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Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy

  • November 30, 2018

    Work, ‘Vast Majority’ Testimony Seals Up Asbestos Case, Delaware Top Court Told

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Testimony that a man worked on, and around others working on, automobile engines in enclosed spaces and evidence that the vast majority of cylinder head gaskets contained asbestos during that time are sufficient to deny a company summary judgment, a couple told the Delaware Supreme Court on Nov. 27 (In re: Asbestos Litigation, Philip Lavelle, et al. v. Federal-Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, et al., No. N16C-03-079 ASB, Del. Sup.).

  • November 27, 2018

    New York High Court Affirms Ruling In Asbestos Causation Standard Case

    NEW YORK — A divided New York Court of Appeals on Nov. 27 affirmed a ruling setting aside an $11 million asbestos verdict, finding that the evidence did not support the conclusion that Ford Motor Co.’s products were the proximate cause of a man’s fatal mesothelioma under Parker v. Mobil Oil Corp. (In re New York City Asbestos Litigation, Mary Juni, etc. v. A.O. Smith Water Products Co., et al., No. APL-2017-00114, N.Y. App.).

  • November 27, 2018

    Barton Doctrine Bars Fiduciary Breach Claims Against Swan Trustees

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Three asbestos trust claimants cannot pursue breach of fiduciary duty allegations against the trustees because their adversary action was never authorized, though one of the claimants has sufficient standing as a beneficiary of the trust to amend the complaint, a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge ruled Nov. 16 (In re:  Swan Transportation Co., No. 01-11690 [Richard Smith, et al. v. W.D. Hilton, Jr., et al., No. 17-50053], D. Del. Bkcy., 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 3673).

  • November 26, 2018

    Bankruptcy Judge OKs Releases In Asbestos Plan, But Not In Liquidating Trust

    TACOMA, Wash. — A Washington federal bankruptcy judge on Nov. 20 allowed Chapter 11 debtor Fraser’s Boiler Service Inc. to include certain releases and exculpations in its amended plan of reorganization, over the objections of the U.S. trustee and insurers, but said the debtor cannot release an asbestos trust trustee and advisory committee from claims because the trust does not exist yet (In re:  Fraser’s Boiler Service, Inc., No. 18-41245, W.D. Wash. Bkcy., 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 3662).

  • November 21, 2018

    Duro Dyne’s Disclosure Statement Approved By Bankruptcy Judge

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge on Nov. 20 approved the disclosure statement for Chapter 11 debtor Duro Dyne National Corp.’s prenegotiated plan of reorganization and set a date for the plan’s confirmation hearing (In re:  Duro Dyne National Corp., et al., No. 18-27963, D. N.J. Bkcy.).

  • November 20, 2018

    Daughter Takes Over Father’s Seat On Bestwall’s Asbestos Claimants’ Committee

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The daughter of a man with mesothelioma who was appointed to the Official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants in the Chapter 11 case of Bestwall LLC will succeed her father on the committee as representative of his estate and holder of a wrongful death claim against the debtor after the man died recently, according to a Nov. 20 order in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (In re Bestwall LLC, No. 17-31795, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

  • November 20, 2018

    California Jury Awards $32.2 Million In Asbestos-Pipe Case

    LOS ANGELES — A California jury on Nov. 15 found that J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc. acted with malice in exposing a man to asbestos and tacked $15 million in punitive damages on to $15.2 million in compensatory damages it awarded earlier in the week, sources told Mealey Publications (Norris Morgan, et al. v. CBS Corp., et al., No. BC695605, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).

  • November 20, 2018

    Illinois Jury Awards $6 Million In Asbestos Case Against John Crane

    CHICAGO — An Illinois jury on Oct. 10 awarded $6,022,814.06 to the family of a pipe fitter who died of mesothelioma, sources told Mealey Publications (Sharon Daniels, et al. v John Crane Inc., et al., No. 2016-L-011308, Ill. Cir., Cook Co.).

  • November 20, 2018

    Settlement Approvals Flout 9th Circuit Precedent, Asbestos Insurers Argue

    TACOMA, Wash. — A bankruptcy court erred in approving settlements between Chapter 11 debtor Fraser’s Boiler Service Inc. and several asbestos insurers and in barring equitable contribution and breach of contract claims by nonsettling insurers against the insurers, the nonsettling insurers told a Washington federal court Oct. 23 (In re:  Fraser’s Boiler Service, Inc., Nos. 3:18-cv-5637 and 3:18-cv-05638, W.D. Wash.).

  • November 16, 2018

    South Carolina Jury Hangs For 2nd Time In Asbestos-Talc Trial

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Once again, a South Carolina jury hearing an asbestos-talc case informed the judge that it could not reach a verdict against Johnson & Johnson, culminating on Nov. 15 in a second mistrial in the case in just six months (Bertila Boyd-Bostic v. Imerys Talc America, et al., No. 17-CP-16-0400, S.C. Cir., Darlington Co.). VIDEO FROM THE TRIAL IS AVAILABLE.

