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N.Y. Jury Awards $60 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Trial Involving Boiler Defendants

A New York jury has awarded $60 million at the conclusion of an asbestos trial involving asbestos-containing boilers, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin.

J&J, Imerys Talc Attack Claims in Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Case; Plaintiff Moves to Remand

Defendants named in a recently removed asbestos complaint involving talcum powder products have filed motions to dismiss conspiracy and fraud claims and to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, maintaining in part that the plaintiff has failed to show that one of the defendants have minimum contacts with Louisiana.

Calif. Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for 3M Co. in Asbestos Case Involving Company’s Respirators

A California jury has reached a defense verdict for 3M Company in an asbestos case brought by a former welder, pipefitter and millwright, rejecting claims that the defendant’s respirator failed to protect the employee from dangerous asbestos fibers.

Issue #210, April 2018

Wash. Court Denies Defense Challenges to Asbestos Suit on Pleading, Jurisdiction Grounds

A Washington federal court has denied defense challenges to an asbestos case on pleading sufficiency and personal jurisdiction grounds, concluding that, at this point in the proceedings, the plaintiffs had satisfied their burden.

Jury Adds $80 Million in Punitive Damages to Earlier $37 Million Award in Asbestos Talc Case Against J&J

A New Jersey jury has awarded an additional $80 million in punitive damages to an earlier $37 million award in a trial against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America, during which the plaintiffs accused the company of manufacturing talcum powder products that contained asbestos fibers in an amount sufficient enough to cause the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.

Del. Federal Court Won’t Reconsider Order Granting Summary Judgment to Foster Wheeler in Asbestos Case

A Delaware federal court had denied a plaintiff motion to reconsider an order granting summary judgment to Foster Wheeler in an asbestos case, finding that the plaintiffs had “ample opportunity” to timely file the motion, but did not do so.

Jury Awards $37 Million at Conclusion of Phase I in Asbestos Trial Against J&J for Talcum Powder Products

A New Jersey jury has awarded $37 million in compensatory damages at the conclusion of the first phase of a trial against Johnson & Johnson, marking the first time a jury has found for a plaintiff on claims that the defendant’s talcum powder products contained asbestos.

Wash. Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for John Crane in Case Involving Asbestos-Containing Packing Products

A Washington jury has reached a defense verdict in favor of John Crane, rejecting claims that the decedent’s work with the defendant’s asbestos-containing packing products caused him to develop mesothelioma.

Appeals Court: New York Asbestos Rules for Punitive Damages Can Stay in CMO

NEW YORK — A New York Appellate Court has ruled that recent court-ordered amendments to the provisions governing punitive damages and other procedural protocols in the New York City Asbestos Litigation docket do not deprive defendants of due process or other Constitutional rights. The March 22 order from the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Judicial Department is the most recent ruling in a long-standing dispute over changes in the asbestos docket’s existing Case Management Order pertaining to claims made to bankruptcy trusts, the creation of an accelerated docket, and reinstatement of punitive damages.

Parties in N.Y. Asbestos, Asbestiform Fiber/Talc Exposure Lawsuit Reach Settlement Agreement Prior to Opening Arguments

Parties involved in an asbestos and asbestiform fiber/talc exposure lawsuit have reached a settlement agreement at the end of jury selection, sources confirmed to HarrisMartin.

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