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Eleventh Circuit Upholds Verdict in “Take-Home” Asbestos Case

Last week, the Eleventh Circuit considered a “take-home” asbestos case.  Following a worker’s death from asbestos-induced lung cancer, the worker’s spouse was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma.  Prior to her death, she filed suit against her husband’s employer alleging that washing her husband’s clothes for 20-plus years had exposed her...

Key Considerations for Post-Incident Media Response

In today’s world, news of a corporate disaster or fatal injury travels fast.  In less than a minute from the time an incident occurs, media phone calls begin.  There are countless recent examples of how companies have botched initial post-incident communications in such a way that their actions have led to devastating consequences, from inviting political attacks or litigation to...

Limits of General Personal Jurisdiction Taken Up By Second Circuit

Yesterday, the Second Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut’s decision finding that Connecticut courts could not exercise general jurisdiction over a Maryland aerospace company.  The case was brought in Connecticut by a deceased worker’s daughter seeking to recover in tort for injuries related to asbestos exposure in locations outside...

Primary Insurer Wins Reinsurance Dispute Over Large Asbestos Settlement

Yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York granted summary judgment to the primary insurer of a pump manufacturer in a dispute with the primary insurer’s reinsurer.  Beginning in 1997, more than 140,000 claims were filed against the pump manufacturer alleging asbestos-related bodily injuries.  In two separate cases, one in California and one in New...

First Jury Verdict In Pelvic Mesh MDL Affirmed By Fourth Circuit

Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit affirmed a jury’s award to a plaintiff of $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages on a design defect and failure to warn claim against the proprietors of transvaginal mesh medical devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and other pelvic issues.  This award was the first of the more than 70,000 similar cases involved...

2015 Year in Review

Earlier today, we released the 2015 Year in Review, which assembles the 20 posts from last year that received the most reader interest.

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