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Valve Manufacturer Succeeds on Motion for Summary Judgement

Jurisdiction: Supreme Court of New York, New York County

Plaintiff filed this lawsuit alleging decedent suffered asbestos exposure from numerous product manufacturers during the course of his employment as a mechanic for Con Ed from 1974 to 2012. Prior to his passing, decedent was deposed. Defendant Crosby Valves filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that decedent was not exposed to asbestos from any Crosby product. Specifically, the defendant referenced decedent’s testimony regarding the use of flange gaskets in connection with Crosby valves, …

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Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Shipbuilding Defendant’s Corporate Representative Deposition Denied

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

In this asbestos action, Vanessa Matherne Richardson filed suit alleging that her mother passed away from mesothelioma, which was contracted through exposure to asbestos brought home by her father, plaintiff Ted Matherne Sr., while employed at the Avondale Shipyards from 1965 to 1983. In March 2022, the court issued a scheduling order setting a January 2023 discovery deadline and a February 2023 trial date.

In December 2022, two weeks before the discovery deadline, the plaintiff filed …

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Printing Press Manufacturers’ Motions for Summary Judgment Denied

Court: Supreme Court of New York, New York County (NYCAL)

In this asbestos action, defendants L3Harris Technologies Inc. and Heidelberg USA Inc. moved separately for summary judgment, arguing that plaintiff Raymond Desiena did not establish exposure to asbestos from his work on Harris or Heidelberg-branded printing presses during his work as a printing press operator from the 1960s-1980s.

Regarding Harris printing presses, Harris noted that Desiena implicated Harris’s printing presses as utilizing asbestos-containing parts — specifically, friction brakes manufactured by Airflex. In response to this …

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Valve Manufacturer’s Motion for Summary Judgment Granted

Court: Supreme Court of New York, New York County (NYCAL)

In this asbestos action, defendant Crosby Valve LLC moved to dismiss the action on the grounds that plaintiff John B. Daly Jr. was not exposed to asbestos from any Crosby product.

Specifically, Crosby’s motion was based on Daly’s testimony that he was exposed to asbestos from “flange gaskets” used along with Crosby valves, and not actually manufactured by Crosby.

Ultimately, the court determined that Daly’s testimony did not indicate any products manufactured by Crosby, and …

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Governor Hochul Vetos Bill Requiring Foreign Corporations to Consent to General Jurisdiction in New York Courts

On December 22, 2023, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed Senate Bill S7476, which provided that a foreign corporation’s application for authority to do business in New York constitutes consent to jurisdiction of New York courts. According to the New York Senate, the purpose of the bill was to allow New York residents to sue foreign corporations authorized to do business in New York in state courts, rather than elsewhere at potentially great expense and inconvenience.

Senate Bill S7476 was introduced on May 30, 2023 …

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Appellate Division Reverses Denial of Door Manufacturer’s Motion to Dismiss

Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department

In July 2023, the trial court denied a door manufacturer’s motion to dismiss. Upon appeal, the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department found that defendant T.M. Cobb Company’s motion to dismiss should have been granted for lack of personal jurisdiction.

The court held that “there is no evidence that the fire doors that allegedly caused the decedent plaintiff’s injury by exposing him to asbestos were manufactured in New York.” The court also stated that T.M. …

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Gasket Manufacturer’s Motion to Dismiss on Personal Jurisdiction Granted

Court: United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Plaintiffs Robert and Judith Gillis of Massachusetts filed this action against numerous defendants in Massachusetts state court, alleging the defendants caused Robert Gillis to be exposed to asbestos and to, thereafter, develop mesothelioma.

Defendant John Crane Inc. filed a notice of removal with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. After filing a motion to amend their complaint, the plaintiffs named PBV Inc. and Copeland Corporation LLC as additional defendants. Copeland is …

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Talc Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Punitive Damages Claim Granted; Motion to Dismiss Civil Conspiracy Claim Denied

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

In this asbestos action, plaintiff Michael Simoneaux initially filed suit against his former employers for alleged asbestos exposure. He later amended his complaint to include Mennen and Johnson & Johnson (hereinafter, “Talc Defendants”), asserting that from the 1960s until 2000 he consistently used Mennen Baby Magic and Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, and that these products contained asbestos. In response, the Talc Defendants moved to partially dismiss the complaint as to the punitive damages claim, asserting …

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Plaintiff’s Order to Show Cause Seeking Joint Trial Granted

Supreme Court of New York, New York County (NYCAL)

In this asbestos action, the plaintiff moved for a joint trial of two actions: Rullo v. ABB. Inc., et al. and Scandaliate v. ABB Inc., et al. In NYCAL. Two cases may be joined for trial where the plaintiff demonstrates that joinder is warranted under Malcum v. National Gypsum Co., 995 F.2d 346 (2nd Cir. 1993). Under Malcum, the following factors are to be considered: (1) common worksites; (2) similar occupation; (3) similar …

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Three Manufacturers’ Motions for Summary Judgment Denied for Failure to Meet Initial Burden

Supreme Court of New York, New York County (NYCAL)

In this asbestos action, defendants Union Carbide Corporation, Domco Product Texas Inc., and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company moved separately for summary judgment on the basis that plaintiff Josip L. Radovic failed to identify them as manufacturers of any asbestos-containing products that he was allegedly exposed to during the course of his work as a laborer installing floor tiles in various buildings in the Rockefeller Center complex between 1970 and 1979. The court denied each …

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