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Eagle Files Plan While Insurer Seeks Dismissal Of Case For Bad Faith
NEW ORLEANS - Former gasket and insulation distributor Eagle Inc. filed a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization and disclosure statement Sept. 13 in Louisiana federal bankruptcy court, a day after one of its insurers sought to have the debtor's case dismissed, saying the bankruptcy petition was filed in bad faith and Eagle has no reasonable chance of being rehabilitated (In re: Eagle, Inc., No. 15-12437, E.D. La. Bkcy.).



Asbestos Claimants Appeal Energy Future's Plan Confirmation
WILMINGTON, Del. - Three asbestos personal injury claimants on Sept. 12 appealed a Delaware federal bankruptcy court's recent confirmation of the first of two plans of reorganization for Chapter 11 debtor Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) to federal court (In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al., No. 14-10979, D. Del. Bkcy.).



Bankruptcy Judge Splits $20 Million Fee Award Evenly Among 4 Law Firms
NEW YORK - A $20 million attorney fee fund from a settlement between an insurer and asbestos claimants should be divided equally among four law firms that negotiated the settlement based on the language and meaning of the agreement, a New York federal bankruptcy judge held Aug. 26 (In re: Johns-Manville Corporation, et al. [Eric Bogdan and the Bogdan Law Firm v. Bevan & Associates, LPA, Inc., et al., No. 15-01023] No. 82-11656, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.; 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 3145).



G-I Holdings Wins Summary Judgment On Claims By New York Housing Authority
NEWARK, N.J. - The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) cannot pursue asbestos property damage claims against former Chapter 11 debtor G-I Holdings Inc. because the authority's allegations fail to meet the required elements for indemnity or restitution, a New Jersey federal bankruptcy judge held Sept. 9 in awarding G-I summary judgment (In re: G-I Holdings, Inc., et al., Nos. 01-30135 and 01-38790, D. N.J. Bkcy.; 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 3314).



Hospital Appeals Denial Of Bid To Change 2008 Class Certification Rejection
WILMINGTON, Del. - A South Carolina hospital continued its 24-year battle to pursue class action asbestos property damage claims against W.R. Grace & Co. when it filed a notice of appeal Sept. 8 to challenge a recent Delaware federal bankruptcy court decision denying the hospital's bid to alter or amend a 2008 ruling denying class certification (In re: W.R. Grace & Co., et al., No. 01-01139, D. Del. Bkcy.).



New York Housing Agency Denied Rehearing On Claims Against G-I Holdings
NEW YORK - A Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 22 declined to reconsider its decision rejecting a bid by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to force former Chapter 11 debtor G-I Holdings Inc. to pay $500 million to remove asbestos-containing building materials from authority-owned buildings (In re: G-I Holdings Inc., f/k/a GAF Corporation, et al. [New York City Housing Authority v. G-I Holdings, Inc.], No. 15-2164, 3rd Cir.).



Judge Nixes Law Firm's Declaratory Judgment Claims In Suit Against John Crane
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Aug. 26 dismissed declaratory judgment and breach of contract claims filed by an asbestos personal injury law firm battling fraud, conspiracy and racketeering allegations leveled against it by frequent defendant John Crane Inc. (JCI) but allowed the firm to file an amended breach of contract claim (Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC, et al. v. John Crane Inc., No. 16-1179, C.D. Calif.).



Court Orders Discovery Into Jurisdiction Over Law Firm For John Crane's Claims
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal judge on Sept. 1 granted in part a motion to stay discovery pending an asbestos plaintiffs' law firm's motion to dismiss a fraud and conspiracy lawsuit filed by John Crane Inc. (JCI) but allowed discovery on one issue in the dismissal motion - whether the court has jurisdiction over the out-of-state defendants (John Crane Inc. v. Shein Law Center Ltd., et al., No. 16-5913, N.D. Ill.).



Dallas Law Firm Says John Crane's RICO Suit Should Be Dismissed
CHICAGO - A Dallas-based asbestos personal injury law firm filed three motions Sept. 7 in Illinois federal court seeking to dismiss fraud, conspiracy and racketeering allegations leveled against it by frequent asbestos defendant John Crane Inc. (JCI) on a variety of grounds, including lack of personal and subject matter jurisdiction and improper venue (John Crane Inc. v. Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, et al., No. 16-5918, N.D. Ill.).



