The Cook Group is pleased to share that its St. Louis office has finalized a lease to move into the Peabody Building, one of the prime commercial buildings in downtown St. Louis. The St. Louis Business Journal published a release announcing the move. The new suite will provide the firm's St. Louis operation, which currently...
Justices Mendez, Shulman, and Scarpulla Elevated to Appellate Division in New York
On July 13, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced four new judicial appointments to the First Department of the Appellate Division. Elevated judges include Justice Manuel Mendez, current Coordinating Judge of the New York City Asbestos Litigation; Justice Martin Shulman, a long-time NYCAL judge who has presided over...
Missouri Court Reduces Huge Jury Award Based on Lack of Personal Jurisdiction
On June 23, 2020, the Missouri Court of Appeals rendered its decision in Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. No. ED107476, (Mo. Ct. App. E.D., 2020.) Johnson and Johnson appealed the trial court’s verdict awarding $550 million dollars in compensatory damages ($25 million per plaintiff) and $4.4 Billion dollars in punitive...
Supreme Court Defends LGBTQ Rights in Historic Decision
On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, holding that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The opinion was the product of three separate appeals in factually similar cases. Each plaintiff was fired...
New Jersey Supreme Court Rules on Failure to Warn Standard
On June 3, 2020, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its decision affirming the New Jersey Appellate Division’s reversal of defendants’ summary judgment in the matter of Whelan v. Armstrong International, Inc., et al. The Court reinforced that product manufacturers and distributors can be held strictly liable for failure...
INSURANCE INDUSTRY VETERAN JOINS THE COOK GROUP
NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 8, 2020) - Kevin Hannemann, formerly Associate Claims Counsel at The RiverStone Group and previously Senior Asbestos Claims Analyst at Resolute Management, Inc., has joined The Cook Group in its New York City office. A graduate of New York University and St. Johns University School of Law, Hannemann...
Florida to Experiment with Virtual Jury Trials
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the legal profession with a wide range of issues, particularly for areas of litigation with an increasing backlog of cases in already bottle-necked trial dockets. In an attempt to mitigate those issues, Florida Chief Justice Charles Canady has authorized the use of remote technology in civil...
IL Appellate Court Reverses $3.2 Million Asbestos Verdict Based on Insufficient Evidence of Causation
The Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court recently reversed a $3.2 million asbestos jury verdict entered against a roofing material manufacturer.  In Krumwiede v. Tremco, the court found that the plaintiff presented insufficient evidence of causation, entitling Tremco, Inc. (“Tremco”) to a judgment notwithstanding the...
The Future of Forum Non Conveniens in Question in IL
Proposed House Bill 5044, which is currently in committee in the Illinois General Assembly, seeks to amend the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure to expressly abolish the doctrine of intrastate forum non conveniens, a development that would further solidify Illinois as a prime venue for plaintiffs seeking a friendly forum....
2019 Asbestos Lawsuits Remained Numerically Consistent, Geographically Consolidated
Highlights: The number of asbestos lawsuits in 2019 remained steady from 2017 and 2018. The jurisdictions where The Cook Group focuses its practice—New York City and Madison County, IL—once again hosted the majority of mesothelioma claims filed nationwide. Lung cancer cases across the country rose in number, due largely to a...
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