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FILE PHOTO -  The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co storefront is seen in Westminster, Colorado August 27, 2013.    REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo Many companies stopped using asbestos by the mid-1970s after it was linked to cancer and other diseases. The effects of exposure to the substance can take decades to surface. Goodyear’s excess policy, issued by Berkshire predecessor Stonewall Insurance, covers the period from July 1, 1976 to July 1, 1977, Berkshire said. Berkshire is seeking a court declaration that it need not cover claims for Goodyear from 2008 to November 2015, and can recoup some money it has since paid on Goodyear’s behalf. Lawyers for the Berkshire unit did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance is a commercial property and casualty insurer created in 2013. The unit is based in Omaha, Nebraska, like its parent, and led by Peter Eastwood, who had run American International Group Inc’s (AIG.N) property and casualty businesses in the Americas. The case is Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, U.S.

Student Lauren Hall in Oxford She struggles to work long hours, or cook and shop for herself. Her personal independence payment (PIPs), enabled her to buy pre-made food but after she was reassessed last June, her benefits were stopped. When she asked the Department for Work and Pensions to reconsider, Hall says the fact she was at university was used as evidence she didnt Have You Ever Thought About Insurance Claims Advice? need the benefit. They stated that I evidently had no issues with socialising or independent living, despite me outlining that going outside entails physical exhaustion, she says. Hall was already finding it hard to study with her disability shed previously suspended her degree study for two years before returning in October 2015 but found being reassessed for her benefits so stressful she had to withdraw from her exams last summer. [My benefit assessors] wouldnt let me postpone my PIP assessment until after my finals, she said. She therefore had no choice but to suspend her degree for nine months, and now hopes to return next month and take her final exams, before pursuing a masters. Hall, who is from Staffordshire, has no current student loan because she had suspended her studies. A student loan would, in any case, not cover the extra costs of her disability. So for the past nine months, Hall has had to work in a local bookshop for 20 hours a week, against her doctors advice.

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