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“It’s time to restore justice,” said Attorney Michael Mandelbrot. ”

“The Appeal has been filed and it’s time to get this corrupt judgement overturned.”

Mandelbrot Opening Brief

“These lawyers who run the Thorpe Insulation Settlement Trust, Western Asbestos, J.T. Thorpe, Inc. Settlement Trust and Plant Insulation Settlement Trust are the most corrupt, biased, conflicted, and ‘not’ disinterested lawyers in the Country. Not only have they engaged in tyranny and fraud, but they’ve misappropriated millions of dollars from the beneficiaries (victims of asbestos disease) while acting as Fiduciaries of the Trust,” added Mandelbrot.

“I think the chances of the Appeal overturning the wholly corrupt Judgment against me are excellent. I’m confident the Appellate Justices will see the the judgment is void under California Law. And then it will be time for the Corrupt Lawyers to own up to their misconduct. You look at every Fiduciary who oversees the Thorpe Trusts and each one has a conflict of interest and ‘no legal right’ to even work at the Trust. But through fraud, perjured affidavits and conflicts, they get appointed and misappropriate millions. And this list of lawyers involved is extensive – For example:

  1. Gary Fergus ( – Corrupt Lawyer – Former Defense Lawyer for Brobeck who is not a disinterested party. Former partner with Steven Snyder who manages the Trust. Has no business working for any Trust and has misappropriated over 5 million dollars. A complete buffoon.
  2. Steven Snyder ( Snyder - Corrupt Lawyer – The most corrupt and dishonest lawyer you will ever come across.
  3. Alan Brayton ( – My Former Employer who has used these Trusts as his personal piggy bank to the tune of approximately 500 million dollars. Asked me and other attorneys to engage in fraud, misconduct and corruption. I left this horrible law firm in 1999 after I discovered this rampant fraud. Brayton was later caught (see Kananian).Manville Letter Exhibit – Brayton Fraud Hanna Order

The Trust’s responsive brief to Mandelbrot’s Appeal is due in 14 days.

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Petaluma lawyer Stephen Healy has been sued by the Mandelbrot Law Firm.
Filed Complaint – Mandelbrot v. Healy.pdf

Despite being sued – Healy has continued to unethically solicit Mandelbrot clients.

“The Complaint provides a good description of the misconduct of Stephen Healy,” said attorney Michael Mandelbrot. “He’s one of the most despicable attorneys I’ve ever come across.”

Apparently, this isn’t the first time Healy has committed misconduct.
Nevada Court Order – Healy Abandonment.pdf

Another link to Healy abandonment case (Butler)
Nevada Case – Healy haphazard and client abandoner.pdf

HarrisMartin-Article-Brayton Nevada Case.pdf

The case Mandelbrot v. Healy is proceeding in Marin County Superior Court before the Honorable Judge Haakenson.

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The Asbestos Factbook – 1944.pdf

Sure – many know that insulation materials contained asbestos. But did you know automobile floorboards contained asbestos? How about movie curtains? Christmas Tree flock? Baking Sheets? Yes to all of them.

“The Asbestos Fact Book published in 1944 is one of best lists of asbestos products I’ve seen and a great article for anyone who wants to learn about asbestos” said noted asbestos lawyer Michael J. Mandelbrot. “We now know these products cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other disabling diseases and many companies have hid information on their utilization of asbestos. But this list of uses in the Asbestos Factbook came out before the public learned on the dangers and is one of the most comprehensive list I’ve seen.”

Another comprehensive list has been added as well:
Asbestos Bankruptcy Product List.pdf

For information about mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis visit .

For a free legal evaluation if you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos disease call Michael J. Mandelbrot at 1-800-970-3878 (DUST)

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July 14, 2015

Manville – Response to Reply.pdf
Final Objection – Manville.pdf

On July 13, 2014, the Mandelbrot Law Firm filed an Objection Reply to the Trustees Accounting which displays extensive fraud and favoritism at the Manville Trust — and potentially criminal conduct as well.

“The Trustees, Fiduciaries (Steven Kazan), and the General Counsel Jared Garelick have concealed Manville Trust fraud for years and are using me as their scapegoat. The concealment of fraud under Chapter 11 rules sure seems like Trustee criminal conduct to me, ” said Mandelbrot. Exhibit D – Dept. of Justice Trustee Handbook – select portions.pdf
“Alan Brayton ( filed claims with the Manville Trust which were described as fictional and fraud and the Trustees and Counsel Garelick conceal the information. My office, which has provided information which led to the arrest and felony conviction of an individual (John Lynch) filing false Manville claims, is the most reliable in the Country, has never filed an unreliable claims and we are suspended from filing claims? Clearly there is collusion, bad faith, favoritism and fraud taking place.” said Mandelbrot.
A Hearing is set for July 16, 2015 – at 10:00 A.M- United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, Alexander Hamilton Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, New York 10004-1408 before Cecelia G. Morris, United States Bankruptcy Judge.
Mandelbrot concluded, “I sure hope Judge Morris can ‘see through’ the Trustee and Garelick’s lies to the Court and puts a stop to the bad faith that has been taking place at this Trust for nearly a decade.”

