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Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

W.Va. firm blames almost 300 companies in each asbestos lawsuit

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 29, 2016

The average number of companies targeted by some of the biggest asbestos firms in their lawsuits is in the triple-figures, according to recent statistics, leading some, especially those in claims management, to question the strategy of plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Garlock seeking info from asbestos firms to boost racketeering claims

By John O'Brien | Oct 2, 2015

Some asbestos law firms are being dragged into racketeering lawsuits against their colleagues. Now that a federal judge has affirmed its right to do so, Garlock Sealing Technologies recently issued subpoenas to 29 law firms, including Baron & Budd, Brayton Purcell and Williams Kherker Hart Boundas.

Defunct boiler maker, crippled by asbestos claims, files for bankruptcy again

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 18, 2015

Company submitted documents showing Weitz & Luxenberg has filed the most claims against it. Funds from a settlement with three insurers will help create the bankruptcy trust for current asbestos claimants.

Garlock bankruptcy plan includes national ads targeting asbestos victims

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 25, 2015

Garlock Sealing Technologies has employed a nationally recognized firm to provide notice -- by way of newspaper supplements, magazines, television and even the Internet -- to potential asbestos claimants as part of its bankruptcy proceeding.

Causation standards are needed to fix Illinois’ Workers' Comp system, policy experts say

By Amanda Robert | May 13, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – As president of the Jacksonville, Ill., Regional Economic Development Corp., Terry Denison visits regularly with major companies like Nestle USA that have expanded their operations into Illinois.

IL13 race: Incumbent Davis continues to outraise former Madison County judge

By David Yates | Jul 16, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, continues to outraise former Madison County judge Ann Callis so far in the 2014 election cycle, boasting a war chest double in size to that of his Democratic opponent's.

Asbestos law firms among Callis' biggest donors in IL13 race

By David Yates | Apr 16, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - So far in the 2014 election cycle, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, has out-raised his Democratic opponent, Ann Callis, by more than $1 million, in spite of the sizeable donations the former Madison County judge has received from asbestos law firms.

Group announces agenda of asbestos conference

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 14, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Perrin Conferences has announced the agenda for its annual Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference.

Asbestos exposures contradict in civil and bankruptcy courts, Garlock says

By Steve Korris | Feb 7, 2011

Werkheiser WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Owners of bankrupt gasket maker Garlock Sealing Technologies claim clients of asbestos lawyers told contradictory stories of exposure in civil courts and bankruptcy courts.

Asbestos bankruptcy conference highlights Chapter 11

By Aricka Flowers | Jun 25, 2010

Hartley CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - An asbestos litigation expert said rules being developed in asbestos Chapter 11 cases are serving as precedent for resolution of other mass torts.

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