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High Court Rejects Manufacturers’ Bare-Metal Defense in Maritime Asbestos Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that, under maritime law, manufacturers have a duty to warn of the potential dangers of their products if asbestos-containing materials were later added to the products by third parties.

Calif. Jury Awards $25 Million to Former National Iranian Oil Worker for Overseas Exposure

A California jury has awarded a former National Iranian Oil Co. worker $25 million, accepting claims that his testicular mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos in products he used while working overseas.

Plaintiffs File Class Action Against Claire’s Stores for Allegedly Asbestos-Tainted Make-Up Products

A class action complaint has been filed in New York federal court against Claire’s Stores Inc., saying the company had a duty to assure that their make-up products did not contain asbestos and to warn consumers that they did, in fact, contain asbestos.

Calif. Jury Awards $29.5 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Trial Against J&J

California jurors have awarded $29,491,000 at the conclusion of an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, accepting the plaintiff’s claims that the company’s talc products caused her to develop mesothelioma, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting.

Defendants Awarded Summary Judgment in N.C. Federal Asbestos Exposure Case

A North Carolina federal judge has awarded summary judgment to Farmers Chemical Association Inc. and Schlage Lock Company LLC in an asbestos case, based upon a lack of evidence that the defendants exercised control over the work sites where the alleged exposure took place.

Calif. Jury Awards $937,500 at Conclusion of Lung Cancer Asbestos Trial, Allocates 60 Percent Fault to Plaintiff

A California jury has awarded $937,500 at the conclusion of a lung cancer trial, but reached a defense verdict in favor of one of the remaining defendants and allocated a total of 30 percent fault to the two other companies remaining in the case at the time of the verdict.

Closing Arguments Underway in Alameda County Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Trial

Parties in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case are currently delivering closing arguments in what is believed to be the first asbestos-related cosmetic talcum powder case to proceed to trial against Johnson & Johnson in Alameda County.

FDA Finds Asbestos in Cosmetic Talc Products from Claire’s, Justice

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its finding from testing it conducted on talc-based products sold in Claire’s and Justice stores, saying that it found asbestos in three product samples from Claire’s and one of the product samples from Justice.

N.Y. Court Denies Summary Judgment in 2 Separate Asbestos Cases

A New York court has denied summary judgment motions filed by two defendants in two separate asbestos actions, finding in one that the testimony gives rise to a credibility determination and it is not the court’s role to resolve conflicting testimony.

N.Y. Court Denies American Biltrite’s Motion for Summary Judgment in Asbestos Colon Cancer Case

American Biltrite’s efforts to obtain summary judgment in a colon cancer asbestos case were rejected by a New York court, which opined that the conflicting evidence raises questions of fact to be determined by a jury.

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