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Court Orders Travelers to Pay $500M in Johns-Manville Asbestos Claims

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Travelers Cos. Inc. to pay more than $500 million to satisfy asbestos-related claims stemming from the insurer’s coverage of insulation maker Johns-Manville Corp., a policyholder that spent six years in bankruptcy during the …

Insurance Can’t Protect Libertarian’s Dream of Unlimited Liability: McArdle

If you run in libertarian circles, you hear a lot about lawsuits. It’s the obvious recourse for anyone who wants less regulation but can’t bring themselves to insist that, say, chemical companies should be allowed to dump toxic waste into …

Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill to Delay Asbestos Lawsuits

A bill that Democratic opponents say would slow asbestos-exposure lawsuits has cleared the Wisconsin state Senate. The measure passed would require plaintiffs to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to go after. Trials could not start until six months …

EnPro’s Garlock Wins Trial on Asbestos Liability; Judge Hits Claimants’ Lawyers

Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, a unit of EnPro Industries Inc., emerged victorious after a trial with official representatives of asbestos personal injury claimants. Adopting the company’s estimate, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George R. Hodges in Charlotte, North Carolina, concluded that $125 …

Appeals Court Upholds Convictions in Tennessee Asbestos Case

A federal appeals court last week upheld the convictions of two men found guilty of violating federal environmental laws during the demolition of a Chattanooga, Tenn., textile mill that contained large amounts of asbestos. James Mathis and Donald Fillers were …

Settlement Reached in Vermont Asbestos Mine Cleanup

A settlement has been reached with the owner of a former asbestos mine in northern Vermont to help cover the costs of some pollution controls. Vermont Asbestos Group also has agreed to pursue $3.5 million in insurance money that could …

OSHA Cites Ford’s Buffalo, N.Y., Plant Over Asbestos

Federal safety officials have cited Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo-area plant for alleged asbestos violations. The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $41,800. OSHA officials say inspectors found eight violations. One involved a pipefitter who they …

Maryland Court Rules Asbestos Firms Not Responsible for Family Exposure

An asbestos company is not liable for an illness suffered by a woman who became exposed to the hazardous material while doing her grandfather’s laundry in the 1960s, Maryland’s highest court ruled Monday. The Court of Appeals ruled that Georgia-Pacific …

N.Y. Nassau Coliseum Workers to File Suits Over Asbestos Exposure

More than 100 workers are alleging that long-term exposure to asbestos at Nassau Coliseum has made them seriously ill. The plaintiffs represent current and former employees of the county-owned arena. They include electricians and carpenters who worked as independent contractors. …

W.Va. Jury Finds Doctor, 2 Lawyers Filed False Asbestos Claims

A West Virginia radiologist and two Pennsylvania attorneys who were involved in thousands of asbestos lawsuits have been found guilty of civil racketeering for conspiring to fabricate claims against CSX Transportation. The Wheeling, W.Va., jury on Dec. 20 ordered Pittsburgh …