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Robinson v. Crown Cork & Seal Co.

Date: August 11, 2011

Texas Supreme Court

This appeal involves a challenge to the retroactive application of a Texas law limiting successor asbestos-related liabilities for innocent defendants, such as Crown Cork & Seal (the Respondent in the case).  The decision is also likely to have an impact on the retroactive asbestos and silica medical criteria law enacted in 2005.  A decision overturning that law could send potentially tens of thousands of claims back into the Texas courts. 

Status:  DECIDED.  NFIB amicus brief filed 08/02/07.  Oral arguments heard 02/07/08.  Court ruled in October 2010 that the Texas Constitution prohibits a law shielding Crown Cork from successor liability in pending cases.

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