Once-Thriving Asbestos Claim Stamped Out By MDL Ruling

Law360, New York (August 8, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday dismissed nearly 1,700 cases from asbestos multidistrict litigation that sought to hold product manufacturers and others liable for sailors' alleged lung scarring, delivering a perhaps fatal blow to the ability of workers exposed to asbestos to bring claims based on scarring that presents no symptoms.

At issue before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno Jr. was when merchant marine sailors exposed to asbestos are considered injured under the Jones Act and other maritime law. The former sailors and their representatives are...
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