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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Parties in La. Asbestos Case Exchange Post-Trial Briefing in Wake of $7.75 Million Verdict

Parties in a Louisiana asbestos case have exchanged post-trial briefing in the wake of a $7.75 million verdict, with the plaintiffs maintaining that the jury erroneously attributed liability for the decedent’s mesothelioma to Owens-Illinois.

Issue #230, December 2019

Missouri Jurors Reach Defense Verdict for J&J at Conclusion of Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Trial

A Missouri jury has reached a defense verdict in favor of Johnson & Johnson at the conclusion of a talcum powder ovarian cancer case, HarrisMartin Publishing is reporting.

American Biltrite Denied Summary Judgment in Asbestos Case by N.Y. Court

A New York trial court has refused to award American Biltrite Inc. summary judgment in a case involving its asbestos-containing vinyl floor tiles, finding that the plaintiffs had proffered enough evidence to raise issues of fact relating to the defendant’s liability.

HarrisMartin: J&J Cleared in California Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Trial

Jurors in California have reached a defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson at the conclusion of an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder trial, rejecting claims that the plaintiff’s mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos in the products.

N.Y. Court Refuses to Dismiss Punitive Damage Claim Against Burnham in Asbestos Case

A New York trial court has rejected Burnham LLC’s efforts to toss claims in an asbestos case, opining in part that it could not, at this stage of the litigation, dismiss the punitive damage claim since the defendant should have “sought discovery on punitive damages earlier in this case.”

Wash. Court Denies Motion to Reconsider Summary Judgment Order for Ingersoll-Rand in Asbestos Case

A Washington federal court has denied efforts by asbestos plaintiffs to have the court reconsider its order awarding summary judgment to Ingersoll Rand, noting that while the plaintiffs expressed their desire to include more allegations against the company in their complaint, no official efforts to amend the lawsuit have been initiated.

Crosby Valve Awarded Summary Judgment in Asbestos Case by Wash. Federal Court

Crosby Valve LLC has been awarded summary judgment in an Washington federal court, which concluded that the plaintiffs had failed provide evidence establishing a “reasonable connection” between the decedent’s injuries and products manufactured, sold, or supplied by the company.

N.Y. Court Defers Ruling on Jurisdictional Challenges in Talc Case, Orders Jurisdictional Discovery

A New York court has deferred ruling on a motion to dismiss on jurisdiction grounds filed by Johnson & Johnson defendants in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case, finding that the plaintiff had “made a ‘sufficient start’ for this court to grant jurisdictional discovery.”

Del. Supreme Court Remands Asbestos Case for Determination on Whether $40 Million Award Was Excessive

The Delaware Supreme Court has remanded an asbestos case, finding that the trial court that rejected Ford Motor’s post-trial motions in a more than $40 million verdict erred when it assessed whether Ford’s reduced share of the damages was excessive.

Issue #229, November 2019

N.Y. Court Rejects Efforts to Dismiss Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Action on Forum Grounds

A New York trial court has rejected challenges to forum in an asbestos-containing talcum powder action brought by a Texas woman, saying that the defendant’s ties to New York are enough to prevent dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds.

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