Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation

Phillips Lytle is one of New York State’s leading defense firms in asbestos litigation. We first became involved in asbestos litigation in the late 1970s, representing GAF Corporation (“GAF”). In the course of representing GAF, our attorneys took the lead in arguing Steinhardt v. Johns-Manville Corp., 54 N.Y.2d 1008, 446 N.Y.S.2d 244 (1981), cert. denied and appeal dismissed, 456 U.S. 967 (1982), in which the New York Court of Appeals applied the last date of exposure rule for application of the statute of limitations in New York to asbestos exposure claims. We also were lead counsel in seeking the dismissal of the appeal of that decision to the United States Supreme Court. As a leader in the arena of asbestos litigation from the very beginning, we have successfully handled thousands of cases throughout New York State and developed effective strategies -- from early resolution to successful trial and appeal.

We have represented many different companies, including manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, contractors, a railroad, and premises owners, and have dealt with ever-emerging targets and theories in asbestos litigation. We have also advised clients on issues regarding insurance coverage for claims due to exposure to asbestos. Our long history of handling a high volume and wide variety of asbestos cases allows us to develop and implement proactive defense strategies in handling all aspects of asbestos litigation. We understand the constantly evolving theories, trends, and strategies being utilized by plaintiffs, and tailor the defense to each client’s objectives and circumstances. Whether obtaining voluntary dismissals or resolution through motion practice, identifying other opportunities for early resolution, negotiating favorable settlements, or handling all aspects of trial and appeal, we pragmatically and cost-effectively achieve our clients’ goals.

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