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Fla. State Court to Oversee Hearing on Sufficiency of Asbestos-Talc Lawsuit

A Florida state court is set to oversee arguments relating to Johnson & Johnson’s motion to dismiss an asbestos-talcum powder lawsuit, in which the defendant maintains that the plaintiff has failed to set forth sufficient facts in the complaint.

Fla. State Court to Hold Hearing on Defense Efforts to Continue Trial Date in Asbestos Talc Case

A Florida state court is set to hold a hearing on a motion for entry of a modified scheduling order, where it will address a request by the defendants in an asbestos-talc personal injury action to continue the current trial date to November.

Amended Asbestos-Talcum Powder Lawsuit Filed in Fla. State Court in Light of Defense Challenges

An amended complaint asserting asbestos-talcum powder claims against Johnson & Johnson defendants has been filed after a Florida state court ordered the plaintiffs to submit the suit with more specificity.

[Correction] Fla. Court Enters Judgment Totaling $6.2 Million in Asbestos-Talc Case Against J&J

A Florida has rejected efforts to obtain a new trial on damages in an asbestos-talcum powder case that ended in a $9 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson defendants earlier this year.

Del. Judge Recommends Summary Judgment for Defendants in Asbestos Action; Motions Unopposed

A magistrate judge has recommended that summary judgment be awarded to several defendants involved in an asbestos personal injury lawsuit, concluding that the plaintiff, who did not oppose the motions, had failed to establish product identification as to the moving parties.

3rd Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Tobacco/Asbestos Claims, Finds Plaintiff Failed to Establish Requisite Causation

The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed dismissal of an tobacco personal injury lawsuit involving a history of asbestos exposure, finding that the plaintiff had failed to establish the requisite causation.

Arizona Federal Court Remands Asbestos Suit Despite ‘Significant Deficiencies’ in Complaint

An asbestos exposure lawsuit has been remanded by an Arizona federal court, which found, in part, that the removing defendant had failed to establish that the acts at issue in the case occurred on a federal enclave subject to exclusive federal jurisdiction.

N.Y. Court Adopts Recommendation to Deny CVS Challenges to Asbestos-Talc Suit as Moot After Plaintiffs Agree to Dismissal

A New York federal court has adopted a report and recommendation denying motions from CVS Pharmacy contesting asbestos-talc claims, noting that the plaintiff had agreed to dismiss, with prejudice, the claims against the company.

Issue #237, July 2020

Settlements Reached in Nearly 40 Asbestos Cases Scheduled for Trial After W.Va. Judge Urges Parties to Avoid ‘Dreadful’ Trial Experience

Settlements have been reached in nearly 40 asbestos trials marked for trial next week, one week after a West Virginia judge urged the remaining parties to reach a resolution in order to avoid a “dreadful [trial] experience” with 6-foot social distancing and mask-wearing, sources told HarrisMartin Publishing.

W.Va. Judge Continues Solo Asbestos Case Set for August Trial after Previewing ‘Awful’ Trial Experience with Social Distancing

A West Virginia judge has opted to continue a single asbestos trial scheduled for August after reaching the conclusion that trying the case would be an “awful” experience and that mask-wearing would take away the jurors’ ability to make credibility judgments.

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