Rachel Reynolds

Rachel Reynolds

Sedgwick LLP

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Washington Supreme Court Ratifies Employer Immunity for Asbestos Exposure

The Washington Supreme Court recently affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer defending an asbestos lawsuit brought by a former employee. In Walston v. Boeing Co., No. 88511-7 (September 18, 2014), the Supreme...more

10/13/2014 - Asbestos Asbestos Litigation Popular

Outside the Scope? New York Court of Appeals Limits the Disclosure of Medical Reports in Childhood Lead Poisoning Cases

The New York Court of Appeals recently reversed the trial court’s order requiring plaintiffs in lead poisoning cases to produce detailed medical reports chronicling each alleged injury and causally connecting those injuries...more

8/4/2014 - Bodily Injury Disclosure

Garlock Court Grants Access to Sealed Documents Demonstrating a Widespread Pattern of Manipulation of Exposure Evidence

Ford Motor Company recently obtained access to previously sealed testimony and exhibits that formed the basis for a bankruptcy court’s January 10, 2014 Order finding a widespread pattern of demonstrable misrepresentation by...more

6/10/2014 - Asbestos Asbestos Litigation Commercial Bankruptcy Evidence Evidence Suppression Ford Motor

It’s a Matter of Trust: The Garlock Decision as an Impetus for Increased Transparency Legislation in the Asbestos Trust Arena

On January 10, 2014, a bankruptcy court judge considered the estimated asbestos liability for Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC (Garlock), ultimately determining that liability to be $125 million, a fraction of its previously...more

3/3/2014 - Asbestos Asbestos Litigation Asbestos Trust Claims Commercial Bankruptcy Settlement

Dissolved Corporations in Delaware Retain Immortality and Liability

The Supreme Court of Delaware recently ruled that asbestos claimants can pursue their personal injury claims against dissolved corporations if the dissolved corporations have undistributed “property,” including unexhausted...more

1/3/2014 - Corporate Dissolution Corporate Governance Liability Insurance Statute of Limitations

California Appellate Court Gets SLAPP-Happy Regarding Frivolous Asbestos Litigation

The California Court of Appeals, Fifth Appellate District, recently upheld a trial court’s order denying a motion to strike a malicious prosecution action filed by a defendant in a previous asbestos lawsuit dismissed on the...more

10/25/2013 - Anti-SLAPP Asbestos Litigation Frivolous Lawsuits

Beyond Certifiable: Ford Defeats Two Class Certifications in Product Defect Litigation

Ford Motor Co. recently successfully defeated efforts to certify two classes alleging injuries resulting from product defects. On June 18, 2013, a California federal district court declined to certify a class involving an...more

7/30/2013 - Class Certification Design Defects Ford Motor Manufacturing Defects Rule 23

Following in Ohio’s Footsteps: The Expansion of Asbestos Transparency Legislation

Asbestos personal injury trusts proliferated after many of the early primary asbestos product manufacturers reorganized under bankruptcy law. It is estimated that nearly 100 companies have declared bankruptcy in the face of...more

5/16/2013 - Asbestos Asbestos Litigation

No April Fools: U.S. Supreme Court Suggests That the Lower Courts Stop Joking Around With Class Action Certification

On April 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari, and then summarily vacated, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to certify a class composed of purchasers of Whirlpool washing machines (Whirlpool v....more

4/12/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Comcast Comcast v. Behrend Rule 23 SCOTUS Whirlpool

It’s a Whopper of a Case: Washington Supreme Court “Supersizes” Product Liability Statute

Following Burger King's alleged service of a "spit burger," a plaintiff filed a product liability suit alleging emotional distress damages. See Certification from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in...more

3/12/2013 - Burger King Damages Emotional Distress Damages

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update: January 2013 - New Ohio Asbestos Legislation Is A Step In The Right Direction…But There...

On December 20, 2012, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law House Bill 380, which is aimed at remedying inequities in asbestos litigation. HB 380 addresses the issue of bankruptcy trust claims and their impact on pending...more

1/7/2013 - Asbestos Litigation Asbestos Trust Claims Insolvency

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