Judge: Asbestos Trust Can Object To Honeywell's Bid For Asbestos Claimants' Data
WILMINGTON, Del. - An asbestos trust advisory committee has standing to object to a request by Honeywell International Inc. for access to asbestos claimants' data in nine Chapter 11 cases, a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge held Aug. 29 in denying Honeywell's motion to strike the objection (In re: W.R. Grace & Co., et al., No. 01-01139, D. Del. Bkcy.).



Pittsburgh Corning Parent's Coverage Dispute With Insurers Dismissed
PITTSBURGH - Bankruptcy court is not the proper forum for an adversary insurance coverage action filed in the Chapter 11 case of Pittsburgh Corning Corp. (PCC) by PCC parent PPG Industries Inc. because an amended complaint contains no allegations that arise under bankruptcy law, a federal bankruptcy judge in Pennsylvania ruled Aug. 25 in dismissing the 16-year-old proceeding (In re: Pittsburgh Corning Corporation, No. 00-22876 [PPG Industries, Inc., et al. v. Argonaut Insurance Company, et al., No. 00-2201], W.D. Pa. Bkcy.).



Rapid-American Says Insurance Policy Exhaustion Finding Should Be Vacated
NEW YORK - A New York federal bankruptcy judge improperly found that Chapter 11 debtor Rapid-American Corp. has not paid a sufficient amount for asbestos claims to reach the level of excess coverage provided under three insurance policies, the company says in a Sept. 9 motion to vacate the judge's ruling (Rapid-American Corporation, et al. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company, et al., No. 15-01095, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).



3rd Circuit Panel Will Not Rehear Appeal Of Pollution Claims Against Flintkote
PHILADELPHIA - A two-judge panel of the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 8 declined to reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal by a corporate property owner seeking to hold Chapter 11 debtor The Flintkote Co. liable for pollution at an old New Jersey manufacturing site (8 E. Frederick Place LLC v. The Flintkote Co., et al., No. 15-2886, 3rd Cir.).



Claims Center Strikes Deal With G-I Holdings, U.S. Gypsum For Contract Claim
NEWARK, N.J. - An asbestos claims resolution center will pay $275,000 to settle a longstanding breach of contract dispute between two former members of the center under a stipulation and order filed Sept. 7 in New Jersey federal bankruptcy court (In re: G-I Holdings, Inc., et al., Nos. 01-30135 and 01-38790, D. N.J. Bkcy.).



Specialty Products, Bondex Get More Time To Resolve Tax Claims
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on Sept. 16 gave reorganized Chapter 11 debtors Specialty Products Holding Corp. and affiliate Bondex International Inc. three more months to object to non-asbestos claims so the debtors can continue negotiating resolutions for several tax claims (In re: Specialty Products Holding Corp., et al., No. 10-11780, D. Del. Bkcy.).



Company Urges Wisconsin Top Court To Review Fraudulent Sale Asbestos Case
WAUSAU, Wis. - A Wisconsin appellate court misapplied state law in concluding that a transaction could have constituted a fraudulent transfer of assets in an attempt to avoid asbestos liabilities, a company told the Wisconsin Supreme Court July 25 (Penny L. Springer v. Nohl Electric Products Corp., et al., No. 2015AP829, Wis. Sup.).



Florida Jury Awards $21M On Couple's Claim That Asbestos Led To Man's Mesothelioma
MIAMI - A Florida jury awarded a husband and wife more than $21 million on Aug. 30 after finding that his mesothelioma arose in part from asbestos exposure during overhaul work at a power plant (Richard Batchelor and Regina M. Batchelor v. American Optical Corp., et al., No. 16-000012 CA 42, Fla. Cir., Miami-Dade Co.).



Missouri Jury Returns Defense Verdict For 3 In Take-Home Asbestos Case
ST. LOUIS - A Missouri jury hearing a take-home asbestos exposure case returned a defense verdict for the three remaining defendants on Sept. 12, sources told Mealey Publications (Donna Harrison, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of North America Inc., et al., No. 1522-CC09759-01, Mo. Cir., 22nd Jud. Cir.).



New Jersey Jury Hearing Asbestos Case Returns Verdict For Talc, Tobacco Companies
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Two tobacco companies and a talc supplier accused of causing a man's mesothelioma escaped a New Jersey asbestos trial with a defense verdict on Aug. 15, sources told Mealey Publications (Valarie Panzarella v. Lorillard Tobacco Co., et al., No. MID-L-5418-12AS, N.J. Super., Middlesex Co.).



