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Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy

  • March 7, 2018

    Law Firm Seeking Liability For Johns-Manville Broker Appeals To District Court

    NEW YORK — A Texas law firm will take its fight to hold Johns-Manville Corp.’s insurance broker independently liable for asbestos personal injury claims to New York federal court, filing a notice of appeal Feb. 12 of a bankruptcy judge’s ruling barring the firm’s in personam claims against the broker (In re Johns-Manville Corporation, et al., No. 1:18-cv-01228, S.D. N.Y.).

  • March 6, 2018

    G-I Holdings Pays $775,000 To Settle New York Housing Authority’s Indemnity Claims

    NEWARK, N.J. — Reorganized Chapter 11 debtor G-I Holdings Inc. will pay $775,000 to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to settle the authority’s indemnity and restitution claims for removal of G-I’s asbestos-containing material in authority buildings, according to a stipulation and order filed Feb. 2 in New Jersey federal bankruptcy court (In re: G-I Holdings Inc., et al., Nos. 01-30135 and 01-38790, D. N.J. Bkcy.).

  • March 5, 2018

    Employer: Expert, Damage Rulings Warrant Review After $18.6M Asbestos Verdict

    AUSTIN, Texas — An appeals court imposed the wrong standard in reviewing the punitive damage portion of an $18.6 million asbestos verdict and created a “trap” in finding that the defendant waived the issue of whether radiation could have caused the mesothelioma, an employer told the Texas Supreme Court on Feb. 28 (The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Vicki Lynn Rogers, et al., No. 18-0056, Texas Sup.).

  • February 28, 2018

    Energy Future’s Plan Confirmed Despite Objections By Asbestos Claimants

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on Feb. 27 confirmed the revised plan of reorganization for Chapter 11 debtor Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) over the objections of several asbestos claimants who said the plan’s treatment of claimants who have not yet developed an asbestos disease is unlawful and the plan was proposed in bad faith (In re Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al., No. 14-10979, D. Del. Bkcy.).

  • February 27, 2018

    Asbestos Defendants Take Maritime Bare-Metal Case To Supreme Court

    PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals conjured a foreseeability standard for the bare-metal defense from thin air, furthering cementing a circuit split on the issue of negligence liability for third-party parts and warranting review, companies told the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 31 (Air and Liquid Systems Corp, et al. v. Roberta G. DeVries, et al., Ingersoll Rand Co. v. Shirley McAfee, et al., No. 17-1104, U.S. Sup.).

  • February 23, 2018

    Federal Judge Says New Jersey Take-Home Exposure Duty Extends To Home’s Visitors

    PHILADELPHIA — Applying logic New Jersey’s top court first espoused in an asbestos case finding a duty to prevent household exposures, a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Feb. 21 that the duty also extends past spouses to a girlfriend who frequently visited an employee’s residence (Brenda Ann Schwartz v. Accuratus Corp., No. 12-6189, E.D. Pa., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 27405).

  • February 22, 2018

    Geo. V. Hamilton’s Plan Draws Only Minor Objections From 2 Insurers

    PITTSBURGH — Two insurers of Chapter 11 debtor Geo. V. Hamilton Inc. are the only parties to object to the company’s plan of reorganization, and the objections are more like “caveats” that should be resolved in time for the plan confirmation hearing, the insurers said Feb. 20 in an objection and a joinder filed in Pennsylvania federal bankruptcy court (In re Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc., No. 15-23704, W.D. Pa. Bkcy.).

  • February 22, 2018

    Insurers Who Had Settlement Rejected Oppose Oakfabco’s Disclosure Statement

    CHICAGO — Chapter 11 debtor Oakfabco Inc. on Feb. 21 modified its plan of liquidation and disclosure statement to answer questions by three insurers whose $9.78 million settlement offer was rejected by the debtor and who filed the only objection to the disclosure statement in the Illinois federal bankruptcy court case (In re:  Oakfabco, Inc., No. 15-27062, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).

  • February 21, 2018

    Maryland Casualty Seeks Protection Of W.R. Grace Injunction For Asbestos Claims

    WILMINGTON, Del. — An asbestos liability insurer of former Chapter 11 debtor W.R. Grace & Co. asked a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge Jan. 29 to enforce the protective injunction in the debtor’s reorganization plan to halt claimants in Montana from pursuing asbestos claims against the insurer and to impose sanctions on the claimants’ attorneys for continuing to prosecute the claims despite a prior order (In re:  W.R. Grace & Co., et al., No. 01-01139, D. Del. Bkcy.).

  • February 21, 2018

    Geo. V. Hamilton Settles Dispute With Insurance Association For $6 Million

    PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania insurance guaranty association will pay $6 million to the asbestos trust planned in the Chapter 11 case of debtor Geo. V. Hamilton Inc. to resolve a coverage dispute involving five policies issued to Hamilton by now-insolvent insurers, with a federal bankruptcy judge approving the deal Feb. 14 (In re Geo. V. Hamilton, Inc., No. 15-23704, W.D. Pa. Bkcy.).

