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Precluding A Second Bite At The Apple; Federal District Court Grants Summary Judgment On Basis Of Doctrine Of Collateral Estoppel

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In the interest of justice and courtroom efficiency, res judicata aims to prevent parties from re-litigating previously legally resolved issues and claims involving the same or similar parties. Maccormack v. Ingersoll-Rand...more

Does State Law Really Allow Tort Claims For Failure To Report To Governmental Agencies?

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Claims predicating prescription medical product liability claims on purported failure to report adverse events to the FDA – á la Stengel v. Medtronic Inc., 704 F.3d 1224 (9th Cir., 2013) (en banc), Hughes v. Boston Scientific...more

Common-Law Contamination Action/Oil and Gas Production: Was Landowner Required to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before...

The United States District Court (Mississippi-Western Division) (“Court”) issued a February 16th Memorandum Opinion and Order (“Opinion”) addressing whether a landowner’s common-law contamination claim related to oil and gas...more

Fifth Circuit Sets Bright Line Rule For Timing Requirement Under Federal Officer Removal Statute

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In January 2018, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a district court’s remand of an asbestos case to state court for being untimely, based on a federal officer removal statute, 28...more

An Analysis Of The Pennsylvania Fair Share Act And Its Application To Asbestos Litigation, In Light Of The Recent Ruling In...

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In December, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the Fair Share Act applies to asbestos litigation, meaning that defendants are only responsible for the percent they are found liable. See Roverano v. John Crane, Inc.,...more

For Whom the Statute Tolls: It Tolls For Thee – Chavez v. Occidental Chemical Corp. – New York Federal District Court Tolls New...

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On January 10, 2018, Judge Paul Engelmayer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that plaintiffs who were allegedly injured between 1965 and 1990 on banana plantations outside the...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Wastewater Discharge to Groundwater Requires Clean Water Act Permit in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

On Feb. 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a highly anticipated decision in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, No. 15-17447 (9th Cir. Feb. 1, 2018). At issue was whether the County of Maui...more

Toxic Tort Monitor – February 2018

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New Developments - Which Came First: Subject Matter or Personal Jurisdiction? Two recent Eastern District of Missouri cases examined the same issue, yet the court reached opposite results. In Lewis v. Johnson & Johnson...more

The Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Cumulative Exposure as Sufficient to Establish Substantial Factor in Asbestos Cases

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Numerous cases have been filed in courts across the United States alleging that exposure to defendants' asbestos-containing products caused various diseases, including mesothelioma, a rare cancer primarily linked to asbestos...more

No Unlimited Duty of Care Without Personal Injury or Property Damage

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Southern California Gas Company, Petitioner, v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County - Respondent; First American Wholesale Lending Corporation, et al., Real Parties in Interest 18 Cal.App.5th 581 - Court of Appeal...more

Maryland’s Court of Appeals to Decide Whether Statute of Repose Defense Applies in Asbestos Litigation

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On December 1, 2017, the Court of Appeals of Maryland heard arguments on an appeal from a decision holding that the state’s 20-year statute of repose bars asbestos claims that accrue after the enactment of the asbestos...more

Confirmation from Pennsylvania Superior Court: The Fair Share Act Applies to Strict Liability Cases Involving Asbestos Exposure

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As a matter of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that the Fair Share Act applies to strict liability cases involving asbestos exposure. In Roverano v. John Crane, Inc., 2017 PA Super. 415 (Dec....more

Toxic Tort Monitor – January 2018

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A Review of 2017 Personal Jurisdiction Decisions - In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in cases such as BNSF Railway Co. v. Tyrrell and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California continued the trend that began in...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Issues CAFA Opinion in Mass Action Addressing Two Issues of First Impression

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In Warren Lester, et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al., No. 14-31383, ___ F.3d ___ (5th Cir. 1/9/2018), the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing two issues of first impression involving the Class...more

PA Superior Court Answers Question of Whether Fair Share Act Applies to Strict Liability Asbestos Claims

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On December 28, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court published an anticipated ruling on whether the Pennsylvania Fair Share Act, 42 Pa. C.S. 7102, applies to strict liability claims in the context of an alleged...more

Third Circuit Latest to Hollow Out Bright Line Bare Metal Defense

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On October 3, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held—in a case of first impression—that a manufacturer of a “bare metal” product may be liable for a plaintiff’s injuries caused by later added...more

WV Supreme Court Kicks Failure to Warn Case Under Michigan Law

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The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently upheld the Mass Litigation Panel’s grant of summary judgment against a class of Plaintiffs alleging birth defects resulting from the use of prescription medicine in...more

The Class Action Chronicle - Winter 2017

In this issue, we cover two decisions granting motions to strike/dismiss class claims, three decisions denying such motions, 26 decisions denying class certification or reversing grants of class certification, 22 decisions...more

New York Court Rejects Insurer’s Defenses to Coverage for Asbestos Claims Arising Out of the Construction of the Original World...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the New York Supreme Court issued an important ruling benefiting policyholders seeking insurance coverage for toxic tort claims. In American Home Assurance Company v. Port Authority of New York & New...more

Less Than Two Weeks Before Trial, District Court Judge In Utica V. Fireman’s Fund Rules On Motions In Limine

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This case concerns an action filed by Utica Mutual Insurance Company (Utica) against its reinsurer, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (FFIC) seeking to enforce certain reinsurance contracts against FFIC with respect to...more

CA appellate court upholds most significant portions of $1.15B abatement judgment against lead paint manufacturers

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In a unanimous 138-page decision issued on November 14, 2017, which departed from appellate courts in every other jurisdiction that have considered the issue, the California Sixth District Court of Appeal in People v. ConAgra...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Safe Drinking Water Act Does Not Preempt Constitutional Claims

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The Sixth Circuit revived previously dismissed claims in the Flint water cases, clarifying where the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) does not preempt § 1983 claims. Boler v. Earley, No. 16-1684 (6th Cir. July 28, 2017)....more

Mississippi Federal Court Denies Preliminary Injunction for Failure to Show Threat of Irreparable Harm

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In a case demonstrating limits to injunctive relief, in the environmental context a Mississippi federal court denied a request for a temporary restraining order because the plaintiff did not show he would suffer irreparable...more

Insured Survives Summary Judgment Motion on Three Pollution Exclusion Exceptions

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Illustrating how an insured can counter the insurer’s pollution exclusion arguments in coverage disputes, a federal court in Illinois held that an insured chemical company succeeded in raising genuine issues of material fact...more

Federal Court in California Greenlights Discovery After Sufficient Lone Pine Submissions

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In a case demonstrating the limits of a Lone Pine strategy, a California federal court allowed a toxic tort class action to proceed after plaintiffs’ experts showed that “Plaintiffs’ case is not meritless or frivolous.” The...more

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