been around since the 70s, not a single asbestos manufacturer, supplier, distributer or premises owner has been criminally prosecuted in the U.S.

On the 11th memorial of 9/11, as we enter a new decade after the most deadly attack on American soil in history, I am struck by how different this day may seem compared with the 10th anniversary that drew so much national and international attention last year.

The NFL is beginning its season faced with hundreds of lawsuits involving traumatic brain injuries sustained by players during football practices and games. An important issue in this litigation is the short and long-term effects of concussive brain injuries.

Anyone more than 65 years old, or who had a deceased family member more than 65 years old, who filed an asbestos lawsuit or claim through asbestos trusts should be aware of this provision of the Medicare and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA) Section 111 reporting requirements and priority recovery rights.