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Global Growth Ahead for Asbestos Litigation – Asbestos Mine Worker Protests In India

Posted in Asia

The global spread of litigation is increasing, and so are the indicators of even more litigation ahead.  Examples keep popping up in India. For example, this past October, the Time of India ran a story on judicial and administrative proceedings aimed at obtaining compensation for former asbestos mine workers. This morning there is  a Times of India story on the former… Continue Reading

Asbestos Claiming in Japan – Honda Takes An Adverse Asbestos Judgment in Tokyo

Posted in Asia

Asbestos litigation in Japan continues to grow. On December 1, 2010,  Honda lost in a mesothelioma claim,  and was ordered to pay 54 million yen in compensation, which is about $ 650,000. A Japan Today article reporting the judgment  is here, and is pasted below. ________________________________________________________________________ TOKYO (Kyodo) — Honda Motor Co. was ordered Wednesday to pay… Continue Reading

Asbestos Ban Sought in Phillipines, Along with Some Kind of “Early Detection” Program

Posted in Asia, Medical Monitoring

The article is here. Note also that the article says the legislation would provide money for an early detection program for cancers. One wonders exactly what is contemplated. Note further that the article is part of a stream of asbestos information pouting forth every day from various social media. The plaintiff’s bar is doing very… Continue Reading

Citizens in India Protest Abestos Fiber Sales from Canada

Posted in Asbestos, Asia

Here’s another example of global activism regarding asbestos.  Here is the article online; the full text is pasted below. February 1, 2010 Indian workers rebuke Quebec over asbestos By CBC NewsUnionized workers and activists in India capitalized on Quebec’s trade mission this week to blast the province for its active role on the global asbestos market. Unionized… Continue Reading

Global Asbestos Claiming – Report on Asbestos Litigation in Nine Nations – Munich Re’s Major Compilation of Information

Posted in Asbestos, Asia, EU Developments, Global Tort Litigation, Insurance Coverage for Tort Claims, International Asbestos, Japan, Litigation Industry, Propensity to Claim, Risk Management, Sovereigns

Here is the online image of Munich Re’s recent, comprehensive report on asbestos litigation, Asbestos: Anatomy of a Mass Tort. The 112 page report is authored by Nicholas Roenneberg, and is Order number 302-06142. The report can be downloaded and printed from this page.The same page, on the right hand side, allows you to order… Continue Reading

Korea to Open Law Firms to Outside Investment and Ownership, and Allow MDP Entities

Posted in Asia, Litigation Industry, Policy Issues

Here is an interesting AmLaw post on the Korean government seeking to deregulate legal services and end restrictions on nonlawyers investing in and providing legal services. The key excerpts say: “The Korean government is planning a major deregulation of the nation’s legal and other professional services markets, the Korea Herald reports. At a government meeting… Continue Reading

Asbestos & the Media – Korea

Posted in Asbestos, Asbestos Uses, Asia

One factor behind asbestos litigation is the amount of media attention focused on asbestos. Accordingly, it’s telling to see the increasing media attention around the globe. A current example arises as the Korean media focuses attention on products with talc that may or may not contain asbestos fibers. A Korea Times article of April 5… Continue Reading