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Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Asks Massachusetts Court If Statute Of Repose Applies To Asbestos Cases

BOSTON - A federal judge on May 14 filed a certified question to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, asking whether the state's six-year statute of repose applies to an asbestos case, creating absolute immunity for a turbine generator manufacturer (June Stearns, et al. v. Metropolitan Life...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Maryland Court Orders New Trial In $5M Asbestos Friction-Products Case

BALTIMORE - An illogical $5 million asbestos verdict finding defendants liable for negligently failing to warn but not the lower standard of strict liability failure to warn likely arose from jury instruction error and warrants a new trial, a Maryland appeals court held May 11 (Mack Trucks Inc., et al...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Wisconsin Court: No Interplay Between Asset Law, Asbestos Successor Liability

WAUSAU, Wis. - A Wisconsin statute governing fraudulent transfer of assets does not alter the fraudulent transfer exception analysis to the general rule against successor liability, a majority of the state's Supreme Court held May 15 (Penny L. Springer v. Nohl Electric Products Corp., et al., No...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - New York Justice Finds Similar Asbestos Products Insufficient For Joint Trial

NEW YORK - Similar types of products at the heart of two men's asbestos exposures are not enough to overcome different vectors of exposure and diseases, a New York justice held in denying consolidated trial in an opinion posted May 15 (Joseph Montebianco, et al. v. A.O. Smith Corp., et al., No. 190185...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Widower Petitions Florida Supreme Court Over Dismissed Engle Progeny Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - In a May 14 jurisdictional brief, an appellant tells the Florida Supreme Court that he was erroneously denied an opportunity to file an amended complaint against two tobacco companies after the trial court deemed the case a legal nullity, upon learning that the original named plaintiff...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - With No Error On Expert Ruling, Summary Judgment Appropriate, 11th Circuit Holds

ATLANTA - A Florida federal court did not abuse its discretion in excluding an expert's opinion that pollution from a fertilizer factory caused or worsened a woman's pulmonary diseases, and then awarding the factory judgment for lack of expert causation evidence, because the court correctly found...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - NL Industries Agrees To $60M Settlement Of California Lead Paint Litigation

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Former lead paint manufacturer NL Industries Inc. has agreed to pay $60.18 million to 11 California counties and municipalities for lead paint remediation, according to a May 16 press release from Santa Clara County (County of Santa Clara, et al. v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Washington High Court Majority Finds Emails Between County, Department Privileged

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A 7-2 Washington Supreme Court on May 17 found that emails between a county and the Washington Department of Ecology were protected from disclosure under the Public Records Act (PRA) because they were work product and because the sharing of the information between the parties did not...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Johnson & Johnson Loses Bid To Keep Asbestos-Talc Case In Federal Court

NEW ORLEANS - Technical deficiencies in a complaint are not evidence of improper joinder, and a woman will need discovery to flesh out her claims against a retailer she claims sold asbestos-tainted talc, a federal judge in Louisiana held in finding joinder proper and remanding the case on May 17 (Marilyn...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Evidence Lacking Against Asbestos-Talc Defendant, California Court Says

LOS ANGELES - Factually devoid discovery responses and questionable chain of custody over allegedly asbestos-tainted talc samples sinks a man's case, a California appeals court affirmed May 16 (John Wittman v. Coty Inc., No. B286135, Calif. App., 2nd Dist.).

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - New York Appeals Court Affirms Summary Judgment Denial In Lead Case

NEW YORK - A New York state appeals court on May 15 affirmed a trial court's denial of summary judgment in a lead exposure lawsuit, saying the record demonstrates that lead abatement did not begin until after the plaintiff was diagnosed with high blood-lead levels (Christopher Brown v. Wendy Webb...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Florida Judge Will Allow Punitive Damages Claim Against Tobacco Companies

MIAMI - In a May 15 order, a Florida state court judge granted a plaintiff leave to amend his Engle progeny complaint in order to add a claim for punitive damages against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc., rejecting the tobacco companies' assertion that such an amendment would...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - $8 Million Award Against R.J. Reynolds Upheld By Florida Appeals Court

