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Colorado Ruling Raises Stakes in Fracking Litigation and Beyond

In an Independence Day gift to plaintiffs, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in Strudley v. Antero Resources Corp., No. 12CA1251 (July 3, 2013), that Colorado law does not allow pre-discovery Lone Pine orders, often used by...more

Plaintiff's Rights Regarding an Independent Medical Examination

When plaintiff receives a demand for a physical examination he or she have 20 days after the service of the demand to serve their response. More likely than not, plaintiff counsel is going to allow the plaintiff to submit to...more

Recent Massachusetts Decision Applies Pro-Rata Allocation and Continuous Trigger to Progressive Injury Claims, Including Asbestos...

What you need to know: A recent Massachusetts federal trial court ruling applied pro-rata allocation and continuous trigger to progressive injury claims arising from asbestos and toxic chemicals and metals....more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Holds Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009 Unconstitutional

In 2009, Oklahoma joined the list of states attempting to curb “lawsuit abuse” by passing the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009 (CLRA of 2009). Arguably the most sweeping legislation affecting the practice of law in...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

Illinois Appellate Court Endorses “All Sums” Allocation Rule for Asbestos Bodily Injury Losses under Excess and Umbrella Insurers

On March 5, 2013, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois ruled in John Crane, Inc. v. Admiral Ins. Co., 2013 IL App (1st) 093240-B that excess and umbrella insurers covering asbestos-related injury claims are jointly...more

BP Settlement Claim

After years of litigation, BP Exploration & Production, Inc. and BP America Production Company (collectively, "BP") entered a class-wide settlement ("BP Settlement") that covers most businesses located in the Gulf Coast...more

I've Got This Doctor You Gotta See!

In most personal injury actions the plaintiff is served with a Notice for an Independent Medical Examination. It has become so commonplace that no one really thinks twice about the demand. However, there are a few...more

Difficulties Filing A Chinese Drywall Lawsuit

A few years ago, Ms. Colleen Stephens vacated her 5,000 square-foot, newly renovated home overlooking the bay in Virginia Beach. She and her family moved into a smaller home located further inland. While not happy with the...more

Gilbert LLP Convinces Sixth Circuit to Rule in Favor of Asbestos-Containing product Manufacturer-Policyholders

Comprehensive general liability policies limit the amount the insurer has to pay for each “occurrence”, which is typically defined as an “accident” or “exposure to [injurious] conditions”. Insurers and policyholders...more

Policy Observer - January 2013

It has been nearly three months since Superstorm Sandy battered the East Coast of the United States. With several hundred thousand residents still without homes and many businesses still operating out of temporary facilities,...more

How to Effectively Use Surveillance Video in Tort Cases

One of the things that has changed the most since I started practicing law two decades ago is the prevalence of surveillance video in tort cases. Given its influence on litigation, it’s important for both plaintiffs and...more

"Every Breath" Theory: On Its Last Breaths?

The "every breath," or cumulative exposure opinion, has been proffered by plaintiffs' experts in asbestos cases to prove specific causation, regardless of the type of product or amount of exposure. The U.S. District Court for...more

Navigating Mass Torts and Product Liability (MTPL) Litigation in the U.S. Legal System: Litigation Challenges for Japanese MTPL...

In This Presentation: • Challenges of U.S. Courts • Specialized and Aggressive Plaintiff’s Bar and Contingency Fees • Jury Trials • Pretrial Discovery • Personal Jurisdiction • U.S.-Based Subsidiaries •...more

A Toxic And Mass Tort Update: Illinois Supreme Court Limits "Forum Shopping"

In its December 28, 2012 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a forum non conveniens decision reversing the St. Clair County Court and directing the trial court to dismiss plaintiff's asbestos case. Fennell v. Illinois...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update: January 2013 - Plaintiffs Bear the Burden of Establishing Causation by Competent Expert...

Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently ended 16 years of toxic tort litigation relating to fugitive hexavalent chromium (C6) exposure involving the City of Willits and...more

Practical Implications Of Howell v. Hamilton Meat

The collateral source rule in a personal injury action or tort claim generally prevents the admission of evidence that the plaintiff will be compensated from a source other than the defendant for his/her injuries. This rule...more

Valuing A Litigation Claim

Law firms are increasingly using a multitude of factors to value cases. Valuation provides the parties a better means to identify the issues in litigation, discuss which ones are in dispute, and calculate a logical...more

Lone Pine Order Forces Plaintiffs to Ante Up

Last week, the court in In re: Fosamax Products Liability Litigation granted Defendant Merck & Co.’s motion for a Lone Pine order. No. 06 MD 1789 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 20, 2012). Lone Pine orders are valuable tools in defending mass...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update - October 2012: Ninth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of a Public Nuisance Lawsuit

On September 21, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the Alaskan village of Kivalina against 23 energy companies. Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., 2012 WL...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Update - October 2012: Expert’s Epidemiologic Study Comparing Populations Was Insufficient to...

The New Mexico Court of Appeals affirmed the exclusion of an expert opinion seeking to establish general causation between exposure to petrochemicals and autoimmune conditions, including lupus, and affirmed a trial judgment...more

Insuring Your Business -- October 2012

In This Issue: - What Law Applies When A Flood-Related Disaster Hits? - Farm Odors and Coverage Issues Arising from “Pollutant” Property Damages. Excerpt from What Law Applies When A Flood-Related Disaster...more

Insurance Coverage: October 2012

This past quarter brought us the long-awaited decision from the California Supreme Court on stacking of insurance policies. The Supreme Court has ruled that stacking of limits on successive policies is permitted on continuous...more

N.J. Supreme Court Requires Plaintiffs to Prove Causation in Spill Act Cases

On Wednesday, September 26, 2012, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in NJDEP, et al. v. Ofra Dimant, et al. interpreting New Jersey's environmental cleanup statute, the Spill Compensation and...more

Missouri Federal Court Affirms Denial of Coverage Based on Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Doe Run Resources Corp. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140981 (E.D. Mo. Sept. 28, 2012), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri had occasion to consider...more

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