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Issue #222, April 2019

J&J Defendants File Motion for Directed Verdict in Ongoing Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Trial

Johnson & Johnson companies defending themselves against claims that a Delaware woman’s mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products have filed a motion for a directed verdict at the close of the plaintiffs’ evidence, arguing that, even if some of the containers sporadically contained asbestos fibers, this exposure was insufficient to cause her illness.

Prop 51 Does Not Eliminate Joint and Several Liability for Noneconomic Damages, Calif. Appeals Court Rules

California’s Proposition 51 does not eliminate an intentional tortfeasor’s joint and several liability for noneconomic damages, a state appellate court has ruled in reversing a judgment following a $10.3 million verdict in an asbestos exposure case.

3rd Cir. Reinstates Maritime Asbestos Cases, Says Defendants Waived Personal Jurisdiction

A federal appellate court has reinstated 30-year-old asbestos exposure cases filed by merchant mariners, ruling that the defendant shipowners waived their personal jurisdiction defense by continuing to litigate the cases in an Ohio federal court.

Plaintiffs in Separate Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Cases Pending in S.C. State Court Seek Consolidation

Plaintiffs in two separate asbestos cosmetic talcum powder lawsuits pending against Johnson & Johnson in South Carolina state court have moved to consolidate their claims, saying that the state’s Civil Procedure “provide for the consolidation of matters when they involve a common question of law or fact.”

Legislation to Establish Office to Mediate Asbestos Claims Dies in Maryland Senate

Legislation aimed at establishing an office to mediate asbestos claims has died in the Maryland Senate, as senators opted not to approve a bill that was opposed by the Maryland Judiciary, which stated that it is “making full use of … procedures” established five years ago to address a backlog of asbestos cases in the Baltimore City docket.

Calif. Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for J&J in Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Case

A California jury has reached a defense verdict in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder lawsuit in favor of Johnson & Johnson, rejecting claims that the plaintiffs’ exposure to asbestos in the company’s personal care products caused him to develop mesothelioma.

Ohio Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for John Crane at Conclusion of Asbestos Trial

An Ohio jury has reached a defense verdict for John Crane after a two-week trial in which the plaintiffs said that regular work with asbestos-containing gaskets and packing products caused the development of mesothelioma.

Plaintiffs in Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Action Seek Production of Pathology Samples in Motion to Compel

Plaintiffs in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder exposure lawsuit have renewed their motion to compel production of pathology samples from a medical center, saying that hospital has failed to comply with their subpoena.

Maryland Senators Debate Bill Establishing Office to Mediate Asbestos Claims; Judiciary Opposes Efforts

Legislators in Maryland are currently debating a bill that would establish an office to mediate asbestos claims, but the Maryland Judiciary has opposed the efforts, maintaining that it is “making full use of … procedures” established five years ago to address a backlog of asbestos cases in the Baltimore City docket.

Pizza Oven Company Named as Defendant in Asbestos Case Denied Summary Judgment by N.Y. Court

A pizza oven company named as a defendant in an asbestos exposure action has been denied summary judgment after a New York court found that the plaintiff had sufficiently identified the defendant’s pizza ovens and provided descriptions of the equipment.

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