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Fiber Type Crucial In Defending Asbestos Claims

By William A. Ruskin Asbestos defendants are frequently faced with medical causation testimony from the plaintiff that asserts that, because there is no "safe" level of asbestos exposure, any exposure above some ill-defined "background" level is a substantial contributing factor...

William A. Ruskin: Trademark Licensors As 'Apparent Manufacturers' In Product Liability Cases

By William A. Ruskin Although by no means a "hell hole" jurisdiction, it is difficult for a peripheral asbestos defendant to obtain summary judgment in Bridgeport Superior Court in Connecticut. Once summary judgment is denied, many asbestos defendants with questionable liability will often...

William A. Ruskin: MDL Asbestos Judge Holds Navy Ship Not A 'Product' Under Strict Liability Law

David M. Governo Corey M. Dennis Guest bloggers David M. Governo and Corey M. Dennis are attorneys at Governo Law Firm in Boston, where they focus on the defense of toxic tort, product liability, environmental, and insurance coverage claims. Mr. Governo is the immediate past Chairman of the Toxic...

William A. Ruskin: When Should Data Underlying Scientific Studies Be Discoverable?

By William A. Ruskin There is significant tension between the goals of scientific research and the demands of litigation. For scientific researchers, the amount of time required to respond to discovery takes away valuable time that might be otherwise devoted to research. Injustice and unfairness may...

William A. Ruskin: Applying The Brakes To ‘Take-Home’ Asbestos Claims

By William A. Ruskin The typical “take-home” plaintiff is a bystander such as the child who claims she was exposed to asbestos while playing in the basement where her father’s work clothes covered with asbestos dust were laundered. Across the United States, the battle lines are being...

William A. Ruskin: The New York City Asbestos Litigation Just Became More Complicated

By William A. Ruskin | Pursuant to the Decision and Order of the Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler, dated April 8, 2014, asbestos plaintiffs for the first time since 1996 may seek permission from the New York City trial judges to charge the jury on the issue of punitive damages. Until Judge Heitler’s...