7Mar/160

United Airlines’ asbestos cover-up: Seyfarth Shaw attorneys caught lying to the court!

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

 

Meagan Newman

Meagan Newman

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Ada Dolph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an effort to conceal the criminal behavior of their client, United Airlines, Seyfarth Shaw LLP attorneys Ada Dolph and Meagan Newman have not only committed the crime of fraud on the court. Even worse, they broke the Golden Rule of the legal profession.

They got caught!

That's unforgivable for a high-priced law firm like Seyfarth Shaw.

You see, in the real world, giant corporations like United don't pay the big buck law firms to lie in court. Any idiot can lie in court.

They pay the big law firms not to get caught lying in court.

But getting caught not once, but twice! Wow! Katie bar the door.

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-----Original Message-----

From: Marty Watters
To: Meagan Newman (Seyfarth Shaw)
Cc: David Rowland (Seyfarth Shaw), Oscar Munoz (UAL), Stephen Poor (Seyfarth Shaw), Ada Dolph (Seyfarth Shaw), Christina Landgraf (UAL), Brett Hart (UAL)
Sent: February 28, 2016 at 11:58 AM
Subject: United Airlines' legal counsel

Ms. Meagan Newman

United Airlines and Seyfarth Shaw attorney Ada Dolph lied in Judge Pamela Lakes court when it was claimed that United could not find asbestos records that the law requires United to keep.

After being caught in that lie Seyfath Shaw ultimately produced the asbestos records in question (see attached court document). Then at a later date United with the cooperation of Seyfarth Shaw and OSHA put forth an even more incredible falsehood, this time in Judge Dennis Phillips court. The lie that is now being told in Judge Phillips court is: that the very same asbestos records that United and Seyfarth Shaw were ultimately forced to produce in Judge Lakes court - once again do not exist.

Seriously, have the folks at Seyfarth Shaw lost their minds?

If this situation were not so serious, it would be funny!

I feel it necessary to remind you that:

“Lawyers can never assist a client in the commission of a crime or a fraud, and that’s well established. Lawyers do not get a free pass to commit crimes.” When considered in the context of the Justice Department’s 2015 policy shift placing greater emphasis on individual accountability for corporate misconduct, corporate counsel would be wise to see the writing on the wall and take steps to protect themselves.

Ms. Newman, do you have anything you would like to say in defense of Seyfarth Shaw's conduct in this matter?

Marty Watters
[redacted]

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Alexis Anderson
Cc: Judge Pamela Lakes
Sent: September 2, 2015 at 10:36 AM
Subject: Fwd: Willful violations (United Airlines)

Ms. Alexis Anderson

As we discussed, Ms. Ada Dolph and United Airlines are making false representations to the court.

United Airlines’ illegal abatement at former World Headquarters exposing employees to airborne asbestos fibers

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2015/07/27/united-airlines-illegal-abatement-at-former-world-headquarters-exposing-employees-to-airborne-asbestos-fibers/

Marty Watters
[redacted]

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Ada Dolph (Seyfarth Shaw)
Cc: Brett Hart (UAL), Jeff Smisek (UAL)
Sent: September 1, 2015 at 12:09 PM
Subject: Fwd: Willful violations (United Airlines)

Ms. Ada Dolph

The asbestos records that you told Judge Pamela Lakes you looked "high and low" for but could not find.

I found them!

They were at United Airlines WHQ the whole time.

Care to comment?

Marty Watters

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Marty Watters
To: Anthony Santucci (OSHA)
Sent: Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:33:28 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Willful violations (United Airlines)

Anthony

The attached documents demonstrate that United Airlines had full knowledge of the laws and regulations governing asbestos removal when the abatement of classroom 8108 was done in 1994.

Clearly the asbestos abatement of classrooms 8101, 8102, 8103, 8104 and 8105 in 2014 were willful violations of the law.

It gets better!

Marty Watters

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While Dolph and Newman are without a doubt willing liars, they clearly are not the caliber of liar you expect to get when you hire a pricey law firm like Seyfarth Shaw.

After I proved that the asbestos records did in fact exist and that I had copies of them, Seyfarth attorney Ada Dolph finally turned the asbestos records over to the plaintiff in that case.

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Faced with the incontrovertible proof that the records existed I guess she realized she had no choice but to hand them over.

Now Meagan Newman, Dolph's colleague at Seyfarth, is lying in another court case involving the same plaintiff. But this time the lie is that the same asbestos records Seyfarth has already produced don't exist!

