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Arizona Enacts New Asbestos Trust Claim Disclosure and Evidence Statute

The Arizona legislature recently enacted A.R.S. § 12-782 to prohibit claimants from obtaining duplicative or excessive recoveries in asbestos personal injury lawsuits. Section 12-782 impacts personal injury plaintiffs that...more

DRM client wins important case precluding termination of insurer insolvency before contingent or unliquidated claims can be...

The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled in In Re Ambassador Ins. Co., 2015 VT 4 (Vt. Jan. 23, 2015) that the liquidator of Ambassador Insurance acted unreasonably in setting a December 31, 2013 bar date for policyholder claims...more

Third-Party Protections In Mass Tort Chapter 11 Cases

A defendant facing thousands of mass tort lawsuits in federal and state courts throughout the country often will seek to address the litigation by seeking Chapter 11 relief under the Bankruptcy Code. The Chapter 11 process...more

Environmental Claims: Twenty Years Later

A Chapter 11 debtor moved to reopen its bankruptcy case more than 15 years after it was closed in order to enforce the plan confirmation order to prevent claims by a state environmental agency and other potentially...more

Debtors Beware: Resolving Environmental Liabilities in a Judicially Approved Bankruptcy Settlement Triggers the Statute of...

When an entity that has filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code resolves its environmental liability to a state or the United States via a settlement agreement, there are several steps...more

Historical Tort System Claim Values Cannot Be Reduced By "Nuisance" Settlements and "Implicit Defense Costs" To Determine Present...

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge Judith Fitzgerald in the bankruptcies of Specialty Products Holding Corp. (a/k/a RPM, Inc.) and Bondex International, Inc. rejected the Debtors’ “novel” claim estimation approach that reduced from...more

Bankruptcy Loses Arguments for Special Relief Under Prepetition Agreements for Environmental Liability

A recent case from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York addressed the recurring conflict between the goals of bankruptcy law, which seeks to give debtors a fresh start, and the goals of federal and...more

Focus on Insolvency and Environment: Newfoundland and Labrador v. AbitibiBowater Inc., 2012 SCC 67 (the “Abitibi case”): Clean-Up...

Introduction - The Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) recently released an important decision relating to how provincial clean up orders against corporations may be treated when that corporation enters creditor...more

New York Court Addresses Impact of Allowing Insured to Default

In its recent decision in Sunnyside Dev. Co., LLC v. Chartis Specialty Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9392 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 26, 2012), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York demonstrated the...more

Mark IV Ruling: District Court Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Denial of Discharge of Environmental Obligations

Last month, District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York affirmed a bankruptcy court ruling which held that the environmental cleanup obligations of debtor Mark IV Industries, Inc. were not...more

Bankruptcy Unlikely to Save BP

By now, almost everyone realizes that the oil spill by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst in history. Already, the British oil company has spent $1.43 billion to stop the flow of oil and clean...more

Prepackaged Asbestos Bankruptcies: Down but Not Out (New York University, Annual Survey of American Law, Volume 63, Issue 4,...

On December 10, 1966 the first asbestos-related lawsuit was filed against eleven asbestos manufacturers, including Johns-Manville, Combustion Engineering, and Owens-Corning. This proved to be just the beginning of many...more

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