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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

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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

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

Asbestos/Insurance Coverage: New York Court Addresses Defense/Indemnity Obligations Related to Alleged Criminal Clean Air Act...

The New York Supreme Court (Appellate Division) addressed in a February 2nd decision whether three insurance companies had any obligation to defend or indemnify a company who was subject to criminal proceedings related to an...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | February 2018

FDA Issues Draft Guidance for Homeopathic Drug Products - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance, "Drug Products Labeled as Homeopathic," that would prioritize enforcement and regulatory...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training: Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin –...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training publishes an environmental Case Crimes Bulletin (“Bulletin”) that summarizes publicized investigative activity...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

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

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

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

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

New York High Court Confirms No "Blanket Rule" on Reinsurance Limits

by Jones Day on

The Situation: This past month, the New York Court of Appeals considered whether New York law imposes a "rule of construction" or "strong presumption" that a reinsurance contract's limit of liability provision caps the...more

A Look Back at Texas Insurance Law in 2017

by Zelle LLP on

2017 was a busy year for insurance practitioners, legislators and jurists. The year brought a number of long-awaited Texas Supreme Court opinions, ranging from a case of simple contract construction to a lengthy opinion...more

Florida Supreme Court To Rule On Constitutionality Of Daubert Standard

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Supreme Court of Florida is poised to decide the constitutionality the Daubert standard for admissibility of expert testimony, resolving whether Frye or Daubert will be the governing standard going forward in Florida...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

Asbestos Enforcement: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and Jonesboro, Arkansas Construction Firm Enter into Consent...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) and Shannon Kee Construction, LLC (“SKC”) entered into a November 15th Consent Administrative Order (“CAO”) addressing alleged violations of Arkansas Pollution Control...more

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Office of Air Quality Newsletter: Fall 2017 Edition

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) Office of Air Quality publishes a quarterly newsletter (“Newsletter). The Fall 2017 edition was recently published....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

Plaintiff's Self-Serving Testimony Coupled with Purely Circumstantial Expert Testimony Held Sufficient to Defeat Summary Judgment

In Lyons v. Colgate-Palmolive Co. (filed October 19, 2017, A150567), the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, held that a plaintiff’s testimony regarding use of a particular manufacturer’s product, joined...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

Construction Companies Can Be Liable for “Secondary Exposure” of Asbestos to Household Members

The history of asbestos regulation in the United States is complicated. Prior to the 1970s, asbestos-containing materials used in construction was widespread....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

Arkansas Asbestos Abatement Grant Program: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Seeks Public Comment on...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued, pursuant to its Arkansas Asbestos Abatement Grant Program (“Program”), a Procedures and Applicant Guide (“Guide”). ADEQ is soliciting comments on the Guide...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Latin America continues its march towards sustainability, ushering forth a spate of new bills related to chemicals and packaging. Argentina moves forward with an EPR bill for tires. Brazil proposes major new initiatives that...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

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