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The Next Wave of Toxic Tort Class Actions: PFAS and Cosmetics

By Richard A. Fogel |

Toxic exposure lawsuits are nothing new. One of the most famous toxic tort cases centering around a California town’s exposure to chemicals from a nearby Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) plant was even turned into a Hollywood blockbuster film starring Julia Roberts. Lately, there’s been a new target for the ire of plaintiffs’ lawyers… Read More »

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New York Lessens CPLR 3101(f) “CIDA” Disclosure Requirements

By Richard A. Fogel |

In an earlier post, we discussed the newly-minted CPLR 3101(f) “Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act”. We also discussed rumors that Governor Kathy Hochul was sympathetic with sentiments that the burdens imposed by the bill were overly broad. There was talk of a less restrictive version of CPLR 3101(f) that might be in the works. Now,… Read More »

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New York Federal Court Requires Disclosure of Insurer’s Communications With Attorney Concerning Claim Investigation

By Richard A. Fogel |

It’s important to keep in mind the role of an insurance coverage defense attorney, both for the attorney and for the insurer. Your coverage defense attorney is meant to counsel you with regard to whether a particular claim has merit pursuant to the policy, aid you with the response thereto, and represent you should… Read More »

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Evidentiary Rules Committee, Possibly Supreme Court, Consider Expert Witness Standard

By Richard A. Fogel |

Expert witness testimony is an essential component of many types of litigation, from medical malpractice to insurance defense. Whether a given witness’s testimony is admitted can be the most important deciding factor in a lawsuit. Nowhere is this more true than in toxic tort cases. We’ve talked before about how an expert’s opinion on,… Read More »

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New York Governor Signs the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act

By Richard A. Fogel |

To cap off the end of 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act into law. The new law compels defendants to disclose a wealth of information about insurance policies as well as other information about legal claims shortly after a lawsuit is commenced. The insurance industry and the defense… Read More »

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New York City Mayor Waives Asbestos Fees After Hurricane Ida

By Richard A. Fogel |

Hurricane Ida was a massive, destructive storm that tore through the east coast. Many buildings in New York were damaged or destroyed. Property owners were tasked with finding ways to repair their damaged buildings while accounting for the increased risk of exposure to asbestos that had been present in walls and roofing materials. Mayor… Read More »

Ecology Law

Major Chemical Company to Face Toxic Tort Trial After New York Federal Appellate Court Rules Plaintiff’s Expert Erroneously Excluded

By Richard A. Fogel |

A recent decision from the federal appeals court governing New York may lead to significant liability for major chemical manufacturer DuPont. The appellate court disagreed with the trial court, which had excluded the plaintiff’s expert testimony to be used against DuPont and consequently kicked the case. The appellate decision could have a significant impact… Read More »

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New York Appellate Court Sets Low Bar for Specific Causation Evidence in Toxic Tort Cases

By Richard A. Fogel |

Causation is one of the most complex aspects of any toxic tort case. The plaintiff’s entire case often hinges on whether they can show both that a specific toxin can cause an illness, and whether the plaintiff was actually exposed to enough of that toxin to cause their particular illness. New York courts have… Read More »

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Are Non-Assignment Clauses in Insurance Policies Enforceable?

By Richard A. Fogel |

As a general rule, parties to a contract can agree that the rights and obligations under the contract are non-transferable. If one party ceases to exist or gets sold to another party, the contract ends. The parties would need to put that in writing, in an “anti-assignment” clause (meaning each party’s rights under the… Read More »

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New York Courts Continue to Rule for Insurers in Business Interruption Cases

By Richard A. Fogel |

We previously covered a number of business interruption insurance coverage lawsuits related to the coronavirus pandemic. As the pandemic continues and more case law develops, the trend has become abundantly clear: New York courts understand that COVID-19-related closures do not constitute actual physical losses for the purposes of business interruption insurance. A recent federal… Read More »

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