Delaware Judge: Insurer Did Not Fulfill Duty To Defend Insured For Asbestos Suits
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware state judge on Aug. 19 granted an insured's motion for summary judgment after determining that the insurer did not fulfill its duty to defend the insured against underlying asbestos suits because the insurer did not follow applicable Wisconsin law in contesting its duty to defend (CNH Industrial America LLC v. American Casualty Company of Pennsylvania, et al., No. N12C-07-108, Del. Super., New Castle Co.; 2016 Del. Super. LEXIS 418).



New York Jury Attributes Lung Cancer To Cigarettes In John Crane Asbestos Case
NEW YORK - A New York judge on Aug. 12 entered judgment on a July 21 verdict in which a jury found that cigarette use - and not asbestos exposure from John Crane Inc. - caused a man's lung cancer (Charles K. Zammit and Raye Zammit v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al., No. 190371/14, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).



Where Are They Now, Part Eight: An Update On Developments In Asbestos-Related Bankruptcy Cases
By Mark D. Plevin, Tacie H. Yoon, Leslie A. Davis, Brendan V. Mullan, Belinda Y. Liu, and Galen P. Sallomi (Complete version of commentary with charts available. Document #48-160923-199X.) Since 2001, we have been reporting in these pages on the status of asbestos-related bankruptcy cases.1 In our last report, published in July 2014, we observed that the pace of asbestos-related bankruptcy filings had slowed. This trend has continued, as only seven new cases were filed in the past two years. And most of those cases have involved liquidating debtors who do not seek to utilize the trust-injunction mechanism set forth in Section 524(g) of the Bankruptcy Code.



Pennsylvania Law Firm Looks To Have John Crane Conspiracy Suit Tossed
CHICAGO - A lawsuit filed by John Crane Inc. (JCI) accusing a Philadelphia asbestos plaintiffs' law firm of fabricating false exposure histories in a scheme to defraud the company should be dismissed for several reasons, including lack of jurisdiction, improper venue and failure to state a claim, the law firm says in an Aug. 8 motion and brief filed in Illinois federal court (John Crane Inc. v. Shein Law Center Ltd., et al., No. 16-5913, N.D. Ill.).



Hearing Set On Honeywell's Bid For Asbestos Claimant Data In 9 Bankruptcies
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge will hold a hearing in October on a request by Honeywell International Inc. for access to asbestos claimants' data in nine Chapter 11 cases, including W.R. Grace & Co.'s bankruptcy proceedings, and in the meantime will contact a retired judge about appointing her to referee the dispute, according to an Aug. 23 docket entry (In re: W.R. Grace & Co., et al., No. 01-01139, D. Del. Bkcy.).



2nd Circuit Says Law Firm's Appeal Of Liability Ruling Improper
NEW YORK - The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 26 dismissed an appeal by a law firm for an asbestosis victim seeking to hold the longtime insurance broker for Johns-Manville Corp. liable for his injuries, stating that the court lacks jurisdiction because the ruling appealed was not a final order (The Bogdan Law Firm v. Marsh USA, Inc., et al., No. 16-1153, 2nd Cir.).



All-Sums Allocation Must Be Applied In Asbestos Coverage Dispute, Federal Judge Says
NEW YORK - Based on a recent decision by the New York Court of Appeals regarding allocation, a New York federal judge on Aug. 8 granted an insured's motion for reconsideration and said that in light of the Court of Appeals' decision, an all-sums method of allocation, not a pro rata method of allocation, must be applied to policies with noncumulation clauses (Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. The Fairbanks Co., Nos. 13-3755, 15-1141, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104250).



Judge: Asbestos Claimants Can Oppose Energy Future Subsidiaries' Plan
WILMINGTON, Del. - A bid by Chapter 11 debtor Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) to prevent two asbestos claimants from objecting to a plan of reorganization for certain subsidiaries was rejected Aug. 15 by a Delaware federal bankruptcy judge (In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., et al., No. 14-10979, D. Del. Bkcy.).



North Carolina Bankruptcy Court Signs Off On Garlock Disclosure Statement
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge on July 29 approved the disclosure statement for the reorganization plan of Chapter 11 debtor Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC (GST), which urges asbestos personal injury claimants to accept the plan and its $480 million asbestos trust (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, et al., No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).



Budd Co.'s Plan, With 2 Funds For Asbestos Claims, Takes Effect
CHICAGO - The plan of reorganization for Chapter 11 debtor The Budd Co. Inc. took effect Aug. 1, sending all asbestos personal injury claims against Budd to two funds for resolution and payment, according to an Aug. 2 notice filed in an Illinois federal bankruptcy court (In re: The Budd Company, Inc., No. 14-11873, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).



