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Appellate Court Affirms Finding of Liability against Talc Defendant; Vacates Apportionment of Liability

Court: Superior Court of Pennsylvania

In this asbestos action, appellant American International Industries (AII) appealed from a judgment entered in December 2022 awarding damages to appellee, Holly Fisher, executrix of the Estate of Sandra Reichart (decedent), following a jury trial.

Decedent owned a beauty salon from 1960 through 1985. During that time, decedent allegedly used the following talcum powders on clients: Clubman, Jeris, Jean Nate, and Cashmere Bouquet. Following decedent’s passing from mesothelioma in 2019, Fisher field a lawsuit claiming that the aforementioned talcum powders …

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Court Denies Post-Trial Motions Following Plaintiff’s Verdict

Supreme Court of New York, New York County; August 28, 2023

This matter involved plaintiff James McWilliams, who worked as a steamfitter from 1960 until his retirement in 1996. He claimed that his work consisted of installing heating, air conditioning, and sprinkler systems, including the installation of new piping systems and the renovation of existing systems. This work, he alleged, required him to install, maintain, and repair valves, some of which he identified as Jenkins. In September 2018, the plaintiff was diagnosed with mesothelioma and, …

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