PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) – The “every exposure” theory used often in asbestos litigation was rejected in Pennsylvania in 2012 and has been the subject of several appeals within the last year. Now, two defense attorneys concerned with the application of opinions rejecting the theory have shed some light on the complicated matter.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A mass tort attorney and blogger says a federal judge’s ruling in favor of Legal Newsline should help bring much-needed transparency to asbestos and other mass tort bankruptcy cases.
DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – In honor of Children’s Health Month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Texas Department of State Health Services a $124,741 grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools.
ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – A Texas defense attorney recently said that as asbestos litigation changes, the laws governing legal causation must also change – and the recent Bostic decision from the Texas Supreme Court is a prime example of that change despite the fact that it is not having a nationwide impact yet.
PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who oversees an asbestos multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia federal court, has decided that punitive damages awards are permitted in the maritime docket as a matter of law to seamen bringing unseaworthiness asbestos claims against shipowners.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly one year after Legal Newsline filed a motion to keep the bankruptcy estimation trial of Garlock Sealing Technologies open to the public, a federal judge has ruled that evidence that alleged fraud on the part of asbestos attorneys should not have been sealed.
AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) – The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that an asbestos claimant failed to offer legally sufficient causation evidence, denying the “every exposure” theory on the grounds that simply offering evidence of exposure regarding a dose-related disease should not imply automatic liability.
NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A federal appeals court has affirmed a bankrupt company’s request for summary judgment, arguing the asbestos claim filed against Placid Oil Company was discharged as claimants were given sufficient notice of the 1987 bar date.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – In an article for the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, former Delaware Superior Court Judge Peggy L. Ableman discussed the difficulties in her experiences accounting for bankruptcy trust recoveries in asbestos lawsuits due to lack of transparency and abusive practices.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Friday that asbestos attorneys have been withholding evidence while pursuing claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies and has ordered the company’s bankruptcy trust to be much smaller than the $1 billion-plus figure for which the attorneys argued.