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Mealey's Asbestos

  • June 21, 2019

    Federal Regulations Cover Asbestos-Wrapped Pipes In Rail Cars, Company Says

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Recognizing the difficulties posed by a state-by-state regulation of the rail industry, Congress imposed comprehensive regulations applying to asbestos-insulation used in rail cars, a manufacturer to those cars told the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 20 (Nancy Little, et al. v. The Budd Co., No. 19-2014, 10th Cir.).

  • June 21, 2019

    Former Serviceman, Pump, Valve Makers File Pretrial Briefs

    PHILADELPHIA — In pretrial memorandums, two remaining defendants tell a federal judge in Pennsylvania that there is no evidence of exposure from their products and place the blame on the plaintiff’s cigarette use.  But in his own brief filed June 17, the man says repeated asbestos exposures while serving in engines rooms led to his disease (Robert Hedrick, et al. v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al., No. MDL 875, 16-476, E.D. Pa.).

  • June 21, 2019

    Ohio Court Affirms Rail Worker’s $4,508,488 FELA Asbestos Award

    CLEVELAND — An Ohio appeals court on June 20 affirmed a $4,508,488 Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) asbestos verdict, saying that the evidence permitted the jury’s conclusion that the railroad’s negligence played at least a part in a man’s lung cancer and that nothing in expert witness rulings or closing argument required a new trial (Kevin E. Howell v. Consolidated Rail Corp., et al., No. 107245, Ohio App., 8th Dist., 2019 Ohio App. LEXIS 2543).

  • June 20, 2019

    Court Reverses Asbestos Causation Testimony Exclusion, Directed Verdict

    LOS ANGELES — A trial improperly excluded expert testimony that a man’s 1966 bystander exposure to asbestos dust created by a floor tiling project could have caused his mesothelioma and in granting the manufacturer directed verdict, a California appeals panel held June 19 (Robert T. Friedman, et al. v. American Biltrite Inc., No. B291411, Calif. App., 2nd Dist., 2019 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4104).

  • June 20, 2019

    New York Court Finds Expert Testimony Insufficient For Asbestos-Talc Verdict

    NEW YORK — An expert’s opinion that exposure to “detectable” levels of asbestos in talc could result in mesothelioma fall short of New York’s causation standard, a state appeals court held June 20 (Claudine Discala, as administrator of the estate of Joan Robusto v. Charles B. Chrystal Company Inc., et al., No. 9676 190413/2013, N.Y. Sup., App. Div. 1st Dept., 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4991).

  • June 20, 2019

    Kentucky Top Court Affirms Asbestos-Exposed Teacher’s Worker’s Comp Ruling

    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Sufficient evidence supports the conclusion that a teacher could have been exposed to asbestos at a school’s breakroom, the Kentucky’s Supreme Court said June 13 in a workers’ compensation case (Letcher County Board of Education v. Roger Hall, et al., No. 2018-SC-000638-WC, Ky. Sup.).

  • June 19, 2019

    Florida Jury Awards Couple $70 Million In Asbestos Case

    MIAMI — A Florida jury on June 17 awarded $70 million to a couple in an asbestos case alleging occupational exposure to separator equipment (Charles E. Thornton, et al. v. GEA Mechanical Equipment US Inc., et al., No. 17-006018 CA 42, Fla. Cir., Miami-Dade Co.).

  • June 19, 2019

    Trio Of Courts Find Remand Warranted In Johnson & Johnson Asbestos-Talc Cases

    Johnson & Johnson faced defeats in three separate federal courts in its battle to keep asbestos-talc cases in federal court after a flurry of rulings filed June 13, 14 and 17 (Olivia Garza, et al. v. Blixtex Inc., et al., No. 19-224, D. Ariz., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100163; Barbara San Nicolas v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 19-1153, D. S.C., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100025; Dana Carrera v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. 19-536, E.D. Calif., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101051).

  • June 19, 2019

    New York Court Affirms, But Further Reduces Record-Setting Asbestos Verdict

    NEW YORK — While sufficient evidence supports a record-setting New York asbestos verdict, the already once reduced award still deviates materially from what could be considered reasonable compensation and must be reduced further, a New York appellate court held June 18 (In re:  New York City Asbestos Litigation, Mary Murphy-Clagett v. A.O. Smith Water Products, et al., No. 9634-, 9634A-, 9634B-, 9634C- 190311/15, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 1st Dept.).

  • June 18, 2019

    Plaintiff Wants J&J Counsel Sanctioned After $12M Asbestos-Talc Verdict

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A plaintiff recently awarded $12 million in an asbestos-talc case asked a California judge on June 5 to sanction Johnson & Johnson’s counsel for contempt, saying he tried the case against plaintiff’s counsel and repeatedly violated court orders (Patricia Schmitz v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., No. RG18923615, Calif. Super., Alameda Co.).

