New Judge Faces Fallout Of Asbestos Punitives Ruling

By Sindhu Sundar (July 13, 2015, 8:22 PM EDT) -- A New York appellate court recently held that the former judge overseeing the consolidated New York City asbestos litigation didn't overstep her bounds when she allowed punitive damages, putting pressure on the new judge in the case to decide whether and how to implement the controversial remedy.

The state appeals court found in its July 9 ruling that New York Supreme Court Judge Sherry Klein Heitler, who was previously overseeing the litigation, had the authority to modify a decades-old case management order to allow asbestos injury plaintiffs to seek punitive damages in the litigation. But the panel also rejected the portion of...

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