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Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: Is the Discovery Problem Solved?

Long anticipated changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were approved by the United States Supreme Court on April 29, 2015. Absent congressional action, which is not expected, these new rules will take effect...more

Supervisor fined after workers exposed to asbestos dust

A supervisor with an asbestos abatement company, and his employer, have pleaded guilty to charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and were fined, after workers were exposed to asbestos dust on a job site....more

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

Injured Sailors May Seek Punitive Damages in the Asbestos MDL

U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who oversees asbestos multidistrict litigation, issued a decision in July permitting injured sailors to seek punitive damage awards. In Re:...more

Asbestos MDL Court Concludes Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Allowed for Seaman But Not for a Seaman’s Personal...

In a consolidated asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation (MDL), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held in In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation (No. VI), MDL 875, that...more

Looking Forward - Canadian Class Actions in 2014

The last few years have been very active years for class actions in Ontario. Bennett Jones continues to have an active and expanding class actions practice....more

Virginia Supreme Court decision reversing $17.5 million asbestos verdict against ExxonMobil Corp. stands

On June 10, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to accept the appeal of a case dealing with the duty of ship owners, under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. §§ 901, et seq.), to intervene in...more

General Liability Insurance After The EL Trigger Litigation -- What Is The Current State of Policy Attachment in Injury Cases?

On 28 March 2012, the UK Supreme Court handed down its eagerly anticipated judgment in Durham v BAI, otherwise known as the “EL Trigger Litigation”. Much has already been written about the decision itself. In this bulletin we...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - July 2012: Industry groups voice concern over OSHA’s change to HazCom standard by Heidi Slinkard Brasher

Several industry groups – including the American Petroleum Institute, CropLife America, American Tort Reform Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, and American Chemistry Counsel – have petitioned a federal...more

Employers’ Liability for Mesothelioma Claims in the UK – Are You Covered?

The United Kingdom Supreme Court recently handed down a decision in what is known as the EL Trigger case, wherein the Court has finally decided which Employers’ Liability (“EL”) policy or policies should respond to indemnify...more

The California Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument For Four Civil Cases

The Court will hear oral argument on four civil cases this November, addressing a variety of issues: Cassel v. Superior Court. (Wasserman, Comden, Casselman & Pearson),S178914: (1) Are the private conversations of an...more

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