Friable Thoughts

Friday, January 23, 2009

Still Filing in Madison County

This article looks into why filings in Madison County have gone up recently. As other states have passed tort reform, it would seem a no-brainer to have cases for out of state plaintiff's moved out of Madison County. The only real theory advanced was the presence of Illinois-based defendant John Crane. But, despite the fact that Madison County has improved its reputation as a plaintiff friendly venue, at the end of the day, it still is a plaintiff friendly venue.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Concord family wins $1.3 million in asbestos death lawsuit

Plaintiff's side wins a few cases in San Francisco. All of the plaintiff's were pipe fitters that worked at industrial sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and the defendant was an insulation contractor.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ohio Medical Criteria Applies Retroactively (again)

NEAL v. A-BEST PRODS. CO. holds that the medical criteria to file an asbestos lawsuit (RC 2307.91, et. seq.) may apply retroactively without violating the Ohio state constitution's prohibition against retroactive laws. Not the first time an appellate court in Ohio has held this but also not the first time an Ohio trial court struck it down as violating the retroactivity rule.

So, you actually have to be sick to file in Ohio.