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Issue #4, March 2001

Canadian Journal Publishes Call for International Asbestos Ban: Objectors Claim Collegium Ramazzini's Basis for a Ban Is Unsupported by Plea

The Collegium Ramazzini has renewed its plea for an outright international ban on the mining and use of asbestos, urging officials that safer industrial alternatives to the carcinogen exist

ASBESTOS LIABILITY BATTLES LOOM IN G-I HOLDINGS INC. BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDINGS<br>The Committee of Asbestos Claimants Squares Off Against G-I and Its Subsidiary BMCA, As G-I Dukes It Out with D&O Liability Insurers

According to the Official Committee of Asbestos Claimants of G-I Holdings Inc., something is rotten in Denmark. Or New Jersey, to be more precise, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. In re: G-I Holdings Inc

Issue #3, February 2001

Jury Awards $17.5 Million to Five Plaintiffs in New York

Five plaintiffs in a case consolidated for trial in New York Supreme Court have been awarded more than $17 million

Owens-Illinois (OI)

Owens Illinois' stock price jumped nearly 100 percent in the month beginning early December, but leveled out at about $7 a share following news that financial ratings service Fitch was downgrading the company's

Burns & Roe Sues Its Insurers to Recoup Full Defense And Indemnification Costs

An engineering firm that recently filed for Chapter 11 reorganization has sued several of its insurers, claiming they failed to make good on alleged obligations to sufficiently defend and indemnify

Conn. Sup. Court Rules Asbestos Injuries Are 'Multiple Occurrences' For Coverage Purposes

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that several thousand asbestos claims filed against Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. constitute multiple occurrences for purposes of coverage

Louisiana Court: Law Prohibiting Medical Monitoring Damages Cannot Be Applied Retroactively

A change in Louisiana law that prohibits recovery of damages for medical monitoring cannot be applied retroactively to a personal injury claim filed by several plaintiffs occupationally exposed

Calif. Appeals: No Coverage For Post-Policy Asbestos and Environmental Liabilities

A comprehensive general liability (CGL) insurance policy cannot be expected to cover property acquired after the policy period, despite the actual date of the damage, a California appeals court has ruled

Trustee Appoints Committees To Oversee Armstrong Bankruptcy Proceedings

U.S. Trustee Frederic J. Baker has appointed a committee of asbestos claimants and of general unsecured creditors who will oversee the bankruptcy proceedings of Armstrong World Industries

Armstrong Claimants' Committee: Retaining Legislative Counsel Is Futile, Wasteful

The committee chosen to represent claimants in the Armstrong World Industries bankruptcy proceedings has filed a series of objections, most notably to discourage lawyers from pursuing

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