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Montana Judge Approves $43 Million
Settlement for Libby Asbestos Victims

Sept. 20, 2011, 4:00 AM

MISSOULA, Mont.—A district court judge has approved a $43 million settlement for nearly 1,200 people sickened by a deadly form of asbestos linked to the W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite mine in Libby, Mont. (Orr v. Montana).

The decision by District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of the Montana First Judicial District Court in Helena provided a long-awaited ending to a negligence suit brought against Montana in 2001. The cases and claimants—including miners at Grace and their family members—all alleged that the state knew for years that asbestos exposure in Libby was causing disease and deaths, yet officials failed to ...