February 18, 2019

Asbestos firms ready to fight Silver’s ‘slanted legal system’

Now that disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is out of power, asbestos defense lawyers are revolting against what they say is a slanted legal system.

Silver, who had ties to the mesothelioma-suit firm Weitz & Luxenberg, was accused of using his clout to stack the odds for plaintiffs.

A group of 45 law firms that represent companies defending against asbestos lawsuits asked Administrative Judge Peter Moulton this week to put a 60-day moratorium on any pending and new cases to consider their gripes over Silver’s alleged influence.

Moulton replaced Justice Sherry Heitler as head of a special section of Manhattan Supreme Court called NYCAL, or New York City Asbestos Litigation, last month.

Under her tenure, Heitler, at the request of Weitz & Luxenberg, last year lifted a 20-year rule that barred punitive damages in asbestos cases — paving the way for jackpot jury settlements and verdicts.

The court also fast-tracked plaintiffs’ asbestos cases over other civil matters, the defense lawyers said.

Weitz handles more than half the asbestos cases in Manhattan. It won $273.4 million the last four years.

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U.S. Legal Support Announced Robert Tooker as Regional Director of Complex Asbestos Litigation


U.S. Legal Support Inc., a preeminent provider of full-service court reporting, record retrieval, eDiscovery and trial services, announced Robert Tooker as Regional Director of Complex Asbestos Litigation.

Rob Tooker, an expert in complex asbestos litigation, has over 25 years of experience in asbestos matters. He brings to the role years of experience running the boutique court reporting agency Tooker and Antz, focused on asbestos litigation. Tooker provides a strong understanding of the special requirements and characteristics within asbestos litigation.

“Rob brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise as the Regional Director of Complex Asbestos Litigation,“ said Charles F. Schugart, U.S. Legal Support President & CEO. “His client-first focus and expertise make him an ideal fit to lead asbestos litigation at U.S. Legal Support.”

U.S. Legal Support’s reporters, available throughout the United States, have reported over 15,000 asbestos depositions. They are experts in unique asbestos technology, specializing in all matters of asbestos including, mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, interstitial fibrosis, pleural plaques and wrongful death.

Their service offering includes:

• Video services available throughout the United States

• Day-in-the-life video

• Asbestos calendar team

• Asbestos production team

• Asbestos billing options

• Split billing of originals

• Conference call set-up

• Expert deposition by phone

• Nationwide set-up of large conference rooms

• Asbestos database of over 15,000 transcripts (Available in 2015)

For more information contact Robert Tooker, Regional Director of Complex Asbestos Litigation, at rtooker@uslegalsupport.com.

About U.S. Legal Support

U.S. Legal Support, Inc., founded in 1996, is a privately held company with over 60 offices located across the United States. As one of the leading providers of litigation services, they are the only litigation support company that provides court reporting, record retrieval, eDiscovery and trial services to major corporations and law firms nationwide. www.uslegalsupport.com


U.S. Legal Support Inc.

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U.S. Legal Support Announced Robert Tooker as Regional Director of Complex Asbestos Litigation

Rick Nemeroff Of The Nemeroff Law Firm Returns As Co-Chair For National Asbestos Litigation Conference

DALLAS, Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Rick Nemeroff, owner of The Nemeroff Law Firm and leading representative of mesothelioma victims, was selected to return as co-chair and moderator for the 2013 Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook. The event gives thought leaders in the asbestos field an opportunity to discuss how trends in litigation may impact future cases.

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The event, hosted by Perrin Conferences, brings asbestos insurance, legal, corporate and scientific leaders together to review the direction and climate of asbestos litigation. Topics for discussion include emerging and specialized claims, recent verdicts, decisions and events, as well as strategies on litigating cases in particular states and leading jurist’s perspectives.

“We’re proud to have Rick Nemeroff chair our National Asbestos Conference once again,” said Lynnsey Perrin, founder of Perrin Conferences. “Rick’s vast experience in this highly competitive field and enviable record of results place him at the forefront of asbestos litigation.”

