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Jason L. Kennedy serves on the Executive Committee in the firm's Chicago office. He practices in the area of tort defense litigation with an emphasis in complex mass tort …

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Asbestos Is A Good Lesson For BP - To Avoid (Forbes)

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BP's $20 billion oil-spill fund is a pre-emptive strike against plaintiff lawyers, an attempt to settle all conceivable claims from its Gulf of Mexico oil spill before they get to court. And it might just work, if BP can avoid getting dragged into a morass of tangential health claims like the ones that sank just about every company that manufactured or installed asbestos products as a main line of business. More »

University of Pennsylvania surgeon makes headway against a rare lung cancer

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Penn surgeon makes headway against a rare lung cancer
June 24, 2012|By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer

During a grueling operation early last year, when the intractable five-pound tumor seemed to mock his skills, thoracic surgeon Joseph S. Friedberg felt buoyed by what he and his scrub-suited crew had already achieved. More »

Indiana Supreme Court reverses grant of summary judgment in asbestos case

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As reported in the June 25, 2012 Indiana Lawyer

As of June 25th, 2012, a copy of the Indiana Supreme Court opinion can be found here

Indiana justices outline ‘˜improvement to real property’

For the first time, the Indiana Supreme Court addressed what constitutes an improvement to real property’? as mentioned in the construction statute of repose. In doing so, the justices reversed the trial court’s grant of a contractor’s motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death claim. More »

Pennsylvania Supreme Court shoots down ‘any-exposure’ asbestos theory

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From LegalNewsLine.com and its May 24, 2012 edition

Pa. SC shoots down ‘any-exposure’ asbestos theory

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK

PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the “any-fiber” theory of asbestos causation.

The Court, in its 53-page ruling, sided with Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert J. Colville. More »

Connecticut family wins $2.4M verdict in asbestos case against the Tile Council of North America

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Family wins $2.4M verdict in asbestos case

Daniel Tepfer
Updated 07:49 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2012
BRIDGEPORT — The family of a New Haven tile setter, who died after contracting an asbestos-related cancer, was awarded $2.4 million.

A Superior Court jury deliberated about three hours Tuesday before finding the Tile Council of North America liable in the death of Hannibal “Scottie” Saldibar and awarding his family $1.6 million. Judge Dale Radcliffe then ordered the association to pay an additional $800,000 in punitive damages. More »

LegalNewsine.com: Delaware judge disgusted with bankruptcy trust secrecy

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From LegalNewsline.com
Del. judge disgusted with bankruptcy trust secrecy
BY JOHN O’BRIEN

WILMINGTON, Del. (Legal Newsline) – Texas attorney Brent Coon submitted 20 claims to asbestos bankruptcy trusts on behalf of a Florida woman’s estate without the client’s new lawyers knowing, court records in Delaware show.

Those claims also painted a different picture as to how June Montgomery was exposed to asbestos. Her lawsuit, filed in Delaware against 22 companies, said her husband Arthur brought the material home from work on his clothes. More »

California court rules against woman exposed to asbestos while doing laundry

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A report from LegalNewsline.com is below
Calif. court rules against woman exposed to asbestos while doing laundry
BY JOHN O’BRIEN


LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – An appeals court in California has ruled that Ford Motor Company had no duty to protect a woman from asbestos brought home on the clothing of her brother and father. More »

Louisiana Asbestos Litigation Bill to be Heard

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From The Louisiana Record

BATON ROUGE – A bill that would change the discovery process in asbestos litigation is scheduled to be heard in a state Senate committee tomorrow.

House Bill 477, an asbestos bankruptcy trust bill, would require plaintiffs in asbestos exposure lawsuits to provide a list of all potential defendants during the discovery process. More »

Business Insurance: OPINION: Asbestos trusts need transparency to end fraud

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The original article can be found here

OPINION: Asbestos trusts need transparency to end fraud

THE SYSTEM of asbestos bankruptcy trusts created by Congress nearly 20 years ago was designed to make sure people injured by exposure to asbestos could be compensated. More »

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