  • November 13, 2018

    Debtor Must Hire Liability Consultants As Experts, Bankruptcy Judge Rules

    TACOMA, Wash. — A Washington federal bankruptcy judge on Nov. 8 denied requests by Chapter 11 debtor Fraser’s Boiler Service Inc. to employ as professionals two experts to help estimate the debtor’s future asbestos liability, but said the company is free to hire the experts  without court approval and seek reimbursement for their fees (In re:  Fraser’s Boiler Service, Inc., No. 18-41245, W.D. Wash. Bkcy.).

  • November 7, 2018

    Asbestos Coverage Dispute Must Await Chapter 11 Results, Bankruptcy Judge Says

    TRENTON, N.J. — With new Chapter 11 debtor Duro Dyne National Corp. already on the path to reorganization, a New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge on Oct. 17 denied a request by asbestos insurers to lift the automatic bankruptcy stay so a New York state court coverage case can proceed (In re:  Duro Dyne National Corp., et al., No. 18-27963, D. N.J. Bkcy.).

  • November 6, 2018

    Defendant 13 Percent Liable For Tennessee Jury’s $2,071,216.21 Asbestos Award

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. — A Tennessee jury awarded a widow $2,071,216.21 in her case alleging that her deceased husband was exposed to asbestos in industrial pipes and fittings.  The jury’s Sept. 19 verdict held the lone remaining defendant 13 percent liable, sources told Mealey Publications (James Davis, et al. v. Ameron International Corp., et al., No. 15734, Tenn. Cir., Maury Co.).

  • November 6, 2018

    Shipyard Hit With $5,474,934 Asbestos Verdict By Louisiana Jury

    NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana jury on Oct. 23 returned a $5,474,934.20 asbestos verdict against shipyard Main Iron Works for a man’s fatal mesothelioma, sources told Mealey Publications (Donald Foret v. Taylor-Seidenbach Inc., et al., No. 2015-9079, La. Dist., Orleans Parish).

  • November 2, 2018

    U.S. Trustee Appeals Appointment Of FCR For Duro Dyne Chapter 11

    TRENTON, N.J. — A U.S. trustee in the Chapter 11 case of Duro Dyne National Corp. is continuing his fight against the usually routine appointment of a future claimants’ representative (FCR), on Oct. 31 appealing a New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge’s order naming a longtime representative for future asbestos claimants as FCR (In re:  Duro Dyne National Corp., et al., No. 18-27963, D. N.J. Bkcy.).

  • November 2, 2018

    Washington High Court: Pfizer Liable For Quigley Asbestos Refractory Products

    SEATTLE — Washington state recognizes the apparent manufacturer doctrine, and when applied from a reasonable consumer’s perspective, the doctrine creates genuine issues about whether Pfizer Inc. held itself out as the manufacturer of the now-bankrupt Quigley Co. Inc.’s asbestos-containing refractory products, the state’s divided high court held Nov. 1 (Margaret Rublee, et al. v. Carrier Corp., et al., No. 94732-5, Wash. Sup., 2018 Wash. LEXIS 718).

  • October 25, 2018

    Trial Justice: Insolvent Insurer Not Allowed To Prorate Asbestos Coverage

    NEW YORK — Midland Insurance Co., which is in liquidation, cannot prorate its asbestos coverage, a New York trial justice ruled Aug. 10, finding that a trust can pursue the full limits of excess policies issued by the insolvent insurer (In the matter of the liquidation of Midland Insurance Co., No. 041294/1986, N.Y. Sup., New York Co., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4668).

  • October 25, 2018

    Oakfabco, Insurers Reach Deal That Boosts Funding For Planned Asbestos Trust

    CHICAGO — Chapter 11 debtor Oakfabco Inc. has reached a settlement with the last remaining insurers challenging the company’s reorganization efforts that will provide $2.65 million more in funding for an asbestos trust than a previous settlement amount, according to a notice of successful mediation the debtor filed Oct. 3 in Illinois federal bankruptcy court (In re:  Oakfabco, Inc., No. 15-27062, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).

  • October 25, 2018

    Manville, Thorpe Trusts Both Paid Most Claimants For Which Thorpe Seeks Indemnity

    NEW YORK — Only 389 asbestos claimants out of the more than 4,000 claims that the Thorpe Trust seeks indemnification for from the Manville Trust have not already received settlements from both trusts, the Manville Trust reported Oct. 22 to a New York federal bankruptcy judge in the two trusts’ dispute over the indemnification claims (Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust v. Thorpe Insulation Company Asbestos Settlement Trust, No. 1:17-ap-1186, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).

  • October 24, 2018

    Ford, Honeywell Demand ‘Full Access’ To Asbestos Trusts’ Claimant Information

    PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals must reverse rulings placing limits on how Ford Motor Co. and Honeywell International Inc. can use asbestos claimants’ information from nine bankruptcy trusts and remand with instructions to grant them “full access” to the data to use as they wish, the companies argue in an Oct. 5 brief on appeal (In re:  AC&S, Inc., et al., No. 18-1951, 3rd Cir.).