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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...

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...

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...

A Third Wave In Asbestos Liabilities Lies Ahead: Actuarial Models Are Systematically Underestimating Exposures

By Bill Wilt and Alan Zimmermann | [Editor's Note: Bill Wilt, President of Assured Research, has had diverse roles in insurance including actuary, research analyst, and corporate development executive. Since founding Assured Research in 2011 the firm has focused on providing actionable research...

N.J. Judge Awards $90.5M In Asbestos-Related Damages After Default In 11 Cases Against International Companies

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — (Mealey’s) A New Jersey judge on July 2 awarded $90.5 million in asbestos-related damages against Eternit successors Anova Holding AG and Becon AG after awarding default judgments against the international companies, sources told Mealey Publications ( Tuturice v. Anova...

Duane Morris LLP: Pa. Superior Court Confirms Statutory Right of Repose for Improvements to Real Estate in Asbestos Cases

The Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed a jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs in an asbestos mesothelioma case, finding that the 12-year statute of repose bars all claims related to improvements constructed on real estate brought beyond the statutory period pursuant to 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. §...

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...

Jury Hears Opening Arguments Involving Asbestos Hazards, Product Identification (Watch The Video Excerpts Of Opening Arguments)

MIAMI - (Mealey's) Parties in a Florida asbestos trial on Aug. 4 sparred over whether a company continued to produce asbestos-containing joint compound despite known risks and how well a man could identify the product in question ( Roy Taylor v. Georgia-Pacific LLC and Union Carbide Corp. , No. 2014...

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC: Interplay of the Washington Industrial Insurance Act and Asbestos Exposure Claims

By Melissa Tarab Although the Washington Industrial Insurance Act (WIIA) often provides the exclusive remedy for employees' tort claims against employers, there are exceptions. Attorneys filing asbestos personal injury claims have found creative ways to try to use those exceptions to their clients'...

Maryland Top Court Finds Duty To Warn About Replacement Asbestos Parts

BALTIMORE — (Mealey’s) Manufacturers can be held liable for failure-to-warn under negligent and strict liability theories for parts the manufacturer reasonably knew would need replaced with asbestos-containing versions, Maryland’s top court held Dec. 18 ( Ruth Belche May, et al. v....