Defense Litigation Insider Helping you navigate a clear path through complex litigation.

Category Archives: Asbestos Litigation

Subscribe to Asbestos Litigation RSS Feed

North Carolina Bankruptcy Court Limits Garlock’s Asbestos Liabilities and Ford Wants the Court Records Unsealed

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Litigation Trends, Toxic Tort

Background: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC (“Garlock” or “Debtors”) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2010.  Garlock had been an active asbestos defendant for its asbestos-containing precut gaskets, sheet gasket material, and packing materials.  In January, after extensive discovery and a trial held under seal, the Bankruptcy Court issued an opinion (pdf download) in… Continue Reading

Congresswoman’s Asbestos Lawsuit Emblematic of an Increasing Trend of Allegedly Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer Cases

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Delaware Courts, Litigation Trends

Companies and insurers continue to experience an increase in the number of lawsuits they face, which involve Plaintiffs who allege that their lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure, despite the fact that many of these Plaintiffs were longtime smokers.  The trend, which has emerged over several years, has gained nationwide prominence as highlighted by… Continue Reading

Top 5: Changes to New Delaware Asbestos Standing Orders

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Delaware Courts, Litigation Trends

Approximately a year ago Delaware Asbestos Judge John A. Parkins, Jr. asked the asbestos bar to recommend a revised Standing Order No. 1  (pdf download) and General Scheduling Order (pdf download) (“GSO”) to govern the ten asbestos trial settings in Delaware each year.  The endeavor was led by the ADR Master, David A. White, and then Judge… Continue Reading

Asbestos Cases and Every Exposure Causation: Proper Expert Witness Preparation Is Essential In Any Jurisdiction

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Litigation Trends

Companies around the country grapple with different standards of causation in different jurisdictions.  If recent trends continue, some jurisdictions may take a harder look at the “every exposure” theory of causation advanced by plaintiffs’ attorneys in asbestos litigation. Pennsylvania has recently reaffirmed the “well established” concepts involving the requirements for substantial factor causation: The each… Continue Reading

Delaware Judge Upholds $2.8 Million Verdict in Galliher Asbestos Trial

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Delaware Courts

Background:  Judge John A. Parkins, Jr. recently upheld a $2.8 million verdict awarded to the estate of a deceased 62 year old man in a mesothelioma case .  The Simmons firm represented Plaintiffs in this case against R.T. Vanderbilt (“Vanderbilt”).  Plaintiffs argued that Vanderbilt’s NYTAL industrial talc (pdf download) contained asbestiform materials and caused Mr. Galliher’s mesothelioma. … Continue Reading

Another Brick In The Wall Against Medical Monitoring Claims

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Massachusetts Courts, Toxic Tort

United States District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf recently denied the “medical monitoring” claims of a putative class alleging beryllium exposure. This is the first decision addressing medical monitoring claims in Massachusetts since the landmark Donovan ruling in 2009, and strengthens the restrictions on such claims. Medical monitoring claims, a relatively modern addition to tort… Continue Reading

Defense Verdict Obtained Via Independent Rebuttal Witnesses in Living Mesothelioma Case Brought by Medical Expert Dr. Richard Luros

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, California Courts, Toxic Tort

On July 12, 2013 an Alameda jury returned a defense verdict in the living mesothelioma asbestos case Richard Luros v. Amcord, Inc., Alameda Superior Court Number RG11600370. (Luros complaint pdf download). The California defense asbestos bar had been watching the case with interest since it was filed in October 2011, as the Plaintiff, Dr. Richard… Continue Reading

Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act: Discovery of Bankruptcy Claim Information to Avoid Double Compensation

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Toxic Tort

As previously reported on Defense Litigation Insider, the United States House of Representatives is presently considering the “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act.” (H.R. 982) Since our last report, the bill was approved by the House Judiciary Committee by a 17-14 vote despite efforts to amend its original form. The bill, introduced by Rep. Blake… Continue Reading

Insurers Hold Attorney-Client Privilege in Instances where Bankrupt Corporation with No Officers or Directors is the Insured

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, California Courts, Litigation Trends

In Melendrez v. Superior Court (download), 214 Cal.App.4th 1343 (2013), the California Court of Appeals, Second District, recently resolved the issue of who may verify discovery responses on behalf of a bankrupt entity with no directors or officers.  The decision also reaffirms prior cases which hold that attorneys cannot waive the attorney-client privilege on behalf of… Continue Reading

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT PUBLISHES ANOTHER OPINION LIMITING POOL OF DEFENDANTS AVAILABLE TO PLAINTIFFS IN CALIFORNIA ASBESTOS LITIGATION

