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Asbestos is the source for more complete asbestos-related litigation news. Summaries of important decisions, verdicts and complaints are at the core of every issue, but this publication isn't simply a review of case law. We identify the critical trends and track important stories as they unfold, bringing you unique insights and valuable information.


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Upstate New York Jury Awards $7 Million to Former Laborer, Finds Valve Defendant 50 Percent Liable

A jury in upstate New York has awarded $7 million at the conclusion of an asbestos trial, finding Jenkins Bros. 50 percent liable for a former laborer’s asbestos exposure and subsequent development of mesothelioma.


N.Y. High Court Refuses to Hear Appeal of CMO Allowing Punitive Damage Awards in NYCAL

New York’s highest court has declined to hear an appeal over whether a New York trial court erred when amending the New York City Asbestos Litigation docket’s case management order to include punitive damages.


Miss. Court Tosses Asbestos Claims Against Huntington on Preemption, Statute of Limitations Grounds

A Mississippi federal court has awarded summary judgment to Huntington Ingalls Inc., finding that a pro se complaint was both preempted by the LHWCA and barred by the three-year statute of limitations.


Ill. Appellate Court Tosses Asbestos Verdict Against Hobart Brothers, Says Defendant Didn’t Know Risks

An Illinois appellate court has reversed a $4.6 million verdict entered against Hobart Brothers in an asbestos welding rod case, finding that the dangers of asbestos exposure to welding rods was not commonly known during the time period in question and, further, that there was no evidence that welding rods were a substantial cause of the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.


Ohio Court Grants Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, Says Product Liability Act Preempts Asbestos Claims

An Ohio federal court has granted Honeywell’s motion for judgment on the pleadings regarding common law causes of action in an asbestos case, finding that they are expressly preempted by the Ohio Product Liability Act.


J&J Attacks Asbestos Talc Claims in S.C. Suit, Says Evidence Shows Talc Not Present in Relevant Mines

Johnson & Johnson has moved for summary judgment in an asbestos case, arguing that the plaintiffs have failed to establish that the company’s talcum powder contained asbestos fibers and instead have failed to respond to the defendant’s documentation showing that decades of testing has shown there is, in fact, no asbestos in talcum powder products.


New Complaint Filed in S.C. State Court Alleges Exposure to Talcum Powder Caused Mesothelioma

A new asbestos complaint has been filed in South Carolina state court alleging that a former insulator was exposed to a number of asbestos-containing products, including talcum powder ones manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.


Rockwell Automation Denies Summary Judgment in Asbestos Case Concerning Electrical Parts

A New York state court has rejected efforts by Rockwell Automation to obtain summary judgment, finding that the plaintiffs had presented sufficient evidence to establish the likelihood that the decedent was exposed to asbestos fibers in electrical products.


N.Y. Court Denies Colgate-Palmolive’s Motion for Summary Judgment in Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Case

A New York court has rejected Colgate-Palmolive’s efforts to obtain summary judgment in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case, finding that the defendant had failed to establish that there weren’t asbestos fibers in its talcum powder products.


La. Court Grants Honeywell’s Unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment in Asbestos Case

A Louisiana federal court has granted a motion for summary judgment filed by Honeywell International in an asbestos case noting that, while the motion was unopposed by the plaintiff, there is merit in that there are no material facts at issue.


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