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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N.Y. Court Affirms Order Tossing $11 Million Asbestos Verdict; Says Plaintiff Experts Didn’t Quantify Exposure Levels

A New York appellate court has affirmed an order vacating an $11 million asbestos verdict, ruling that while the plaintiffs’ experts testified as to the increased risk and association between asbestos and mesothelioma, they did not quantify the decedent’s exposure levels as required under Parker.

Issue #196, February 2017

Maryland Jury Awards More than $14.5 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Trial Against GP, Wallace & Gale

A Maryland jury has awarded more than $14.5 million at the conclusion of an asbestos case against Georgia-Pacific and Wallace & Gale that involved both occupational and para-occupational exposure, sources told HarrisMartin.

N.Y. Judge Reverses Recommendation Allowing Asbestos-Containing Talc Case to be Included in In Extremis Docket

A New York judge has granted defense requests to vacate a recommendation allowing the inclusion of an asbestos-containing talc case in the city’s in extremis docket, saying the plaintiff has failed identify a defendant connected with the decedent’s alleged New York City exposure.

N.Y. Court Orders That $22 Million Asbestos Verdict Be Set Aside Unless Plaintiffs Agree to Reduction to $7 Million

A New York court has granted asbestos defendant Burnham LLC’s post-verdict motion for remittitur, setting aside a $22 million verdict unless the plaintiffs agrees to decrease the jury’s aggregate award for pain and suffering to $7 million.

Del. Judge Recommends Summary Judgment for 4 Asbestos Defendants; Motions were Unopposed

A Delaware magistrate judge has recommended the award of summary judgment to four asbestos defendants, noting that the motions were unopposed.

La. Court Denies Motions to Dismiss in Asbestos Case; Seeks More Specific Detail from Plaintiffs

A Louisiana federal court has denied motions to dismiss an asbestos case filed by Rohm and Haas Co. and Honeywell International Inc., saying, in part, that the plaintiffs have to provide a more details explanation of the specific factual bases for their claims against the defendants.

Del. Judge Recommends Summary Judgment for John Crane, Fiat in Asbestos Case

A Magistrate Judge has recommended that two asbestos defendants be awarded summary judgment, concluding that the plaintiffs had failed to meet the substantial factor test as to claims asserted against John Crane and Fiat Allis North America.

House of Representative Members Reintroduce Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Legislation

A Texas representative has reintroduced legislation in the House of Representatives aimed at requiring the public disclosure of claims submitted with asbestos bankruptcy trusts.

Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for ITW Food Equipment in Asbestos Case Involving Commercial Kitchen Equipment

A New York jury has reached a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case involving commercial kitchen equipment, finding that lone remaining defendant ITW Food Equipment Group was not liable for the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.

La. Court Says Plaintiff Can’t Seek Non-Pecuniary Damage for Death of Seaman in Asbestos, Silica Exposure Suit

A Louisiana federal court has dismissed non-pecuniary damages asserted by the widow of a former sandblaster and paint sprayer, finding that the case law is clear in that a seaman’s damages under both the Jones Act and general maritime law against both employers and non-employers are limited to pecuniary losses.

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