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3rd Circuit Rejects Garlock’s Appeal Of Grace’s Plan For Lack Of Injury, Standing

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies Inc. does not have standing to object to fellow debtor W.R. Grace & Co.’s confirmed plan of reorganization because Garlock cannot show that it will be harmed by the plan, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals...

Expert’s ‘Each Exposure’ Testimony Not Novel, Maryland Top Court Says

BALTIMORE — (Mealey’s) Expert testimony that each exposure to chrysotile asbestos increased a woman’s risk of mesothelioma is not a novel scientific theory given the levels of exposure at issue, Maryland’s top court held July 25 ( Bernard Dixon, et al. v. Ford Motor Co. , No....

William A. Ruskin: When Should Data Underlying Scientific Studies Be Discoverable?

By William A. Ruskin There is significant tension between the goals of scientific research and the demands of litigation. For scientific researchers, the amount of time required to respond to discovery takes away valuable time that might be otherwise devoted to research. Injustice and unfairness may...

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...

Asbestos Litigation, Attorney Advertising & Bankruptcy Trusts: The Economic Incentives Behind The New Recruitment Of Lung Cancer Cases

By Marc C. Scarcella, Peter R. Kelso, and Joseph Cagnoli, Jr. [Editor's Note: Marc C. Scarcella and Peter R. Kelso, Managers at the Washington, D.C., office of Bates White Economic Consulting. Joseph Cagnoli, Jr., Shareholder in the Philadelphia office of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Asbestos Suits Against Employers Now Permitted In Pennsylvania In Some Situations

By James J. A. Mulhall | The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Western Division, issued an extremely important decision on November 22, 2013 in the Tooey and Landis holding [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The consolidated appeals involved asbestos lawsuits against employers when...

Duane Morris LLP: FACT Act Promises Transparency In Bankruptcy Trust Claims And Payments For Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos defendants are one step closer to greater transparency regarding the often illusive bankruptcy trust claims and payments. On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 982, the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act by a 221-199 vote. FACT would amend...

Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts: A 2013 Overview Of Trust Assets, Compensation & Governance

By Marc C. Scarcella and Peter R. Kelso [Editor's Note: Marc C. Scarcella and Peter R. Kelso, Managers at the Washington, DC office of Bates White Economic Consulting. The views of the authors do not reflect the opinions of their firm, their clients, or Mealey's Publications. © 2013 by...

Garlock Sues Law Firms, Alleging Fraud Over Asbestos Claims

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — (Mealey’s) Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC filed four adversary complaints Jan. 9 in a North Carolina federal bankruptcy court against several law firms and attorneys, alleging conspiracy, fraud and violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Common Law Claims Against Employers Allowed For Latent Occupational Diseases

By Richard I. Nemeroff and R. Scott Marshall [Editor's Note: Mr. Nemeroff is the principal of The Nemeroff Law Firm, P.C., with offices in Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Pittsburgh, PA, and New Orleans, LA and focuses his firm's practice on asbestos, pharmaceutical and catastrophic personal injury...

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —(Mealey’s) 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...

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...

NYC Asbestos Litigation 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 today. The justice also...

William A. Ruskin: The New York City Asbestos Litigation Just Became More Complicated

By William A. Ruskin | Pursuant to the Decision and Order of the Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler, dated April 8, 2014, asbestos plaintiffs for the first time since 1996 may seek permission from the New York City trial judges to charge the jury on the issue of punitive damages. Until Judge Heitler’s...

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...

Supreme Court To Decide If Bankruptcy Lawyers Can Get Fees For Pursuing Bonus Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 2 agreed to decide whether the U.S. Bankruptcy Code gives bankruptcy courts discretion to award lawyers their fees for successfully defending applications for enhanced attorney fees ( Baker Botts, LLP, et al. v. ASARCO, LLC , No...

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...

Supreme Court: Bankruptcy Lawyers Not Entitled To Fees For Defending Fee Requests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not allow bankruptcy courts to award fees to attorneys for successfully defending their fee applications, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 15 in a 6-3 decision, affirming a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling denying a $5...

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....