  • June 18, 2019

    Pump Company Says No Evidence Links It To Man’s Lung Cancer

    PHILADELPHIA — A jury will hear nothing but speculation regarding a man’s exposure to asbestos and the resulting lung cancer from which he has recovered, an asbestos pump company told a federal judge in Pennsylvania in a June 14 pretrial memorandum (Robert Hedrick, et al. v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al., No. MDL 875, 16-476, E.D. Pa.).

  • June 18, 2019

    Plaintiffs, Pipe Maker Debate Foreseeable Use, Warnings In Asbestos Appeal

    SAN FRANCISCO — Any use of an abrasive saw on asbestos-containing pipe would have been unforeseeable to the manufacturer in 1981 as it would have contradicted standards, both industry and the public were well aware of the dangers by that time, and in any case, a household member falls outside the scope of the duty to warn, a company tells a California appeals court in a May 22 brief (Dawn Lamb, et al. v. CertainTeed Corp., No. A152691, Calif. App., 1st Dist.).

  • June 17, 2019

    Insurer Wants Second Look At Missouri Enhanced Mesothelioma Benefit Case

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A workers’ compensation insurer on June 5 asked a Missouri appellate court to reconsider whether a 2005 law creating enhanced workers’ compensation insurance benefits for mesothelioma victims applies to a long-defunct company or transfer the case to the state’s high court (Vincent Hegger v. Valley Farm Dairy Co., No. ED106278, Mo. App., Eastern Dist., 2019 Mo. App. LEXIS 816).

  • June 14, 2019

    New York Justice Delays Trial Rather Than Exclude Asbestos-Talc Expert Testimony

    NEW YORK — Saying he could neither admit nor exclude recently produced expert testimony on testing identifying asbestos in historic samples of talc without prejudicing one party or another, a New York justice in an opinion posted June 12 instead delayed the trial by four months (Beverley Alleyne v. A.O. Smith Water Products Co., et al., No. 190295/2017, N.Y. Sup., New York Co., 2019 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2845).

  • June 14, 2019

    New York Lacks Jurisdiction Over Talc Suppliers, Justice Says In Asbestos Case

    NEW YORK — New York courts lack jurisdiction over talc suppliers because none of the exceptions to the state’s general rule that asset sales do not include liabilities applies, a justice in the state held in an asbestos opinion posted June 13 (Ana Angie Garrido, et al. v. Avon Products Inc., et al., No. 190358/2016, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

  • June 14, 2019

    New York Appellate Court Says Auto Asbestos Defendant Waived Jurisdiction Defense

    NEW YORK — A truck company’s pre-Daimler v. Bauman concession that registering to do business in New York provided jurisdiction in an asbestos case waived the defense, a New York appeals court held in affirming denial of the company’s motion to dismiss June 13 (In re New York City Asbestos Litigation, [Kristian Gibson, et al. v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., etc., et al.], No. 9664 190187/15, N.Y. Sup. App. Div., 1st Dept.).

  • June 14, 2019

    Pump Company Assumed Asbestos Liabilities In Sale, New York Justice Says

    NEW YORK — Contract language that would be rendered unnecessary if the purchaser were not assuming asbestos personal injury liabilities warrants denying a company’s motion for summary judgment, a New York justice held in an opinion posted June 12 (Anthony D. Leone, et al. v. Weinman Pump & Supply Co., et al., No. 190295/2015, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).

  • June 14, 2019

    New York High Court: Coke Ovens Fall Under Products Liability

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Despite their size and limited marketplace, coke ovens are products for product liability purposes because the manufacturer was largely responsible for them and was in the best position to issue warnings, a majority of New York’s top court held June 11 in reinstating a failure-to-warn case against Honeywell International Inc. (In the matter of the Eighth Judicial District Asbestos Litigation, [Donald J. Terwilliger, et al. v. Beazer East Inc., et al.], No. 36, N.Y. App., 2019 N.Y. LEXIS 1639).

  • June 13, 2019

    Asbestos Companies Urge Affirmance Of Magistrate Judge’s Report

    WILMINGTON, Del. — If the asbestos product identification evidence was as strong as a plaintiff suggests, he would have cited to it, two companies told a federal judge in opposing objections to a Delaware magistrate judge’s recommendation (Richard Wayne Rogers v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al., No. 17-1570, D. Del.).

  • June 13, 2019

    California Jury Hits Colgate, J&J With $12M Asbestos-Talc Verdict

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A California jury on June 12 held Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive Inc. liable for a retired teacher’s talc-related mesothelioma and awarded her nearly $12 million, sources told Mealey Publications (Schmitz v Johnson & Johnson, No. RG18923615, Calif. Super., Alameda Co.).