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Trial lawyers are paying millions to a handful of experts necessary to push their talc cases

By Dan Fisher | Feb 26, 2019

A small group of highly paid experts, one of whom recently testified his firm has made $30 million offering mostly pro-plaintiff testimony, are the key ingredient for more than 10,000 lawsuits claiming talcum powder is laced with deadly asbestos, forming the tip of an inverted pyramid upon which the rest of the cases depend.

Chevron USA hit with asbestos suit, Provost Umphrey representing plaintiffs

By David Yates | Feb 21, 2019

BEAUMONT – The family of Jimmy Thomas Jr. have filed an asbestos suit against Chevron USA.

Jeffrey Simon gratified by 'opportunity to help people who deserve help and really need it'

By Karen Kidd | Jan 28, 2019

DALLAS – A Dallas-based attorney who has been a trial lawyer about 25 years had no difficulty during a recent interview naming his proudest achievement as an attorney.

Justices backtrack in asbestos suit against Jefferson County, substitute previous opinion

By David Yates | Jan 2, 2019

HOUSTON – In August, a Texas appellate court found a Jefferson County judge, who retired in the mid ‘90s and died from mesothelioma nearly a decade later, was required to give six months notice after retiring before an asbestos lawsuit could be filed against the county.

Dozens of companies named in asbestos suit, Provost Umphrey representing plaintiff

By David Yates | Dec 12, 2018

BEAUMONT – A recently filed asbestos lawsuit is seeking exemplary damages against dozens of companies.

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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Calif. woman blames husband's mesothelioma death on childhood asbestos exposure

By John Suayan | Nov 30, 2018

HOUSTON – A California woman is suing an industrial aluminum company following the death of her husband from a rare and aggressive cancer, recent Houston federal court records show.

Lawsuit: couple attributes husband's 'malignant' mesothelioma diagnosis to asbestos exposure

By John Suayan | Nov 8, 2018

HOUSTON – Robert E. Shuttlesworth of the law firm Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. in Houston has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple who alleges that the husband was recently diagnosed with “malignant” mesothelioma.

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A bale of hay and a block of cheese: How Mark Lanier won the $4.7 billion talcum powder verdict

By Dan Fisher | Oct 4, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - Partway through a trial over allegedly asbestos-tainted baby powder that ended with a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis earlier this year, attorney Mark Lanier whipped a knife from out of his pocket and held it over a large block of yellow cheese.

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Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

Insurers ask court not to toss suit against Shrader & Associates over asbestos suit fees

By Karen Kidd | Aug 27, 2018

GALVESTON – Three private health insurance companies have asked a federal judge to deny a Houston-based law firm's motion to dismiss the companies' lawsuit over allegations the firm didn't pay its share in asbestos litigation settlement funds.

Asbestos suit faults Chevron, Exxon and nine others for man’s asbestos exposure

By David Yates | Aug 20, 2018

BEAUMONT – Nearly a dozen corporations have been named in a recently filed asbestos lawsuit.

Texas justices keep Russell Budd’s testimony on asbestos memo sealed

By David Yates | Aug 14, 2018

HOUSTON – A Texas appellate court has opted to keep a deposition offered by one of the state’s most renowned asbestos attorneys on the infamous “Terrell memo” sealed away from the public.

Texaco, dozen other companies hit with asbestos lawsuit

By David Yates | Aug 7, 2018

BEAUMONT – More than a dozen companies have been hit with a recently filed asbestos lawsuit.

Man alleges exposure to asbestos in products manufactured by Bechtel, others caused cancer

By Kristine Gonzales-Abella | Aug 2, 2018

BEAUMONT – A former sheet metal worker alleges asbestos exposure during his employment caused him to develop cancer and breathing issues.

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