Mold Litigation

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When an Exception to the “Mold Exclusion” Exposes Carriers to More Than Just Fungi or Bacteria

The recent New York City outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease (named for a 1976 outbreak of a type of pneumonia at an American Legion convention) has raised awareness of the illness. It has also renewed the courts’ interest in...more

If not “determinative,” then at least compelling: Other, specific exclusionary language available on market undermines...

Recently, in a non-precedential order, an Illinois appellate court correctly held that a “Pollution and Health Hazard Exclusion” in a commercial general liability policy did not preclude coverage for mold-related bodily...more

Insurance Recovery Law - September 2015

Exception to Mold Exclusion Requires Defense of Suit Alleging Injuries From Moldy Water - Why it matters: An exclusion for "Fungi or Bacteria" did not prevent a federal court judge in Tennessee from ordering an insurer...more

"Glazer: A Big Defense Victory, but Everyone Lost"

The most watched class action of the past year was the Glazer case — a rare occurrence of a consumer class action trial — which resulted in a defense victory. See In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prods. Liab. Litig....more

Failure to Produce Social Media Data Leads to Heavy Sanctions (Virginia)

Federico v. Lincoln Military Hous., 2014 WL 7447937 (E.D. Va. Dec. 31, 2014). In this tort action, the plaintiffs sought to recover damages allegedly caused by harmful mold in a military housing complex. The plaintiffs...more

District Court Cleans Up Whirlpool Washing Machine Class Definition

Having requested and obtained certification of a class of consumers who had purchased a number of Whirlpool Duet model washers allegedly susceptible to serious mold problems, Plaintiffs later sought to limit the class so as...more

Cornell Ruling Is Cause for Experts’ Concern

I recently co-authored an article for Law360 entitled “Cornell Ruling Is Cause for Experts’ Concern,” which covered the ruling by the New York Court of Appeals in Cornell v. 360 West 51st St. Realty, LLC (2014 NY Slip Op...more

New Jersey District Court Cleans Up Complaint in Washing Machine Class Action Litigation

Washing machine class actions have been so active recently that some firms may be scrambling to form their own appliance-law practice groups. And who knows? That might not be a bad idea. Some of our greatest legal minds,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Address Certification Issues Raised by Whirlpool & Related Washing Machine Class Actions

On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in three “moldy” washing machine class actions, which presented questions regarding Fed. R. Civ. P. 23’s commonality and predominance requirements as clarified by...more

"Supreme Court Punts on Twin No-Injury Washing Machine Class Actions"

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review decisions upholding class certification in two cases that have garnered increasing scrutiny by the legal community — Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Whirlpool Corp....more

Moldy Washing Machines at the Supreme Court: A Platform for Further Development of Rule 23?

Three cases about moldy washing machines currently sit at the U.S. Supreme Court, waiting for their names to be called. The cases are nearly identical consumer products class actions, and they have enormous potential to shape...more

Posner, Seventh Circuit Narrow Supreme Court’s Holding In Comcast – Certify Butler v. Sears, Roebuck And Co. Class (Again)

Background: Butler v. Sears, Roebuck and Co. is two class action lawsuits rolled into one. The classes have different members and different claims arising from alleged defects in Kenmore-brand Sears washing machines. One...more

"Ordered by SCOTUS to Reconsider, Sixth Circuit Again Upholds Certification Ruling in Glazer"

Earlier this year, as noted in a previous client alert, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated and remanded the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer, 678 F.3d 409 (6th Cir. 2012), for further consideration in light...more

"Toxic” Mold Claims: Steps to Prevent and Aggressively Defend

TOXIC MOLD. SICK BUILDING SYNDROME. MOLD SICKNESS. These are some of the popular catch phrases employed by those who seek to profit by perpetuating the mythology that has fueled a cottage litigation industry of mold hysteria...more

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