  • February 21, 2018

    Mississippi Top Court Allows Asbestos Trust Setoffs From FELA Verdict

    JACKSON, Miss. — Nothing in the state’s precedent or the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) precludes setting off an asbestos verdict with amounts recovered from asbestos trusts, a divided Mississippi Supreme Court held Feb. 15 (Illinois Central Railroad Co. v. Bennie Oakes, et al., No. 2015-TS-00644, Miss. Sup., 2018 Miss. LEXIS 67).

  • February 16, 2018

    Kaiser Gypsum Debtors Agree To Claim Amount In Insolvent Insurers’ Run-Off

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge on Feb. 17 approved in a minute order a settlement between Chapter 11 debtors Kaiser Gypsum Co. Inc. and Hanson Permanente Cement Inc. and the joint scheme administrator for two insolvent British insurers, setting claim values for the debtors in the insurers’ run-off proceedings (In re Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., et al., No. 16-31602, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

  • February 15, 2018

    Rapid-American Denied Protective Order For Insurers’ Subpoenas

    NEW YORK — Chapter 11 debtor Rapid-American Corp. and asbestos claimants in its bankruptcy case do not have standing to challenge subpoenas served by insurers to asbestos claims-processing facilities seeking evidence of fraud in the asbestos trust system, and besides, the information sought is relevant to the debtor’s declaratory judgment action against the insurers, a New York federal bankruptcy judge held Feb. 12 (Rapid-American Corporation, et al. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company, et al., No. 15-01095, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy., 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 378).

  • February 15, 2018

    Insurer Asks For Relief From Kaiser Gypsum’s Stay To Seek Settlement Reimbursement

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An insurer of Chapter 11 debtor Hanson Permanente Cement Inc. sought relief from the automatic bankruptcy stay Feb. 13 in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court so it can pursue $2.8 million in reimbursements from other insurers for settlement payments made to asbestos personal injury claimants under a 2009 agreement (In re Kaiser Gypsum Company, Inc., et al., No. 16-31602, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

  • February 13, 2018

    Couple Wants Review Of Pennsylvania Fair Share Act Asbestos Liability Ruling

    PHILADELPHIA — An appellate court erred in concluding that Pennsylvania’s Fair Share Act overrode the existing per capita equal share basis for dividing liability in asbestos cases and in allowing a jury to consider bankrupt defendants as well, a couple told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Jan. 26 (William Roverano, et al. v. John Crane Inc., et al., Nos. 58 EAL 2018, Pa. Sup.).

  • February 8, 2018

    Ohio Supreme Court Finds Cumulative Asbestos Exposure Opinion Lacking

    CLEVELAND — Testimony that cumulative asbestos exposures all contribute to mesothelioma does not meet the standard for causation in Ohio, the state’s supreme court held Feb. 8 in reversing a ruling that affirmed a more than $1 million judgment against Honeywell International Inc. (Mark Schwartz, et al. v. Honeywell International Inc., et al., No. 2016-1372, Ohio Sup.).

  • February 6, 2018

    City Didn’t Waive Asbestos-Claim Immunity, Colorado High Court Rules

    DENVER — The city of Colorado Springs’ complete demolition of an office building did not constitute construction or maintenance of the facility and did not waive its sovereign immunity protection against an asbestos claim, the Colorado Supreme Court held Feb. 5 (Smokebrush Foundation, et al. v. City of Colorado Springs, No. 2018 CO 10, Colo. Sup.).

  • February 6, 2018

    $750,000 For Claim In Insurer’s Liquidation Is Best Deal, Bestwall Says

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chapter 11 debtor Bestwall LLC is willing to take $750,000 in cash now from a purchaser of a defunct insurer’s asbestos policy rather than wait for years to see if it can collect the policy’s remaining $3.75 million from the insurer’s liquidation proceedings, Bestwall says in a Feb. 1 motion in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court (In re Bestwall LLC, No. 17-31795, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

  • February 5, 2018

    Bestwall Nominates Sander Esserman As Future Claimants’ Representative

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chapter 11 debtor Bestwall LLC asked a North Carolina federal bankruptcy court on Feb. 1 to appoint Dallas attorney Sander L. Esserman to represent future asbestos personal injury claimants in the case (In re Bestwall LLC, No. 17-31795, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).

  • February 2, 2018

    Arizona Jury Returns Defense Verdict In Asbestos Pipe Case

    PHOENIX — An Arizona jury on Feb. 1 returned a defense verdict for CertainTeed Corp. after hearing earlier in the day that plaintiffs had not shown asbestos exposure from the company’s pipe and that the case rests on pieces of evidence taken out of context, sources told Mealey Publications (Francisco Herrera, et al. v. CertainTeed Corp., et al., No. CV2014-009632, Ariz. Super., Maricopa Co. VIDEO FROM THE TRIAL IS AVAILABLE.).