And the insanity does not end there.

The plaintiff also received a copy of United's asbestos records from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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And where did OSHA get those records?

Yep, you guessed it. From United attorneys who are still claiming to this day that the records they already gave to the plaintiff and OSHA don't exist.

Brilliant legal minds at work here? I think not.

Clearly these high-priced attorneys believe passing the bar gives them a license to lie.

That may well be true in Chicago.

However, Seyfarth Shaw attorneys should at least be expected to come up with plausable lies.

Because as everyone knows, when you get caught lying to the court twice, you are guilty of committing crimes!

Much more to come....

21Sep/150

OSHA is attempting to cover up United Airlines’ criminal behavior

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in Chicago is currently doing all that it can to cover up United Airlines' illegal removal and dumping of asbestos from its former World Headquarters located in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Do the people involved in this cover-up even realize the mind-boggling stupidity that they are displaying in their remarkably audacious attempts to make United Airlines asbestos problems go away?

Because in the process, OSHA is deliberately allowing United employees to be exposed to this known carcinogen. By all accounts, what they are both doing is a serious crime!

United was bold enough to buy political considerations from the Port Authority in New Jersey, so why would anyone doubt that United would do the same thing in Chicago?

I mean really it's Chicago!

So that there is no confusion, I am stating unequivocally that United Airlines is being protected by OSHA. And there is undeniable proof that this is the case.

This should come as no surprise to anyone. The protection racket game is part of doing business in Chicago. And the government in Illinois plays the game better than anyone.

Take, for example, how another Illinois company - Kehrer Brothers Construction, which clearly did not purchase the OSHA Protection Plan - is being treated compared to United.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Anthony Santucci (OSHA)
Cc: Sukhvir Kaur (OSHA)
Sent: August 20, 2015 at 11:57 AM
Subject: Fwd: OSHA protects foreign workers - but not United Airlines employees!

Tony,

Care to comment?

Marty Watters

All indications are that OSHA is more concerned about the rights of temporary foreign guest-workers (H-B2) than they are about the health and well being of United Airlines employees (U.S. citizens) and their families.

Compare the charges leveled against Kehrer Brothers Construction to the well-documented far more egregious violations that are common at United Airlines former WHQ.

https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/JosephKehrerKehrerBrothersConstructionInc_1043352_0810_15.pdf

Illinois construction companies, manager face nearly $2M in fines
for exposing workers to known asbestos hazards
Companies ignored danger of asbestos at Okawville renovation project

https://www.osha.gov/newsrelease/reg5-20150811.html

-----Original Message-----

From: Marty Watters
To: Anthony Santucci (OSHA)
Cc: Sukhvir Kaur (OSHA)
Sent: August 11, 2015 at 8:37 AM
Subject: Fwd: Asbestos cover-up at United Airlines

Tony

Does OSHA have anything to say in its defense?

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Megan McCarthy (Dir. Communications)
Sent: August 10, 2015 at 3:25 PM
Subject: Fwd: Asbestos cover-up at United Airlines

Ms. Megan McCarthy

Does United Airlines have anything to say?

Marty Watters

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Brett Hart (UAL), Ada Dolph (Seyfarth Shaw), Jeff Smisek (UAL)
Sent: August 8, 2015 at 4:28 PM
Subject: Fwd: Asbestos cover-up at United Airlines

Which one of you licensed attorneys would like to comment on the asbestos cover-up going on at United's WHQ?

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Scott Newland
Sent: August 7, 2015 at 10:28 AM
Subject: Fwd: United Airlines accuses Burns McDonnell

Mr. Scott Newland

United Airlines is claiming that the attached asbestos survey produced by Burns McDonnell falsely indicates asbestos were it does not exist. And, that your firm had an incentive to provide an erroneous survey. United is claiming that the spray-on fire proofing (shaded orange) is not asbestos.

1) Does Burns McDonnell stand behind the survey results provided?

2) Please address United's accusation that Burns McDonnell had something to gain by providing false asbestos test results.

Marty Watters
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United Airlines’ illegal abatement at former World Headquarters exposing employees to airborne asbestos fibers

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2015/07/27/united-airlines-illegal-abatement-at-former-world-headquarters-exposing-employees-to-airborne-asbestos-fibers/

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Anthony Santucci (DOL)
Sent: July 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM
Subject: United Airlines South Building (boiler room)

Anthony

As we discussed the attached blueprint of United Airlines south building will direct you to where the illegal asbestos removal in the boiler room was being conducted. (area shaded orange)

Marty Watters

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Everyone knows that to run a truly successful protection racket, not only do you need to go to extraordinary lengths to protect those who pay you, you also need to make an example and punish those who don't.