Asbestos Claimants' Law Firm Approved In Eagle Case, But At Reduced Rates
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal bankruptcy judge on Aug. 1 allowed the asbestos claimants' committee in the Chapter 11 case of Eagle Inc. to replace its counsel with an out-of-state law firm but capped the firm's hourly fee amount after an Eagle insurer protested the requested change (In re: Eagle, Inc., No. 15-12437, E.D. La. Bkcy.).



Claimant Appeals Bankruptcy Ruling Barring Suit Against Johns-Manville Affiliate
NEW YORK - A woman who filed a Louisiana state court asbestos personal injury lawsuit against a subsidiary of Johns-Manville Corp. asked a New York federal court on July 27 to decide if a bankruptcy judge erred in enjoining her claims and finding that the claims arose from her prebankruptcy petition exposures and not from her continuing and post-confirmation exposures without first affording her a trial or evidentiary hearing (In re Johns-Manville Corporation, et al., No. 82-11656, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).



Bankruptcy Judge Disallows Asbestos Claims Against Specialty Products, Bondex
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on Aug. 18 disallowed 13 asbestos personal injury claims against reorganized Chapter 11 debtors Specialty Products Holding Corp. and affiliate Bondex International Inc., ruling that the claims are barred by an injunction channeling the claims to the debtors' asbestos trust (In re: Specialty Products Holding Corp., et al., No. 10-11780, D. Del. Bkcy.).



Asbestos Claimants Object To Insurer Deals, Say More Coverage Available
CHICAGO - Two settlements of disputes over insurance coverage for asbestos claims between Chapter 11 debtor Oakfabco Inc. and two groups of insurers should not be approved because the deals "appreciably undervalue the Insurers' obligations to the estate under insurance policies issued to the Debtor," the Asbestos Claimants' Committee on Oakfabco's case told an Illinois federal bankruptcy court Aug. 1 (In re: Oakfabco, Inc., No. 15-27062, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).



Bankruptcy Judge Approves $600,000 Deal Between Budd Co., Martinrea
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal bankruptcy judge approved a settlement July 28 under which Canadian automotive parts manufacturer Martinrea International Inc. will pay Chapter 11 debtor The Budd Co. Inc. $600,000 to resolve claims against each other, including an indemnification claim by Martinrea for an asbestos personal injury lawsuit (In re: The Budd Company, Inc., No. 14-11873, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).



Property Owner Seeks Rehearing Of 3rd Circuit's Environmental Rights Act Ruling
PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals should reconsider its decision rejecting an appeal by a property owner seeking to hold Chapter 11 debtor The Flintkote Co. liable for pollution at a New Jersey property because the court erred in finding that the property owner cannot pursue its claims under the Environmental Rights Act (ERA), the property owner argues in an Aug. 9 petition for rehearing (8 E. Frederick Place LLC v. The Flintkote Co., et al., No. 15-2886, 3rd Cir.).



New York Housing Agency Seeks Rehearing On Claims Against G-I Holdings
NEW YORK - The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on Aug. 1 asked a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel to rehear its recent decision rejecting the authority's bid to force former Chapter 11 debtor G-I Holdings Inc. to remove asbestos-containing building materials from apartment buildings, saying the Third Circuit should "reaffirm its commitment to carefully balance bankruptcy's goal of a clean start with environmental law's goal of protecting public health" (In re: G-I Holdings Inc., f/k/a GAF Corporation, et al. [New York City Housing Authority v. G-I Holdings, Inc.], No. 15-2164, 3rd Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13108).



Florida Federal Jury: Aerospace Company Not Negligent In Man's Death
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Florida federal jury on July 26 found that Dexter-Hysol Aerospace LLC and Henkel Corp. did not negligently design an adhesive that was a legal cause of loss, injury or damage to an aviation structural mechanic who was allegedly exposed to asbestos-containing products during his career in the U.S. Navy (Marsha K. Dugas, et al. v. 3M Co., et al., No. 14-1096, M.D. Fla.).



California Jury Returns Defense Verdict For 2 In Asbestos Case
LOS ANGELES - A California jury on Aug. 9 returned a defense verdict for three companies accused of exposing a woman to asbestos in joint compounds, sources told Mealey Publications (Christine Louise Pass and Joseph David Pass v. Amcord Inc., f/k/a Riverside Cement Co., et al., No. BC587738, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).



