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Cells – as Recorders of Events

Posted in Cancer, Science
The molecular revolution continues, with continuing implications for improving our understanding of how external events effect our cells.  As part of that journey, a group of researchers recently used CRISPR to embed a video into DNA and then retrieve it from the DNA, as described in a July 12, 2017 article at Stat News.  Why?… Continue Reading

Manville Trust Transparency – Data from David Austern

Posted in Asbestos, Asbestos Bankruptcy, Cancer
In the good old days, there was more asbestos trust transparency as to overall statistics for the Manville Trust. One reason for the transparency was presentations by David Austern at asbestos litigation conferences. As an example, consider this detailed set of data showing claims by disease for the “pre-1995 period” up through 2001.  The data… Continue Reading

Will You Pick Your Next Jury Using Relatively Instant Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

Posted in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cancer, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues
Suppose your next jury trial involves issues about cancer. Will you be able to use AI and big data – during jury selection – to quickly find all of a possible juror’s social media comments about cancer? Check out this April 26, 2017 article at Artificial Lawyer about a firm trying to make that happen.… Continue Reading

Perrin Conferences May 15 Webinar: JURORS, GENOMICS AND TORT LITIGATION WEBINAR: BREAKING DOWN THE SCIENCE OF GENOMICS FOR JURORS, ATTORNEYS AND THE BENCH

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer
Researchers continue to identify more and more genes that appear relevant to development of mesothelioma. Are you experts and trial team ready? If not, consider the upcoming webinar described below. JURORS, GENOMICS AND TORT LITIGATION WEBINAR: BREAKING DOWN THE SCIENCE OF GENOMICS FOR JURORS, ATTORNEYS AND THE BENCH Monday, May 15, 2017 2:00 – 3:30pm… Continue Reading

Got 500k Leukemia and Lymphoma Genomes?

Posted in Cancer, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues
Imagine all the data, hypotheses and conclusions that will emerge from sequencing 500k biobanked leukemia and lymphoma tumors … Imagine the implications for workers compensation and civil litigation if there are associated work histories. Pasted below is the full text of the March 8, 2017 press release. ______________________ Munich Leukemia Laboratory Selects IBM Watson and… Continue Reading

Jurors In Toxic Tort Litigation Take Genetics Seriously

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Science
In the shameless self-promotion department, another article on “omics” and torts. LAW360 kindly published this on February 21, 2017.  In my view, it’s critical for trial lawyers to get focused on a range of topics related to “omics” and toxic torts. Jurors In Toxic Tort Litigation Take Genetics Seriously Share us on: Law360, New York… Continue Reading

World Cancer Day 2017

Posted in Cancer, Science
It is World Cancer Day 2017. The many diseases we call “cancer” will kill tens of millions over the coming years. Every sentient person should demand more investment in research against the many diseases that kill or maim our lovers, spouses, children, and other loved ones. See the World Cancer Day web site for the… Continue Reading

Delaware Court Holds Manufacturer Has No Duty in Take Home Exposure Case

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Mass Tort Issues
The following is a guest post by Paul A. Bradley of Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC.  A decision from Delaware Superior Court Judge Vivian Medinilla extends Delaware’s no duty for take home asbestos exposure to product manufacturers. The Delaware Superior Court ruled on February 2, 2017, that a manufacturer does not owe a duty… Continue Reading

Illumina Introduces the Sequencing Machine It Says Will Take Us to the $100 Genome

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry
The first genome cost $3-4 billion, and took over a decade; one can debate the specifics.  Times change. Last week, the world leader in gene sequencing (Illumina) announced a new sequencing machine that it says will yield a $100 genome within a decade, as described in articles everywhere. For example, see this January 9, 2017… Continue Reading

Finding Cancer Very Early: Grail and Illumina Start Another Year with Another Notable Step Forward

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Science
One year ago, Illumina announced a stunning goal: find all cancers very early (stage 1 or 2) through use of massive computing power and artificial intelligence to find mutated cells circulating in a small blood sample. The lead backers of the effort are the world leader in gene sequencing (Illumina), Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos… Continue Reading

