10Nov/160

United Airlines asbestos victims want to be heard

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

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Victims of United Airlines' illegal asbestos removal write a letter asking to be heard.

Perhaps it's time for Congress to investigate why the Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission is refusing to hear what they have to say?

(Judge okay with perjury and fraud in his court!)

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20Apr/160

Judge okay with perjury and fraud in his court!

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

Judge Dennis L. Phillips

Judge Dennis L. Phillips

 

The latest in the United Airlines asbestos cover-up: Administrative Law Judge Dennis L. Phillips has decided to allow perjury and fraud in his court.

After receiving irrefutable evidence that federal officials committed perjury and fraud,
Judge Phillips inexplicably reversed his previous ruling to go to trial and decided to throw the entire case out of court without even conducting a hearing.

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Note: Judge Phillips is fully aware that Mr. Simkus provide documented proof of fraud and conferred with the parties involved. The Judge is also fully aware that I did as well.

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Nevertheless, Judge Phillips ruled that you can commit perjury and fraud in his court as long as you are a government official protecting a large corporation like United Airlines.

Sadly, Judge Phillips' decision to tip the scales of justice in favor of the lawbreakers comes as no surprise.

Because the fact is that the evidence against United Airlines is so strong, it would invariably expose public corruption and the lucrative protection racket the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is running.

Under these circumstances, what Judge Phillips did is entirely understandable. After all, what judge really wants to tell government agency officials that they can't do favors for large corporations?

And what's the use of having power if you can't abuse it? Right?

However, there is one pesky fact that Judge Phillips may be overlooking: I still have the overwhelming documented proof that these crimes are being committed.

And unlike Judge Phillips, I don't do favors for corrupt government officials and large corporations that engage in criminal activity.

That's why I will be sharing the proof I have in my possession with the public and all the individuals who are currently being adversely affected by the conduct of United Airlines and its government cronies.

And you never know. The public corruption exposed here is so blatant that the Dept. of Justice might even feel they have no choice but to do something about it.

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We shall see.

One thing is for sure. The new board of directors at United Airlines will have their work cut out for them keeping the lid on this can of worms.

More to come....including kickback schemes.

29Mar/160

United Airlines’ asbestos cover-up: Department of Labor asks Judge to rule against himself!

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

Judge Dennis L. Phillips

Judge Dennis L. Phillips

Attorneys at the Department of Labor (DOL) have just hit the panic button in the case of Secretary of Labor, United States Department of Labor v. United Airlines, Inc.

Trying to conceal corruption within the agency, Dept. of Labor attorneys David Rutenberg, Allen Bean and Christine Heri have filed an absurd motion asking Administrative Law Judge Dennis Phillips to rule against himself and ignore his previous decision that the asbestos case against United Airlines would go to trial.

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This desperate act on the part of DOL attorneys is due in part to the fact that they are in possession of documents and other material evidence that, if made public, would expose their complicity in committing fraud on the court.

So the DOL certainly does have good reason to panic.

But their sheer audacity may backfire on them.

Not only are they asking Judge Phillips to rule that his previous decision to go to trial was a mistake. They are also asking Phillips to completely ignore the overwhelming evidence that perjury and fraud have been committed by government officials in his very own courtroom.

Wow! That's a lot to ask of an OSHA Review Commision judge whose sole purpose as designated by Congress is to keep government powers in check.

In essence, DOL attorneys are asking Judge Phillips to commit fraud on his own court.

Bet that hurt to ask!

However, since that's what they did, perhaps the prudent thing for Judge Phillips to do at this point is to take the DOL's assertion that he lacks jurisdiction over fraud in his own court seriously, and request that the Department of Justice (DOJ) assist him in investigating the crimes being blatantly committed by the DOL right under his nose.

After all, the DOL attorneys are right about one thing: In public corruption cases, the DOJ does have jurisdiction.

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What do ya say, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon?

Are you ready to take down some corrupt government officials?

Or is public corruption no longer a top priority?

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
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-----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
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-----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....

18Nov/150

United Airlines’ asbestos cover-up: OSHA Director commits perjury

Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter

OSHA Director Angeline Loftus

OSHA Director Angeline Loftus

 

The fact that United Airlines is claiming to have lost all records of its illegal removal and disposal of asbestos from its former World Headquarters in suburban Chicago should come as no surprise.

Did anyone really think United was going to confess to willfully exposing people to a known carcinogen? Of course not.

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

What did surprise me and what should trouble anyone who believes in honest government is this:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is accepting United's "lost records" defense even though I personally provided OSHA with copies of the very same records United claims are missing. Records that clearly would be considered inculpatory evidence in a criminal case against United.

Even more disturbing, OSHA area director Angeline Loftus has now signed a sworn declaration that was filed in Administrative Law Judge Dennis Phillips' court stating that these damning asbestos records do not exist. An assertion that Loftus knows is a complete falsehood.

Ooops! That's called perjury, Angie. That's a crime.

And so is covering up United's criminal behavior.

 

Here's an excerpt from Loftus' sworn declaration:

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Loftus refuses to acknowledge the existence of the so-called "missing records" because they prove that United was illegally removing asbestos from its former WHQ

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Loftus also knows that the so-called "missing records" reveal that United officials were committing accounting fraud in a quest to conceal the airlines' asbestos liabilities and related criminal behavior.

Over the course of ten months, A&E Services Inc. of Barrington, IL (Robert Nykaza) was paid over $1.1 million to illegally remove asbestos-containing insulation from United's former WHQ.

Here's how the scam worked:

A&E would submit differently worded invoices with the same invoice number for work performed. The more descriptive invoice, which deceptively referred to asbestos-containing material as "fiberglass insulation", would get buried in facilities manager Sylvia Empen's file.

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Meanwhile the less descriptive line item invoice would be submitted for payment in full on the personal company credit card of one of several United managers - in many cases before the work was even completed.

 

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Paying by credit card allowed United to circumvent internal controls, thus concealing its illegal asbestos abatement and forgoing all the nasty liabilities that go with it.

Ms. Loftus was made aware of all of this before signing the sworn declaration.

There is no question that United would have liked these records to just disappear.

Unfortunately for United, they did not.

The questions to ask now are:

Why is OSHA protecting United Airlines when it should be prosecuting it for endangering employees and the public?

And

Does OSHA area director Angie Loftus have a summer home in South Carolina like United's friend at the New Jersey Port Authority?

I called Ms. Loftus for comment. She did not deny that she had committed perjury. She did refer me to attorneys in the Secretary of Labors office. I am still waiting to hear back from them.

Much more to come.....