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Bankruptcy To Resolve Bondex Asbestos Liability

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) Bondex International Inc. and Specialty Products Holding Corp. on May 31 filed separate voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and moved to have the cases jointly administered; the cases are geared at resolving...

3rd Circuit Changes Standard For Asbestos Claim Discharge

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) An en banc Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 2 overruled a precedential holding outlining when an asbestos-related claim can be discharged by a bankrupt company's plan of reorganization, saying that the previous test for accrual was too narrow and that courts...

Baron & Budd’s Russell W. Budd Wins Prestigious Harry Philo Award From AAJ

DALLAS - Russell W. Budd, shareholder and managing director of law firm Baron & Budd P.C., was awarded the prestigious Harry M. Philo Award Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the American Association for Justice (AAJ). The award was presented in recognition of his leadership in protecting the rights...

Eugene R. Anderson, Founder Of Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., Dies At 82

NEW YORK -- Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C. has announced that the firm's founder and inspiration, Eugene R. Anderson , passed away on July 30, 2010, after complications arising from pneumonia. A one-time U. S. prosecutor in the office of then-U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York...

Russell Budd Announces Opening Of Baron & Budd P.C. Office In Miami

MIAMI - Russell Budd has announced the opening of plaintiff's law firm Baron & Budd, P.C. 's new office in Miami. The new office will offer its services to individuals and businesses with environmental issues as well as those victimized by unsafe drugs and securities fraud. Baron &...

Judge Denies Quigley Company's Plan Of Reorganization

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Finding that Pfizer Inc. manipulated creditor votes in seeking support for a plan of reorganization for its wholly owned subsidiary Quigley Co. Inc., a New York bankruptcy judge on Sept. 8 denied Quigley's plan of reorganization to resolve its asbestos liabilities ( In re...

Durabla Chapter 11 Case Continues; Dismissal Denied

WILMINGTON, Del. -- The Delaware bankruptcy judge overseeing Durabla Manufacturing Co.'s Chapter 11 case on Oct. 6 rejected a motion to dismiss the case made by a group of asbestos personal injury plaintiffs who maintain that the case was filed in bad faith and only to protect the company's president...

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Leslie Controls' Plan Of Reorganization

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) The Delaware bankruptcy judge overseeing Leslie Control Inc.'s Chapter 11 case confirmed Leslie's plan of reorganization on Oct. 28 ( In Re: Leslie Controls Inc. , No. 10-12199-CSS, Del. Bkcy.). U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the District...

Lanier Law Firm Expands Los Angeles Office With Latest Additions

LOS ANGELES - The Lanier Law Firm is expanding the firm's Toxic Exposure and Asbestos practice and adding two attorneys to the firm's recently expanded Los Angeles office. Trey Jones and Alexandra Shef have joined the firm in Los Angeles, where they will focus on mesothelioma and asbestos...

5 Sitting Judges Featured At Tort Law Seminar Focused On Asbestos, HB Announces

LOS ANGELES - Five sitting judges from Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif., will appear at a continuing legal education seminar along with a panel of seasoned litigators and trial attorneys at the Omni Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 2010, HB Litigation Conferences CEO Tom Hagy has announced. "We are proud...

Bankruptcy Judge Recommends Approval Of W.R. Grace's Reorganization Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Jan. 31 resolved the last objections to W.R. Grace & Co.'s Chapter 11 joint plan of reorganization and recommended that the district court approve the plan ( In re: W.R. Grace & Co., et al. , No. 01-1139, D. Del....

General Motors' Asbestos Liability Set At $625 Million

NEW YORK -- A New York federal bankruptcy judge approved an agreement on Feb. 14 in General Motors Corp.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case that fixes the debtors' aggregate liability for asbestos personal injury claims at $625 million ( In re: Motors Liquidation Co., et al. , No. 09-50026, S.D. N...

Babst Calland On Marcellus Shale - Anticipating Toxic Tort Litigation

One of our litigation attorneys, Kathy Condo, has a practice focused on handling the defense of large toxic tort litigation. Recently, she shared with our team an article from The West Virginia Record ( Jan. 20, 2011 ) in which a statewide group known as the "Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse"...

3 Simple Rules For Trying Asbestos Cases In Offbeat Jurisdictions

By Michael G. Terry of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer Michael Terry has been a personal injury trial lawyer for more than 30 years, trying virtually every type of personal injury case, including a personal injury class action. As a partner in Corpus Christi office of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer, Terry...

Communicating With Juries: Trying Asbestos Cases In Offbeat Jurisdictions

By Michael G. Terry of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer Michael Terry has been a personal injury trial lawyer for more than 30 years, trying virtually every type of personal injury case, including a personal injury class action. As a partner in Corpus Christi office of Hartline Dacus Barger Dreyer , Terry...

Delaware Federal Judge Overrules Objections, Confirms W.R. Grace's Chapter 11 Plan

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) A Delaware federal judge on Jan. 30 overruled all remaining objections to W.R. Grace & Co.'s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization and confirmed the plan, which includes establishment of a trust to pay asbestos personal injury claims having an estimated total value...

Asbestos Claims Against Quigley Parent Pfizer Allowed By 2nd Circuit

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) Personal injury suits seeking to hold Pfizer Inc. liable for asbestos-containing products manufactured by bankrupt subsidiary Quigley Co. Inc. under an "apparent manufacturer" theory of liability are not barred by an injunction issued in Quigley's Chapter 11 case...

Delaware Federal Judge Grants Debtor Access To Asbestos Claimant Information

WILMINGTON, Del. - (Mealey's) A Delaware federal judge on March 1 ruled that Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC can obtain documents filed by asbestos claimants' attorneys in nine other asbestos-related bankruptcy cases, finding that a bankruptcy judge erred and abused her discretion...

Bankruptcy Judge: Plaintiffs, Lawyers Covered Up Evidence In Garlock Mesothelioma Cases

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —(Mealey’s) Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC’s total estimated liability for present and future mesothelioma claims is only $125 million, not $1.2 billion as asbestos personal injury claimants argued, because Garlock’s history of settling mesothelioma...

Bostic v. Georgia-Pacific: The Texas Supreme Court Extends And Refines Substantial Factor Causation In Asbestos Litigation

By Patrice Pujol and Laura A. Frase [Editor's Note: Patrice Pujol is an appellate and litigation attorney in the Houston Office of Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP. Laura A. Frase is a litigation partner in the Dallas Office of Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP. Both authors...

Payment Of Attorneys For Defending Fee Requests Debated In Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) There is no basis in the law for categorically denying payment to lawyers for successfully defending their fee applications in bankruptcy cases, attorney Aaron M. Streett of Texas law firm Baker Botts LLP told the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 25 in a case in which...

California Jury Awards $13 Million In Couple’s Asbestos-Tainted Talc Case

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) A California jury on April 28 awarded a couple more than $13 million in a mesothelioma case alleging asbestos exposure from tainted talc. It is the first asbestos-tainted talcum powder verdict against Colgate-Palmolive Co., sources told Mealey Publications ( Judith...

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC: Superior Court of Pennsylvania Strikes Down ‘Any Exposure’ Theory in Asbestos Litigation

By Melissa Tarab The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently issued another decision holding that the purported "any exposure" or "each and every fiber" theory is not sufficient to establish causation in cases alleging exposure to asbestos. In Nelson v. Airco Welders Supply, et...