Federal Jury Acquits W.R. Grace in Asbestos Case
Tom Frongillo, a lawyer for one of the Grace executives, told Reuters, “The knowing endangerment crime is almost tantamount to a murder charge. It’s really a heinous charge. We believe that there was extraordinary overreaching by the government.” Frongillo also said that the asbestos contamination at Libby was a civil matter that had been addressed by a governmentled cleanup effort years ago.
The EPA began removing asbestos contamination at Libby in 2000, and Grace filed for bankruptcy protection from cleanup costs in 2001. The EPA filed to recover costs in 2003, and Grace agreed to pay $250 million in March 2008.