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Asbestos Litigation

Another Take On “Take-Home” Exposure In California: Foglia V. Moore Dry Dock Co.

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A California appellate court recently upheld the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in a secondary exposure asbestos case where Plaintiffs could offer no admissible evidence that decedent’s father worked around...more

“Sue-Me State” Or “Show-Me State”: The Latest Push For Asbestos Exposure Tort Reform In Missouri

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The stage is set for a heated showdown between GOP leaders and bipartisan critics over implementation of HB 1645. If adopted by the Senate, the bill would alter several provisions related to a plaintiff’s ability to bring...more

District Court In Washington Reverses Course On Personal Jurisdiction?

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

In recent years federal courts have clarified and narrowed the scope of personal jurisdiction as it applies to nonresident defendants, particularly in mass tort and toxic exposure cases. However, a recent decision coming out...more

Cook County Circuit Court Denies Personal Jurisdiction Motion In Asbestos Case

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The Circuit court in Cook County, Illinois has recently clarified one of the limitations on which it applies personal jurisdiction and venue protections to Defendants in asbestos cases. In John C. Clark v. A.W. Chesterton...more

Order Of Operations: Maryland’s Highest Court Analysis Of The Statute Of Repose And Discovery Rule’s Applicability To Asbestos...

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On March 28, 2018, the Court of Appeals of Maryland, Maryland’s highest court, was asked to: (1) determine whether the state’s statute of repose was ambiguous as to when an injury and cause of action “arise” within the scope...more

Arizona Supreme Court Clarifies Duty Standards for Negligence Claim

In a departure from its historical expansion of the concept of duty between parties, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that an employer did not owe a duty to protect its employee’s family from second-hand asbestos exposure....more

Another Take On “Take-Home” Exposure In California: Foglia V. Moore Dry Dock Co.

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

A California appellate court recently upheld the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in a secondary exposure asbestos case where Plaintiffs could offer no admissible evidence that decedent’s father worked around...more

“Sue-Me State” Or “Show-Me State”: The Latest Push For Asbestos Exposure Tort Reform In Missouri

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The stage is set for a heated showdown between GOP leaders and bipartisan critics over implementation of HB 1645. If adopted by the Senate, the bill would alter several provisions related to a plaintiff’s ability to bring...more

Cook County Circuit Court Denies Personal Jurisdiction Motion In Asbestos Case

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The Circuit court in Cook County, Illinois has recently clarified one of the limitations on which it applies personal jurisdiction and venue protections to Defendants in asbestos cases. In John C. Clark v. A.W. Chesterton...more

$37 Million Verdict in Talc Mesothelioma Lawsuit Underscores Potential Exposure for Talc Manufacturers and Retailers

by White and Williams LLP on

In a new phase of asbestos litigation, attorneys representing individuals who developed mesothelioma without any known industrial exposure to asbestos have set their sights on talcum powder manufacturers and talc mining...more

Asbestos Enforcement: Alabama Department of Environmental Management Issues Administrative Order to Marietta, Georgia Construction...

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) issued an Administrative Order (“AO”) to Cork-Howard Construction Company, Inc. (“CHCC”). See Administrative Order No.: 18- ____-AP. CHCC is described as a...more

California Federal Court: “All Sums” Allocation Applies to Meso Case Under CA and NY Law

by White and Williams LLP on

On March 15, 2018, a California federal court (for the Northern District) ruled that under either California or New York law an “all sums” allocation applies to claims for coverage for an underlying mesothelioma wrongful...more

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

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...

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

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

Eastern District Of Missouri Denies Plaintiff’s Motion To Reconsider Personal Jurisdiction Ruling

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently denied an asbestos plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the court’s previous grant of defendants’ motion to dismiss for lack of personal...more

Appellate Group News: 2017 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

2017 was a significant year for Murtha Cullina’s appellate practice group. The firm was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as its "Appellate Litigation Department of the Year." 2017 also marked two anniversary dates of...more

Blog: Court of Appeal provides guidance on forseeability in mesothelioma claims

by Cooley LLP on

In Bussey v Anglia Heating ([2018] EWCA Civ.243, 22 February 2018), the Court of Appeal looked at asbestos exposure levels sufficient to found liability for causing mesothelioma. Mr Bussey had developed mesothelioma as a...more

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

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...

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

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

Toxic Tort Monitor – February 2018

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

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

by Reminger Co., LPA on

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

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

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

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

Asbestos Coverage: A Never Ending Story

by Blank Rome LLP on

In April 1977, a few weeks before I began practicing law, senior claims executives of eighteen liability insurance companies met to discuss the insurance implications of asbestos bodily injury claims....more

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