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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 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 claims "was infected by the manipulation of exposure evidence by plaintiffs and their lawyers," a North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge ruled Jan. 10 (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

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