Ok, we are not talking a best seller on the NYT list. But, for those interested in asbestos bankruptcies, one of the best available resources is a compilation of asbestos bankruptcy information prepared by lawyers at Crowell & Moring. Specifically, Mark D. Plevin and Leslie A. Davis have been involved in asbestos bankruptcies for

Is it possible that advertising for mesothelioma litigation will soon be exceeded by advertising for claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts? One wonders. Consider for example the following "alert" recently issued by a "mesothelioma law firm" regarding a new asbestos trust. 

"Clapper, Patti, Schweizer & Mason (CPSM) is a premiere mesothelioma law firm with over

Raymark was a prominent US  manufacturer of asbestos-containing products. Lots of waste was tossed out in expedient fashion. Today, Raymark has been through one of nation’s badly done bankruptcy processes, and now that manufacturing waste and history produces many governmental costs and fears, as illustrated by this newspaper article written by Britanny Lyte from the

Advocates need to stay focused and credible. When that rule is ignored, the advocacy becomes useless, and sometimes even counter-productive. 

A lesson on this rule arises from yesterday’s House committee hearing on secrecy in asbestos bankruptcies. Instead of staying with a focused, credible message solely about secrecy in the trusts, the hearing received a grand

This past week, asbestos bankruptcies received some discussion in an academic setting. George Mason University’s Law and Economics center on Monday held its 5th Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues. The panels included respected judges, and influential lawyers from the plaintiff’s side, the corporate/defense side, and the insurance side.The full agenda is here, and

Here’s an article from a defense-oriented publication regarding Judge Daniel Stack retiring and being nominated to become a Trustee of the Flinkote asbestos bankruptcy trust. Judge Stack is perhaps better known generically as the Madison County "asbestos judge" who in 2004 took over the docket from Judge Bryon. According to the article, some person or entity has

Yesterday’s post decried secrecy regarding claims submitted to asbestos bankruptcy trusts. One obvious question, then, is whether courts can and should go back and undo prior secrecy orders.

On that subject,  there is a fairly analogous recent decision from a California appellate court that was asked to review a case involving one judge revisiting secrecy orders imposed by another 

According to a public statement that is on line here, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pleased that RAND has issued its Phase 1 report on the asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The Chambers’ statement focuses on one of the issues related to the trusts.

The issue in focus is the reality that claims submitted to trusts