Separate Asbestos-Related Cancer Suits OK: Pa. Court

Law360, New York (February 22, 2012, 4:59 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that plaintiffs seeking damages for asbestos-related health problems can file separate lawsuits for distinct cancers they may develop.

The ruling changed a prior understanding of the state's “separate disease rule” that plaintiffs may only file one suit for a nonmalignant illness stemming from exposure to asbestos and one suit for a malignant one.

In a 6-1 decision, the state Supreme Court said a separate action may be filed — provided it is based on a separate and distinct disease which...
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