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Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation

Since the inception of toxic tort litigation, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been heavily involved in a wide variety of such matters, with a particular focus on the defense of asbestos claims and suits. Beginning in the mid-1970s, we represented Johns Manville Corporation, the largest manufacturer of asbestos products in North America, in all asbestos litigation in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. When the Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust was established in the late 1980s, we served as Northeast Region Consulting Counsel for the Trust.

The attorneys in our asbestos litigation practice group, residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, have defended a significant number of manufacturers, distributors, contractors and premises owners in thousands of asbestos personal injury claims brought against them. The majority of our attorneys who work in this practice group have in excess of 20 years of experience in toxic tort and mass tort litigation. Our trial team has tried hundreds of these claims to verdict and is the most experienced team in Philadelphia. This extensive trial experience has enabled our clients to secure outstanding results through both trials and settlements.

Recently, our asbestos litigation practice has significantly expanded its scope of representation with offices on Long Island, New York. The attorneys in our New York office represent clients in the New York courts, as well as numerous other jurisdictions throughout the country. Several of the newest members of this practice group serve as national counsel for their clients, serve on the New York Supreme Court's Asbestos Litigation Case Management Committee, and were founding members of the Joint Medical Defense Group, a cooperative group that shares responsibility for preparing medical defenses on common cases. Also, several of these attorneys act as liaison counsel in many of the New York City extremis clusters and are called upon by the court and Special Master to resolve disputes and to enable the extremis cases, which are prepared on a very short schedule, to proceed to trial as efficiently as possible.

An understandable concern of every client in significant environmental and toxic tort cases is the extent of legal fees and costs. Our firm began as an insurance defense firm and, although we have expanded our practice areas considerably, we have never lost our sensitivity to our clients' desire to control legal expenses. This is especially true in the environmental and toxic tort areas where multi-party, complex cases make control of expenses all the more important. We always handle cases with a practical, result-oriented approach, balancing strong representation of our clients with realistic cost containment. In addition to our fees being very competitive, we work with our clients to develop innovative, alternative approaches to normal file handling that result in considerable savings to our clients without sacrificing quality legal representation.

We welcome the opportunity to work with you in handling your asbestos litigation matters. We are also available to give presentations or to conduct training seminars on environmental and toxic tort topics at your location or ours.

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Jan 20, 2010
Attorney obtained a defense verdict in a non-jury trial.  The case was a declaratory judgment action filed against a large insurance company seeking insurance coverage for a long term environmental exposure to asbestos.  The insurance company filed...
Dec 7, 2009
The case involved a 71 year old gentleman who worked as a plumber and auto mechanic and did welding several hours a week over a 25 year period.  He contended that he developed mesothelioma and died as result of his work with welding rods which...
Dec 7, 2009
Attorneys’ obtained a defense verdict, defending the a welding company.  The case involved a 63 year old transportation service mechanic who contended that he developed lung cancer and died as a result of working with welding rods which contained...
Oct 13, 2008
Attorney obtained a defense verdict on in an asbestos product liability suit by a mesothelioma victim for a wire manufacturer in in a 2 1/2 week trial.
Oct 6, 2008
Attorneys obtained a defense verdict after a three week jury trial in which plaintiff alleged that he had developed mesothelioma, as a result of working with welding rods manufactured by defendant. Plaintiff was 80 years old at the time of trial...
Jul 7, 2008
Attorneys obtained summary judgment and dismissal of defendant, a boiler manufacturer, in an asbestos claim brought on behalf of the spouse of a refinery worker. The plaintiff did not provide any testimony linking defendant to any asbestos exposure...
May 27, 2008
Attorneys succeeded in having the appellate court, sitting en banc, reverse an appellate court three-judge panel, and affirm a trial court entry of summary judgment for a defendant manufacturer in an asbestos case. The case involved product...

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Defense Digest Article September 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019 by Tiffany J. Giangiulio, Esq.* Key Points: Several large jury verdicts related to the weed killer, Round Up, have recently been awarded. Federal preemption remains a possible defense in..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts March 19, 2019
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Equipment Manufacturers Liable for Replacement Parts Under Maritime Law, SCOTUS Says By Joshua Scheets, Esq.  and Carol Vanderwoude, Esq. The United States Supreme Court weighed in on the bare metal defense in..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article December 10, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018 By Ryan M. Krescanko, Esq.* Key Points: The Fair Share Act applies to Pennsylvania asbestos cases. Liability is apportioned on a non-per capita basis to negligent and strict liability..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts June 21, 2018
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Delaware Jury Awards $40 Million to Asbestos Plaintiff By Ana McCann  In Estate of Knecht v. Ford Motor Co., C.A. No. N14C-08-164ASB, a Delaware jury held Ford Motor Co. liable, based on a failure to warn..., Pennsylvania Business Registration Statute Declared Unconstitutional By Timothy Rau In a matter currently on appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Judge Arnold New issued an opinion in which he holds that Pennsylvania’s business..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts May 18, 2018
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Aplastic Anemia Not Caused by Benzene Exposure, Philly Jury Says After a two-and-one-half week trial before Judge Theresa Carpenter, a Philadelphia jury concluded that plaintiff's Aplastic Anemia (AA) was not..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Paul C. Johnson, Esq.* Key Points: Third Circuit addresses bare metal defense in maritime law. Court imposed foreseeability test of liability for bare metal product manufacturers..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018 By Christian Weimann, Esq.* Key Points: In recent years, Pennsylvania has been a hospitable jurisdiction for forum-shopping, mass-tort plaintiff attorneys. Under new and binding United..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 1, March 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended...
Law Alerts December 29, 2017
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esquire PA Juries Required to Allocate Fault Amongst Liable Defendants and Bankrupt Entities Under Fair Share Act   by Timothy Rau In a precedential opinion, the PA Superior Court has ruled that juries in..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...
Law Alerts October 20, 2017
Edited by Timothy D. Rau, Esq. Third Circuit Rules Bare Metal Defense Not Available Under Maritime Law and Seeks Advisory Opinion Under PA Law by Timothy D. Rau In two separate opinions, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has addressed the..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

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Daniel J. Ryan Jr.
Co-Chair, Environmental & Toxic Tort Practice Group
(215) 575-2740
djryan@mdwcg.com

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Michael L. Turner
Shareholder
(215) 575-2644
mlturner@mdwcg.com

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