Toxic Torts - AsbestosPrint

The lawyers within our firm have represented Defendants in the asbestos litigation since the first asbestos bodily injury lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts in the late 1970s. Over the years, our representation has covered a great many companies, including:

Insulation contractors;
General contractors;
Manufacturers of refractory products;
Manufacturers of pumps, valves and other process equipment;
Manufacturers of friction products, including brakes and clutches;
Manufacturers of roofing, floor tile and other construction products;
Manufacturers of gaskets and packing;
Manufacturers of boilers;
Manufacturers of wire and cable;
Manufacturers of protective apparel, grinding wheels, scientific equipment and other miscellaneous products;
Talc processors; and
Distributors of asbestos-containing materials.

At its outset, the litigation was dominated by cases filed by shipyard workers who claimed to have worked directly with asbestos insulation products that resulted in high dose exposures. As time passed, the pool of individuals filing those cases expanded to include more and more Plaintiffs claiming exposure to “peripheral” asbestos-containing products in their workplaces, such as automotive brakes and clutches, floor tile, roofing materials and gaskets and packing. As manufacturing and distributing Defendants have exhausted their insurance coverage or filed for bankruptcy, new Defendants have been identified by Plaintiffs from an increasingly broader range of industries and occupations, with less and less apparent potential for exposure to asbestos fibers. Most recently, we have witnessed a marked increase in the number of cases filed by Plaintiffs claiming asbestos exposure from work on or around steam process equipment associated with ships, industrial applications and heating systems. Equipment manufacturers and suppliers increasingly have become the focus of Plaintiffs who are claiming exposure from equipment on board ships while in the Navy.

We have collected extensive experience in all of the aforementioned cases, both in connection with our in-house asbestos defense work and our work as National Coordinating Counsel (“NCC”). We are proficient at utilizing a variety of strategies,
procedural motions, and other tactics to secure dismissals, favorable settlements, and positive results at trial. We take full advantage of the opportunities presented during discovery depositions to explore the potential product identification testimony against our clients, to elicit limiting testimony, and to develop any inconsistencies between the witness’ testimony and the actual properties and components of our clients’ products. We also consistently look for novel or unique issues in individual cases which present the opportunity to limit or foreclose a client’s liability. We remain at the forefront of the asbestos litigation and are confident that our tremendous knowledge and experience make us an invaluable resource to our clients.