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    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Senate Committee Hears Testimony On Asbestos Trust Bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 3 heard testimony from lawyers, a former judge and the wife a former congressman who died of mesothelioma during hearings on legislation addressing the need for transparency in asbestos trusts.

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - John Crane Levels Its Own Fraud, RICO Claims Against Law Firms, Attorneys

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Frequent asbestos personal injury defendant John Crane Inc. on Jan. 25 sought permission in North Carolina federal court to intervene in two fraud and racketeering cases filed by Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC against plaintiff law firms and attorneys in order to pursue its own fraud claims against the firms (Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, et al. v. Shein Law Center, Ltd., et al., No. 14-137, Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, et al. v. Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, APLC, et al., No. 14-116, W.D. N.C.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Court Approves Up To $9 Million Payment To Reorganized ASARCO

    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Texas federal bankruptcy judge on Jan. 19 approved a request by the administrator for the plan of reorganization of reorganized ASARCO LLC to return up to $9 million in unused bankruptcy funding to the company (In re: ASARCO LLC, No. 05-21207, S.D. Texas Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Budd Claimants' Committee Moving Claims Objections To District Court

    CHICAGO - The asbestos claimants' committee in the Chapter 11 case of The Budd Co. Inc. on Jan. 19 asked an Illinois federal bankruptcy judge to delay the deadline to respond to the debtor's latest objections to hundreds of asbestos personal injury claims in order to give a district court time to rule on the committee's bid to have the dispute decided in that venue (In re: The Budd Company, Inc., No. 14-11873, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Court Ends Chapter 11 Case Of Flintkote Affiliate

    WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on Jan. 19 closed the Chapter 11 case of The Flintkote Co.'s Canadian affiliate, which has merged into Flintkote as part of the companies' reorganization and no longer operates its business (In re: The Flintkote Co., No. 04-11300, D. Del. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Bankruptcy Judge Approves Reichhold Holdings' Plan Of Liquidation

    WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on Jan. 13 approved a plan of liquidation for Chapter 11 debtor Reichhold Holdings US Inc. under which asbestos personal injury claimants will have to pursue their claims against a liquidating trust and the debtor's insurance carriers (In re: Reichhold Holdings US, Inc., et al., No. 14-12237, D. Del. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Garlock's Plan Confirmation Hearing Delayed 2 Months

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The confirmation hearing for the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC has been pushed back two months, according to an amended case management order filed Jan. 13 in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, et al., No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Unmanifested Asbestos Claims Subject Of Appeals In Energy Future Case

    WILMINGTON, Del. - Three people who were exposed to asbestos but do not yet have an asbestos-related disease on Jan. 12 asked a Delaware federal court to decide on appeal whether a bankruptcy judge erred in rejecting their request to certify a class of similar claimants in the Chapter 11 case of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) (In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., No. 15-1218, D. Del.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - New York Justice Allows Subpoena Of Mealey's Author Over Asbestos Commentary

    NEW YORK - Saying that the defendants' reliance on a commentary demonstrates its relevance, a New York justice on Jan. 12 declined to quash the deposition of the author (In re: New York City Asbestos Litigation, All Weitz & Luxenberg Asbestos Cases, No. 040000/88, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - House Passes Bill Modifying Class Action Standards, Bankruptcy Trust Disclosures

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 8 passed legislation its supporters claim will reduce fraud in the asbestos bankruptcy trust system and help ensure that federal class actions lawsuits enrich only truly injured individuals.

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Pittsburgh Corning, Insurers Agree To Drop Appeals In 3rd Circuit

    PHILADELPHIA - The last challenge to the bankruptcy reorganization of glass and insulation maker Pittsburgh Corning Corp. (PCC) ended Jan. 7 when the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals dismissed appeals of two insurers after the insurers told the court they had "resolved certain claims" with one of the debtor's parent companies (Mt. McKinley Insurance Company, et al. v. Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, Nos. 15-2954, 14-4329, 3rd Cir.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Garlock's Bid For Asbestos Claimant Information Granted In Part

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A North Carolina federal bankruptcy on Dec. 31 partly granted a request by three asbestos plaintiffs' law firms for a protective order quashing subpoenas from Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC seeking claimant information to support Garlock's case in its plan of reorganization confirmation proceeding (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, et al., No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - California Federal Judge Adds Flintkote Trust As Party In Arbitration Dispute

    SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Dec. 21 added the asbestos trust created by the Chapter 11 reorganization of The Flintkote Co. as a plaintiff and two insurers as defendants in Flintkote's declaratory judgment action seeking to compel an insurer to enter into arbitration to determine the insurer's responsibility under an agreement with Flintkote to pay insurance proceeds for underlying asbestos claims (The Flintkote Company v. Aviva PLC, No. 15-cv-01638, N.D. Calif.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 170383).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Garlock, FCR, Committee Duel In Summary Judgment Motions On Reorganization Plan

