Judge James T. Vaughn Jr. of Delaware Superior Court, described as the state's top judge, has appointed a panel to investigate business complaints of a flood of out-of-state asbestos claims into the state of Delaware. "James A. Wolfe, the state Chamber's president and chief executive officer, noted that there were 62 cases -- nearly all alleging exposure in Delaware -- on the court's docket in 2004. But between May 2005 and Sept. 30 of this year, 577 more cases were filed -- 445 by nonresidents who largely allege they were exposed to asbestos in another state." (Dec. 3 issue of Business Insurance, Dave Lenckus, no free link). Earlier coverage here. Chrysler's Steven Hantler also discussed the issue while guesting at Overlawyered last summer.
Delaware panel to probe surge in asbestos filings
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