EPA Proposes Ban on Chrysotile Asbestos

On April 5, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced proposed regulation that would prohibit the use, manufacture, and import of chrysotile asbestos, also known as ‘white asbestos.’[1] Chrysotile asbestos is the most commonly used variety of asbestos in the United States and can be found in certain products, including brake pads and linings, gaskets, and roofing materials.[2] EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan characterized the proposal as a “bold, long-overdue” action with the aim of protecting the American people.[3]

This is not …

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Forty Years Later: How a Prediction Made By Epidemiologists in 1982 Holds Up in 2022

In 1982, epidemiologists predicted that the incidence of asbestos-related malignant diseases would begin to decline by the late 2000s. Forty years later, with 2022 beginning in less than a month, the question is: were they right?

Asbestos was widely used in industrial and other work and residential settings through the early 1970s. Asbestos consumption in the United States peaked in 1973 and then dropped dramatically during the next three decades. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the number of asbestos claims exploded, …

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Plaintiffs’ Motion to Remand Granted as Defendants Failed to Show Fraudulent Joinder

United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, August 31, 2021

In this asbestos action, plaintiffs David and Dorothy Bateman commenced an action alleging that David Bateman developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos from eleven defendants’ products, including Bigham Insulation & Supply Company, Inc., a Florida corporation with a principal place of business in Florida. The plaintiffs filed a Motion to Remand following the defendants’ filing of a Notice of Removal. The plaintiffs argue that the defendants failed to prove that Bigham …

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Court Grants Pump Manufacturer’s MSJ Finding No Evidence Decedent was Exposed to Defendant’s Products

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, July 16, 2021

The plaintiff filed this personal injury action against multiple defendants in the Superior Court of Delaware asserting claims arising from the decedent’s harmful exposure to asbestos. The plaintiff alleges the decedent developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to defendant Nash Engineering Co.’s (Nash) asbestos-containing products during the decedent’s service as a boiler tender in the United States Navy. The lawsuit was removed to federal court on the basis of the federal officer removal …

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Study Identifies New Genetic Mutation Linked to Mesothelioma—LRRK2

In a study published on May 18, 2021 in Human Molecular Genetics, researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, along with a team of international researchers, identified another genetic mutation, in addition to BAP1, that may predispose individuals to malignant mesothelioma.

The authors of the study, which was overseen by Joseph R. Testa, PhD, FACMG of the Cancer Signaling and Epigenetics Program at Fox Chase, first recognized that at this point, “[t]here is irrefutable evidence that germline BAP1 mutations contribute to malignant mesothelioma …

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Gaps in Plaintiffs’ Proof Not Enough to Grant Summary Judgment to Valve Manufacturer

Supreme Court of New York, New York County, March 31, 2021

Defendant The William Powell Company filed this instant motion for summary judgment pursuant to CPLR 3212 to dismiss plaintiff’s complaint and all cross-claims, based on the plaintiffs’ alleged failure to make a prima facie showing that plaintiff Nicholas J Esposito, Jr. (the decedent) was actually exposed to fibers released from a product sold, supplied and/or distributed by Powell. The decedent was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in May 2019 which led to his …

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Zoom Trial Ends With Defense Verdict

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, September 3, 2020

In one of the first asbestos-related Zoom trials in the country, Honeywell International, Inc., successor in interest to Bendix Corp., won a defense verdict. The plaintiff, Ricardo Ocampo, alleged that he was exposed to asbestos from working as a janitor at various auto dealerships and manufacturing businesses between 1991-1997 and that his exposure caused him to develop mesothelioma.

The jury deliberated for two days before returning the defense verdict.…

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Asbestos Case Tracker 2019 Compendium

We are pleased to provide the 2019 Asbestos Case Tracker Compendium containing all of the posts throughout the second half of 2019 to clients and friends of Goldberg Segalla.

Goldberg Segalla’s Asbestos Case Tracker is the go-to resource for up-to-date asbestos decisions happening in courts throughout the United States. Ranked on the 2018 ABA Journal Web 100 for top legal resources, our blog reports on legislative updates, significant verdicts, and other critical developments in the asbestos area. We provide summaries of and access to decisions, …

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Johnson & Johnson Wins another Talc Trial

CALIFORNIA – On December 16, 2019, after a day-and-a-half of deliberations following a trial that had begun in October, a Los Angeles, California jury rendered a defense verdict in favor of defendant, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), finding that it was not liable for the plaintiff, Pui “Amy” Fong’s mesothelioma. Fong, a mother of two who immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1984 at the age of 13, alleged that she had been exposed to asbestos from using J&J baby powder since 1971.…

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Asbestos Trust Transparency Update

Asbestos litigation has been consistently active throughout the United States since the first asbestos lawsuit was filed in the 1970s. As the population of asbestos plaintiffs has grown over the last 40 years, so have the funds paid by various asbestos defendants. This growing financial burden has caused numerous asbestos defendants to file for bankruptcy. In doing so, the insolvent defendants are required to create asbestos trust funds for the protection of future asbestos plaintiffs. To date, there are over 50 active asbestos bankruptcy trusts …

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