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13 Mar 2017 Beware the Long Tail of Successor Liability: Tips From a Recent Client Victory

  Toxic exposure claims involving asbestos, benzene, silica and many other substances present so-called “long tail” risks. Consider this: A recently diagnosed illness is alleged to have been caused by exposures that occurred years or even decades ago. As a result of corporate transactions during that long period of time, a company may find itself named as a defendant in such a case on the grounds of successor liability for products made or sold by an earlier company that no longer exists. We’ve outlined several…

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01 Feb 2017 Asbestos Litigation Isn’t Going Away, So What Can You Do About It? (Part 2)

  Given the ongoing risk of asbestos litigation, companies continue to receive their first asbestos lawsuits every day. What should you do when – or before – that lawsuit is filed?   Take It Seriously: Your company may be looking at just one case, but it could be more than that. Think of that one case as the template for the future. While you cannot prevent plaintiffs from filing cases, you may be able to make your company a less appealing target. Investigate: Consider conducting…

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26 Jan 2017 Asbestos Litigation Isn’t Going Away, So What Can You Do About It? (Part 1)

  Despite what you may have heard, your company probably continues to face asbestos litigation risk, and it may even be on the increase. Consider the following:   Long Latency Period for Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma, a terminal cancer that can be caused by asbestos exposure, has a latency period that typically ranges from 20 to 40 years. That means most cases filed today allege exposures dating back to the 1970s through the1990s. Is it possible that your company or an alleged predecessor used asbestos in its…

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