New York City Asbestos Litigation News

Defendants get major NYC asbestos win, also fighting a 'ploy' used by plaintiffs lawyers

By John O'Brien | Dec 7, 2018

Defendants are celebrating a rare win in an asbestos case originating from New York City’s controversial asbestos court while also appealing a judge’s order that exposes them to even bigger verdicts there.

California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Weitz firm wants 24 NYC asbestos cases consolidated into 12 trials; Group includes 13 mesothelioma claims

By John O'Brien | Nov 14, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The main asbestos law firm in New York City is asking a judge there to schedule joint trials that would consolidate 24 cases into 12 trials.

Floor maker says lawyers' theories fall short in NYC asbestos case

By John O'Brien | Nov 2, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The maker of floor tiles sued for a man’s asbestos-caused disease says all exposures to the deadly substance are not equal, using a 2015 state court decision that favored companies sued in the long-running mass tort.

With punitive damages on the table, NYC asbestos lawyers push for $50 million in one case

By John O'Brien | Oct 5, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A staggering amount of money is at stake as New York’s top court is asked to decide if New York City’s controversial asbestos court is treating defendants fairly.

Two trials, same result: Sheldon Silver guilty of using public office to make millions from asbestos lawsuits

By John O'Brien | May 12, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – For a second time, a jury has convicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of corruption for using his status as a lawmaker and asbestos attorney to rake in millions of dollars.

NYC asbestos firm hopes to continue $117M hot streak, again seeks punitives from J&J

By Daniel Fisher | May 9, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Johnson & Johnson, fresh from losing a $117 million asbestos verdict in New Jersey, is opposing plaintiff lawyers who are trying to obtain punitive damages against it in a specialized New York court for asbestos lawsuits.

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 18, 2017

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.

Court affirms pro-plaintiff NYCAL ruling

By Rebecca Campbell | Aug 9, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York's highest court has found that the former manufacturer of a product that was intended to be used with asbestos from a third-party product had a duty to warn consumers. 

NYC juries award $28M in two June asbestos trials against Burnham

By Jamie Kelly | Jul 12, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) —Law firm Belluck and Fox LLP won two multi-million verdicts in asbestos cases against Burnham LLC in June, and one of the lawyers in the case said he doesn’t expect the pace of such cases to slow, even decades after asbestos left common use.

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 11, 2016

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.

Early successes at trial, advertising could drive more Risperdal litigation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 17, 2015

After three defeats, two of which were seven-figure verdicts, in four Philadelphia trials, what can Janssen Pharmaceuticals look forward to as it tries to resolve at least 1,600 more Risperdal lawsuits in the city?

California tops list of ‘judicial hellholes’ by tort reform group

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 17, 2015

New York City’s asbestos court, Florida, Missouri and Illinois’ Madison County round out the American Tort Reform Association’s newest top five “most unfair.”

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

By John O'Brien | Dec 3, 2015

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.

NYC asbestos judge sets plans for new rules governing cases

By John O'Brien | Aug 31, 2015

Judge Peter Moulton won't grant the stay asked for by defendants in NYC asbestos lawsuits, but he will allow defendants to work with plaintiffs attorneys to create new rules in the case management order. NYC's asbestos docket was rated the most plaintiff-friendly by a national legal reform group last year.

Three consolidated trials planned in NYCAL

By John O'Brien | Aug 17, 2015

Citing data showing they face higher verdicts when it happens, defendants claimed consolidating separate plaintiffs' lawsuits into one trial is unfair. The judge said that isn't the case, but refused to grant request for eight- and five-plaintiff trials.

Ford accused Weitz & Luxenberg of gaming asbestos recovery system during $11M case; Firm denied claims

By John O'Brien | Jul 7, 2015

Ford said firm intentionally didn't file client's possible claims with bankruptcy trusts to boost verdict, while Weitz & Luxenberg showed one trust wasn't accepting claims and alleged the other wouldn't have paid much.

Doctor in Sheldon Silver case treated plaintiff three weeks before Weitz firm filed possible $11M lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Jun 24, 2015

The doctor who is alleged to have steered mesothelioma patients to the law firm of then-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver treated a now-deceased man 22 days before Silver’s firm filed a lawsuit on the man’s behalf that resulted in an $11 million verdict.

NYCAL plaintiffs say no need to stay cases to create new case management practices

By John O'Brien | Jun 10, 2015

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs attorneys in what has been called the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction in the country have responded to a request to stay asbestos lawsuits for 60 days, saying it is neither “the time nor the occasion."

Study shows $24M per NYC asbestos plaintiff in consolidated trials

By Jon Campisi | May 21, 2015

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos cases that are consolidated for trial in New York City’s asbestos docket result in larger jury awards, according to a study by an economic consulting firm.

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