Rise or Demise of Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Claims? California Supreme Court Set to Weigh in on Debate

5/1/2015| Article

By Jeffrey M. Pypcznski and Pamela R. Kaplan

The introduction of secondary or "take-home" exposure claims has extended asbestos litigation to a new generation of potential plaintiffs and has premises and manufacturing defendants reeling over the concept that duty of care may now extend to unknown persons who have never stepped foot on a worksite or used an asbestos-containing product.

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Roy Cohen Joins the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

4/30/2014| News

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C. is pleased to announce that Roy Cohen has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of client defense. Selected attorneys and law firms are extended membership by invitation only based on nominations from CLM Fellows.

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New Jersey Judiciary's Complex Business Litigation Program Goes Statewide

3/24/2015| Article

Commercial Litigation Briefs - March 2015

By Michael L. Rich

Effective January 1, 2015, the New Jersey judiciary expanded its nearly two-decade old Complex Business Litigation Program to operate statewide. The program is designed to handle complex commercial and construction cases that have the potential for $200,000 or more in damages.

The expanded program has an interesting history and purpose. In 1996, the late Chief Justice Wilentz instituted an experimental program to handle complex commercial litigation. A pilot plan for the creation of a complex commercial subtract, limited to Bergen and Essex counties, was developed and implemented. Over the last decade or so, consideration was given to a business court being created as a separate statutory court. Ultimately, however, it was decided that essentially the same result could best be achieved through a separate track within the Superior Court, Law Division, as opposed to a separate statutory court.  Thus, the determination was made to extend the pilot program statewide.

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