For more information about the Mandelbrot Law Firm – please call (415) 895-5175 or contact

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Final Objection – Manville.pdf

On July 1, 2015, the Mandelbrot Law Firm (Novato, California) filed an Objection to the Manville Trust 2014 Trustees Accounting alleging fraud, misappropriation of funds, bad faith and favoritism by and under the direction of the Trustees and General Counsel for the Manville Trust Jared Garelick.
Mandelbrot has also alleged a misappropriation of funds by “high priced” counsel Jason Rubinstein (Freidman, Kaplan – NY) who was only hired by the Trust after Mandelbrot began raising issues of misconduct.

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Despite Conviction – Trustee Collusion, Bad Faith and Misconduct Continues to Harm Trust Beneficiaries
John Lynch IV- former employee of the Western Asbestos, J.T. Thorpe, Inc., and Thorpe Insulation Trusts pled Guilty this week to Felony Grand Theft and will face a sentence of up to 3 Years in State Prison in California for the ‘successful’ filing of a false Manville Asbestos Trust Claim (Sonoma County Case #SCR662265).

This “false” claim was solely discovered and reported to authorities by Plaintiff’s asbestos attorney Michael Mandelbrot, Esq. (California) and the Mandelbrot Law Firm while investigating and auditing Lynch improprieties at the Mandelbrot office (for which Lynch was also criminally charged in Marin County). Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015 for the false Manville Trust claim. This is the first time in the United States an individual has faced criminal prosecution for a fraudulent asbestos bankruptcy trust claim.
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Asbestos can ruin the lives of people who become sick with one of the many Asbestos- related diseases. Most people are exposed to asbestos while at work, which unfortunately, is where we spend most of our time. Being a great insulator, asbestos is often used as insulation in buildings and remains in many buildings today because it is more dangerous to take it out. Taking it out would cause the small asbestos fibers to become airborne which could then cause more harm than good. Now that asbestos is known to make people fatally ill with diseases such as Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Asbestosis, help is available to compensate victims of asbestos disease.

In a current news article from the United Kingdom’s Ponteford and Castlford Express, a 67 year old woman was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with Mesothelioma from her five years of working as a Tailoress in a factory. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Although the woman, named June Preston, worked in the factory for a short five years, it was plenty of time to come into contact with the tiny asbestos fibers that lodge into the lungs. Sadly, in March of this year, June passed away due to her exposure to asbestos. Her husband is currently seeking compensation for her death.

Asbestos is found in many factories and is extremely common in certain materials used in construction or similar jobs. It is said that in most big cities, you can find the small asbestos fibers in the lungs of the people who live there. Not all of those people will become sick, but those who have had enough exposure may. There are many jobs, job sites, and professions that can make your risks of contracting an asbestos related disease much higher than others such as:

Shipbuilding Sheet metal worker Power plants Construction- they use products that contain asbestos Manufacturers of asbestos products Pipefitters, steamfitters, boilermakers, refractory workers The Textile Industry- asbestos may be woven into the fabrics Auto-Repair shops- asbestos was used in brake pads Military/Navy veterans- exposed to asbestos products

If you or someone else you know has become ill with Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, or Mesothelioma and has worked at one or several of the sites listed above, you may have a possible asbestos related claim.

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Mesothelioma Attorney Michael J. Mandelbrot, an attorney representing veterans in the Oakland and Alameda County area suffering from mesothelioma and lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure they experience while servine in the military, today called for reforms in claims processing at the Oakland Veterans Administration office.



Mr. Mandelbrot’s action came in response to the Veterans Administration Inspector General’s report of May 10, citing an average of 320 days for a Veteran’s claim to be processed at the Oakland regional facility, compared to an average of 241 days at other facilities nationwide. Alarmingly, the report noted that close to 40% of the claims processed at the Oakland facility were done so incorrectly, and only five of eight major office functions were in compliance with Federal Standards. Though the report appeared to focused on disability claims stemming from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it heightens concerns as to the level of service all Veterans are receiving from the Veterans Administration in Oakland.
“It is completely unacceptable, that those Veterans who have served our country with valor and honor are being left at the mercy of an inefficient, error prone bureaucracy. For many, receiving VA assistance is literally the difference between having money for medical assistance, food, and warm clothing, or not. Reforms must be put in place to streamline process, and get support to our Veterans and their families.”, commented Mr. Mandelbrot.

Congresswoman Jackie Spear D-San Mateo has responded to the report of the Veteran Administration Inspector General, by organizing a public forum in San Francisco on May 21st. Attending the forum will be the Oakland Veteran’s Administration Director and the Veteran’s Administration Western Regional Director. It is anticipated that the Veteran’s Administration will try to explain what has caused the slow down and errors, and also announce measures to fix the problem. The meeting will be run in a town hall style format, and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma is a rare, incurable cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Many mesothelioma patients contracted the disease as a result of exposure to asbestos that occurred while serving in the United States Navy. Asbestos fibers are natural occurring microscopic mineral bodies that were heavily mined and used in the manufacture of insulation and construction materials due to their heat resistant properties from 1940 until 1980. Some have estimated that as many 27 million people, equaling roughly 40% of the American labor force, were exposed to asbestos during this time period.
Mesothelioma claims the lives of approximately 600 to1000 Armed Forces Veterans every year. The number grows even larger when deaths from other asbestos caused diseases, such as lung cancer and asbestosis, are factored into the equation.
“Unfortunately many do not realize it, but the human death toll from the Cold War today continues to increase. If it were a human enemy killing 600 to 1000 of our nation’s heroes annually, there would be a far greater public outcry. It is my firm’s privilege to fight for compensation on behalf of United States Armed Forces Veterans, and their families.” Mr. Mandelbrot continued.
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