Philly Courts Revamp Mass Tort, Asbestos Programs

Law360, New York (February 17, 2012, 1:57 PM EST) -- The Philadelphia court system's trial division administrative judge on Wednesday issued sweeping reforms of mass tort and asbestos programs in order to reduce a significant backlog of such cases and to address criticisms of the jurisdiction's “plaintiff-friendly” reputation.

General Court Regulation No. 2012-01, signed by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Administrative Judge John W. Herron, will eliminate the practice of allowing juries to determine damages before liability in any mass tort case, including asbestos matters, unless agreed upon by all counsel involved, and will bar consolidation...
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