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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HarrisMartin: Jury Adds $4.14 Billion in Punitive Damages to Earlier $550 Million Award in Talc Trial Against J&J

A Missouri jury has added $4.14 billion in punitive damages to an earlier award of $550 million in a multi-plaintiff talcum powder trial, bringing the total verdict to $4.69 billion in what was the first multi-plaintiff trial to proceed in the state.

Parties Reach Settlement in Asbestos Talcum Powder Action Shortly After Jury Selection Commenced

The parties involved in an asbestos talcum powder against Colgate-Palmolive in which the plaintiff said his use of Cashmere Bouquet led him to develop mesothelioma have reached a settlement agreement, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin.

N.J. Appellate Court Reverses $1.5 Million Asbestos Verdict, Remands on Issue of Apportionment

A New Jersey appellate court has reversed a $1.5 million verdict in an asbestos case, concluding that the defendant involved in the verdict offered hearsay evidence against the plaintiff and not against settling defendants.

N.Y. Appellate Court Agrees to Allow Additional Time for Appeal of Asbestos Talc Verdict

A New York appellate court has granted a defense motion for an enlargement of time to perfect the appeal of a $7 million verdict in an asbestos talc case, delaying the appeal until 30 days after the court determines the appeal in another asbestos case involving questions of dosage.

Md. Appellate Court Affirms $2.6 Million Judgment Entered in Asbestos Case Against Drywall Contractor

A Maryland appellate court has affirmed a final judgment of more than $2.6 million against a drywall contractor, finding that there was sufficient evidence to support the plaintiff’s claims.

N.J. Judge Refuses to Set Aside $117 Million Verdict in Asbestos Talc Case

A New Jersey state judge has denied motions by Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America to set aside a $117 million verdict in a case in which the plaintiffs accused the companies of manufacturing talcum powder products that contained asbestos fibers.

Jury Selection Begins in Asbestos Talcum Powder Action Against Colgate-Palmolive

Jury selection is underway in an asbestos talcum powder against Colgate-Palmolive in which the plaintiff says his use of Cashmere Bouquet led him to develop mesothelioma, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin.

Parties in Cosmetic Talc Asbestos Case Begin Filing In Limine Motions as Court Mulls Motion for Sanctions

Parties involved in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder action have begun filing in limine motions while the court is set to weigh in on whether the defendants are entitled to sanctions for the alleged destruction of the decedent’s medical records.

Boeing Asks Illinois Federal Court to Reconsider Remand Order in Asbestos Case

Boeing Co. has asked an Illinois federal court to reconsider its order remanding an asbestos case back to state court, arguing that it had sufficiently laid out grounds for federal officer jurisdiction in its removal papers.

N.Y. Court Refuses to Order Asbestos Plaintiffs to Join State Court Defendants to Separate Federal Court Suit

A New York court has rejected the chance to issue an order requiring asbestos plaintiffs to join state-court defendants to a separately filed federal court action, saying that while the joinder of the defendants into one lawsuit may be efficient but is not required.

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