Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mark Lanier Expanding Plaintiffs' Tort Law Firm

Article by Alison Frankel in AmLaw Litigation Daily -- Texas Torts Firm Says Business Is Booming, Expands Houston Office.  The article has some interesting quotes from Mark Lanier about asbestos litigation.  Here's an excerpt from the article:

In asbestos, Lanier's firm handles only mesothelioma cases, which he said have not slowed even though it's been decades since asbestos has been widely used. We asked whether the complaints by tort reformers that Delaware has become a haven for asbestos litigation were true, and, somewhat to our surprise, Lanier said that indeed, Delaware had become a frequent forum. But not, he hastened to add, because it's particularly friendly to plaintiffs. "It's not a home run forum for us," Lanier said. "It's a one-stop shop. You have jurisdiction over most defendants there."

We couldn't let that comment pass without asking what were still home run jurisdictions for asbestos claimants. There aren't a lot, Lanier said: Baltimore; New York; some parts of California, though that's beginning to change; and West Virginia, if you can get jurisdiction there. Lanier told us he's hoping to revive Texas asbestos litigation and is making a new push to file cases in Boston.


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