Health Insurers Seek $19+ Million of Cancer Care Costs from Some Members of the Asbestos Litigation Industry (Six Plaintiff Firms)

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry
Mealey’s recently highlighted the latest example of financiers and entrepreneurial claiming creating change in the asbestos litigation industry.  Specifically, Humana Inc., United Healthcare Services Inc. and Aetna Inc. recently took another step in recovering costs of cancer care from at least some members of the asbestos litigation industry; the step involves a recent “subrogation” lawsuit in federal… Continue Reading

Kudos to the Few Who Invest in Molecular Science and Will Be Most Able to Create a Positive Out of the EPA List Naming Asbestos as a Top 10 Candidate for a Complete Ban or other Action

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Science
It’s not been a good run of days for asbestos defendants and other current and former sellers of alleged toxins. Yesterday,  under the new TSCA legislation, EPA issued its required list of its top 10 substances to investigate for a possible ban or other action.  “Asbestos” made the top 1o list. Not crocidolite. Not amosite.… Continue Reading

Not a Surprise: Projected Asbestos Loss for Insurers Raised by 18% by A.M. Best

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Science
A projected 18% increase in insurance company asbestos losses was announced yesterday by A.M. Best. Some of us are not surprised. Indeed, over the last two years, some of us wrote and sold two different white papers that explained why insurer losses would be going up (here and here). The white papers, it appears, helped… Continue Reading

Asbestos Defendants Take Another Strong Hit; the Rost Ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry
2016 has not been a good year for defendants in asbestos cases. The point has been illustrated several times. A prime example is the Dummit opinion from the New York Court of Appeals; it delivered  “very bad news”  for defendants in asbestos cancer cases, as explained by some smart product liability lawyers.  More bad news… Continue Reading

Asbestos, Science and the 2017 ACI Conference in Philadelphia

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Science
Science, law and mass torts are increasingly intersecting and driving change.  The cancer research and medical communities are currently at the height of their conferences and workshop seasons, with recently completed and upcoming cancer conferences all over the US and indeed the world. In 2017, the medical and scientific data from 2016 will increasingly move… Continue Reading

Peyton Manning, Multidisciplinary Teams, and $88 Million of New Talc Verdict Losses for Some Talc Defendants and Some Insurers

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Science
Last week brought $88 million of losses for insurers and others in “talc” verdicts. A recent talk by Peyton Manning to insurance executives highlights the need for multidisciplinary teams if insurers and others actually wish to have a more complete understanding of contingent risks, such as talc claims. Manning’s comments are described in an October… Continue Reading

Cancer and Aging: Big Picture Numbers

Posted in Cancer, Litigation Industry
Are you wondering about the future of toxic tort cancer litigation over the next few decades?  Consider these numbers from an article in Cancer Today from the head of the Kimmel cancer center at Johns Hopkins. “The American Cancer Society forecasts that nearly 
1.7 million new cancer cases (more than 4,600 each day) and nearly… Continue Reading

Local Media Story: Welding Rod Verdict for Mesothelioma Plaintiff Due to Asbestos Content

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry
Welding rods with asbestos are back at issue, with a new loss for the defense side in a mesothelioma case, if one accepts as accurate a media story from Friday, Oct0ber 21, 2016. Specifically, the story identifies the defendant and product at issue as follows: “According to a statement from McKinney’s lawyer, Andrew Kelly with Wylder… Continue Reading

An Old Reinsurance Joke About the Next Asbestos, and Ostrich Irony

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Litigation Industry, Science
A friend let me know the following humor appeared this week on The Insurance Insider, along with some praise for Praedicat and its compilation of data on “the next asbestos.” I certainly join in both the joke and the praise for Praedicat, which I’ve been praising – in public – since 2014. Ironically, the insurance… Continue Reading

Mesothelioma Day – Invest Against the Disease Through The Meso Foundation (formerly MARF)

Posted in Asbestos, Cancer, Science
Today is Mesothelioma Day. It’s a day to regret so many unintended deaths, and to invest in research to stop or slow the disease. It’s therefore an especially good day to contribute to the research fund at The Meso Foundation (formerly MARF). “It is the only non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma and the suffering caused… Continue Reading