CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Asbestos Claimants Committee (ACC) seeks to dismiss Bestwall LLC’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition, arguing that the debtor is holding asbestos claimants “hostage” while delaying a bankruptcy resolution after it requested an estimation of asbestos liabilities.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Judges continue to play a crucial role in the sprawling, possibly multibillion-dollar talcum powder litigation facing Johnson & Johnson by choosing how jurors will view the plaintiffs’ key expert.
WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) - Johnson & Johnson has borrowed a page from the legal playbook pioneered by breast-implant manufacturer Dow Corning to try to consolidate thousands of talc lawsuits in a single federal court for resolution.
LEBANON, Ohio – Widow Kathleen Jones alleges in Warren County, Ohio court that work comp claims she released on advice from the Gori Julian law firm would have brought a greater recovery than a settlement she accepted.
Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.
BELLEVILLE – Armstrong Pumps and 31 additional manufacturers and distributors of products allegedly containing asbestos fibers have been sued in the St. Clair County Circuit Court by Sandra Dewyer, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Sammy Dewyer, who died of lung cancer in Feb. 6, 2018.
A small group of highly paid experts, one of whom recently testified his firm has made $30 million offering mostly pro-plaintiff testimony, are the key ingredient for more than 10,000 lawsuits claiming talcum powder is laced with deadly asbestos, forming the tip of an inverted pyramid upon which the rest of the cases depend.