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W.R. Grace Offers $18.5M to Settle Montana Asbestos Claims

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The owner of a former vermiculite mine in northwestern Montana that spread harmful asbestos in and around the town of Libby has offered $18.5 million to settle the last of the state’s claims for environmental damages, …

Have Insurers Paid Too Much for Asbestos and Other Toxic Torts?

Have insurers and defendants been overpaying for asbestos liability claims? Are there other ongoing toxic torts where that might be true today? The questions arise as a result of a revolution that’s now underway in genomic analysis and its application …

Johnson & Johnson Can’t Block Lawsuit Claiming It Lied About Asbestos in Talc

Johnson & Johnson can’t use its baby powder bankruptcy to prevent a lawsuit that accuses the company of hiding evidence that its industrial talc operation exposed workers to the toxic material asbestos, a federal judge ruled. The judge overseeing the …

PFAS, Microplastics, Baby Food: Emerging Casualty Risks Keep Coming

There is no longer a need to ponder the “next asbestos” because the current litigation environment and the recent pace of additions to the list of emerging risks and trends in casualty insurance is enough to keep the industry on …

EPA Rule Would Finally Ban Asbestos, Carcinogen Still in Use

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed a rule to finally ban asbestos, a carcinogen that is still used in some chlorine bleach, brake pads and other products and kills thousands of Americans every year. The proposal …

EPA Moves to End Asbestos Cleanup Along Montana Railroad

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ Environmental regulators are moving to end a years-long cleanup along dozens of miles of railroad in two northwestern Montana communities where lung-damaging asbestos from mining has been blamed in hundreds of deaths. The asbestos came from …

Jury Awards $36.5M to Former Libby Miner With Lung Disease

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana jury has awarded $36.5 million in damages to an Oregon man who suffers from lung disease because of exposure to asbestos while working at a vermiculite mine in Libby, a bellwether case that could …

Judge Greenlights J&J Strategy to Resolve Talc Lawsuits in Bankruptcy Court

Johnson & Johnson can use the bankruptcy system to resolve multibillion-dollar litigation claiming its talc products cause cancer, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday, signing off on a legal maneuver that enables the company to avoid fighting more than 38,000 …

California Court Rejects Motiva Insurance Claim Stemming From 2017 Refinery Fire

A California state appeals court on Monday denied Motiva Enterprises’ request for insurance coverage for a settlement with workers injured in a 2017 fire at its 607,000-barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas refinery. In a decision on Monday, a panel of the …

Montana Court Upholds Most Points in Ruling That Cost Insurer $98M for Libby Mine Claims

The Montana Supreme Court upheld all but one point in a ruling that requires Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity Co. to reimburse the state nearly $98 million for the cost of asbestos litigation tied to the Libby Mine. In a 6-1 …