Mealey's PI/Product Liability - NYCAL Justice Ends Deferral Of Punitive Damages, Keeps CMO Intact

NEW YORK - Continued deferral of punitive damages in New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unfairly prejudices plaintiffs, and fears of runaway verdicts bankrupting defendants appear overblown in light of the standard necessary for such awards, a New York justice held April 8. The justice also denied a cross-motion by various defendants seeking to withdraw from the case management orders (In re: New York City Asbestos Litigation, Nos. 190293/11, 190311/11, 190294/11, 190262/11, 190215/11, 190299/11, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

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