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Asbestos Litigation

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Update on San Francisco Asbestos Trial Dates and Settlement Conference Process

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Judge Lee Going Back To "In-Person" MSC System For Preference And "Five Year" Cases - Judge Lee, the presiding judge of the San Francisco Asbestos Department, has indicated that asbestos cases up against the five year...more

Baltimore City Asbestos Docket Dilemma Comes to a Head in Annapolis

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Many plaintiffs consider the Circuit Court for Baltimore City to be the asbestos capital of the Maryland courts. After all, the City has its own asbestos litigation rules, docket procedures, and even its own electronic filing...more

The Scope of an Insurer’s Right to Control the Defense – OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Celanese Corp.

The scope of an insurer’s right to control the defense of an insured is an underdeveloped issue in Massachusetts case law, which the Appeals Court recently addressed in OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Celanese Corp., No....more

Illinois Supreme Court Issues Opinion that May Change Asbestos Litigation Landscape

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On September 21, 2017 the Supreme Court of the State of Illinois issued a personal jurisdiction opinion that may change the national landscape of asbestos litigation. Aspen American Insurance Company v. Interstate...more

Court Affirms Denial of Board of Public Education's Summary Judgment Motion in Asbestos Case

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Earlier this year, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld a denial of a motion for summary judgment filed by the Pittsburgh School District’s Board of Public Education (“PBE”). Geier v. Bd. of Pub. Educ. of the Sch....more

District Court Decides Flurry Of Discovery Motions In Dispute Between Reinsurer And Insurer Over Underlying Asbestos Claims

by Carlton Fields on

The Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently ruled on several discovery motions in a reinsurance dispute between R&Q Reinsurance Company (“R&Q”) and St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company (“St. Paul”) over underlying...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Exclusion of Expert Testimony that “Cumulative Exposure” Equals Causation in Asbestos Cases

by Reminger Co., LPA on

An essential element in an asbestos case is proof that an exposure to a particular defendant’s product is a substantial factor in causing the injury. To satisfy their burden, plaintiffs rely upon testimony from experts. ...more

Iowa Legislature Introduces Asbestos Litigation Reforms

by K&L Gates LLP on

Over more than four decades of asbestos litigation, many former manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products have since filed for bankruptcy and exited the tort system. While these entities now have the...more

Take-Home Exposure and Stream of Commerce

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Joseph Petitpas v. Ford Motor Company, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, 13 Cal.App.5th 261 (July 5, 2017) - Plaintiffs Marline and Joseph Petitpas sued Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ford Motor Company,...more

Update on San Francisco Asbestos Settlement Conferences

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Judge Lee Trying Out New Approach - Judge Lee, the presiding judge of the San Francisco Asbestos Department, has set forth a new Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) system for San Francisco asbestos cases. She stated...more

Legal and Financial Risk - July 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Secured creditors are not left out in the cold - In the recent case of Kevin Taylor v Van Dutch Marine Holding Ltd and others, the High Court decided that the exercise of existing rights by a secured creditor should not be...more

Keep Viking Pump in Your Long-Tail Claim Toolbox

“Long-tail” claims involve personal injury or property damage from alleged exposure to injury-causing products, such as asbestos or PFCs, over a number of years and multiple policy periods. Courts in various jurisdictions use...more

The King’s Time Is Up: Arizona Supreme Court Holds That the Statute of Repose Bars Untimely Claims by State Entities and Overrides...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

City of Phoenix v. Glenayre Elecs., Inc., 2017 Ariz. LEXIS 121 (Ariz. May 10, 2017) - Between 1960 and 2000, Carlos Tarazon (“Tarazon”) performed work installing and repairing water piping for various contractors and...more

Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

by Ruder Ware on

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here). This bulwark has survived a creative attack in...more

Court of Appeal upholds jury verdict in Petitpas et al. v. Ford Motor Company, et al

by Dentons on

In a unanimous 64 page decision, the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Four in Los Angeles affirmed the defense verdict in favor of Exxon Mobil Corporation and Ford Motor Company in a lawsuit brought by Marline and...more

Court Compels Discovery Of Reinsurance Allocation Information

by Carlton Fields on

In an action involving claims under facultative reinsurance for the reinsurance of asbestos risks, the reinsurer sought discovery of documents concerning the allocation of losses among the reinsurers on the program, and...more

Arizona Civil Verdicts, 2016

by Snell & Wilmer on

For the past 13 years, I’ve written the cover story of the state bar magazine, Arizona Attorney, about Arizona verdicts. The latest one is out. Here are 2016’s top Arizona verdicts, significant defense verdicts, punitive...more

Multi-District Litigation Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In addition to it taking a swipe at class actions, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Fairness in Class Action Act”), would lead to multi-district litigation...more

Louisiana Federal Court Finds Removal Proper As Dispute Could Relate To An Underlying Arbitration Clause In Insurance Policy

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, a Louisiana federal court denied a motion for remand of a former machinist’s asbestos-related claim, finding that an English insurer’s removal from state court was appropriate and that the dispute could relate...more

March 2017: Insurance Litigation Update

In re Viking Pumps, Inc: Sowing Confusion for Insurers and Policyholders Alike. In May 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued its decision addressing a question of first impression: how “anti- stacking” or...more

Extensive Use Of Attorney-Client Memo In Prior Lawsuit Destroyed Attorney-Client Privilege

by Carlton Fields on

Insured companies sued Travelers for allegedly misrepresenting the scope of coverage afforded for asbestos injury claims under certain Excess Overlayer Indemnity policies. At issue has been the discoverability of a memorandum...more

Appellate Group News: 2016 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

The Appellate Practice Group of Murtha Cullina is regularly trusted to handle appeals by trial counsel within and outside the firm, as well as individuals and institutional clients. We are grateful for these opportunities and...more

New York Federal Court Denies Cross Motions For Summary Judgment On Follow The Settlements Doctrine

by Carlton Fields on

In a lengthy February 24, 2017 opinion, a New York federal court denied cross motions for summary judgment on the Follow the Settlements Doctrine, filed by Utica Mutual Insurance Company and Utica’s reinsurer, Fireman’s Fund...more

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