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Insurance Recovery Group News: Murtha Cullina Helps Policyholder Prevail Before Connecticut Appellate Court In Asbestos Coverage...

In a significant Connecticut Appellate Court victory for policyholders, Murtha Cullina LLP helped Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC prevail in its coverage case against more than 20 of its insurance carriers, who had issued policies...more

Connecticut Appeals Court Adopts Continuous Trigger Theory; Recognizes the Unavailability of Insurance Rule without an Equitable...

On March 7, the Connecticut Appellate Court handed a victory to policyholders seeking insurance for long-tail liabilities. The court adopted both a continuous trigger for asbestos-related disease claims and an unavailability...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

California Court Rejects Plaintiff’s Claim of ‘Possible’ Exposure to Asbestos

Defendants in California asbestos injury lawsuits cannot be held liable where plaintiffs can only prove a ‘possibility’ of exposure to defendants’ asbestos-containing products. The California Court of Appeal in Billy S....more

Curtailing Abusive Litigation: Congress to Consider Important Legal Reform Legislation This Week

If your organization is facing abusive litigation—or is concerned about that possibility—you may be pleased to know that, this week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider and pass four bills aimed at...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

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Should Implement Their Document Retention Policies And Protect Against Future Asbestos Claims

As far as contamination concerns go, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are generally way down the list of issues at a shutdown coal plant. You hire certified contractors, bag the ACM and dispose of it in approved landfills....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

For Whom the Bell(efonte) Tolls

“It ain’t over until it’s over.” but it appeared to be over, although, and it did come as a bit of a surprise for most of the industry. Capping the limits on defense costs/expenses under facultative certificates caught many...more

Government Contractor Defense Applies to Commercial Product Supplier

A California appellate court recently affirmed a decision granting summary judgment in favor of an asbestos supplier under the government contractor defense. Kase v. Metaclad Insulation Corp., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 1025 (Cal....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

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Publication Notice of Claims Bar Date Satisfies Due Process Requirements

In a recent decision involving the adequacy of publication as a means of notice to creditors, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York reaffirmed the importance of a thorough bar date noticing...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

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

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

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

Insurance Recovery Law - November 2016

Asbestos Injury Continuous, Delaware Supreme Court Rules - Why it matters - In the latest ruling in the long running asbestos litigation involving pump manufacturers in Delaware, the state's highest court declared,...more

Suit Against Reinsurer In California Dismissed For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

A federal district court in California recently dismissed a lawsuit brought by a cedent against its reinsurer for lack of a personal jurisdiction, where the reinsurer’s only contacts with the state derived from the fact that...more

[Webinar] Insurance Coverage Issues, Challenging Damages in High Exposure Cases, A Humorous History of Asbestos Litigation, and...

This Webinar will cover four topics that include Insurance Coverage Issues, Challenging Damages in High Exposure, A Humorous History of Asbestos Litigation, and a California Case Law update....more

"Third View" of Bare Metal Defense in Asbestos Litigation Further Complicates Applicability

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana recently issued an opinion in Bell v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corp., CV-15-6394, Africk, L., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137547 (E.D. La. Oct. 4, 2016) that...more

Florida Appellate Court Reverses Verdict Against Valve Manufacturer in Asbestos Case - Decision: Trial Court Abused Discretion in...

Manufacturers of products that contained chrysotile asbestos won a major victory in Crane Co. v. DeLisle on Sept. 14, 2016, when Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal (Fourth DCA) reversed a verdict entered against a...more

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