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Industry unhappy with risk of higher verdicts in New York's asbestos court

The order, released in June, holds, among other things, that punitive damages awards are no longer deferred for cases placed on the trial calendar after the CMO’s effective date.

With Silver convicted, some N.Y. Dems pushing asbestos transparency bill

The legislation, introduced by a group of Democrats last month, is more likely to pass now that former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- who was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury in November -- no longer is in power. Silver also worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg PC.

Nev. woman files lawsuit against asbestos firm over ‘deceitful’ agreement in breast implant case

New York City law firm Weitz & Luxenberg PC and Bristol-Myers Squibb and Medical Engineering Corporation -- the makers of the implants at issue -- allegedly entered into a stipulated agreement, dismissing the woman’s case with prejudice. The woman claims the agreement was entered into without her knowledge and in direct contradiction to an agreed upon tolling agreement.

NYC asbestos firm seeks info behind study on lucrative consolidated trials, will drop it if defendants stop mentioning it

Plaintiffs lawyers practicing in New York City’s controversial asbestos court are attempting to subpoena the authors of a recent study that showed trials featuring multiple plaintiffs result in larger per-claimant verdicts than individual trials.

Simmons Foundation gave $2.5M to Columbia Univ. over four years; Simmons firm received 26 asbestos referrals over same period

Asbestos lawyer John Simmons stands to make millions more on referrals from Dr. Robert Taub than Simmons' foundation gave Taub’s clinic.

Sheldon Silver, a high-ranking N.Y. politician and asbestos lawyer, found guilty of corruption

Sheldon Silver, a once-powerful politician who worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury on Monday.

N.Y. residents file class action against insurers over data breach

The lawsuit, filed in New York federal court, claims hackers had access to Excellus Health Plan and Lifetime Healthcare's data systems for nearly two years.

Fed judge 'troubled' by prosecutor's remarks in Sheldon Silver case

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni rebuked U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for comments on criminal charges against state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but she stopped short of dismissing the charges.

Replaced NYCAL judge was 'hands-off,' allowed asbestos plaintiffs bar to 'run the show,' defense attorneys say

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Recent reports in the New York media paint the New York City Asbestos Litigation court and its former chief judge as essentially dirty, giving special treatment to a certain plaintiffs law firm and paving the way for hefty paydays.

N.Y. politician facing corruption charges over employment at asbestos, real estate law firms

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A prominent New York politician received millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income, federal prosecutors are alleging.

Report: N.Y. Assembly speaker under federal investigation over law firm income

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – A prominent New York politician is reportedly under investigation by federal authorities, not for his long-secret earnings from a major asbestos plaintiffs firm but for payments made to him from a small tax firm.

Rand's asbestos report shows lucrative outcome for lawyer trust fund managers

Kazan SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - Giants of asbestos litigation hold half the power in seven trust funds that paid $2.4 billion in claims in 2008, according to tables in a new Rand Corporation report.

Pa. company is 89th to collapse under asbestos claims

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Durabla Manufacturing, a Pennsylvania company that made sealing products, collapsed under the weight of 108,000 asbestos suits.