HOUSTON — Hess Corp. Chapter 11 debtor affiliate HONX Inc. seeks to reorganize and establish a $116 million trust to pay asbestos personal injury claims, even though the representative for future asbestos claimants is not on board with the plan, the debtor says in a status report filed in Texas federal bankruptcy court.
NEW ORLEANS — Two asbestos law firms have appealed a Louisiana federal bankruptcy judge’s approval of a $1 million settlement between the Chapter 7 trustee for a bankrupt insulation supplier and the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA), which is obligated to pay covered claims for an insolvent insurer.
JACKSON, Miss. — Various documents associated with experts and briefing in a dispute between a B-reader and a company hired to audit asbestos bankruptcy trust submissions are entitled to ongoing protections, a federal judge in Mississippi said.
WILMINGTON, Del. — The asbestos trust established in the Chapter 11 case of Owens-Illinois Inc. spinoff Paddock Enterprises LLC paid nearly $60 million to settle 439 claims of asbestos disease sufferers in the last three months of 2022, according to the trust’s annual report filed in Delaware federal bankruptcy court.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Although the Kaiser Gypsum Co. Inc. asbestos trust was created nearly two years ago, it had yet to make a payment to a claimant by the end of 2022 because the claimants’ representatives were still conducting due diligence to determine the payment percentages for each disease category, according to the trust’s annual report filed in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court.
DALLAS — Complaints about an asbestos bankruptcy trust payment process belong in the bankruptcy court and before the claim resolution process, not a federal district court, a federal judge said in dismissing a case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge in Mississippi denied a motion to amend and entered a take-nothing judgment in an asbestos bankruptcy trust expert’s action against a consulting company he claimed cherry-picked evidence to ensure that his readings would no longer be accepted by the trusts and plaintiffs’ law firms.
PITTSBURGH — Debtor ON Marine Services Co. LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2020 due to thousands of asbestos personal injury claims, is ready to end its Chapter 11 case, telling a Pennsylvania federal bankruptcy court in a motion for entry of a final decree that the case has been “fully administered.”
NEW ORLEANS — A jury did not abuse its discretion in awarding a man $35.75 million in general damages for his mesothelioma in light of the evidence while noting that verdicts will naturally rise, especially during “particularly rampant inflation,” and that the court did not err in assigning liability, a Louisiana appeals court said in affirming the verdict.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The joint Chapter 11 case of Ingersoll-Rand and Trane spinoffs Aldrich Pump LLC and Murray Boiler LLC should be dismissed because the debtors are not in financial distress and the bankruptcy proceeding leaves asbestos claimants “trapped in a process for years and denied compensation while they suffer and die,” a committee of claimants says in a motion filed in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court.
TRENTON, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson (J&J) spinoff LTL Management LLC on May 15 filed a plan of reorganization in its second Chapter 11 case in New Jersey federal bankruptcy court that, if approved by asbestos claimants, would create a $12 billion asbestos trust, which the debtor says is “unprecedented.”
CHICAGO — Ford Motor Co. prejudiced an asbestos plaintiff when it reached a “clear, specific and uncomplicated” agreement over the introduction of trial evidence only to then introduce photographs in violation of the agreement, an Illinois appeal court said in affirming a trial court’s order declaring a mistrial.
NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana federal judge granted a decedent’s daughter’s motion to remand in an asbestos exposure case filed against a shipyard, related parties and a now-insolvent insurer, finding that because the federal claims have been dismissed or settled, case law and common law support remand.
PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 9 declined to dismiss the second Chapter 11 case of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) spinoff LTL Management LLC at the request of a committee of asbestos-talc claimants, saying the “drastic and extraordinary remedy” of a writ of mandamus is not warranted at this time.
NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana federal judge granted the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association’s (LIGA) summary judgment motion in a suit filed against it and a shipyard where a man says his exposure to asbestos there caused his mesothelioma, finding that the claim is not a covered claim as to LIGA because it was filed after the statutory claims filing period.
MISSOULA, Mont. — Two government agencies must produce witnesses for trial testimony after a federal judge overseeing a false claims act case alleging submission of fraudulent asbestos claims under a special Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicare pilot program denied motions to quash subpoenas.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in veering from the “plain text” of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, which allows a “‘party in interest’” to “‘appear and be heard on any issue’” in a Chapter 11 case, the primary insurer for debtors Kaiser Gypsum Co. Inc. and Hanson Permanente Cement Inc. tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a petition challenging the Fourth Circuit’s finding that it lacks standing to oppose the debtors’ confirmed plan of reorganization.
TRENTON, N.J. — Former talc supplier and current Chapter 11 debtor Whittaker, Clark & Daniels Inc. (WCD) and three bankrupt affiliates are asking a New Jersey federal bankruptcy court to appoint a former federal bankruptcy judge as the future claimants’ representative (FCR) for asbestos disease sufferers.
NEW YORK — In a series of post-hearing letters, parties to an asbestos-talc case debated the importance and impact of the voluntary withdrawal of a study from the case and whether it mooted ongoing efforts at discovering the study participants’ identities.
TRENTON, N.J. — The receiver appointed by a South Carolina court to administer the assets of defunct talc supplier Whittaker, Clark & Daniels Inc. (WCD) filed a motion in New Jersey federal bankruptcy court seeking to have the company’s recent Chapter 11 case dismissed, saying he is the only person with the authority to declare bankruptcy for the company.