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New York Daily News: Toxic reaction over speedy shift of asbestos-case judge in Manhattan Supreme Court’s civil term

Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York executive director Tom Stebbins was quoted in a New York Daily News article about the sudden and suspicious reassignment of a judge overseeing the New York City asbestos docket: “Sacking Justice Billings after only a few months certainly looks suspicious. This court is historically corrupt and chaotic. It has […]

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PRESS RELEASE: New York City Asbestos Court Among Top ‘Judicial Hellholes’ for Fourth Consecutive Year

December 5, 2017 ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*** Contact: Adam Morey amorey@lrany.org   New York City Asbestos Court Among Top ‘Judicial Hellholes’ for Fourth Consecutive Year Annual Report Focuses on Disappointing New Rules in New York’s Much Maligned Asbestos Docket Advocates Say Bill Pending in State Legislature Will End ‘Double-dipping’ ALBANY – Today, the American Tort Reform […]

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Forbes: Industry Upset With Risk of Higher Verdicts in New York’s Asbestos Court

LRANY’s Tom Stebbins was quoted in a Forbes article focused on the recent case management order changes in the NYCAL: “Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Albany-based Lawsuit Reform Alliance, said the brief is a “critical step” in restoring balance to NYCAL. “The court has been dubbed a ‘judicial hellhole’ and the recent case management […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New York City Asbestos Court Among Top ‘Judicial Hellholes’ for Third Consecutive Year

[hr] December 15, 2016 *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Contact: Phoebe Stonbely pstonbely@lrany.org 518-512-5265 New York City Asbestos Court Among Top ‘Judicial Hellholes’ For Third Consecutive Year Annual Report Remains Critical of the Big Apple’s Mass Tort Docket Despite Improved Ranking, Civil Justice Advocates Say “Things Have Only Gotten Worse” ALBANY – Today, the American Tort Reform […]

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Asbestos Transparency

The Issue Currently, the law does not require plaintiffs in asbestos actions to disclose whether they previously recovered from trust funds. Often lawyers will seek recoveries from both the tort system and the trust system alleging conflicting or even outright fraudulent claims.  Lack of transparency encourages widespread abuse, stealing funds intended for the legitimately harmed. […]

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Asbestos Litigation Event Exceptional, Thank You!

Thank you to all of you who attended our event, “Asbestos Litigation: A Changing Dynamic Offers Opportunity for Change,” yesterday in New York City. The event brought together knowledge and insight from some of the foremost experts on asbestos litigation issues. The speakers included defense attorneys from Robinson Bradshaw who handled the infamous Garlock Sealing Technologies case, and a […]

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Forbes: With Silver Convicted, Some NY Dems Lend Support To Asbestos Transparency Bill

Forbes Business recently published a piece written by Legal Newsline reporter, Jessica Karmasek, focusing on the recent support for a piece of legislation calling for transparency in the asbestos trust system. LRANY Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, was quoted on the issue. An excerpt: The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, pointing to the kickback allegations against […]

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New York Asbestos Court Goes from Worst to Second Worst in U.S. in Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report

[hr] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2015 Contact: Phoebe Stonbely pstonbely@lrany.org 518.512.5265 New York Asbestos Court Goes from Worst to Second Worst in U.S. in Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report National Group Cites the Conviction of Speaker Silver as a ‘Reason for Hope,’ Slides NY Court to #2 Spot ALBANY – In their annual “Judicial Hellholes” […]

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Thanks for Making Our ‘Asbestos Litigation’ Event a Success!

Thank you to all of our guests who attended our event, “Asbestos Litigation: Business as Usual in a ‘Judicial Hellhole?’” yesterday in New York City. The exciting event featured insight and analysis on a critical asbestos litigation issues and trends from knowledgeable, experienced speakers including nationally recognized author and professor Lester Brickman. We would also […]

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Wall Street Journal: Sheldon Silver Charges Highlight Allure of Asbestos Cases

In the wake of Speaker Silver’s arrest, the press is connecting his potential links to asbestos cases.  LRANY Executive Director comments in this article. An excerpt: “Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, an Albany-based group that thinks businesses and others face too much litigation, said the relative shortage […]