Texas Asbestos Ruling Holds Silver Lining For Plaintiffs

By Sindhu Sundar (July 18, 2014, 8:43 PM EDT) -- Asbestos plaintiffs suffered a setback recently when the Texas Supreme Court raised the burden of proof for showing that a defendant's products caused mesothelioma, but they avoided losing more ground when the court rejected a controversial causation theory that attorneys say would have thwarted virtually all asbestos suits.

The state's highest court spared paper chemicals company Georgia-Pacific Corp. from having to pay a $12.3 million mesothelioma verdict that plaintiff Susan Elaine Bostic had won, extending the burden of proof standards it set in 2007 in an asbestosis case to one involving mesothelioma, the rare lung cancer that her husband had succumbed...

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