Topic: Toxic Tort

Long Tales About Long Tails – Connecticut’s Appellate Court Makes New Law

In a sprawling 163 page opinion issued just last week, the Connecticut Appellate Court addressed, as a matter of first impression, five different issues that will significantly affect the disposition of asbestos, and potentially other, long tail claims in Connecticut.

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UK: Court of Appeal Decides In Favour of Insured in Asbestos Case

In International Energy Group Limited v Zurich Insurance Plc UK Branch [2013] EWCA Civ 39, the Court of Appeal overturned the first instance decision of Mr Justice Cooke in the High Court. The Court of Appeal decided that the defendant insurer (the Defendant) must indemnify the claimant insured (the Claimant) in full for the damages paid by the Claimant to an employee who had died of mesothelioma, following exposure to asbestos fibres during his 27 year employment with the Claimant.

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Edwards Wildman to Attend Premier Industry Fracking Conference in Philadelphia

The  Marcellus Shale Coalition will be hosting SHALE GAS INSIGHT™ 2012 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from Wednesday, September 19, through Friday, September 21.  Edwards Wildman attorneys Marc Voses, Tony Hopp, Len Kurfirst and Greg Hoffnagle will provide live updates throughout the conference at and @EdwardsWildman on Twitter. 

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UK: Mesothelioma – Fairchild Principles of Proof Apply Only to the Need to Prove Causation

In Williams v University of Birmingham [2011] EWCA Civ 1242 the Court of Appeal analysed the correct approach to proving liability in a mesothelioma case. The Court emphasised that the relaxation of normal principles of proof in relation to mesothelioma claims, laid down by the House of Lords in the Fairchild case (Fairchild v Glenhaven Funeral Services Ltd [2002] UKHL 22), apply only to the need to prove causation. 

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UK: Supreme Court Decides on Legality of Scottish Pleural Plaques Legislation

The Supreme Court has published its decision in the case of AXA General Insurance Limited and others v The Lord Advocate and Others [2011] UKSC 46 in which AXA and other insurers (the Insurers) appealed against the decision of the Inner House of the Court of Session regarding the legality of the Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Act 2009 (the 2009 Act) (please see our previous blog here for further information on that decision). 

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