Minnesota Jury Awards $3.7M For Fatal Asbestos Exposure From Friction Parts
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Minnesota jury on June 8 awarded $3,720,533 on claims that asbestos from automobile friction products caused a man's death, sources told Mealey Publications (Jenella Conda, on behalf of the heirs of Ronald Conda v. 3M, et al., No. 62-CV-15-4651, Minn. Dist., 2nd Jud. Dist., Ramsey Co.).



Delaware Jury Returns Defense Verdict In Asbestos Case Against Ford Motor Co.
WILMINGTON, Del. - Ford Motor Co. is not liable for the asbestos that led to a man's fatal mesothelioma, a Delaware jury held June 29 (Donna Walls, John Walls and Collin Walls v. Ford Motor Co., No. N14C-01-057, Del. Super., New Castle Co.).



Florida Jury Returns Defense Verdict In CertainTeed Asbestos Pipe Case
SEBRING, Fla. - A Florida jury on July 7 returned a defense verdict for CertainTeed Corp. on claims that a man's fatal mesothelioma arose from exposure to the company's asbestos-containing pipe, sources told Mealey Publications (Mark V. Mclean, Michael Fitch, Lisa Sherman, and James Archie Bennett as Personal Representatives for the Estate of Leonard C. Smith, III, v. Bird & Son, Inc., et al., No. 2010CA000905, Fla. Cir., 10th Jud. Cir., Highlands Co.).



Bankruptcy Judge Bars State Court Suit Against Johns-Manville Affiliate
NEW YORK - A New York federal bankruptcy judge on June 30 enjoined a woman's Louisiana state court asbestos personal injury lawsuit against a subsidiary of Johns-Manville Corp. after finding that the woman's claims are barred by decades-old injunctions in Johns-Manville's Chapter 11 case, and her only recourse is to file a claim with the asbestos trust established in the case (In re Johns-Manville Corporation, et al., No. 82-11656, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.).



Ford, Honeywell Seek To Mine Asbestos Claimant Data For Evidence Of Fraud
WILMINGTON, Del. - Ford Motor Co. on July 6 joined in two motions filed in Delaware federal bankruptcy court by Honeywell International Inc. seeking access to asbestos claimants' data in the Chapter 11 cases of W.R. Grace & Co. and The Flintkote Co. to review the information for evidence of fraud in the tort system by asbestos plaintiffs and their attorneys (In re: W.R. Grace & Co., et al., No. 01-01139, D. Del. Bkcy.; In re: The Flintkote Co., No. 04-11300, D. Del. Bkcy.).



Eagle Insurer's Bid To Force Compliance With Subpoenas Denied
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal bankruptcy judge on June 24 denied a motion by an insurer of Chapter 11 debtor Eagle Inc. to compel the debtor's financial management company to comply with subpoenas seeking documents related to Eagle's corporate ownership (In re: Eagle, Inc., No. 15-12437, E.D. La. Bkcy.).



With Backing Of Asbestos Claimants, Budd Co.'s Plan Confirmed
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal bankruptcy judge on June 27 confirmed the plan of reorganization for Chapter 11 debtor The Budd Co. Inc. after 866 asbestos personal injury claimants who had previously rejected the plan changed course and voted to accept it (In re: The Budd Company, Inc., No. 14-11873, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).



Garlock Claimants' Representative Denied Use Of Manville Trust Claim Data
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A bid by the representative for future asbestos claimants in the Chapter 11 case of Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC to allow Garlock's proposed asbestos trust to use claimants' information from the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust to establish values for the various asbestos claims to be paid by Garlock's trust was denied June 24 by a North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge (In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC, No. 10-31607, W.D. N.C. Bkcy.).



Asbestos Claimants Say More Coverage For Oakfabco Claims Available
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal bankruptcy judge on June 27 gave asbestos claimants in the Chapter 11 case of Oakfabco Inc. more time to file objections to two insurance settlements after the claimants' committee said it has discovered evidence of additional insurance coverage for asbestos claims against the debtor (In re: Oakfabco, Inc., No. 15-27062, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).



Proposed $600,000 Deal Resolves Claims Between Budd Co., Martinrea
CHICAGO - Chapter 11 debtor The Budd Co. Inc. sought approval June 29 in Illinois federal bankruptcy court of a settlement under which Canadian automotive parts manufacturer Martinrea International Inc. will pay Budd $600,000 to resolve claims against each other, including an indemnification claim by Martinrea for an asbestos personal injury lawsuit (In re: The Budd Company, Inc., No. 14-11873, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).



