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July 7th, 2016

Georgia’s High Court Rules Reasonably on Asbestos Liability

In contrast to two recent high court decisions in the currently ranked top two Judicial Hellholes, the Georgia Supreme Court this week reasonably limited asbestos liability by reversing a $4 million plaintiff’s verdict and rejecting “expert” testimony that espoused the long-disfavored “any exposure/cumulative exposure” theory.

Georgia’s high court held: “The critical opinion conveyed by Dr. Abraham in his testimony — that any exposure to asbestos at the Waycross facility was a cause of [the plaintiff’s] mesothelioma, regardless of the extent of the exposure — does not ‘fit’ the legal standard for causation, and for that reason, the admission of his testimony . . . amounted to an abuse of discretion.”

The Peach State ruling comes as . . . → Read More: Georgia’s High Court Rules Reasonably on Asbestos Liability

January 26th, 2016

Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

Asbestos defendant John Crane Inc. this week filed motions in federal district court seeking to intervene in the Garlock Sealing Technologies-led fraud litigation against two plaintiffs’ law firms, Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett and the Shein Law Center of Philadelphia . . . → Read More: Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

January 15th, 2016

California High Court Leads Acceptance of Arbitration Clauses and More Reasonable Word Usage

As reported by autonews.com, a California Court of Appeal reversed its own past ruling about the validity of arbitration provisions. This course reversal follows a ruling by the California Supreme Court in a different case which found a nearly identical arbitration provision to be enforceable. . . . → Read More: California High Court Leads Acceptance of Arbitration Clauses and More Reasonable Word Usage

March 27th, 2014

Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker Signs Asbestos Trust Fund Transparency Bill into Law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker earlier today signed into law AB 19, asbestos trust fund transparency legislation . . . → Read More: Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker Signs Asbestos Trust Fund Transparency Bill into Law

February 10th, 2014

Food Suits with a Prop 65 Twist Likely to Keep California atop Judicial Hellholes Rankings

In an apparent bid to make sure California remains as the #1-ranked Judicial Hellhole for an unprecedented third year in a row, food suit shysters there have watsed no time in getting 2014 off to a familiar start, filing two meritless class actions in federal court . . . → Read More: Food Suits with a Prop 65 Twist Likely to Keep California atop Judicial Hellholes Rankings

June 5th, 2013

Another Oklahoma Disaster

Reacting to news that the Oklahoma Supreme Court has, by a vote of 7-2, struck down a comprehensive package of civil justice reforms enacted by overwhelming majorities of elected lawmakers and the governor in 2009, the American Tort Reform Association today criticized the court majority for “disrespecting both the legislators’ hard-won compromises and the will of voters who had endorsed the judgment of those legislators.” . . . → Read More: Another Oklahoma Disaster