Asbestos mass tort litigation may have been around for more than four decades, but a Miami federal judge found room for novel decisions.
U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom corrected herself twice on jurisdiction in a case filed against Union Carbide Corp. The orders dealt in part with a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision still in the infancy of its interpretation across the country.
The case before Bloom was filed last year by James Waite, who claimed he developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos in Massachusetts starting in the 1940s. Waite has lived in Florida with his wife Sandra, a co-plaintiff, since the late 1970s and was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year. He does not allege any Union Carbide asbestos exposure in Florida.
Waite’s attorneys said he was exposed to asbestos as a landlord while renovating rental apartments using drywall joint compound that contained Union Carbide asbestos and during brake and clutch repairs.
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