Cal. Litig. 2016, Volume 29, Number 1

An Overview of Asbestos Litigation in California

By Nick Martin

Asbestos litigation remains a complex and relentless mainstay of the California judicial landscape. Hundreds of new cases are filed each year, predominantly in San Francisco, Alameda, and Los Angeles counties, by a growing assortment of plaintiffs’ attorneys against an ever-expanding pool of defendants. Each of these counties has a department dedicated to asbestos cases and its own set of case management orders that bring a level of uniformity to an otherwise chaotic environment. Some of the current controversies and challenges in asbestos litigation include expedited trial dates, "take home" exposure cases, punitive damages claims, and discovery of bankruptcy trust claims. Each of these items is considered in due course below.

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