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Hawaii Court Grants Motion to Compel Genetic Testing in Asbestos Lawsuit

On August 30, 2023, a Hawaii court ruled on 3M’s motion to compel blood sampling for the purposes of genetic testing in an asbestos matter. Hawaii First Circuit Judge James H. Ashford granted 3M’s motion in the McCabe v. 3M Co., et al matter.

Plaintiff Randolph McCabe filed suit in Hawaii’s First District in October 2022.  McCabe worked as a warehouse employee for Acuron and Associated Insulation Co. from the early-to-mid 1980s. He alleged that although he occasionally wore respirators (including 3M’s 8710 model) he …

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Mid-Year Asbestos Filing Update for 2023

On Thursday, KCIC posted their 2023 Mid-Year Asbestos Filings Update. This update is compiled using information collected through July 31. Here are some highlights from the update:

Asbestos-Related Lawsuits Increase After Last Year’s Decrease

The number of asbestos-related lawsuits decreased from 2021 (1,972) to 2022 (1,922). However, 2023 shows an increase in the number of filings over the same span (1,963). In addition, the number of filings in 2023 is down from the high point of the last five years in 2019 (2,191).  …

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2022 Asbestos Litigation Trends

KCIC recently issued its latest industry report: Asbestos Litigation: 2022 Year in Review, which collected data through January 31 of this year, and assessed that data alongside statistics from its 2021 Year in Review.   

Several takeaways from the update, each addressed at greater length below, are as follows:  

  1. As of January 31, 2023, the total asbestos filings reflected a decrease of 7 percent compared to total filings in 2021.   
  2. Mesothelioma filings increased 2 percent in 2022; however, filings for other disease types, including lung
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2022 Mid-Year Asbestos Filing Update

Recently, KCIC posted their 2022 Mid-Year Asbestos Filings Update. This update is compiled using information collected through July 31st. This article illustrates some highlights from the update.

Number of Asbestos-Related Lawsuits Decrease While Mesothelioma Filings Increase

The number of asbestos-related lawsuits increased from 2020 (1,790) to 2021 (1,972). However, 2022 shows a decrease in the number of filings over the same respective time spans (1,914).

Mesothelioma and lung cancer filings continue to make up the majority of filings (86%). Notably, mesothelioma claims …

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Third Circuit to Consider Validity of J&J’s Use of Bankruptcy to Handle Asbestos Claims

On September 19, 2022, a panel of three judges for the Third Circuit heard oral argument in In re LTL Management LLC, Case No. 22-2003.  Before the Court is Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) use of Chapter 11 to resolve asbestos-related litigation.  The appeal to the Third Circuit follows a ruling by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in February 2022, in which Judge Michael Kaplan declined to dismiss the bankruptcy case on bad faith grounds.  

Last year, J&J created …

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Alameda County Awaits Key Decision Regarding The Use of Genetic Testing in Asbestos Cases

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jo-Lynne Q. Lee set a hearing on nationally recognized plaintiff’s firm Maune Raichle French Hartley & Mudd. LLC’s motion for protective order in a pending asbestos case in which the defendants’ experts wanted to perform genetic testing. The case is John Lohmann and Suzanne Lohmann v. Aaon, Inc., et al. Alameda County Superior Court Case No. RG21098862. In this case, the plaintiffs filed their action in May 2021 in Alameda County against several defendants alleging that Mr. Lohmann contracted mesothelioma …

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New York Manages to Remain a “Judicial Hellhole” in 2021

While trials and in person court conferences are starting to trickle in, some jurisdictions such as New York still managed to hold its position as a judicial hellhole in 2021. According to American Tort Reform Foundation 2021-22 Judicial Hellholes, California regained its position to the top of the judicial hellhole list. Following California, New York was named as the second judicial hellhole. Georgia, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania followed. Cook, Madison, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois; Louisiana; …

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Jury Awards $36.5 Million in Compensatory and Punitive Damages to Former W.R. Grace Worker

The Asbestos Case Tracker has been following developing issues regarding hundreds of asbestos exposure cases involving plaintiffs who worked for W.R. Grace at the Libby, Montana mine and facilities. Recently, a Great Falls, Montana jury awarded $36.5 million dollars to Ralph Hutt, an Oregon man who worked at the Libby mine. Hutt’s matter is a bellwether case, which is the first of more than 800 cases filed against Maryland Casualty Company (MCC), provider of workers’ compensation coverage to Grace from 1963 until 1973, to go …

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Several States Follow Iowa’s Lead with Legislation Controlling Over-Naming in Asbestos Litigation

In July 2020, we reported on Iowa’s passage of legislation intended to significantly reduce or eliminate the over-naming of defendants in asbestos and silica litigation. Since then, three additional states have enacted similar legislation: West Virginia, North Dakota, and Tennessee.  

West Virginia

On March 31, 2021, the West Virginia legislature passed House Bill 2495.  The bill outlines the requirements with which a plaintiff must comply in an asbestos or silica action. Within 90 days of filing a complaint, a plaintiff with a nonmalignant condition must file a …

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EPA Publishes Draft Scope of Its Part 2 Risk Evaluation for Asbestos: Will the EPA Revisit Attempts to Implement a Nationwide Ban on Asbestos?

On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the draft scope of the “Risk Evaluation for Asbestos Part 2: Supplemental Evaluation Including Legacy Uses and Associated Disposals of Asbestos”. While more than 60 nations have comprehensive asbestos bans, the United States is undergoing a lengthy asbestos “risk evaluation”. As Part 2 of the EPA’s Asbestos Risk Evaluation becomes open for public comment, the question is whether the eventual findings of the EPA’s risk evaluation will result in stronger asbestos regulations, …

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