Judge Refuses to Dismiss Garlock's Fraud, RICO Actions against Law Firms

A North Carolina federal judge ruled on Sept. 2, 2015 that Garlock Sealing Technologies' allegations against asbestos plaintiffs' attorneys are "more than adequate to state a claim for fraud."


Garlock: Kentucky asbestos case tainted by actions of plaintiff and her attorneys

Garlock Sealing Technologies is waiting to find out if the Kentucky Court of Appeals will reinstate a "gamesmanship" lawsuit against a plaintiffs firm. The charges were brought by Garlock after attorneys allegedly knowingly concealed evidence and waited until after securing a verdict to submit claims to bankruptcy trusts. Garlock has filed racketeering claims against four other law firms in federal court.


Amended Order Clears Way for Garlock Discovery of Manville Trust Claim Data

A North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge will allow Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC to subpoena the Johns Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust. Garlock will have access to some information about 90,000 asbestos claimants in a preliminary step of eliminating false positive matches.


Garlock database proves useful in asbestos litigation and fight for transparency; Numbers show ‘staggering’ amount of money exchanged in asbestos system

A recently unsealed database shows that $517 million has been awarded to about 850 asbestos plaintiffs who have made claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies. About 20 percent of claimants are Madison County asbestos plaintiffs.


Philadelphia was especially tough place to fight asbestos claims, bankrupt company’s attorney testified

John A. Turlik of Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney testified in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy case in 2013 that Philadelphia was an especially tough jurisdiction for asbestos defendants. Cases were brought into Philadelphia from less plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions, Turlik said. Judge George Hodges ruled in 2014 in the landmark Garlock case that plaintiffs' attorneys had been "double dipping" into asbestos trusts. Philadelphia was named the American Tort Reform Association's Number one Judicial Hellhole in 2010 and 2011.


Madison County claimants account for 20 percent of asbestos awards in Garlock database

Recently unsealed data show that Madison County, Illinois plaintiffs account for about 20 percent of total asbestos payouts from claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies. The database was recently unsealed in Garlock's bankruptcy proceedings.


Previously sealed Garlock bankruptcy record now available online

A catalogue of evidence exposing plaintiffs' attorneys in the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy is now available to the public following a judge's ruling. The Legal Newsline story points out that the documents "allegedly showed a pervasive pattern of misrepresentation and suppression of evidence on the part of asbestos plaintiffs and their attorneys."


Discovery War Rages In Belluck & Fox Asbestos Suit

Earlier this April, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer stopped Belluck & Fox's attempt to block subpoenas for documents from asbestos bankruptcy trust claims and processing facilities. In a North Carolina federal court April 24, Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC said Belluck & Fox is recycling the same arguments as before, attempting to stop pertinent discovery. “Defendants’ current objections are simply a re-argument of a straightforward discovery dispute that this court referred to Judge Cayer in the first place,” Garlock said.


Insurer Claims Asbestos Fraud Tainted Pittsburgh Corning Bankruptcy

Everest Re Group, Ltd. seeks to reopen a case which resulted in the insurer being ordered to pay $1.7 billion into the Pittsburgh Corning bankruptcy trust fund. Everest says the asbestos lawyers displayed "pervasive fraudulent conduct" during proceedings. Judge George R. Hodges is quoted in the article saying similar evidence in the Garlock case suggests a process “infected by the manipulation of exposure evidence by plaintiffs and their lawyers."


Philly asbestos lawyer: Pre-trial focus only on solvent companies

Attorney Benjamin Shein said in 2013 that his firm focused on proving claims against solvent companies before filing claims against bankrupt companies. In 2014, Bankruptcy Judge George Hodges ruled that Shein's firm delayed filing because the other claims could have made Garlock appear less liable. The claimant's attorneys later filed 20 claims with bankruptcy trusts.



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