Quoted from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/17/us/montana-settlement-approved-for-asbestos-victims.html
Montana: Settlement Approved for Asbestos Victims
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: September 17, 2011
A $43 million settlement has been approved for more than a thousand asbestos victims who said state officials knew that dust from a mine was killing people but failed to intervene. An estimated 400 people have been killed and 1,750 sickened by asbestos released from a W.R. Grace & Company mine outside the town of Libby, about 40 miles south of the Canadian border. Lethal dust from the mine, which closed more than two decades ago, once blanketed the town. Judge Jeffrey Sherlock of District Court in Helena approved the deal to end a lawsuit against the state. Judge Sherlock had dismissed the victims’ claims in 2002, a decision the State Supreme Court overturned. The settlement stems from multiple lawsuits brought against Montana agencies for failing to protect victims in Libby. The state originally claimed in its defense that it had no legal obligation to provide warning of the mine’s dangers. The majority of the claimants in the settlement are now 65 years or older. Court documents filed as part of the settlement show that more than 1,173 victims will receive payments ranging from $500 to more than $50,000 for those afflicted with lung cancer or mesothelioma.