Rapid-American, Excess Insurers Spar Over Policy Limit Exhaustion
NEW YORK - A dispute over coverage for asbestos claims among Chapter 11 debtor Rapid-American Corp. and the three insurers that have not settled with the company continues despite a recent summary judgment ruling, with the parties filing letter briefs June 15 in New York federal bankruptcy court on whether the issue of policy limits is moot because of the ruling (Rapid-American Corporation, et al. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company, et al., No. 15-01095, S.D. N.Y. Bkcy.; 2016 Bankr. LEXIS 2224).



Specialty Products, Bondex Object To Asbestos Claims Against Reorganized Debtors
WILMINGTON, Del. - Reorganized Chapter 11 debtors Specialty Products Holding Corp. and affiliate Bondex International Inc. filed their first omnibus objection to asbestos personal injury claims July 6 in Delaware federal bankruptcy court, saying the claims are now the responsibility of the debtors' asbestos trust (In re: Specialty Products Holding Corp., et al., No. 10-11780, D. Del. Bkcy.).



Judge Rejects Crane Co.'s Attempt To Nix Asbestos Verdict With Settlement Offsets
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge in Pennsylvania on June 15 rejected Crane Co.' argument that settlements left it with zero liability for an asbestos verdict, saying precedent permits offsets only for settling parties found liable at trial and that the offsets cannot reduce a verdict below the amount awarded by a jury (Lynn C. Dobrick, et al. v. Air & Liquid Systems Corp., et al., No. 10-03202, E.D. Pa.).



Bankruptcy Judge Extends Deadlines As Oakfabco Seeks Approval Of Settlements
CHICAGO - An Illinois federal bankruptcy judge on June 28 gave Chapter 11 debtor Oakfabco Inc. extra time to file a plan of liquidation so the company can obtain approval of three settlements with insurance companies over asbestos liability coverage (In re: Oakfabco, Inc., No. 15-27062, N.D. Ill. Bkcy.).



Energy Future Holdings Gets More Time To Remove Civil Actions
WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware federal bankruptcy judge on June 22 gave Chapter 11 debtor Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) more time to remove any of the more than 400 civil lawsuits filed against the debtor, including asbestos personal injury actions, to the bankruptcy court or a federal district court (In re: Energy Future Holdings Corp., No. 14-10979, D. Del. Bkcy.).



Asbestos Verdicts & Settlements: January 2015 - December 2015
Every year, Mealey's Litigation Report: Asbestos compiles, analyzes and reports on verdict information appearing in the report from the previous calendar year. The following report contains that information.



New York Jury Awards $22 Million In Asbestos Case Against Boilermaker
NEW YORK - For the second time in June, a New York jury hit boiler maker Burnham LLC with a verdict in an asbestos case, this time awarding a $22 million verdict on June 24 and finding it 25 percent liable for a man's mesothelioma, sources told Mealey Publications (Frank Gondar v. A.O. Smith Water Products Co., et al., No. 190079-2015, N.Y. Sup., New York Co.).



Georgia Jury Returns $4,993,550.16 For Widow Of Asbestos-Exposed Mechanic
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Georgia jury on June 13 awarded almost $5 million to the widow of a pulp mill mechanic exposed to asbestos in John Crane Inc. gaskets and packing and found the company 40.5 percent liable (Vera Letha Adams, et al. v. John Crane Inc., No. STCV1003924, Ga. State, Chatham Co.).



New York Court Affirms Asbestos Verdict, $3.2M Future Pain Award
NEW YORK - That an asbestos defendant supervised superintendents rather than individual workers does not preclude liability under New York labor law, a New York appellate court held June 28 while also affirming the jury's $3.5 million award for future pain and suffering (Ralph North v. National Grid Generation LLC, Nos. 1160, 1161, 1162, N.Y. Sup., App. Div., 1st Dept.; 2016 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4913).



Wisconsin Court Finds Potential Fraudulent Sale, Reinstates Asbestos Case
WAUSAU, Wis. - Allegations of an insider sale that left the seller insolvent support the conclusion that the transaction was done to avoid asbestos liabilities, a Wisconsin appeals court held in reversing summary judgment on June 23 (Penny L. Springer v. Nohl Electric Products Corp., et al., No. 2010CV622, Wis. App., Dist. IV; 2016 Wisc. App. LEXIS 383).