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HTMLKey NYCAL Asbestos Rulings Following $190 Million Verdict. What Does It Mean?
Paul S. Haberman, Andrew J. Scholz; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 24, 2015, previously published on February 17, 2015
On February 5, 2015, New York County Supreme Court Justice Joan A. Madden issued a post-trial decision involving an asbestos consolidated trial that resulted in a $190 million plaintiffs’ verdict for five mesothelioma plaintiffs.

 

HTMLIllegal Asbestos Removal Procedures in Tennessee Place Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on February 23, 2015
Those responsible for exposing salvage workers to old asbestos materials at the former Liberty Fibers Plant in Hamblen County, Tennessee have been sentenced. As a result of the workers’ exposure to the toxic substance, experts testified in federal court, the men are at an increased risk of...

 

HTMLAsbestos Companies’ Secrecy Offers Food for Thought
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on February 11, 2015
The asbestos industry’s continuing deceit and secrecy recently formed the topic for one of our favorite blogs, the Pop Tort. Entitled “Asbestos, Yum!” the blog entry began with the sad but true story of the Johns-Manville company, which back in 1933 reached a settlement agreement...

 

HTMLFamily of 66-Year-Old Paper Mill Worker Receives $3.96 Million Asbestos Verdict
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on December 22, 2014
The defendants did little to dispute evidence that the hazards of working with asbestos were well known.

 

HTMLF.A.C.T. or Fiction: Can Congress Create Transparency in Asbestos Trusts?
David P. Franklin; HeplerBroom LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on January 26, 2015
Thirty-six billion dollars. That’s the value of assets in all asbestos-related bankruptcy trusts, according to the United States Government Accountability Office (and that’s 2011 numbers!).[1] With so much money sitting idly by, as the old adage goes, the money is talking. When money...

 

HTMLAsbestos Companies’ Self-Interest Still Transparent
Waters Kraus LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 23, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
The same asbestos companies that have played a role in killing 3,000 Americans each year with the deadly cancer, mesothelioma, have been busy lobbying the new Congress to pass a law that would invade the privacy of those cancer victims and their families. The name of this proposed legislation is...

 

HTMLChicago Federal Court Bars Expert Testimony Espousing the “Any Exposure” Theory 
Karen E. Bettcher, Anthony M. Goldner; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2015, previously published on January 12, 2015
On December 22, 2014, in a pre-trial ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in Krik v. Crane Co., et al., No. 1:10-cv-07435 (N.D. Ill. December 22, 2014) barred perennial plaintiff’s expert Dr. Arthur Frank and other experts for the plaintiff from providing...

 

HTMLSchism Between Groups of Asbestos Claimants Following $358 Million Garlock Settlement
Helen A. Franzese, Rebecca Haworth; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 11, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015
In a $358 million dollar agreement, which has drawn nationwide attention from insurers and other companies with asbestos liabilities, Garlock Sealing Technologies has agreed to settle all asbestos claims against the company. This agreement was made possible largely because of evidence that lawyers...

 

HTMLToll Free: First Circuit’s Decision Potentially Leaves Thousands of Asbestos Claimants Without Remedy Due to Expiration of Statute of Limitations
Joanna M. Roberto, Alex J. Yastrow; Goldberg Segalla LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 11, 2015, previously published on February 24, 2015
In Lydon v. T& N Ltd., 2015 WL 544970 (1st Cir. 2015), the First Circuit found in favor of T&N Limited, an asbestos manufacturer, effectively denying thousands of asbestos-related claims. Once T&N became aware that its product exposed it to significant liability due to its propensity to cause...

 

HTMLBare with Me: The Effect of Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc. on Equipment Defendants in Asbestos Litigation in Pennsylvania
Joshua D. Scheets; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 10, 2015, previously published on March 1, 2015
Pump and valve manufacturers are often sued in asbestos cases for injuries allegedly resulting from plaintiffs changing packing and gaskets in and on respective equipment. Typically, the plaintiff encounters a pump or valve that has been in service for years and has had the originally supplied...

 


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