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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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La. Federal Court Stays Execution of $2.58 Million Judgment in Asbestos Action Pending Appeal

A Louisiana federal court has stayed the execution of a $2.58 million judgment in an asbestos verdict, concluding that a bond secured by the defendant is sufficient to justify the stay while the case is on appeal.


Pa. Supreme Court: Allocation Requirement of Fair Share Act Doesn’t Apply to Strict Liability Asbestos Action

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the percentage allocation requirement outlined in the Fair Share Act does not apply to strict liability asbestos cases since an injury from asbestos exposure is “inherently a single, indivisible injury that is incapable of being apportioned in a rational manner because the individual contributions to the plaintiff’s total dose of asbestos are impossible to determine.”


Wash. Appellate Court Reverses Damages in $81.5 Million Asbestos Verdict, Upholds Finding of Liability

A Washington appellate court has reversed, in part, an $81.5 million asbestos verdict against NAPA and GPC, opining that the trial court erred when it excluded testimony of an expert set to speak on whether the decedent’s life expectancy was shortened due to his cirrhosis of the liver.


Ore. Jury Awards $6.2 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Trial Against Kaiser Gypsum

An Oregon jury has awarded more than $6.2 million at the conclusion of an asbestos trial against Kaiser Gypsum Company Inc., finding that the defendant’s conduct was reckless, sources told HarrisMartin Publishing.


Calif. Court Affirms Summary Judgment Award for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. in Asbestos Talc Case

A California appellate court has affirmed an award of summary judgment to defendants in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder lawsuit, finding that the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate that it was more likely than not that the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos in the talcum powder products.


Neb. Dismisses Asbestos, Chemical Exposure Suit, Says Claims are Time-Barred

A Nebraska federal court has dismissed a chemical and asbestos exposure suit, finding that the decedent knew he had been exposed to hazardous materials at work at the time he was diagnosed with colon cancer.


La. Supreme Court Finds Prior Release Bars New Mesothelioma Survival Claims

The Louisiana Supreme Court has found that a prior release in an asbestos case bars a more recent action, finding that while it was “tragic” that the decedent developed mesothelioma decades after signing the settlement agreement, it is “not grounds to have it set aside.”


N.Y. Appeal Court Dismisses Asbestos Appeal, Notes Parties Had Reached Settlement Agreement

A New York appellate court has dismissed an asbestos-related appeal, noting that the parties had recently filed a stipulation for withdrawal of appeal, as the parties had reached a settlement agreement.


Ericksson Inc. Denied Summary Judgment by N.Y. Court in Asbestos Case

A New York trial court has rejected efforts to obtain summary judgment by an electric defendant in an asbestos case, finding that the company had failed to make a prima facie case on causation and, as a result, it was not necessary to address the plaintiffs’ opposition arguments.


HarrisMartin: N.J. Jury Adds $750 Million Total in Punitive Damages to Earlier $37.3 Million Verdict in Asbestos Talc Trial

A New Jersey jury has added $750 million in punitive damages total to an earlier $37.3 million compensatory damage verdict at the conclusion of the second phase of a trial in which Johnson & Johnson’s Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky took the stand, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting.


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