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Workers’ Comp Board Appellate Division Addresses Various Issues Relative to Occupational Disease Cases

The widow and estate of the decedent appealed a decision denying a Petition to Order Payment under Rule 1.1 in an occupational disease case. Rule 1.1 requires that, within 14 days of notice or knowledge of a claim to...more

Connecticut Appellate Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Coverage for Asbestos Liabilities

Manufacturers with asbestos liabilities should pay attention to the March 7, 2017, ruling in R.T. Vanderbilt Company v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company by the Connecticut Appellate Court. While the court issued...more

Missouri Supreme Court Decision Will Impact Toxic and Mass Tort Cases

In a decision handed down Tuesday, February 28, the Missouri Supreme Court limited circumstances in which out-of-state corporate defendants will be subject to personal jurisdiction, rejecting two novel theories of specific...more

Statute of Repose Bars Maryland Claims Arising From Exposure to Contaminated Fill

Exemplifying the power of the statute of repose as a defense to claims based on decades-old conduct under Maryland law, the Fourth Circuit held that claims stemming from hazardous improvements to real property were barred by...more

No Exception for Latent Disease in N.C. Statute of Repose

Highlighting an area of unsettled law in North Carolina toxic tort litigation, a federal district court in the Eleventh Circuit held that the pre-2014 North Carolina statute of repose contained no exception for latent...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain/West Coast Case Law Highlights

Ninth Circuit Finds “Threatened” Designation For Bearded Seals Proper Based On New Long-Term Projections - Alaska Oil and Gas Ass’n et al. v. Pritzker et al., 840 F.3d 671, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19084 (9th Cir. 2016)....more

Pro Te: Solutio - Vol. 9 No. 2 - Summer 2016

...With this issue, our focus shifts to one that often “dogs” us in serial and consolidated litigation: federal multi-district litigation. Our articles offer some insights into various aspects of MDLs, along with practical...more

Update on Bell Case Pending in Eastern District of Louisiana

This post provides an update on the status of Bell v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana following a previous blog post examining the court’s order...more

Court Refuses To Compel Production Of Cedent’s Documents To Reinsurer When Extent Of Cedent’s Obligation To Provide Documents Is...

A court has denied a motion to reconsider its decision denying a reinsurer’s (Century Indemnity Co.) motion to compel an insurer (Travelers Casualty and Surety Company) to produce certain documents in a case in which...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses $2.9 Million Jury Verdict, Finding Insufficient Evidence of Intent

In 2014, the jury awarded $2.9 million to plaintiff landowners in Lisa Parr et.al. v. Aruba Petroleum, Inc., a case involving alleged hydrocarbon exposure due to hydraulic fracturing operations. Earlier this week, the Dallas...more

"The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2016"

This is the 14th edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings issued...more

Ohio Governor Kasich Signs into Law Presumption for Cancer Incurred During Work Activities

On January 4, 2017, Governor John Kasich signed the Michael Louis Palumbo, Jr., Act (The Act) into law, which provides a rebuttable presumption that a firefighter who is disabled due to certain cancers, contracted the same,...more

California Imposes Broad Liability in “Take-Home” Toxic Exposure Cases

The Supreme Court of California has overturned prior case law and imposed broad new liability on “employers and premises owners” in “take-home” toxic exposure cases. In a lengthy opinion issued in the consolidated Kesner v....more

California Supreme Court Imposes Broad Liability for Employers and Premises Owners in “Take-Home” Toxic Exposure Cases

The Supreme Court of California has overturned prior case law and imposed broad new liability on “employers and premises owners” in “take-home” toxic exposure cases. In a lengthy opinion issued in the consolidated Kesner v....more

The 2016 Judicial Hellholes Report Is Out!

Each year the American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”) publishes its “Judicial Hellholes Report” and examines problems in state court systems and challenges for corporate defendants in the fair and unbiased administration of...more

Rost May Change the Toxic Tort Landscape

A November 22, 2016 Supreme Court ruling, Rost, significantly changed the playing field for defendants in Pennsylvania. During trial, Plaintiffs’ expert, Dr. Arthur Frank, espoused the previously-rejected opinion that each...more

Toxic Tort & Product Liability Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 4, December 2016

DC High Court Adopts Daubert Approach to Expert Testimony - In a direct victory for mobile phone manufacturers and service providers, and with implications for any other case involving expert testimony in the District of...more

California Supreme Court Establishes Duty in Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Cases

On December 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of California held that the duty of employers and premises owners to exercise ordinary care in their use of asbestos in their businesses includes a duty to take reasonable care to...more

Live! From the ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference

I’m blogging from the American Conference Institute’s Drug and Medical Device session on International Mass Tort Litigation: Strategies for Handling the Increasing Interplay Between Domestic and Global Products Liability...more

Government Contractor Defense May Apply to Commercially Available Products

The California Court of Appeal has confirmed that the “government contractor” defense may apply to products made available to both the federal government and commercial markets, even where the defendant did not design or...more

Asbestos Alert: Employers and Land Owners Have Duty to Take-Home Exposure Plaintiffs

Kesner v. Pneumo Abex, LLC - Supreme Court of California (December 1, 2016) We first reported on this case on May 14, 2014, when the Court of Appeal ruled. The case was further appealed to the California Supreme...more

District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based...more

Asbestos Alert: Government Contractor Defense Available to Broker Which Arranged for Asbestos-Containing Insulation to Be Provided...

California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (November 22, 2016) - The Government Contractor defense is available in asbestos lawsuits brought against manufacturers and suppliers of military hardware and...more

Court Decides Take-Home Exposure Duty Claims with 'Wide-Ranging Impact'

Employers and premises owners have a duty to "members of a worker's household" to exercise ordinary care to prevent take-home asbestos exposures, the California Supreme Court held on December 1, 2016. This ruling expands...more

Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Rejects GMO and Pesticide Bans in Three Hawaii Counties Because State and Federal Laws Preempt the...

Alika Atay et al v. County of Maui, et al, No. 15-16466 (9th Cir., Nov. 18, 2016) - Hawai’i Papaya Indus. Assn., et al v. County of Hawaii, No. 14-17538 (9th Circ., Nov. 18, 2016) - Robert Ito Farm, Inc., et al. v. County...more

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