Asbestos Victims Settlement Approved

The money’s not going to cure Burt Shephard’s cancer, bring Dianne Petty’s husband back or allow Chris Anderson to keep up with his grandchildren.

But the $5.2 billion settlement that was approved this week for insulation giant Owens Corning, the company’s creditors and thousands of asbestos victims — including 2,000 in Washington state — does bring an end to a five-year legal battle that has kept victims in limbo.