Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy

  • May 24, 2024

    Magistrate Judge Denies J&J’s Effort At Expedited Response To Subpoena To Law Firm

    TRENTON, N.J. — In a docket text order, a federal magistrate judge in New Jersey denied a request by Johnson & Johnson and its bankrupt affiliate to expedite a response to a subpoena they issued to the Beasley Allen Law Firm in the asbestos talc multidistrict litigation seeking evidence of “egregious behavior” suggesting that the firm no longer advocates in the best interests of asbestos plaintiffs.

  • May 23, 2024

    4th Circuit Rejects Rehearing In Asbestos Claimants’ Bids For Direct Appeal

    RICHMOND, Va. — The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has denied rehearing of a panel’s rejection of direct appeals by asbestos claimants seeking review of the denial of their bids to dismiss the joint Chapter 11 case of Ingersoll-Rand and Trane spinoffs Aldrich Pump LLC and Murray Boiler LLC.

  • May 23, 2024

    Cancer Sufferers Say J&J, LTL Divisive Merger, Transfers Were Fraudulent

    TRENTON, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson and its various subsidiaries hoped to avoid liability or delay a day of reckoning through a divisive merger under Texas law and a series of fraudulent transfers of assets and liabilities, women who allegedly contracted ovarian cancer or mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos in the company’s talc claims in a May 22 putative class action.

  • May 23, 2024

    Appeal Of Dismissal Denial In Georgia-Pacific Debtor’s Case Debated In 4th Circuit

    RICHMOND, Va. — A petition for a direct appeal to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of a bankruptcy court’s denial of a bid by the Official Committee of Asbestos Claimants to dismiss the Chapter 11 case of Georgia-Pacific spinoff Bestwall LLC should be rejected because it “merely dresses up already-rejected arguments,” the debtor tells the appellate court in its opposition to the petition.

  • May 22, 2024

    J&J Seeks Expedited Responses On Subpoenas To Asbestos-Talc Law Firm

    TRENTON, N.J. — Two Johnson & Johnson entities asked the federal court in New Jersey overseeing the talc multidistrict litigation to expedite responses to a subpoena issued to the Beasley Allen Law Firm, saying recent revelations of “egregious behavior” suggest that the firm no longer advocates in the best interests of its clients and uses the media in hopes of sinking a potential global settlement of the asbestos-talc claims.

  • May 22, 2024

    CertainTeed Debtor DBMP Can Subpoena Asbestos Claimants, Bankruptcy Judge Rules

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CertainTeed Corp. debtor DBMP LLC can subpoena asbestos claimants in two other asbestos bankruptcy cases who settled their claims against CertainTeed before the DBMP Chapter 11 case was filed, a North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge ruled in denying a motion by the Official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants to strike the subpoenas.

  • May 21, 2024

    La. Panel Affirms Ruling In Asbestos Liability Case Involving Insolvent Insurers  

    NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana appellate court affirmed a lower court ruling that denied summary judgment to the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association (LIGA), as statutory obligor for an employer’s insolvent workers’ compensation and liability insurers, in a suit alleging that a former employee’s workplace exposure to asbestos resulted in his diagnosis of mesothelioma, finding that LIGA failed to show “the existence and applicability” of policy exclusions.

  • May 20, 2024

    Talc Debtors Imerys, Cyprus’ Settlement With Insurer Nets $6.25M For Asbestos Trust

    WILMINGTON, Del. — A liability insurer for the parent of Chapter 11 asbestos talc debtor Cyprus Mines Corp. will pay $6.25 million to a planned trust to pay asbestos claims after the debtor and affiliates reorganize, according to a settlement agreement that was approved by a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge.

  • May 17, 2024

    Kaiser/Hanson Permanente Trust Reports 1st Payments Made To Claimants In 2023

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Kaiser Gypsum Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, established in 2021, began paying claims last year after the payment percentages for each disease category were approved by claimants’ representatives, according to the trust’s annual report filed in North Carolina federal bankruptcy court.

  • May 17, 2024

    Connecticut Asbestos Jury Awards $15M; Vanderbilt Faces Punitive Damages

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Talc company R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Co. Inc. faces a court decision on punitive damages after a Connecticut jury on May 16 found it liable for a man’s mesothelioma and awarded his widow $15 million in compensatory damages.  Under Connecticut law the judge determines the punitive damages award.

  • May 17, 2024

    New Jersey Judge Invites Amici In Dispute Over Mesothelioma Genetic Testing

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey judge invited amicus curiae briefs on a motion to compel testing seeking genetic markers for mesothelioma in an asbestos case and laid out the questions she has about how such a process works and its potential impact.

  • May 13, 2024

    Plaintiff Firm Fabricates Asbestos Cases, Company Says In RICO Suit

    CHICAGO — Simmons Hanley Conroy LLP crafts asbestos exposure stories involving J-M Manufacturing Company Inc. products through “perjured testimony, falsified sworn statements, untrue discovery responses, asbestos bankruptcy claims that were not disclosed, and sham lawsuits,” the company alleges in a Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) lawsuit filed May 10 in Illinois federal court.

  • May 13, 2024

    Man Says J&J Entities’ Motion To Strike Asbestos Allegations Misses The Point

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — That various Johnson & Johnson entities underwent a merger in Texas doesn’t change allegations of post-merger conduct elsewhere or alter the Connecticut successor liability analysis, a man tells a judge in Connecticut in objecting to a motion to strike asbestos liability allegations.

