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HTMLNew Jersey Trial Court Grants Summary Judgment in Accutane Mass Tort Cases
James J. Ferrelli; Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 14, 2015, previously published on April 8, 2015
In an opinion issued on April 2, 2015, the Honorable Nelson C. Johnson, JSC, granted the motion of defendants Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc. and Roche Laboratories, Inc. for summary judgment in the In re Accutane Multicounty (mass tort) Litigation (MCL) on the grounds that the defendants' post-April 2002...


HTMLJacob Grouser Argues Ross v. State Farm Fire & Casualty, et al.in New Jersey Supreme Court
Jacob S. Grouser; Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas;
Legal Alert/Article
April 9, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015
On March 17, 2015, the Supreme Court of New Jersey will hear oral argument from Jacob Grouser, Partner in the Environmental & Toxic Tort Department, in the matter of Ross v. State Farm Fire & Casualty, et al. The Court granted Certification to review whether Plaintiffs have a viable...


HTMLA Characterization Study, not an Exposure Study
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 3, 2015
Mark Twain noted that there are "Lies, damned lies and statistics." In the world of asbestos and mesothelioma studies, there are lots of statistics. The risk posed by asbestos exposure is terrifically difficult to gauge, because there is no known safe exposure level to asbestos fibers,...


HTMLResearchers Study Global Mesothelioma Epidemic
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 11, 2015
In a 2014 study, the Italian League Against Cancer set out to determine the trend of mesothelioma incidences around the world. Researchers compiled and studied recent data from several countries, and determined that the disease is likely to become more common as time goes on.


HTMLDo You Have Any Doubt Who Will Really Pay?
Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 10, 2015
Doubt is an interesting thing. For decades, the tobacco industry was able to sell, unmolested, a product that kills people. But because it does not do it instantly, it is possible to raise doubt as to the exact causation.


HTMLNew California Bill Would Raise Minimum Legal Smoking Age to 21
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 12, 2015
A new bill proposed by Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has recently been introduced to the California State Senate, proposing to raise the legal smoking age to 21. Currently, smokers need to be 18 in order to purchase and consume tobacco products, but this law has failed to keep minors' use of...


HTMLFormer Executives to Pay $1.8 Million in Asbestos Case
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 6, 2015, previously published on March 4, 2015
It is not uncommon to hear about individuals hiring unlicensed professionals to remove asbestos from older buildings. Contractors and project managers overlook serious violations, every day. But it is unusual to hear about unlicensed high school students removing asbestos.


HTMLPennsylvania Superior Court Reverses $14.5 Million Asbestos Verdict Based on Improper Admission of Expert Testimony
Kathleen D. Wilkinson; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 31, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015
An en banc session of the Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated a $14.5 million asbestos verdict in a mesothelioma case and remanded the case to the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia for a new trial, affirming the decision of a three-judge Superior Court panel in Nelson v. Airco Welders Supply,...


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.


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...


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