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, California Courts, Toxic Tort

The California Supreme Court recently resolved conflicting opinions from state appellate intermediary courts on the subject of whether, or under what circumstances, a plaintiff may sue a dissolved out of State corporation in California. In Greb v. Diamond International Company, 56 Cal. 4th 243 (2013) the Court held that dissolved foreign corporations are not subject… Continue Reading

Getting the Facts: House Considers the “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act” of 2013

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Litigation Trends, Toxic Tort

The House of Representatives subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law is currently considering the “Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency (FACT) Act.”   The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Representatives Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and Jim Matheson (D-UT), aims to bring transparency to federal asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Bill H.R. 982 would require federal asbestos bankruptcy trusts to file quarterly… Continue Reading

Free and Clear: Dissolved Delaware Corporation Deemed Not Liable for Asbestos-Related Liabilities More than 10 Years After Dissolution

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Delaware Courts

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently took a rare foray into the world of asbestos litigation after it was asked to appoint a receiver to distribute the remaining reserves from casualty insurance policies issued to Krafft-Murphy Company, Inc. (“Krafft-Murphy”) to plaintiffs who allege injury from asbestos-containing products used by Krafft-Murphy.  The Chancery Court, in an… Continue Reading

Verdict Alert: Delaware jury awards $2.8 million to surviving wife and estate of a 62 year-old deceased man with mesothelioma in a talc case.

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Delaware Courts

On July 27, 2012, a jury in the matter of Michael Galliher v. American Optical Corp., et al., an asbestos personal injury lawsuit pending in the Superior Court of the State of Delaware, awarded over $2.8 million to the surviving wife and the estate of Michael Galliher.  The jury found the sole defendant at trial,… Continue Reading

Shed a Little Light: Congressional Hearing on Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts Promises Much-Needed Transparency

Posted in Asbestos Litigation

  Recently, the Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on an important new bill aimed at furthering transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trusts.  Proponents of the controversial new bill, entitled H.R. 4369, the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) Act of 2012,” say that it would… Continue Reading

John Crane v. Hardick: No Non-Pecuniary Damages for the Estate of a Former Navy Sailor

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Delaware Courts

  As has been discussed on this blog, a number of Courts—including the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the DE Maritime—have recently held that maritime law may apply to claims brought by former Navy sailors who allege exposure to asbestos while performing maintenance work on ships while at sea.  Now, the Supreme Court of Virginia,… Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Says Equipment Manufacturers Not Liable For Injuries Caused By Asbestos-Containing Replacement Parts

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, California Courts, Litigation Trends, Products Liability

Co-authored by Brian Gross  After years of inconsistent rulings in the trial and appellate courts, the California Supreme Court recently decided the issue of whether plaintiffs in asbestos litigation may pursue claims against equipment manufacturers for injuries caused by asbestos-containing replacement component parts they neither manufactured nor supplied. For the reasons below, the Court expressly rejected this theory of liability and affirmed judgment in… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Rule on Whether “Every Breath You Take” Theory Holds Water in Asbestos Litigation

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Litigation Trends

Co-authored by Brian Gross The health hazards associated with asbestos have been documented, at least to some degree, for many years.  Yet the litigation of asbestos injury claims is as robust and contentious as ever. Why? Well, much of it stems from the fact that there is controversy in the medical and scientific community as to… Continue Reading

Congress Taking a Closer Look into Alleged “Double-Dipping” by Asbestos Claimants

Posted in Asbestos Litigation

Co-authored by Brian Gross Chances are, if you watch television, you’ve seen them – commercials in which attorneys promise financial compensation for those who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.  In their efforts to fulfill these promises, plaintiffs’ attorneys can pursue claims not only against solvent companies through the court system, but can also pursue… Continue Reading

Delaware Asbestos Judge Continues Trend of Streamlining Docket

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Litigation Trends

Much like Judge Robreno, currently in charge of the Federal MDL asbestos docket in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Judge Ableman of the Delaware Superior Court has made increasing the efficiency of the Delaware asbestos docket a goal since being put in charge of asbestos litigation in Delaware in May of 2010.  One of the… Continue Reading

Tort Reform Law And The Controversial “Losers Pay” Provision; A Game Changer For Asbestos Litigation?

Posted in Asbestos Litigation, Toxic Tort

Co-authored by Brian Gross The Texas legislature recently enacted a major tort reform law which would make the losing party pay the opposing party’s “costs and reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees.”  In its true form, this rule, also known as the “English Rule,” requires that a losing party in litigation pay the fees and the costs… Continue Reading