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April 2, 2020

Asbestos Ruling in Penn. Ignores Science and Hurts Defendants

On Feb. 19, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a long-awaited decision in Roverano v. John Crane, Inc. The decision addressed the jury’s apportionment of liability on a percentage basis in strict liability asbestos cases, as well as the inclusion of bankrupt entities on the verdict sheet, according to an expert analysis in Law 360.

The analysis says the court’s conclusion that apportionment of liability in asbestos cases would be impossible to execute and is troublesome, because it essentially endorses the “each and every exposure” theory that has previously been rejected in Pennsylvania.

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