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Asbestos Toxic Exposure

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 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

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

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

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

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

Connecticut Appellate Court Addresses Trigger, Allocation, Exclusions, and Other Issues of First Impression in Coverage Litigation...

by Carlton Fields on

Connecticut’s intermediate appellate court addressed a number of novel issues in a wide-ranging opinion regarding primary and excess insurers’ respective duties to defend and indemnify their common insured for long-tail...more

CDC Study Finds Mesothelioma Death Rates Higher Than Projections

by Selman Breitman LLP on

On March 3, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study assessing malignant mesothelioma mortality rates in the United States between the years 1999-2015. The Study – apparently the first of...more

California Court Rejects Plaintiff’s Claim of ‘Possible’ Exposure to Asbestos

by Selman Breitman LLP on

Defendants in California asbestos injury lawsuits cannot be held liable where plaintiffs can only prove a ‘possibility’ of exposure to defendants’ asbestos-containing products. The California Court of Appeal in Billy S....more

Georgia Supreme Court Limits Duty to Warn Third Parties

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Affirming limits on the duty to warn third parties of toxic exposure risks, the Supreme Court of Georgia held that a manufacturer of asbestos-laden pipes had no duty to warn the daughter of a worker who serviced the pipes...more

Product Liability Update: February 2017

California Courts Reject Speculative Evidence of Exposure to Asbestos from Contaminated Talc. In a new wave of asbestos-related personal injury litigation, plaintiffs allege that they were exposed to talc-containing products...more

California Imposes Broad Liability in “Take-Home” Toxic Exposure Cases

by Wilson Elser on

The Supreme Court of California has overturned prior case law and imposed broad new liability on “employers and premises owners” in “take-home” toxic exposure cases. In a lengthy opinion issued in the consolidated Kesner v....more

California Supreme Court Imposes Broad Liability for Employers and Premises Owners in “Take-Home” Toxic Exposure Cases

by Wilson Elser on

The Supreme Court of California has overturned prior case law and imposed broad new liability on “employers and premises owners” in “take-home” toxic exposure cases. In a lengthy opinion issued in the consolidated Kesner v....more

Rost May Change the Toxic Tort Landscape

A November 22, 2016 Supreme Court ruling, Rost, significantly changed the playing field for defendants in Pennsylvania. During trial, Plaintiffs’ expert, Dr. Arthur Frank, espoused the previously-rejected opinion that each...more

California Supreme Court Establishes Duty in Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Cases

by Perkins Coie on

On December 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of California held that the duty of employers and premises owners to exercise ordinary care in their use of asbestos in their businesses includes a duty to take reasonable care to...more

Court Decides Take-Home Exposure Duty Claims with 'Wide-Ranging Impact'

by Polsinelli on

Employers and premises owners have a duty to "members of a worker's household" to exercise ordinary care to prevent take-home asbestos exposures, the California Supreme Court held on December 1, 2016. This ruling expands...more

Florida Appellate Court Reverses Verdict Against Valve Manufacturer in Asbestos Case - Decision: Trial Court Abused Discretion in...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Manufacturers of products that contained chrysotile asbestos won a major victory in Crane Co. v. DeLisle on Sept. 14, 2016, when Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal (Fourth DCA) reversed a verdict entered against a...more

Worker entitled to asbestos records for government building he worked in, but not list of employees in building

by Dentons on

A worker was entitled to asbestos records for the government building he worked in. However, he was not entitled to a list of government employees who worked in the building and therefore who may have been exposed to...more

"Take-Home" Asbestos Case Decision Could have Ripple Effect

by Polsinelli on

Companies facing "take-home" asbestos or other toxic tort exposure claims in Arizona, or in other jurisdictions applying Arizona law, now have a new case to cite in dispositive motions. With the Sept. 20 Arizona Court of...more

You Should Know - September 2016

Asbestos: Lethal and Still a Threat to All Americans: Backpack: check. Pencils: check. Respirator: ??? Two years ago, the Ocean View School District in Orange County, California, was forced to close...more

Toxic Tort & Product Liability Quarterly Vol. 9, No. 3, August 2016

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

California Appellate Court Upholds “Every Exposure” Theory - Deferring to the role of a jury in resolving questions of competing scientific theories, a California appeals court upheld a trial court’s ruling allowing...more

“All Sums” Claims Another Victory, This Time In New York

In Viking Pump, Inc., et al. v. TIG Insurance Co., et al., 2016 N.Y. LEXIS 1018 (N.Y. May 3, 2016), policyholders scored a victory when New York’s highest court applied “all sums” allocation and vertical exhaustion. The...more

Feds Crack Down on Unsafe Asbestos Removal

by Howard Ankin on

The unsafe removal of asbestos by unprotected workers poses a huge health and safety risk in today’s workplace. Although asbestos is known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma, it is not banned and continues to pose dangers...more

Talc Litigation: The Big Picture

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In 2015 and 2016, juries awarded $13 million in a talc case in California, and $72 million and $55 million in talc cases tried in Missouri. The California plaintiff argued that she used talcum powder which contained...more

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