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Asbestos. Purported “miracle fiber.” Shipbuilding. Asbestosis. Construction materials. Brake pads. Asbestos dust. Mesothelioma. Fireproofing. Cement pipes. Lung cancer. Cigarette filters. 730,000 claims. Connect the dots.

Between 1991 and 2004, U.S. insurers paid over $24 billion on asbestos claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute in a report published in October 2008.

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