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  • Motions ask bankruptcy judge to keep Garlock evidence sealed

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Thirteen motions to seal were filed in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceeding before the deadline ended on Thursday, meaning Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges will release all sealed documents without pending motions to the public no later than...

  • Ohio SC: Abestos testimony used in tort claims inadmissible in Workers’ Comp claims

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court has held that depositions used in asbestos lawsuits cannot also be used in Workers’ Compensation claims if the employer was not a defendant in the tort action. In its decision, the Supreme Court addressed whether asbestos manufacturers...

  • Asbestos attorney Paul Napoli diagnosed with cancer, expected to recover

    ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Senior Partner Marc Bern of the Napoli, Bern, Ripka & Shkolnik law firm announced at a meeting on Friday that Paul Napoli has been fighting leukemia. Bern stepped in as head of asbestos litigation for the firm after Napoli, also a senior partner, became ill....

  • CompuDyne ordered to disclose relationship with asbestos-containing product

    CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – An Ohio appeals court has held that disclosure is proper in an asbestos case where the defendant failed to provide information in its interrogatories detailing the company’s history and relationship with the asbestos-containing product at issue. Judge Sean C....

  • Medical expert’s testimony not good enough in asbestos lung cancer case, Ohio SC rules

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Legal Newsline) – The Ohio Supreme Court recently held that the medical doctor testifying on causation in a former smoker’s asbestos case must be a treating physician and must indicate that the smoking habit, alone, is insufficient to cause the asbestos-related disease for the...

  • Napoli law firm addresses bad reputation in Madison County asbestos docket

    ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Napoli, Bern, Ripka, Shkolnik law firm held a meeting with asbestos attorneys on Friday to discuss future litigation plans and former mistakes, particularly with the firm’s initial approach to filing asbestos lung cancer cases in Madison County, Ill. “We are...

  • La. asbestos attorneys want clients’ info to remain sealed in Garlock case

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The first motion to seal in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceeding was filed on Thursday by Louisiana asbestos attorneys, exactly one week before the deadline. The motion was filed by the Roussel & Clement law firm on behalf of numerous...

  • Asbestos MDL judge rules Boeing owed no duty to spouse for take-home exposure

    PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who oversees an asbestos multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia federal court, has ruled that Pennsylvania law does not support imposing a duty to warn of take-home exposure in asbestos litigation. In his Aug. 27 opinion delivered in...

  • Second Circuit finds reinsurer can refuse to pay in asbestos cases with late filings

    NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Illinois law allows a reinsurer to refuse to pay claims in asbestos cases when notices are filed several years late. Circuit Judge Peter W. Hall and District Judge J. Garvan...

  • Judge allows Garlock to produce asbestos claimants’ info in response to subpoena

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – On Monday, Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges denied an emergency motion by the Official Committee of Asbestos Personal Injury Claimants seeking to prevent the debtors in the Garlock Sealing Technologies Bankruptcy Proceeding from producing specific data from the...

  • Baron & Budd among asbestos firms donating to state races

    DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – All across the nation, state candidates on every level are benefiting financially from the nation’s leading asbestos litigation firms. Although based in Dallas, the Baron & Budd law firm and its attorneys have donated thousands of dollars to several out-of-state...

  • Former smoker’s award won’t be reduced in Md. asbestos case

    BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) – Maryland’s highest court has ruled that a trial court properly rejected a defendant’s request to have the jury apportion damages in an asbestos case involving a former smoker. Judge Clayton Greene, Jr. delivered the opinion on July 21 in the Court of Appeals...

  • Calif. car dealer sues asbestos firm, calls its attorneys ‘shakedown artists’

    VISALIA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California car dealership has filed a lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution against the Keller, Fishback & Jackson law firm for refusing to release the dealership from an asbestos wrongful death case despite allegedly having no evidence proving causation...

  • Summary judgment reversed in asbestos case; Only one issue raised by defendant

    TACOMA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) – A Washington appeals court has reversed a trial court’s judgment in an asbestos case, concluding the defendant only identified one issue in its summary judgment request, which was insufficient. Judge Rich Melnick delivered the July 22 opinion in the Court of...

  • St. Louis to host HarrisMartin asbestos conference

    ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – HarrisMartin Publishing is hosting an asbestos conference in St. Louis next month with Madison County’s Judge Stephen Stobbs scheduled to speak about the county’s growing asbestos docket. The HarrisMartin Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference will be held at the...



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