W.R. Grace Gets More Time to Appeal in Libby Asbestos Case

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – W.R. Grace & Co. has more time to file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in the government’s asbestos case against it.

The company is expected to ask the high court to a review a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowing certain evidence to be used at trial.

Grace originally had until next week to file its petition, but Justice Anthony Kennedy granted an extension until April 14th.

A 2005 indictment charged the chemical manufacturer and seven of its former managers with conspiring to hide health risks associated with its Libby vermiculite mine, which closed in 1990. Grace has denied any criminal wrongdoing.