  • May 13, 2024

    Cert Denied For Injunction Row In Chapter 11 Case Of Georgia-Pacific Spinoff

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on May 13 denied two petitions for certiorari filed by asbestos claimants’ representatives in the Chapter 11 case of Georgia-Pacific spinoff Bestwall LLC seeking to overturn a bankruptcy injunction barring asbestos personal injury claims against Georgia-Pacific and other nondebtor affiliates.

  • May 10, 2024

    Florida Supreme Court: Spousal Damages Available In Post-Mesothelioma Marriage

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Because a wrongful death claim arises at death, a woman who married her longtime boyfriend after his mesothelioma diagnosis qualifies as a surviving spouse under state law, the Florida Supreme Court said May 9 while recognizing that the outcome could lead to recovery for damages unavailable had the man survived.

  • May 09, 2024

    Wisconsin Court: Punitive Cap Is Double Total Compensatory Asbestos Award

    MILWAUKEE — Evidence at trial supported a $26.45 million asbestos verdict and the cap on punitive damages applies to an entire jury award and not just a liable party’s portion of the award, a Wisconsin appeals court found in rejecting an appellant’s challenge to the verdict and partially affirming entry of judgment, saying the resulting award should be $13,419.295.79 against a premises owner defendant.

  • May 08, 2024

    Suits Against Asbestos Trust Don’t Challenge Plan Terms, May Proceed, Judge Says

    MISSOULA, Mont. — Lawsuits against the W.R. Grace & Co. asbestos trust follow procedures in the plan for such tort actions and are not collateral attacks on the plan procedures themselves, a federal judge in Montana said in a pair of orders rejecting a magistrate judge’s findings and recommendations and denying dismissal.

  • May 07, 2024

    Asbestos Claimants Seek Rehearing To Appeal Denial Of Chapter 11 Dismissal

    RICHMOND, Va. — Rehearing by the full Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of a panel’s rejection of direct appeals by asbestos claimants of denial of their bids to dismiss the joint Chapter 11 case of Ingersoll-Rand and Trane spinoffs Aldrich Pump LLC and Murray Boiler LLC is needed because the panel decision conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court and Third Circuit precedent and the “case involves questions of exceptional importance,” the claimants tell the Fourth Circuit in two petitions for rehearing (Official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants v. Aldrich Pump LLC, et al., No. 24-128, Robert Semian, et al. v. Aldrich Pump LLC, et al., No. 24-129, 4th Cir.).

  • May 06, 2024

    Receiver’s Asbestos Claims Process Survives Benzene Defendant’s Objection

    MONROE, N.C. — A receiver’s proposal of how to handle thousands of asbestos and benzene claims of the now defunct Radiator Specialty Co. Inc. survived challenges by a sometime co-defendant claiming that the arrangement might leave it holding the bag in Pennsylvania litigation and where joint and several liability applies when a judge in North Carolina turned away the objections and adopted the suggested process.

  • May 03, 2024

    Appeal Of Bestwall Asbestos Claimants’ Discovery Sanctions Dismissed By Split Panel

    RICHMOND, Va. — A Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel in a divided opinion dismissed an appeal by asbestos personal injury claimants and their law firm in the Chapter 11 case of Georgia-Pacific spinoff Bestwall LLC of the dismissal of their challenges to a bankruptcy judge’s contempt finding and sanctions against them for not providing complete information to the debtor in a discovery questionnaire.

  • May 02, 2024

    Judge Denies Spoliation Sanctions, Stays Trial Pending Appeal

    MISSOULA, Mont. — A federal judge overseeing a case involving BNSF Railway Co.’s handling of asbestos at the Libby, Mont., vermiculite mine denied the railway’s renewed motion for sanctions related to the failure to preserve the plaintiff’s remains and partially granted its request for bifurcated trial after a jury awarded $8 million to two individuals in a similar suit.  On May 1, the judge stayed the May 6 trial pending an appeal of that verdict.

  • May 02, 2024

    Johnson & Johnson Has New $6.5B Plan To Resolve Asbestos Talc Claims

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced May 1 that it will pay nearly $6.5 billion to resolve all ovarian cancer claims through a prepackaged plan of reorganization for another subsidiary that will file for bankruptcy in Texas if the plan is accepted by asbestos talc claimants.

  • May 01, 2024

    Judge Finds No Jurisdiction Over J&J Spinoff’s Talc Study Fraud Claims

    TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey courts lack jurisdiction over Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) former bankrupt affiliate LTL Management LLC’s fraud claims against three experts involving a study of mesothelioma patients allegedly exposed to asbestos in talc because even assuming that the article targeted the company without naming it, sending a computer file to a publisher and working as an expert in the state are too tenuous to establish jurisdiction, a federal judge in New Jersey said April 30 in dismissing the case.

  • May 01, 2024

    9th Circuit Panel Affirms Dismissal With Prejudice Of UCL Asbestos-Talc Claims

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Plaintiffs in a class action “littered” a fifth amended complaint with descriptions of advertisements, but many appear unrelated to the asbestos-talc claims underpinning the California unfair competition law (UCL) allegations or lack the necessary evidence of reliance, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said in an unpublished memorandum affirming summary judgment for the defendants.

  • April 29, 2024

    Claims Against Whittaker, Clark & Daniels Successors Stayed, Bankruptcy Judge Says

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey federal bankruptcy on April 26 enforced a temporary restraining order (TRO) and stayed a state court asbestos talc liability suit against a nondebtor affiliate of talc debtor Whittaker, Clark & Daniels Inc. (WCD) in an adversary proceeding over successor liability claims.