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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Defense Counsel Proposes Reform Plan for Baltimore City Asbestos Docket

Defense counsel told Maryland lawmakers that more than half of the 30,000 cases pending on the Baltimore asbestos docket are non-viable, warranting implementation of a reform plan that would recalibrate the docket to focus on sick plaintiffs with viable cases.

N.Y. Court Retains Jurisdiction over Defendant in Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Case

A New York trial court has retained jurisdiction over a company named in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case for its role as a distributor of talc, concluding that specific jurisdiction was present in that the company shipped into New York talc on a “continuous basis.”

6th Circuit Weighs in on Jurisdiction Dispute in Asbestos MARDOC Cases

The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has weighed in on a jurisdiction dispute in hundreds of MARDOC cases, agreeing in part with the asbestos national MDL Court’s determination that the defendants had not consented to jurisdiction in Ohio.

N.Y. Court Denies 2 Defendants Summary Judgment in Electrician’s Asbestos Case

A New York trial court has denied two defendants summary judgment in an asbestos case, finding that the plaintiffs have sufficient raised issues of fact.

Issue #228, October 2019

La. Appellate Court Reverses Summary Judgment Award for Liberty Mutual in Asbestos Case

A Louisiana appellate court has reversed an award of summary judgment to Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in an asbestos exposure suit, saying that a settlement agreement between the insurer and a now-bankrupt asbestos defendant was null and void as to third-party tort victims.

Johnson & Johnson: Baby Powder Recall ‘Doesn’t Move Needle on Whether Plaintiffs Have Scientific Evidence of Causation’

Johnson & Johnson has responded to a letter written by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee to the national multidistrict litigation docket for talcum powder claims regarding the defendant’s recent recall of a single lot of Baby Powder, “strongly objecting” the PSC’s suggestion that the recall merits the reopening of the Daubert hearing record.

Talcum Powder Plaintiff Steering Committee Seeks More Information on Baby Powder Recall, Wants to Supplement Daubert Brief

The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee has sent a letter to the federal court overseeing the national multidistrict litigation docket for talcum powder claims, alerting the MDL judge to Johnson & Johnson’s recent recall of a single lot of baby powder as a result of positive asbestos testing.

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Recalls Single Lot of Baby Powder After Tests Reveal Presence of Asbestos

Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. announced in a press release that it has voluntarily recalled a single lot of Baby Powder after tests indicated the presence of “sub-trace” levels of chrysotile asbestos.

Report: More than 5,000 Baltimore City Asbestos Cases Have Been Disposed of Since 2016

More than 5,000 asbestos cases have been disposed of since 2016, with the majority of those dispositions occurring within the last two years, according to a new report released from the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts.

Genuine Parts Moves for Summary Judgment, Says No Asbestos Fibers in Decedent’s Tissue Attributable to Its Products

Genuine Parts Co. has moved for summary judgment in an asbestos case, arguing that the plaintiffs had failed to offer evidence “capable of supporting a reasonable inference that respirable dust from the defendant’s product was present while the plaintiff was in close proximity.”

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