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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.

Ohio Supreme Court sends asbestos case back to trial court to determine if plaintiff is a smoker

By Charmaine Little | Oct 10, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – On Sept. 27, the Supreme Court of Ohio reversed an appeals court judgment that denied Union Carbide Corp.’s motion for administrative dismissal amid a case that challenges whether a man’s alleged smoking status contributed to his lung cancer diagnosis.

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.

A bale of hay and a block of cheese: How Mark Lanier won the $4.7 billion talcum powder verdict

By Dan Fisher | Oct 4, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - Partway through a trial over allegedly asbestos-tainted baby powder that ended with a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis earlier this year, attorney Mark Lanier whipped a knife from out of his pocket and held it over a large block of yellow cheese.

Two Massachusetts companies allegedly involved in illegal asbestos work

By Marian Johns | Oct 3, 2018

BOSTON — A consent judgment entered into a Suffolk Superior Court settles Worcester's allegations against two Massachusetts companies charged with allowing illegal asbestos work during renovation of two multifamily homes.

Court rejects appeal of companies sweating new rules in NYC's controversial asbestos docket

By Dan Fisher | Sep 27, 2018

Asbestos defendants failed to convince New York’s highest court to intervene in a long-running fight over how the New York City asbestos court known as NYCAL does business, leaving them with few options as hundreds of lawsuits march toward trial in the plaintiff-friendly venue.

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