And punishing the average Joe is the one thing that OSHA and the EPA are very good at.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Oscar Munoz (UAL)
Cc: Brett Hart (UAL)
Sent: September 17, 2015 at 10:26 AM
Subject: Fwd: United Airlines Illegal asbestos removal and dumping (boiler room south building)

Mr. Munoz

Would you like to see the recordings?

Marty Watters

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Marty Watters
To: Sukhvir Kaur (OSHA)
Cc: Anthony Santucci (OSHA)
Sent: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:55:36 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Fwd: United Airlines Illegal asbestos removal and dumping (boiler room south building)

Ms. Kaur

The fact that you have not replied to my offer below and have not returned my phone calls leads me to conclude that you do not want to see the video recorded proof that United Airlines is illegally removing asbestos from its campus in Elk Grove, IL

My question to you now is: Why do you not want to see the proof?

-----Original Message-----
From: Marty Watters
To: Sukhvir Kaur (OSHA)
Sent: June 11, 2015 at 12:13 PM
Subject: United Airlines Illegal asbestos removal and dumping (boiler room south building)

Ms. Sukhvir Kaur

Are you interested in a video recording of the illegal removal of asbestos from United Airlines facilities located at 1200 E. Algonquin Rd. Elk Grove Village, IL?

Marty Watters

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To date, OSHA has shown absolutely no interest in seeing the video-recorded proof that United is illegally removing and dumping asbestos from its former WHQ.

Even though United Airlines has been served up to OSHA on a silver platter!

Much more to come, including OSHA's partner in crime: the Environmental Protection Agency.

 OSHA, EPA, United Airlines, Burns McDonnell and Seyfarth Shaw were all contacted but declined to comment.

Related article: United Airlines Warned Employees: ‘Avoid Breathing Airborne Asbestos Fibers’

27Jul/150

United Airlines’ illegal abatement at former World Headquarters exposing employees to airborne asbestos fibers

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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United Airlines has been illegally removing asbestos from its former World Headquarters and training center, knowingly exposing its employees to airborne asbestos fibers.

Wow! If United can do something this deplorable to its own employees, how seriously do they take the safety of the flying public?

The laws and regulations governing the removal and disposal of asbestos are expensive, burdensome and impose substantial liabilities.

Who needs that headache? Certainly not a Chicago-based, politically-connected, large corporation like United Airlines.

United management apparently determined that it is better for their bottom line to simply ignore those pesky laws!

For example, United recently proceeded to secretly remove asbestos spray-on fire proofing material from classrooms at its training center in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Here's how they went about it:

Asbestos spray-on fireproofing material / shaded green

Asbestos spray-on fireproofing material / shaded green

 

United hired outside contractor A&E Services, Inc. to come in and scrape the asbestos-containing material from the classroom ceilings. This was done without the mandated notifications and safety measures required by law.

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In addition, A&E was clandestinely bagging the asbestos material and related contaminated waste. Then the contractor illegally transported the bags filled with asbestos to a dumpster that Robert Nykaza, the owner of A&E, had secretly placed in a friend's residential driveway miles away from the United training center.

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This was clearly an egregious violation of EPA regulations.

While all this was going on, United employees were unwittingly being exposed to cancer-causing airborne asbestos fibers.

But wait, it gets even better.

A&E left behind piles of the friable asbestos material on top of the duct work for the building's ventilation system..

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United employees were then directed to enter the asbestos contaminated classrooms and install a suspended ceiling below the duct work where large amounts of loose asbestos fibers came to rest, concealing them from view.

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End result: United classrooms are now ready for more unsuspecting employees to fill their lungs with airborne asbestos fibers.

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This is just one of the many examples of how United disregards the safety and health of its employees when dealing with the serious asbestos problem it has at its former World Headquarters in suburban Chicago.

Although United was contacted multiple times, corporate officials have so far declined to respond to my request for comment.

Instead, through their attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, these same United officials have made convoluted arguments to a judge trying to impede my investigation.

Does United Airlines really believe that the federal courts should suspend the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and infringe on the freedom of the press to cover up their own wrongdoing?

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