Asbestos companies cannot be held liable for the illnesses suffered by family members of people who brought the carcinogenic fibers home with them before federal safety regulations were issued in 1972, Maryland’s highest court has ruled.
A trial that began with eight plaintiffs and more than a dozen defendants ended with just one party on either side of the bar and a jury award of $35 million.
An asbestos defendant should have been permitted to introduce evidence that it had no duty to intervene to protect the plaintiff because of the safety programs implemented by the plaintiff’s employer, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in reversing a $17.5 million judgment.
An asbestos defendant in a multiple-exposure case could not be subjected to liability on the ground that its alleged negligence was a “substantial contributing factor” to a worker’s mesothelioma, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in reversing a $239,000 verdict.
An asbestos plaintiff’s cause of action accrued upon the first communication of a doctor’s diagnosis of an asbestos-related injury or disease, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in answering a certified question from the 3rd Circuit.
A product liability plaintiff produced sufficient evidence linking her husband’s mesothelioma to particular asbestos products to proceed with her claims against certain manufacturers, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled.
A manufacturer that supplied turbines to the U.S. Navy may be immune from a former seaman’s asbestos claims, the 7th Circuit has ruled in reversing judgment.
Mass tort litigators are abuzz over a recent Washington state court ruling that some say expands manufacturers’ duty to warn about potential hazards associated with their products, even when those hazards are not caused by the products themselves.
Manufacturer Georgia-Pacific could be liable for mesothelioma contracted by a woman who claimed she was exposed to asbestos fibers carried home on her grandfather’s work clothes, a Maryland appellate court has ruled in affirming a $5 million judgment.
The estate of a seaman who died from mesothelioma was entitled to recover compensation for his pre-death pain and suffering, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled.