On Reversal, Aircraft Manufacturer Successfully Obtains Removal on Federal Officer Grounds United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, December 14, 2018

ILLINOIS – The plaintiffs Bruce and Barbara Betzner (plaintiffs) commenced a lawsuit in Illinois State Court (Madison County) against, among other defendants, Boeing Company (Boeing), alleging that, during the course of the plaintiff Bruce Betzner’s (Mr. Betzner) employment, he was exposed to asbestos-containing products, resulting in his mesothelioma diagnosis. With particular regard to Boeing, the plaintiffs allege that Mr. Betzner’s assembly of heavy bomber aircraft for the United State Air Force, which involved the installation of Boeing components, exposed him to asbestos. Boeing filed a…
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We Need Your Vote!

Attention blog readers! We are proud to announce that our Asbestos Case Tracker blog has made it to the voting round in The Expert Institute’s 2018 Best Legal Blog Contest! Over the past month, this contest received thousands of nominations, which were then narrowed to the “most exciting, entertaining, and informative legal blogs online today.” The polls are now open – if you like our blog, please consider voting. How it works: You can submit one vote per blog. In order to cast your vote,…
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First-of-its-Kind Epidemiology Study Establishes a Lack of Pleural Mesothelioma Risk From Ambient Asbestos Exposure Levels

In nearly every asbestos trial, the plaintiffs’ experts will invariably compare asbestos exposure levels from defendants’ products to airborne concentrations of asbestos in the ambient air. The apparent purpose of such a comparison is to provide a bare semblance of quantitative rigor to otherwise unsupported causation opinions. However, such an argument depends in part on taking a position that the risk from exposure to ambient asbestos levels caries some minute, but unquantifiable, level of risk. The plaintiffs’ experts correctly note that because every living human…
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Thomas Bernier Presents Panel Discussion on “The State of Bankruptcy Trusts” at Perrin National Asbestos Litigation Conference, October 1-3, 2018

Goldberg Segalla’s Thomas P. Bernier, a partner in the Toxic Tort Practice Group, will participate in the Perrin National Asbestos Litigation Conference, October 1-3, 2018, at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel in San Francisco, CA. On the second day of the conference, Tom will participate in the panel discussion, “The State of the Bankruptcy Trusts,” addressing the current conversation surrounding bankruptcy compensation and the values in bankruptcy, as well as the positioning of both the plaintiff and defendant in the event of a bankruptcy.…
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Asbestos Case Tracker Mid-Year Compendium 2018

With reported asbestos decisions continuing to rise, the need to keep informed on developments across the country is imperative. Goldberg Segalla’s Asbestos Case Tracker blog — ranked on the ABA Journal Blog 100 list of the best legal blogs — is the go-to resource for up-to-date asbestos decisions happening in courts throughout the United States. Our blog also reports on legislative updates, significant verdicts, and other critical developments in the asbestos area. We provide summaries of and access to decisions, along with insightful commentary from…
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Recent NYCAL Trends in the 2017 & 2018 Accelerated Clusters

The current state of asbestos litigation in New York City (NYCAL) continues to evolve as both the plaintiffs’ bar and defense bar deal with a revised Case Management Order (CMO) and judicial turnover. For a better understanding of the types of claims that are actually being litigated in NYCAL, and what firms are filing these claims, we can look at the current filing trends under the “cluster” procedure that is used in this jurisdiction. The CMO explains there are three dockets used in NYCAL: (1)…
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Asbestos Case Tracker Named Best Litigation Blog for 2017!

We are pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, the Asbestos Case Tracker blog has been named the best litigation blog in the country in The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Contest! The Expert Institute’s annual contest considered thousands of legal blogs online today. After an extended public voting process, Asbestos Case Tracker secured the top spot as best litigation blog. A huge thank you goes out to all of our readers who made this honor possible. We certainly could not have done…
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Susan Van Gelder to Speak at Upcoming Asbestos Conference

On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, Susan Van Gelder, partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Toxic Tort Practice Group, will be speaking at Perrin Conference’s New York Asbestos Litigation Conference tomorrow. This day-long seminar will feature several topics, including:
  • What NYCAL looks like today and what to expect in 2018
  • The in-house and insurance perspectives
  • An update on talc litigation
Susan will be part of the “Overview on Upstate New York” panel. For nearly 15 years, Susan has handled thousands of asbestos cases, representing manufacturers of asbestos-containing equipment…
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Joe Welter to Speak at Upcoming Talc Seminar

On Wednesday November 1, 2017, Joseph J. Welter, partner and chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Practice Group, will be speaking at Cardno ChemRisk’s Talc Seminar in Las Vegas.  This half-day seminar will feature several topics, including:
  • The mineralogy and epidemiology of cosmetic talc
  • Historical perspectives on talc, along with its asbestos content and potential health risks
  • Emerging strategies in talc litigation
Joe will present “Talc and Ovarian Cancer: The Dilution of Scientific Causation.” For nearly three decades, Joe has served as national,…
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We Need Your Vote!

Attention blog readers! We are proud to announce that Asbestos Case Tracker has made it to the voting round in The Expert Institute’s “2017 Best Legal Blog Contest.”  Over the past month, this contest received thousands of nominations, which were then narrowed to the “most exciting, entertaining, and informative legal blogs online today.” To vote for this blog, visit The Expert Institute’s contest page here and click “vote” for Asbestos Case Tracker. Only one vote is allowed per IP address, so please try voting on…
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