Toxic Exposure Claims Likely To Spike In Alabama

Law360, New York (January 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a surprising about-face, the Alabama Supreme Court recognized a “new accrual rule [in] toxic-substance-exposure cases” on Friday, Jan. 25, 2008. Griffin v. Unocal Corp., No. 1061214 at p. 5 (Ala.).

For the last twenty-nine years, since the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision in Garrett v. Raytheon Co., the courts of Alabama have held that the statute of limitations in toxic exposure cases begins to run on the date of last exposure.

Over the last three decades, the date-of-last-exposure rule had been challenged at least thirteen times...
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