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Insurers Claim Asbestos Lawyers Facilitate Double Dipping, Seek Injunction

Insurers say law firms collected millions of dollars by distributing proceeds from asbestos lawsuits. The insurers filed a lawsuit on Nov. 4, 2016 against five law firms, alleging that the attorneys helped clients evade insurance contract reimbursement provisions.

Asbestos-related litigation declined, but still attractive to attorneys

The rate of asbestos lawsuits being filed has declined in the U.S., a report by a consulting firm found. But Madison County, Illinois, still sees the most asbestos filings nationwide. "Like last year, we are seeing the same few plaintiffs’ counsel filing the most lawsuits," KCIC president Jonathan Terrell said.

Federal Judge Clears Asbestos Defendant Of Claims It Destroyed Evidence

A federal judge cleared Crane Co. Oct. 24, 2016 of allegations that it destroyed evidence in an asbestos lawsuit, citing reasonable explanations for every apparent contradiction.

Asbestos Firm's Political Donations Draw Attention As Trial Lawyers Eye Democratic Senate

A major asbestos firm in Boston has been matching attorneys’ political contributions with bonuses, the Globe's Spotlight Team and Center for Responsive Politics found in an investigation. The political contributions equaled the bonuses Thornton Law Firm gave its attorneys.

Asbestos lawyer-funded PAC using 'underhanded' tactics with negative campaign flyers, critics say

Fair Courts Now, a group funded by asbestos plaintiffs' attorneys in Madison County, spent more than $1 million in advertising to counter the campaigns of Fifth District Appellate Court candidates John Barberis and James "Randy" Moore. "Fair Courts Now has nothing to do with fairness and everything to do with keeping Illinois’ status quo as one of the worst states in the nation for legal fairness," says Travis Akin, executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch.

Honeywell Given Limited-Use Access To Asbestos Claim Info

Honeywell will have access to personal information of asbestos claimants, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross ruled, to investigate potential fraud.

Trial lawyers donated more than $35 million to Illinois politicians over 15 years

Illinois trial lawyers contributed more than $32 million to state and local political campaigns over the last 15 years, a new study found. Most of the funds did not go through the Trial Lawyers Association. "Personal injury lawyers fuel the campaigns of judges who then make favorable rulings for their campaign donors which generates even more money for personal injury lawyers to pump into judicial campaigns," Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Director Travis Akins said. "It is a vicious cycle that has to be broken."

Amicus Curiae File Brief in 7th Circuit Say ‘Cumulative/Any Exposure’ Causation Theory is ‘Unscientific Engine Driving Testimony’

The Coalition for Litigation Justice on Oct. 6, 2016 filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, arguing that the "cumulative/any exposure" theory is the “unscientific engine driving the current testimony in asbestos litigation in which the experts fail in any way to account for the actual degree of exposure of the plaintiff from any specific activity.”

$8M Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Reversed on Appeal

A Florida appeals court reversed an $8 million verdict against R.J. Reynolds, Crane Co., and Hollingsworth & Vose Co. on an appeal in which the defendants disputed the link between their products and the plaintiff's personal injury, as well as the allowance of expert testimony.

Years after passage, Fair Share Act still a question mark in asbestos cases

The appellate court in Pennsylvania has not provided guidance on how to apply the 2011 Fair Share Act in asbestos trials, leaving the decisions to state trial court judges. The Fair Share Act amended the Commonwealth’s Comparative Negligence Statute and dictates that when an individual defendant is less than 60 percent liable in a case, the damages should be proportional to the percentage of liability.

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