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Groups don't want Pa. Supreme Court to create Fair Share Act exception for asbestos lawsuits

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 10, 2018

HARRISBURG – Business and legal reform groups are calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold a specific application of a law that governs how defendants split the check when a plaintiff verdict comes in - opposing a so-called "carve-out" that would keep the law from applying to asbestos cases..

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.

Study undermines key theory behind talc asbestos lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiff experts who testify that even extremely low levels of asbestos exposure can cause cancer may be in trouble after a study of some 2 million women found no difference between urban and rural residents in the rate of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the chest lining that is normally associated with asbestos.

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.

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Asbestos defendants advised to discern potential BAP1 gene link in claimants

By John Breslin | Nov 27, 2018

Attendees at a recent conference on asbestos litigation were advised to ask claimants about the history of cancer in families, and potentially then ask for a test because of the link between some mesothelioma cases and potential genetic factors.

Md. court rules John Crane Inc. did not owe duty to warn wife who handled husband's asbestos-containing work clothes

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 23, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Special Appeals in Maryland has affirmed the Circuit Court for Baltimore City's ruling favoring a company accused of causing death due to mesothelioma.

Elementis Chemicals loses appeal in Calif. asbestos case regarding wrongful death damages

By Carrie Salls | Nov 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Court of Appeal of the State of California, 2nd Appellate District upheld an order granting an award in a personal injury and loss of consortium case filed against Elementis Chemicals Inc. in an asbestos injury suit, according to an opinion certified for publication on Nov. 1.

Wash. SC allows asbestos claim to proceed against Pfizer, adopts apparent manufacturer doctrine

By Charmaine Little | Nov 20, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – On Nov. 1, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington adopted the apparent manufacturer doctrine in a case concerning a man’s exposure to asbestos products that allegedly ultimately led to his sickness and passing.

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.

Fla. SC rejects Daubert standard in $8M mesothelioma case

By Takesha Thomas | Nov 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – The Florida Supreme Court has quashed an appellate court's ruling in a mesothelioma case and recommended that a final judgment issued by a trial court be reinstated.

Man lived in Kansas, so kick his asbestos claims out of NYC court, defendants say

By John O'Brien | Nov 8, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies facing lawsuits in New York City’s controversial asbestos court are using U.S. Supreme Court decisions from recent years that prevented plaintiffs lawyers from suing in whatever court they felt like.

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.

Burnham isn't ready to present appeal of $7M NYC asbestos verdict; Arguments postponed to '19

By John O'Brien | Oct 18, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The appeal of a once-$22 million asbestos verdict in New York City is delayed until February, as an appeals court has granted Burnham LLC’s request for more time to prepare it.

Split Va. SC says employers owed 'duty of care' to family members of employees with asbestos claims

By Karen Kidd | Oct 16, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Employers owe a duty of care when an employee's family members are exposed to asbestos the employee brings home from the job, a split Virginia Supreme Court ruled Oct. 11.

World Trade Center contractor says it doesn't belong in worker's asbestos lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Oct 12, 2018

A company that helped build the World Trade Center is telling a New York City judge to dismiss it from the lawsuit of a carpenter who also worked on the site and now has mesothelioma, the serious disease caused by asbestos that often leads to the highest verdicts and settlements.

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