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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Calif. Jury Awards More than $40 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Talc Trial; No Punitive Damages Awarded

A California jury has awarded plaintiffs asserting asbestos cosmetic talc claims more than $40 million in compensatory damages at the conclusion of a trial against Johnson & Johnson, sources told HarrisMartin Publishing.

Issue #227, September 2019

N.Y. Court Tosses Asbestos Claims Against Defendant, Cites Lacking Jurisdiction

A New York trial court has granted an asbestos defendant’s motion to dismiss, concluding that it could not assert either general or specific jurisdiction over the company and concluding that “more is required than just an injury in New York.”

Plaintiff in Pa. Cosmetic Asbestos Talc Case Oppose Efforts to Continue Trial Setting, Cites Declining Health

A plaintiff asserting cosmetic asbestos talcum powder claims is opposing efforts by defendants to push back a 2020 trial setting, maintaining that an earlier trial setting would be appropriate, given the plaintiff’s declining health.

Retrial Underway in Cosmetic Talcum Powder Asbestos Case Against J&J

A retrial is underway in a cosmetic talcum powder asbestos case against Johnson & Johnson, one year after a mistrial was declared in the case after jurors indicated to the court that they were deadlocked.

Wash. Court Awards Summary Judgment to 3 Defendants in Asbestos Case

A Washington federal court has awarded summary judgment to three companies named as defendants in an asbestos case, concluding in part that, while the evidence suggests that the decedent may have used asbestos-containing brakes at unspecified times, it does not establish that the decedent worked with the allegedly harmful brakes.

Wis. Court Refuses to Substitute Asbestos Defendant in as Real Party in Interest for Insurer

A Wisconsin federal court has refused to substitute an asbestos defendant in for an insurer, saying that a settlement agreement between the two parties only granted the insurer a contractual right to be indemnified for asbestos-related liabilities.

N.J. High Court Weighs in on Apportionment of Liability to Settling Defendants Dispute in Asbestos Case

New Jersey’s highest court has weighed in on an asbestos dispute involving the apportionment of fault to settling defendants, concluding that the trial court was correct in submitting the question to the jury of whether a percentage of fault should be allocated to the settling defendants.

Mo. Jury Awards $8.4 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Trial Against Ford Motor

A Missouri jury awarded $8.4 million to a former Ford Motor dealership mechanic, accepting his claims that his mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure incurred during his employment.

N.Y. Court Amends Order Reinstating Punitive Damage Claim in Asbestos Case to Correctly Identify Defendants

A New York trial court has amended an order reinstating a punitive damages claim in an asbestos case after it erroneously named a defendant against which the claim should not have been reinstated.

N.Y. Court Dismisses Punitive Damage Claim Against Domco, Rejects Defendant’s Causation Challenges

A New York trial court has dismissed a claim for punitive damages asserted against Domco Products of Texas Inc. in an asbestos case, saying that the plaintiffs’ failure to put the company on notice that it would be pursuing such damages was “unfair” and a “violation of the defendant’s due process rights.”

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