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Mixed Results for Bare Metal Defense in Asbestos Cases Around The Country

Over the past several years, there has been an increase in defendants’ raising the “bare metal defense” in asbestos cases across the country. As the name implies, this defense is generally used by manufacturers that made bare metal products, such as pipes, pumps and valves. Subsequently, aftermarket, the bare metal product is altered by a third-party with an asbestos-containing product — oftentimes thermal insulation, gaskets, or packing material. The manufacturers of the original bare metal product thus argue  that they should not be responsible for…

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Key NYCAL Asbestos Rulings Following $190 Million Verdict. What Does It Mean?

On February 5, 2015, New York County Supreme Court Justice Joan A. Madden issued a post-trial decision involving an asbestos consolidated trial that resulted in a $190 million plaintiffs’ verdict for five mesothelioma plaintiffs. The most notable part of the 29 page decision related to reduction of damages. Here, the Court reduced the $190 million jury verdict to just under $30 million.  In re: New York City Asbestos Litig. (Assenzio) (Brunck) (Levy) (Serna) (Vincent), 2014 WL 514932 (Sup. Ct. New York Cty. 2015). In doing…

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