Dustin C. Beckley is an associate with Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP and a member of the firm’s Products Liability and Complex Tort Litigation Group. His civil litigation practice focuses on toxic tort and products liability litigation. As an experienced litigator, Dustin represents and counsels clients through all phases of complex litigation, from initial investigation and discovery through trial. Dustin has extensive experience handling asbestos cases and toxic tort cases both as local counsel and national expert witness coordinating counsel.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has regulated electronic cigarettes, making it illegal to sell e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. Similarly, California recently enacted legislation requiring a minimum purchase age of 21 for e-cigarettes. Tobacco critic Stanton Glantz argued in favor of the minimum purchase age, stating that “There’s no question that e-cigarettes aren’t as… Continue Reading
The Garlock asbestos bankruptcy has generated significant interest from attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants as well as from companies and insurers involved in asbestos litigation. Although the impact on litigation throughout the country has been uneven, courts seem to be more willing to take a proactive role in ensuring that transparency is provided in disclosing… Continue Reading
Note: For more MG&M analysis on Garlock, please see previous post by William Larson and Brian Gross. The ramifications of the Garlock asbestos bankruptcy are just beginning to be felt across the country. As new developments continue to play out, it is important to note that in each of the 15 cases in which… Continue Reading
The Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Georgia-Pacific Corp. was not liable for illness involving a woman who was exposed to asbestos while doing her father’s laundry in the 1960s. The Insurance Journal reported on the recent decision: The Court of Appeals ruled that Georgia-Pacific Corp. was not obligated to warn relatives of the… Continue Reading
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
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