In the News Today - October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017

Md. Asbestos Attys Clash Over Backlog At State Senate: The Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee held a hearing to address a backlog of asbestos cases before Baltimore’s state court. Platinffs’ lawyers argued for consolidation of these cases. Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Phil Goldberg, who represented the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform at the hearing, said doing so would be “[c]reating a Cuisinart of liability where everything gets thrown in and mixed together.” He said this would “produce settlements, but please don't confuse that with producing justice.” (Law360)

Johnson & Johnson wins reversal of $72 million verdict over talc cancer risks: Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Bristol-Myers Squibb ruling, which tightened jurisdiction standards for large cases, a Missouri court reversed a $72 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson. One judge on the three-judge panel said the fact that “resident plaintiffs sustained similar injuries does not support specific jurisdiction as to non-resident claims.” (Reuters)