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.