Once described as an “endless search for a solvent bystander,” asbestos litigation has already bankrupted over 100 companies. Trial lawyers generate thousands of these lawsuits each year through advertising blitzes, by developing new liability theories, and by targeting new companies with litigation. Concerns that waste, fraud, and abuse afflict the $30 billion trust funds created to aid asbestos victims prompted law enforcement investigations.

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First asbestos trials on Zoom marred by distracted jurors and technical problems

Jurors were working on other things, joking with plaintiffs and possibly even napping during the first asbestos trials held in a virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading the defense to…

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