LAKELAND, Fla. - In a May 18 per curiam ruling, the Second District Florida Court of Appeal left intact an $8 million award rendered by jurors in May 2016 on behalf of the family of a deceased smoker, just over one week after hearing oral arguments in the Engle progeny case (James C. McCabe v. R.J. Reynolds...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - City Says Groundwater Case Against 3M Is Not Barred By Statute Of Limitations

BOSTON - The city of Westfield, Mass., on May 18 filed a brief in Massachusetts federal court contending that a motion to dismiss filed by 3M Co. and other companies related to groundwater contamination from the manufacture and use of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) should be rejected because the claim...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - U.S. Supreme Court Refuses ToHear Tainted Groundwater Case Against U.S. Army

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on May 21 refused to hear an appeal of a groundwater contamination lawsuit brought by a group of residents who contended that a lower court erred when it held that the U.S. Army's waste disposal and remediation practices at Fort Detrick fall squarely within...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - 5th Circuit Panel Upholds Ruling Finding Claimants' Submissions Untimely

NEW ORLEANS - A Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on May 21 upheld a federal judge in Louisiana's ruling finding that the failure to submit claim forms along with the required documentation to obtain compensation from the Deepwater Horizon Court Supervised Settlement Program (CSSP) rendered...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Federal Appeals Court Finds EPA Erred When Adding Site To Superfund List

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal appeals court panel in the District of Columbia on May 18 vacated a ruling by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that placed an Indianapolis site on the National Priorities List (NPL) after finding that the agency ignored evidence and erroneously determined that two...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Panel Says Lower Court Misapplied Rules When Barring Contamination Evidence

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah appeals court panel on May 17 overturned two rulings by a lower court judge that excluded evidence and testimony about what materials are subject to cleanup as part of a city's sale of a parcel of land to a developer, holding that the trial court judge misapplied an earlier...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Contacts In Illinois Don't Create Jurisdiction In Asbestos Case, Court Says

CHICAGO - The absence of evidence of General Electric Co.'s asbestos-containing products in Illinois defeats specific personal jurisdiction, and the company's contacts with the state are not large enough to create general personal jurisdiction, a state appeals court held May 18 while declining...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Injuries From Exploding Vaping Device Lead New Jersey Man To File Suit

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Asserting violations of the New Jersey Product Liability Act (NJPLA), negligence and other torts, a New Jersey man who suffered burns when his vaping device exploded in the pockets of his pants filed suit in the Middlesex County Superior Court on May 18 (Jesse Kelly, Jr. v. I South...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - California Federal Jury Rules In Favor Of Chemical Company In Groundwater Case

LOS ANGELES - A federal jury in California on May 17 issued a take-nothing judgment in favor of a chemical company that had been sued by the city of Pomona, Calif., which alleged that the company was liable for contaminating the city's drinking water with perchlorate (Pomona v. SQM North America...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge Find Contacts From 1973 Keep Ship Owner In Louisiana Asbestos Litigation

NEW ORLEANS - A company's shell-dredging operations in Louisiana in 1973 keep a company in an asbestos action, a federal judge held May 18 in declining to impose a temporal limitation to the specific jurisdiction analysis (Robert Schindler v. Dravo Basic Materials Company Inc., No. 17-013013, E.D...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Shipyard Appeals Another Remanded Negligence Asbestos Case To 5th Circuit

NEW ORLEANS - A shipyard on May 21 filed a notice of appeal in yet another case in which a judge remanded an asbestos action after finding allegations of negligent failure to warn about the presence of asbestos outside the federal officer removal statute (James A. Latiolais v. Huntington Ingalls Inc...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Judge: Some Claims Against Chemical Companies Valid In Groundwater Case

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on May 21 ruled that a group of Pennsylvania residents had a valid negligence claim against the makers of aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) related to groundwater contamination, but the judge said the plaintiffs did not sufficiently plead property damage...

Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Widow Wants Ruling That Nonmalignancy Settlement Bars Lung Cancer Case Reviewed

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A widow on May 18 asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review whether her husband's settlement involving Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) nonmalignant pulmonary disease claims can bar her subsequent action alleging he contracted and died of lung cancer, after both...