Asbestos-Tobacco Case Too Late, But Joinder Not Impossible, Maryland Court Says

Mealey's (July 6, 2016, 1:12 PM EDT) -- ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Joinder of tobacco defendants for their alleged “synergistic” role in a lung cancer case in Maryland’s special asbestos docket came too late, but may be permissible in the future, the state’s top court held July 5 (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Inc., et al. v. Douglas Stidham, etc., et al., No. 77 September Term 2015, Md. App.).

(Opinion available. Document #01-160720-002Z.)

In January 2008, Jack F. Stidham, a retired electrician, filed suit in the Baltimore City Circuit Court against 38 defendants whose conduct allegedly...
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