Collective asbestos guilt in Illinois

by Walter Olson on August 9, 2011

Illinois courts may finally be tiring of liberal applications of “civil conspiracy” doctrine under which “Asbestos companies bear a sort of collective guilt and thus plaintiffs can sue companies they never actually had any contact with. Jurors in Bloomington have ordered up more than $120 million in damages against companies including Honeywell and Owens-Illinois, even though those companies never sold products to the plaintiffs, or employed them in their factories.” [Daniel Fisher, Forbes]

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1 Anonymous Attorney 08.10.11 at 11:32 am

In law school, you learn that the formula for tort is “duty, breach, causation, damages.”

In practice, you learn that the formula for tort is “source of money, and lawyer willing to sue that source.”

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