2nd Circ. Clears Way For Asbestos Suits Against Pfizer
By Vin Gurrieri
Law360, New York (April 10, 2012, 8:28 PM ET) -- The Second Circuit on Tuesday ruled that Pfizer Inc. can be sued in state court over asbestos-riddled insulation made by its bankrupt subsidiary Quigley Co. Inc. despite a bankruptcy court order that barred asbestos-related suits against the pharmaceutical giant until Quigley's reorganization was complete.
The appeals court said the suits are not barred by the bankruptcy court injunction since the state court claims target Pfizer's advertising and branding of the product, affirming a May 2011 New York federal court ruling that the Law Offices of Peter...