Asbestos Litigation Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: New Developments in 2020
Written by Peter R. Kelso and Marc C. Scarcella of Roux & Joseph Cagnoli Jr. of Goldberg Segalla
In an article for Mealey’s Asbestos and Lexis Legal News, Peter Kelso and Marc Scarcella of Roux join Goldberg Segalla’s Joseph Cagnoli Jr. to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted asbestos litigation.
Asbestos dockets across the country have experienced a decrease in filing and resolution rates, on top of a host of technical challenges stemming from virtual operations through state shutdown orders. This article offers in-depth insights on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on asbestos cases this year, providing an update on asbestos defendants that have filed for bankruptcy and discussing some of the important caselaw and legislative developments in jurisdictions across the country. The authors also review state and federal courthouse closures and the enactment of remote procedures to resolve asbestos personal injury cases in response to state shutdown orders, which caused legal professionals to alter their practices by working remotely or adhering to new court procedures for defending cases virtually.
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