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Monday, March 25, 2013

Ciba, Toms RIver NJ and a Cancer Epidemic

Early in my workers' compensation career, during the 1980's, I was asked by a local attorney to participate in the prosecution of 3 brain cancer workers' compensation claims. The cases arose out of an alleged exposure to toxic substances while working at the Ciba-Geigy's chemical plant in Toms River, NJ. 

Being a notoriously zealous attorney, I undertook the claims. They were being defended personally by named partner in a mega-NJ liability firm. After several hearing dates, and my motion being granted for an on-site inspection of the premises with Judge being present, the claims were ended to the satisfaction of my clients.

The story of Ciba-Geigy and the plight of the employees and the community is now the subject of an insightful book, Toms River, A story of Science and Salvation authored by Dan Fagin.

Click here to hear the NPR Story - For Toms River, An Imperfect Salvation