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7th Cir. Affirms Dismissal of Non-Occupational Asbestos Claims; Threatens Sanctions for Non-Compliance with Briefing Requirements

CHICAGO –– The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed dismissal orders entered in favor of Weyerhaeuser Co. and Owens-Illinois tossing plaintiffs’ non-occupational asbestos exposure claims, in part calling the claims frivolous and ordering the plaintiffs’ counsel to show why sanctions should not be imposed for violations of type-volume limitations.

In six separate, identical opinions issued on June 6, the 7th Circuit found no fault with the District Court’s decision concluding that the plaintiffs had failed to present sufficient expert testimony would support their contention that they lived close enough to the plant for long enough to incur asbestos-related ...

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