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Environmental exposure: a step towards compensation of neighbours of former asbestos-using plants?

On 22 October 2015, the Paris Civil Court ("Tribunal de grande instance de Paris") handed down a judgment concerning environmental exposure to asbestos which could pave the way towards compensation of neighbours of industrial...more

The Ongoing Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan

Last week, citizens of Flint, Michigan filed two class-action lawsuits against Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and other government officials. ...more

Illinois Law Blocks Decades Old Asbestos Suits

According to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, virtually every individual on the earth has been exposed to asbestos during some point in their lives, and Illinois residents are not excluded. With such a broad range of...more

"Mass Tort and Consumer Class Action Outlook: Opportunities and Challenges"

In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down several decisions addressing overbroad or “no-injury” class actions, and a number of important issues are percolating in the lower courts as well. Below are some issues...more

Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, Passes House and Heads to Senate

On January 8, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, by a 211-188 vote along party lines, H.R. 1927, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016. The bill would amend U.S....more

Subcontractor Performing Services may be Liable in Strict Liability For Purchasing and Installing Defective Products in Fulfilling...

Jovana Hernandezcueva v. E. F. Brady Company, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Four (December 22, 2015) - The doctrine of strict liability is ordinarily inapplicable to transactions...more

T&H Case Study: Reconstructing the History of a City Block

Much of the work we do in support of environmental law and toxic tort cases involves compiling comprehensive site histories. We work with our clients to come up with cost-efficient research strategies to compile these site...more

Court Denies Reconsideration Of Order Staying Action To Compel Arbitration

A federal district court refused to reconsider its order staying Allstate’s action to compel arbitration against its insured, A.O. Smith. The case involved a Settlement/Coverage-in Place Agreement between A.O. Smith and...more

Class Action Round-Up: Fall 2015

Where the (Class) Action Is - Moving into the second half of 2015, there is no shortage of interesting cases across the spectrum of class action issues and claims. In this edition of the Round-Up, courts continue to...more

T&H Case Study: Creating a Timeline of Fossil Fuel Disasters in America

As mentioned in a previous case study, much of the work we do in support of environmental law and toxic tort cases involves compiling comprehensive site histories. We work with our clients to come up with cost-efficient...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2015

This is the 10th 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

Flint, Michigan Mayor Declares State of Emergency over Lead Poisoning

Yesterday evening, Karen Weaver, the newly elected mayor in Flint, Michigan, declared a state of emergency due to the number of children and infants who have allegedly suffered lead poisoning from the city’s tap water....more

Court Grants Motion To Dismiss In Row Between Insured, Insurer, And Third-Party Claim Administrators

A district court in Ohio granted defendants National Indemnity Company (“National”) and Resolute Management, Inc.’s (“Resolute”) motion to dismiss in an asbestos coverage dispute. Plaintiff, industrial manufacturer the...more

SoCalGas Sued in Class Action over Porter Ranch Gas Leak

The lawsuits relating to a leaking injection well at the Alison Canyon natural gas storage reservoir near the community of Porter Ranch have begun. On December 2, 2015, the R. Rex Parris Law Firm filed a purported class...more

Products Liability – Raw Material Supplier – Component Parts Doctrine Requires a Showing that Raw Materials are Not Inherently...

Brady et al. v. Calsol, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (October 30, 2015) - The component parts doctrine shields a supplier of raw materials from liability where the raw material component...more

New York Appellate Court Affirms Evidentiary Ruling In Favor Of Cedent

In a dispute regarding reinsurance coverage for the settlement of asbestos-related claims for nearly a billion dollars, on October 29, 2015, a New York appeals panel affirmed a New York state trial court decision, which...more

Illinois Asbestos Court Rules on Personal Jurisdiction in First Post-Daimler Decisions

In what is believed to be the Court’s first post-Daimler written decisions on the issue, Madison County, Illinois Judge Stephen A. Stobbs recently issued two decisions addressing whether the Court has personal jurisdiction...more

Insurer’s Action To Arbitrate Stayed In Lieu Of Earlier-Filed State Court Coverage Action

An Illinois federal court recently stayed an insurer’s petition to compel arbitration of a dispute with its policyholder, finding that abstention in favor of an earlier-filed suit involving the parties was appropriate under...more

Proposed Amendments Regarding Proposition 65 Settlements

This is Archer Norris attorney Peter W. McGaw’s comment letter to the Attorney General on the proposed amendments to the Title 11, Division 4 regulations regarding settlement of Proposition 65 cases. Please see full...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Holds that Expert Is Not Permitted to Opine as to Source of Lead Paint Exposure Based Solely Upon...

On October 16, 2015, in Jakeem Roy v. Sandra B. Dackman, et al., No. 6, Sept. Term 2015 (Md. Oct. 16, 2015), the Court of Appeals of Maryland held that a pediatrician is not qualified to offer an expert opinion regarding the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Narrows Ability for Employees to Sue for Alleged Occupational Diseases

On November 4, 2015, in the case of Folta v. Ferro Engineering, 2015 Il 118070 (2015), the Illinois Supreme Court strengthened the exclusivity provision of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and Illinois Occupational...more

Jury in C-8 Exposure Case Awards $1.6M in Compensatory Damages, Denies Punitives

An Ohio federal jury in October handed out the first verdict in multi-district litigation (“MDL”) against E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. related to ammonium perfluorooctanoate, or C-8, in drinking water around DuPont’s...more

Court Allows Pennsylvania Punitive Damages Claims in Petroleum Exposure Case

The judge in a petroleum exposure case will allow a jury to decide whether a gas station operator and its environmental consultant recklessly failed to inform a plumber of the risks of working in an excavated pit with a...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Fear of Contamination Insufficient to Establish Nuisance Class

In a ruling that underscores the difficulty of securing class certification in toxic tort cases involving fear of contamination claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a Missouri federal...more

Texas Court Requires Expert Testimony to Support Toxic Tort Personal Injury Claims

Reinforcing the requirement for expert testimony to support toxic tort personal injury claims under Texas law, a Texas appellate court held that claims for damages due to “symptoms caused by discomfort” do not fall within the...more

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