• New Coordinating Judges Assigned to Asbestos Cases in Middlesex County (NJ) and Northampton County (PA)
  • May 6, 2014 | Authors: Arthur D. Bromberg; Paul C. Johnson
  • Law Firms: Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. - Roseland Office ; Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. - Cherry Hill Office
  • The Northampton County court in Easton, PA and the Middlesex County court in New Brunswick, NJ recently appointed new coordinating judges to supervise the asbestos programs in their courts.

    In Middlesex County, the New Jersey Judiciary appointed the Honorable Ana C. Viscomi, JSC as the dedicated trial judge for all asbestos litigation in New Jersey, replacing the Honorable Vincent J. LeBlon, JSC, who held this position since September 2012. It is anticipated that Judge Viscomi will eventually attempt to revise some of the procedural aspects of case management and trial of asbestos lawsuits as she moves forward in this position. Judge Viscomi will likely seek out comment from the asbestos bar, and our office will be poised to offer suggestions and recommendations on these important matters on behalf of our clients.

    In Northampton County, Judge Anthony Beltrami will assume asbestos program responsibilities. Until very recently, the asbestos program was administered by the Honorable Edward Smith, with the assistance of docket manager Joseph Corpora, Esquire. Judge Smith was appointed to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Although no formal transition plans have been set forth, Judge Betrami will take over the program in the very near future. Judge Betrami began his legal career as a law clerk to President Judge Robert Freedberg and then established his own civil litigation practice. Judge Betrami also served as an Assistant Public Defender (1994-1996) and an Assistant District Attorney (1996-1999).