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Jury finds cigarettes, not asbestos, cause of pipefitter’s lung cancer in asbestos case

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - After a federal judge denied the plaintiff the ability to use the “any exposure” theory to press his asbestos-related claim, a federal jury has ruled a pipefitter’s lung cancer may have been caused by his pack-and-a-half a day cigarette smoking habit, rather than asbestos exposure, handing a win at trial to a group of industrial defendants.

Any exposure theory rejected in asbestos lung cancer case

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – An Illinois federal judge has barred a plaintiff alleging asbestos-induced lung cancer from relying on the any exposure theory at trial.

N.J. court rules in appeals over $1.85 in insurance coverage for asbestos claim payouts

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – A New Jersey appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s judgments in a dispute over $1.85 billion in insurance coverage with respect to asbestos litigation, concluding that some policies had been exhausted and that an annual aggregate limit for each policy year is appropriate.

MDL judge dismisses 22 defendants in Ohio maritime asbestos case

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Nearly one month after the multidistrict litigation court granted approximately 6,000 motions of dismissal in Ohio maritime asbestos lawsuits, Judge Eduardo Robreno has upheld his prior decision dismissing Ohio claims for lack of personal jurisdiction in yet another mass dismissal.

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Ill. court overturns $5.5M asbestos conspiracy verdict

Knecht SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Five months after Illinois Fourth District appellate judges reversed a McLean County jury's asbestos conspiracy verdict against Honeywell International, another panel of the same court tossed out another conspiracy verdict against Honeywell.

Ill. court weighing asbestos conspiracy and 'take home' verdicts out of Bloomington

Knecht SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Defendants say they will appeal a recent McLean County jury's $90 million verdict in an asbestos conspiracy trial, but for practical purposes they already did.

Manufacturers' president required to testify at Illinois asbestos trial

Radke BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Manufacturers Association president Greg Baise must testify at an asbestos conspiracy trial in Bloomington, though his lawyer is at "a bit of a loss" as to why.

Asbestos defendants face two trials same day, same court in Illinois

Modesitt BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Judges in McLean County plan two asbestos conspiracy trials at the same time against the same defendants.

Mistrial declared in Illinois asbestos trial

Wylder BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Two mesothelioma sufferers fell short of a unanimous jury verdict on their claim that a conspiracy among corporations caused their disease.

Ill. asbestos ruling holds employers more accountable

MT. VERNON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - An employer who allows its workers to bring home clothing contaminated with asbestos fibers is responsible for any asbestos-related disease that worker or his immediate family members contract, an Illinois appeals court says.