A couple of recent articles about renovation workers encountering asbestos while working on building modifications have recently caught my attention. And, with Mesothelioma Awareness Day coming up, I wanted to share some thoughts on asbestos, mesothelioma and the public perception of the problem.

Yesterday, Arab Bank was found liable for knowingly providing material support to Hamas which substantially assisted Hamas in carrying out 24 separate terrorist attacks killing and injuring hundreds of American citizens. This case marked the very first time a financial institution has ever been tried in the United States for violating the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Almost 10 years since my partner and friend Ron Motley said to me, “Joe, we can make a difference, this is a cause no one else will do,” a Brooklyn, N.Y. jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiffs in <em>Linde et al. v. Arab Bank PLC,</em> finding Arab Bank responsible for terrorist financing – the first time that a financial institution has been brought to trial under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Congress should take a cue from the SEC's whistleblower program and protect FIRREA whistleblowers' confidentiality throughout the process.

Thirteen years have passed, and yet the memories of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 remain etched in our collective memory. Today, tens of thousands of survivors, residents, area workers and responders suffer from respiratory illnesses and related injuries as a result of exposure to toxic World Trade Center dust in the aftermath, rescue, recovery and clean-up.

I was proud to be a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that announced a settlement yesterday with Halliburton Energy Services Inc. This settlement will make approximately $1 billion in additional funds available to some victims of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.