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 #3, February 2001

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

Judge Says Law Firm Can Alert Homeowners to Possible Presence Of Zonolite Insulation

A judge overseeing a class action filed against the makers of asbestos-containing Zonolite Attic Insulation will allow plaintiffs' attorneys in the case to notify residents in Washington state

Former Grace Workers Told of Possible Plant Exposure; Nearby Homeowners Sue

Minnesota's state Department of Health has alerted former employees of a W.R. Grace & Co.'s Minneapolis vermiculite plant to be aware of health risks associated with possible exposure

Asbestos-Only Judge Proposed in Libby, Montana

State Republican legislative leaders are supporting a senate bill (S.282) that would temporarily add a second district judge in state court in Libby, Mont

Texas Appeals Court: 'Scintilla' of Evidence Sufficient for Trial

A Texas appeals court has reversed a trial court's no-evidence summary judgment for the defendants in an asbestos exposure case, finding that a doctor's affidavit, which was questioned

N.J. Appeals Court Activates <i>Bond</i> Rule to Dismiss Widow's Compensation Claim

Hearing no sufficient evidence of workplace asbestos exposure, an appeals court in New Jersey has affirmed dismissal, under the Bond rule, of three workers' comp claims filed by the widow of a man who died

Trade Groups Challenge W.Va. Court's Interpretation of Occupational Disease Law

Several groups representing claimants with alleged occupational disease are petitioning the West Virginia Supreme Court, arguing that its recent decision placing absolute evidentiary burden

N.C. Appeals Court Upholds Award, Remands for Recalculation

Upholding an award by the North Carolina Industrial Commission to an employee suffering from job-related asbestosis, the state's Court of Appeals remanded the issue of calculation

Leaving Hazardous Job Not Condition Precedent to Workers' Compensation Award

An employee who retires prior to being diagnosed with asbestosis need not be

Special Workers' Compensation Scheme for Asbestosis Is Constitutional, N.C. Court Rules

The special provisions of the occupational disease amendment relating to asbestosis and silicosis enacted by the North Carolina legislature do not violate the equal protection clause in either the state

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