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N.Y. Court Denies Avon Products’ Motion for Summary Judgment in Asbestos Talc Action

NEW YORK –– A New York trial court has denied Avon Products Inc.’s motion for summary judgment in an asbestos talcum powder action, finding that the plaintiff had raised “credibility issues and issues of fact on general and specific causation, requiring a trial of this matter.”

In the April 8 order, the New York Supreme Court for New York County did, however, award the defendant summary judgment on the plaintiff’s conspiracy and collective liability/concert of action causes of action, saying that “New York does not generally recognize an independent cause of action for civil conspiracy to commit a tort.”

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