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Issue #217, November 2018

Calif. Jury Awards More than $30 Million to Former Construction Supervisor, Allocates 45 Percent Liability to J-M Manufacturing

A California jury has awarded more than $30 million to a former construction supervisor, finding defendant J-M Manufacturing 45 percent liable for the plaintiff’s mesothelioma, sources told HarrisMartin.

HarrisMartin: Mistrial Declared for Second Time in Asbestos Talc Case Against J&J

A South Carolina jury has once again failed to reach a verdict in an asbestos talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, with the trial court judge declaring a mistrial for the second time in six months, HarrisMartinis reporting.

Calif. Jury Reaches Defense Verdict in Asbestos Cosmetic Talcum Powder Case Against J&J

A California jury has reached a defense verdict at the conclusion of a trial in which a woman contended that she developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos fibers in Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products.

La. Court Affirms Judgment for Honeywell, Says Turner Owed Indemnification for Asbestos-Related Claims

A Louisiana appellate court has affirmed an award of judgment to Honeywell International Inc. in a dispute over indemnification for asbestos claims, finding that the contract language at issue was unambiguous.

Md. Court Affirms Holding that John Crane Didn’t Owe Duty in Secondary, Household Exposure Asbestos Suit

A Maryland appellate court has affirmed a holding that John Crane did not owe a duty to warn the wife of a former maintenance worker that handled the company’s asbestos-containing rope product, opining that “it would not have been feasible for [the defendant] to directly warn decedent.”

Ill. Court of Appeals Affirms Order Allowing Asbestos Case to Stay In McLean County

An Illinois appellate court has affirmed an order denying a motion to transfer asbestos claims, concluding that the trial court had not abused its discretion when it found the conspiracy claim provided a sufficient connection to the county in which the suit was filed.

N.Y. Court Dismisses Several Claims in Asbestos Talcum Powder Suit Against Colgate-Palmolive

A New York court has dismissed several counts asserted in an amended asbestos talcum powder on statute of limitations and pleading specificity grounds.

Zurich American Insurance Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment, Seeks Declaration of Limits Related to $32 Million Verdict

Zurich American Insurance has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment, asking a court to judicially declare the limits of its insurance coverage in connection with an asbestos personal injury lawsuit in which a $32.7 million.

Calif. Court For First Time Applies Iranian Law to Asbestos Claims for Strict Liability, Joint and Several Liability, Punitive Damages

A California state court has granted in part a motion to apply Iranian law in an asbestos case for the first time, concluding that while past courts were concerned about the religious influence on Iranian law, “all laws of civil redress have root in some religious tradition, and these laws do not radically or offensively differ from traditions in the law of the various United States.”

La. Jury Awards $5.475 Million at Conclusion of Asbestos Trial Against Main Iron Works

A Louisiana jury has awarded asbestos plaintiffs nearly $5.5 million at the conclusion of a mesothelioma trial, accepting the plaintiff’s claims that the decedent was exposed to asbestos-containing products while working as an insulator.

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