Practicing since 1993, Nemeroff has established himself as a leading trial lawyer, combining compassion with aggressive litigation skills to fight for individuals and families who have been harmed by the actions of negligent corporations. He is a sought-after speaker and presenter for all aspects of asbestos litigation.

“I’m honored to return as co-chair and moderator for this year’s conference,” said Nemeroff. “It’s a great opportunity for us, as representatives of victims and their families, to discuss industry and legal developments and what those might mean for our clients.”

Established in 2009, the National Asbestos Litigation Conference offers a vibrant and open forum to help attendees understand the trends currently driving asbestos litigation and what the future will present. The conference will be hosted at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on Sept. 16-18.

About Nemeroff Law Firm

With offices in Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Pittsburgh, The Nemeroff Law Firm is a nationally recognized trial firm dedicated to helping individuals and families who suffer from asbestos related mesothelioma, harmful pharmaceuticals, and catastrophic personal injuries or death as a result of the wrongful or negligent conduct of others. Led by attorney Rick Nemeroff, the firm serves clients throughout the United States and Mexico, combining compassion and caring with aggressive litigation skills to deliver life-changing results.  For more information, contact The Nemeroff Law Firm at 866-435-1831, go to www.nemerofflaw.com or follow them on Twitter.


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Rick Nemeroff Of The Nemeroff Law Firm Returns As Co-Chair For National Asbestos Litigation Conference

John B. Manning Leads Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jul 23, 2013) – John B. Manning, chair of the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Defense Group at Cooley Manion Jones, has been invited to return as a co-chair and moderator at the upcoming Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook, hosted by Perrin Conferences, September 16th – 18th, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California.

The national Asbestos Conference program provides attendees a deeper understanding of the trends currently driving asbestos litigation and the impact these trends may have on future cases. Registration is now open.

“This year’s Asbestos Litigation Conferences looks to be the largest and most successful to date, attracting high caliber speakers, panelists and breakout sessions. We’re presenting tactics and strategies in cases involving emerging issues in industrial hygiene and asbestos medicine; recent developments in asbestos bankruptcies and the unique perspective held by esteemed and renowned judicial, in-house counsel, and insurance panelists,” said Manning. “I am very proud to be a part of this event, which I consider to set the standard for professional education and networking in the legal industry.” This event marks Manning’s fifth consecutive year as a conference co-chair and moderator.

Lynnsey Perrin, founder of Perrin Conferences said, “John Manning’s leadership and extensive experience as National Coordinating Counsel for multiple major products manufacturers makes him invaluable to our conference. We are delighted that he again lends his expertise working with Perrin Conferences.”

Manning directs all aspects of the defense of over 200,000 asbestos lawsuits pending in all 50 states. He has tried dozens of cases and has extensive experience in appellate practice, alternative dispute resolution, expert witness development, and national litigation management. John has served as an expert witness regarding issues in asbestos litigation; he is a frequent speaker and commentator on products liability litigation; and he has coordinated clients’ lobbying efforts in the U.S. House and Senate to create national asbestos legislation.

About Cooley Manion Jones LLP

With offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware and California, CMJ provides litigation defense representation to a wide range of industries including products manufacturers, suppliers and premises owners involved in high-stakes and mass tort litigation in jurisdictions across the country. CMJ’s National Coordinating Counsel and Litigation Management Practice is premised upon delivering optimal value and results to its clients. For more information, visit www.cmjlaw.com.

About Perrin Conferences

Perrin Conferences is leading national provider of joint plaintiff/defendant litigation conferences, offering comprehensive and specialized continuing legal education in an atmosphere of learning, networking and sharing. Bringing together preeminent national talent in specialty legal spheres, Perrin Conferences ensure their events deliver innovative content, networking opportunities and career development. Attendees gain insights that cannot be found elsewhere. Follow the latest Perrin Conference news here and on Twitter @PerrinConf. For more information visit www.perrinconferences.com.



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