New Rules Governing New York City's Asbestos Litigation
On June 20, 2017, Justice Peter Moulton, Administrative Judge and Coordinating Justice of the New York City Asbestos Litigation (“NYCAL”), issued a new Case Management Order and an accompanying Decision and Order. The new NYCAL CMO – whose first iteration was implemented by Justice Helen E. Freedman in 1988 – will govern litigation in one of the country’s largest asbestos dockets and site of some of the highest plaintiff verdicts rendered in recent history. This CMO had been in the works for two years. During that time, Justice Moulton presided over town halls with all counsel, attended separate meetings with plaintiff and defense bars, and along with Special Master Shelley Rossoff Olsen, oversaw numerous meetings between plaintiff and defense counsel representatives, often featuring fiercely-opposed points of view.