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.



Issue #215, September 2018

Calif. Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for Hennessy at Conclusion of Mesothelioma Trial

A California jury has reached a defense verdict in favor of Hennessy Industries LLC, as successor to AMMCO Tools Inc., rejecting claims that the plaintiff developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos fibers when using an AMMCO brake arc grinder.

Calif. Jury Awards $8.45 Million in Asbestos Case Against Weil-McLain; Assesses Defendant 60 Percent Liability

A California jury has awarded $8.45 million at the conclusion of an asbestos trial against Weil-McLain, finding the defendant 60 percent liable for causing the former pipefitter and plumber’s mesothelioma.

Issue #214, August 2018

N.C. Court Tosses Some Claims in Asbestos Case, Allows Negligence, Failure-to-Warn Claims to Proceed

A North Carolina federal court has issued an order tossing some claims in an asbestos case, ruling that an insulation supplier was entitled to summary judgment on the punitive damages claim.

N.J. Court Remands Asbestos Action, Says Only State Law Claims Remain

A New Jersey federal court has remanded an asbestos case sua sponte, finding that the defendants relying on the federal officer removal statute have since been dismissed, and only state law claims remained.

Valve Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment in Asbestos Case Denied by N.Y. Court

Efforts by valve manufacturer Fairbanks Co. to obtain summary judgment in an asbestos case have been denied by a New York court, which opined that the defendant had failed to present evidence to support its motion.

N.Y. Court Retains Jurisdiction of Asbestos Cosmetic Talc Case, Rejects Forum Challenges from Several Defendants

A New York trial court has rejected separate efforts by defendants in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case to dismiss the claims on forum non conveniens grounds, opining in part that splintering the case would create the risk of conflicting rulings between courts of different jurisdiction.

Calif. Jury Awards $1.1 Million at Conclusion of Pipefitter’s Asbestos Case; Allocates 20 Percent Liability to Remaining Defendant

A California jury has awarded $1.1 million to the family of a former pipefitter, accepting claims that the decedent’s mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos fibers in cement pipes sold by P.E. O’Hair.

N.Y. Court Denies Efforts to Dismiss Asbestos Talc Case, Says England Not Appropriate Forum

A New York trial court has refused to grant a motion to dismiss on forum grounds in an asbestos cosmetic talcum powder case, saying that transfer to England, where the alleged exposure occurred, would create hardship for the plaintiffs.

N.Y. Court Grants Defense Motion to Dismiss Asbestos Complaint on Jurisdiction Grounds

A New York trial court has granted a lumber company’s motion to dismiss a secondhand exposure asbestos complaint, finding that it did not have jurisdiction over the claims.

La. Court Grants Motion for Expedited Trial Date in Asbestos Talc Case

A judge overseeing an asbestos talcum powder case has granted the plaintiffs’ motion for an expedited trial date over defense oppositions, placing the case on the November trial docket, sources told HarrisMartin.

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