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Nine asbestos defendants have been awarded summary judgment in a case pending in the national asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation after the Pennsylvania court found that the plaintiffs had failed to establish that the decedent’s mesothelioma was caused by the defendant’s products.
A federal court has granted Honeywell’s motion for reconsideration of a summary judgment motion, saying that the plaintiffs had not satisfied causation standards recently outlined by the Virginia Supreme Court.
Todd Shipyards’ attempts to obtain summary judgment in a lawsuit involving exposure to asbestos on its ships have been granted in part, with the court overseeing the national asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation awarding summary judgment to the defendant on strict product liability claims.
Jurors in California have rejected asbestos claims asserted on behalf of a former plasterer, accepting defense’s contentions that the decedent’s lung cancer was caused by his extensive smoking history, sources told HarrisMartin.
Honeywell International Inc.’s (NYSE:HON) motion to dismiss asbestos claims asserted by a former mechanic has been granted by the court overseeing the national asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation, which found that the only evidence supporting product identification was an unsworn report.
Calling the question of causation in asbestos cases an “exceedingly difficult one,” a California federal court has granted a defense in limine motion seeking to exclude “each and every” exposure testimony.
A Louisiana appellate court has reversed an award of summary judgment entered in favor of an insurer, finding that the plaintiff had established that a genuine issue of material fact existed in the take-home asbestos exposure case.
A New York court has denied Union Carbide’s efforts to obtain summary judgment in an asbestos lung cancer case, finding the plaintiff had submitted sufficient evidence showing that the asbestos-containing tiles in question were still being manufactured.
Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Requiring Asbestos Plaintiffs to Disclose Trust Details; Legislation Heads to Senate
Legislators in Wisconsin have passed a bill that would require asbestos plaintiffs to disclose claims pending with bankruptcy trusts, or indicate their intention to file claims with personal injury trusts.
The court overseeing the national asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation docket has awarded summary judgment to CBS Corp. (NYSE:CBS) and General Electric (NYSE:GE) on product identification grounds, but denied similar efforts made by Union Carbide.