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 …Continue Reading
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. …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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) …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
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, …Continue Reading
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 …Continue Reading
Attention blog readers! This year, the ABA Journal is publishing their first ever “Web 100” celebrating the best of the legal industry on the web. In order to be named to the list, we’ll need your help! Since the start of our blog in October of 2015, Asbestos Case Tracker has reported on hundreds of asbestos decisions and has been hailed as the go-to resource for up-to-date asbestos decisions happening in courts throughout the United States. Our blog reports nearly daily on legislative updates, significant …Continue Reading
On Thursday, January 12, 2017, Joseph J. Welter, partner and chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Practice Group, will be speaking at ACI’s Asbestos Claims and Litigation Conference in Philadelphia. This is ACI’s 22nd National Forum on Asbestos Claims and Litigation and will feature several topics, including:
- Insurer-counsel-insured relationships: strategy between client, carrier, national counsel, and local counsel
- Fallout surrounding bankruptcy trust transparency
- Lung cancer and asbestos and a closer look at the science behind it
Joe will be part of the …Continue Reading