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC's attempts to resolve its asbestos liabilities without using Section 524(g) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and to have the future claimants' representative (FCR) vote on its reorganization plan would amount to unprecedented relief that cannot be granted on summary judgment, the asbestos claimants' committee says in a Dec. 18 opposition brief filed in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Class Certification Denied For Energy Future Holdings' Future Asbestos Claimants

    WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on Dec. 16 rejected a request by three people who were exposed to asbestos but do not yet have an asbestos-related disease to represent a class of similar claimants in the Chapter 11 case of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) (In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., No. 14-10979, D. Del. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - 3rd Circuit Should Affirm Ruling Against Insurers, Pittsburgh Corning Argues

    PHILADELPHIA - Chapter 11 debtor Pittsburgh Corning Corp. on Dec. 14 urged the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reject an appeal of a plan of reorganization ruling filed by two insurance companies, saying asbestos claimants have waited long enough to receive compensation for their injuries from the debtor's asbestos trust (Mt. McKinley Insurance Company, et al. v. Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, Nos. 15-2954, 14-4329, 3rd Cir.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Garlock, Committee Agree On Percentage To Figure Non-Mesothelioma Liability

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC and the Official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants agree on one issue in their heated battle over Garlock's $500 million plan of reorganization - that the debtor's liability for non-mesothelioma asbestos claims is estimated at 17.65 percent of its aggregate liability for mesothelioma claims, according to a stipulation and order signed Dec. 8 by a North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Federal Judge Affirms Order Requiring Debtors To Surrender Property

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Nov. 23 affirmed a bankruptcy court's decision in favor of a bank, ordering the debtors to surrender the property pursuant to a statement of intention (David A. Failla, et al. v. Citibank N.A., et al., No. 15-80328, S.D. Fla.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157832).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - New York Justice Wants More From Plaintiffs Subpoenaing Commentary Author

    NEW YORK - The justice overseeing New York asbestos litigation issued an order to show cause Nov. 16 about why he should not quash a subpoena seeking to depose the author of a legal commentary published in Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy Report (In re: New York City Asbestos Litigation, All Weitz & Luxenberg Asbestos Cases, No. 040000/88, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Garlock Disputes Fee Request Of Adviser For Asbestos Committee

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The latest request for compensation by the financial adviser for the asbestos claimants' committee in the Chapter 11 case of Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC should be reduced by more than $104,000 because some of the adviser's work was not needed or duplicates work that was already done, Garlock contends in a Nov. 16 objection to the adviser's request for payment filed in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, et al., No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Asbestos Plaintiffs Say Amicus Brief From Grace Trust Should Be Rejected

    WILMINGTON, Del. - The W.R. Grace & Co. asbestos trust should not be allowed to file an amicus curiae brief in an adversary case to determine whether asbestos personal injury lawsuits brought against former insurers of Grace in Montana state courts violate Grace's Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, the state court plaintiffs argue in a Nov. 17 objection filed in Delaware federal bankruptcy court (Continental Casualty Company, et al. v. Jeremy B. Carr, et al., No. 15-50766, D. Del. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Law Firm Counterattacks, Says Garlock Lied About Dangers Of Its Products

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Dallas-based asbestos plaintiffs' law firm accused by Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC of scheming to fraudulently induce Garlock into settling tort system cases denied the allegations and leveled its own fraud and racketeering charges against Garlock, saying in a Nov. 16 answer and counterclaim filed in North Carolina federal court that the debtor schemed with an affiliate to withhold evidence of the dangers of Garlock's products to reduce verdict and settlement amounts (Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, et al. v. Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, APLC, et al., No. 14-116, W.D. N.C.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Judge Orders Nonprofit Mutual Health Insurance Company Into Rehabilitation

    MASON, Mich. - A Michigan judge on Nov. 13 ordered a nonprofit mutual health insurance company with insufficient reserves into rehabilitation (Patrick McPharlin, Director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Services v. Consumers Mutual Insurance of Michigan, No. 15-948-CR, Mich. Cir., Ingham Co.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Johns-Manville Trust: Attorney's Bid For Sanctions Flawed, Unsound

    NEW YORK - A request by an asbestos personal injury attorney to impose sanctions against two attorneys representing an asbestos trust that filed a declaratory judgment action against him should be rejected and the trust should be awarded attorney fees because the request "amounts to a procedurally improper exercise in vituperation, made without legal or factual support," the trust says in a Nov. 12 opposition brief filed in New York federal bankruptcy court (In re Johns-Manville Corporation, et al., No. 82-11656 [Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust v. Michael J. Mandelbrot and The Mandelbrot Law Firm, No. 15-01296], S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

    Mealey's Bankruptcy - Punitive Damages Partially Allowed Against New GM In Ignition Switch Case

    NEW YORK -