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Issue #3, February 2001

SNAKE EYES FOR LAST MAN STANDING<br>Pennsylvania Supreme Court Confirms Pre-Trial <i>Pro Tanto</i> Release: Decision Provides Windfall for Plaintiff

Sometimes, it just doesn't pay to be the last remaining defendant in high stakes litigation. In a much anticipated decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that in the apportionment of a verdict

GOOD SAMARITANS BEWARE <br>Parent Companies of Asbestos Defendants May Be Targeted Under the Good Samaritan Doctrine

Over the past several years, courts in Texas, as well as throughout the United States, have seen many asbestos defendants disappear from the litigation docket after decades of fighting literally thousands

Troubled Multi-Laboratory SV40 Study Making Second Try at Publication

Results of a multi-lab study designed to test techniques used to look for SV40 in mesothelioma are yielding objections from the study's own participants, who are for a second time advising against publishing the study

Plaintiff Flees Philadelphia Asbestos Trial

Asbestos plaintiff Thomas Baston got more than he bargained for earlier this month when he brought his personal injury claim before a jury in Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas

Texas Firm Seeking California Gold

Texas plaintiffs' firm Waters & Kraus has moved some of its operation out West, opening shop in Long Beach, Calif., recently.According to Waters & Kraus partners Andy Waters and Peter Kraus

Financial Woes For Asbestos Defendants Carry Corporate Realignment Trend Into 2001

For companies named in asbestos lawsuits, the year 2001 has begun just where 2000 left off. More than two dozen companies can point to asbestos liability as the reason they had to either shut their doors

Issue #2, January 2001

USG Corp. (USG)

After a mostly steady November, USG Corp.'s stock jumped almost 30 percent Nov. 7 following news that Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has plans to acquire a 15 percent share in the Chicago-based

W.R. Grace & Co. (GRA)

W.R. Grace's stock value rose more than 25 percent in early December, but the stock has leveled off since then. Grace is now facing a certified class action in Washington state over its tremolite-containing Zonolite Attic Insulation. Th



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