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Issue #5, April 2001

Armstrong Granted More Time by Bankruptcy Court to Submit Reorganization Plan

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has granted Armstrong World Industries' request for a six-month extension to file its reorganization plan with the court and solicit the

Asbestosis Case Remanded Again for Allocation of Liability

Dissatisfied with the trial court's equal allocation of responsibility against several employers for an employee's pulmonary asbestosis, a New Jersey appeals court has remanded the case to the lower court

Retirement Does Not Preclude Workers' Compensation Award, Tennessee Court Rules

An employee's voluntary retirement does not preclude an award of workers' compensation benefits for an asbestos-related injury that arose out of the

4th Circuit Finds Last Maritime Employer Rule Constitutional And Awards Benefits

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has found that a rule under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) apportioning full liability to a claimant's last maritime

EPA Granted Access to W.R. Grace Sites in Libby, Mont.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been granted immediate and unrestricted access to three W.R. Grace & Co. sites in Libby, Mont., to complete its investigation

California Arguments to Proceed Over Market Share General Order for Friction Defendants

SAN FRANCISCO — Judges in California have agreed to hear arguments over whether the court should adopt a general order clarifying the plaintiffs' burden under market share theory of recovery against friction

Georgia Appeals Court Affirms A Finding of No Evidence

A Georgia appeals court has affirmed summary judgment in a suit originally filed against 16 asbestos manufacturers and suppliers because the plaintiff was unable to show that her brothers were exposed

Reasonableness of Timely Notice to Insurer Is Jury Question, Wisconsin Court Rules

Whether an insured's delay in giving timely notice of an asbestos-exposure claim to its insurance carrier is reasonable is a question for the jury, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled

Md. District Court Rules On Three Summary Judgment Motions in 'Comedy of Errors'

In an attempt to untangle a web caused by numerous procedural errors in what began as a "run-of-the-mill" asbestos case, the U.S. District Court in Maryland has granted and denied in part

Spinoff of Insurer's Subsidiary Ended Its Fixed-Cost Asbestos Policies, Delaware Court Decides

The spinoff of Highlands Insurance Group Inc. from the Halliburton Co. resulted in the termination of certain fixed-cost insurance policies issued by the former subsidiary, thus relieving Highlands

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