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Department of Justice Changes Policy on Supplemental Environmental Projects

By Richard A. Fogel |

Eight months into the Trump Administration, the legal community is still learning how the Department of Justice will run under the helm of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Recently, Sessions issued a memo that will bring about a substantial change in how the Department of Justice handles settlements in civil and criminal matters, and in… Read More »

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Success on Appeal for Law Offices of Richard A. Fogel

By Richard A. Fogel |

The Law Offices of Richard A. Fogel recently won an important victory on an appeal of a denied summary judgment motion. The Second Department of the Appellate Division, in a wild and rare split decision, sided with our client, GEICO Insurance, and granted a motion dismissing the underlying plaintiff’s complaint for a declaratory judgment… Read More »

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Plaintiff in Asbestos Trial Relies on Parker Standard in Successful Claim

By Richard A. Fogel |

The Parker v. Mobil Oil case continues to exhibit a substantial effect on toxic tort claims across New York. In a recent ruling, the Fourth Department of the New York Appellate Division upheld a jury award of damages to a plaintiff despite a lack of specificity in testimony regarding the level of asbestos exposure… Read More »

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Court Looks at Whether Homeowners Retain Coverage after Move

By Richard A. Fogel |

A recent case before a trial judge of the New York Supreme Court in Steuben County asked the judge to determine whether the owners of a home were covered by their insurance policy after that home was destroyed by a fire. The case, titled Harrison v. Allstate Indemnity Co., was filed after Allstate disclaimed… Read More »

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Recent Uptick in Public Nuisance Claim Filings Could Indicate Broader Trend

By Richard A. Fogel |

Attorneys and legal scholars in the fields of toxic torts and environmental law are taking note of the growing popularity of public nuisance claims. These experts believe that, in a climate where class action lawsuits are becoming less and less available, and public regulation of environmental issues is decreasing, public nuisance claims may become… Read More »

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Appellate Division Rejects Toxic Exposure Claim Based on Insufficient Quantification of Exposure

By Richard A. Fogel |

Yet another court has offered an interpretation of the standard created by the Court of Appeals opinion in Parker v. Mobil Oil. The First Department (Manhattan and The Bronx) of the Appellate Division vacated a jury’s award of damages in an asbestos case, finding that the plaintiff’s expert testimony did not meet the Parker… Read More »

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Lower Court Declines to Follow Parker v. Mobil Oil in an Asbestos Case

By Richard A. Fogel |

In a recent unpublished lower court opinion, Battistoni v. Aerco International, issued by Judge Peter Moulton of New York County Supreme Court, a mesothelioma plaintiff successfully defeated a motion for summary judgment despite an absence of quantification of exposure by the plaintiff’s expert witness. The court distinguished and declined to follow Court of Appeals… Read More »

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Court Allows Testimony from Expert That Defendants Claim is Based on “Single Fiber” Approach

By Richard A. Fogel |

A recent ruling by a Manhattan judge in the ongoing New York asbestos litigation denied a motion by defendants to bar testimony from an expert whom defendants assert will base her testimony on a “single fiber” or “any exposure” theory of causation. This decision is in contrast to a 2016 decision by another New… Read More »

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Appellate Division Holds Pro Rata Liability Applies when there are Gaps in Coverage for a Continuous Long Term Pollution Claim Even if the Gap was Caused by the Unavailability of Insurance in the Marketplace

By Richard A. Fogel |

A recent decision before the First Department (Manhattan) of the New York Appellate Division has found that, in a case of environmental property damage occurring over the course of decades, the insured, rather than the insurer, is responsible for losses occurring during gaps in coverage even if the  insured was unable to obtain insurance… Read More »

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Federal Court Finds Three-Hour Exposure to Asbestos-Containing Product Fails to Establish Basis for Personal Injury Lawsuit

By Richard A. Fogel |

A federal court in New York’s Southern District has recently ruled that a plaintiff who could recall only a single three-hour incident of exposure to a defendant manufacturer’s product that may have contained asbestos was not sufficient to support causation of mesothelioma in a claim for damages against that manufacturer. The recently-decided case, Holzworth… Read More »

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