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             Friday, March 26, 2010, Vol. 12, No. 60

                            Headlines

AT&T INTERNET: July 1 Deadline to File DSL Speed Claims
BAR/BRI: Plaintiffs Lawyers Take Fee Request Back to the 9th Cir.
BOUCHARD TRANSPORTATION: Mass. Oil Spill Trial Gets Underway
CLASSMATES.COM: Inks $9.5 Mil. Sales Practice Suit Settlement
DIAMOND FOODS: Accused in Calif. Suit of Misleading Consumers

GAMMON GOLD: Believes Class Definition Limits Potential Liability
ROLLS-ROYCE: S.D. Ind. Declines to Certify Female Manager Class
TOYOTA MOTOR: Wash. & Ariz. Suits Seek Full Refunds for Autos
UNITED STATED: Judge's Rejection of 9/11 Settlement Questioned
YELP! INC: Furniture Restorer Files Third Extortion Lawsuit

* Securities Class Action Settlements Were $3.8 Billion in 2009

                        Asbestos Litigation

ASBESTOS UPDATE: AIG Records $3.236B Gross Liability at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: American Int'l. Records 5,417 Claims at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Pfizer's Quigley Unit Still Faces Injury Claims
ASBESTOS UPDATE: American Optical Facing 100T Claims at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Gibsonburg Actions Still Ongoing v. Pfizer Inc.

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Crown Cork Facing 50,000 Open Claims at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Lawsuits Still Ongoing v. Crown Court in Texas
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Suits Still Ongoing v. Crown Cork in Pa. Courts
ASBESTOS UPDATE: General Cable Facing 34,451 Lawsuits at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: XL Capital Cites $252M Unpaid Losses at Dec. 31

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Injury Lawsuits Still Ongoing v. Teledyne Tech.
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Georgia-Pacific Still Party to Injury Lawsuits
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Quaker Chem. Unit Still Facing Exposure Actions
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Cincinnati Fin'l. Cites $114MM Reserves in 2009
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Watts Water Facing 105 Actions in Miss., Calif.

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Hercules Offshore Still Party to Aaron Lawsuit
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ameren, Units Face 75 Pending Suits at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: General Re Cites $1.74B Reserves for A&E Claims
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Berkshire Has $10.6Bil A&E, Injury Liabilities
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Argo Cites $122.7M Gross A&E Reserve at Dec. 31

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Argo Group Records 3,431 Open Claims at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: 955 Actions Pending v. TriMas Corp. at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Injury Actions Still Ongoing v. Baldor Electric
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Liability Lawsuits Still Ongoing v. VWR Funding
ASBESTOS UPDATE: NYMAGIC Cites $46.7MM for A&E Claims at Dec. 31

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Allegheny Still Has 861 W.Va. Claims at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Deere & Co. Still Subject to Liability Actions
ASBESTOS UPDATE: State Auto Fin'l. Cites $2Mil for Claims in '09
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Lawsuits Ongoing v. Great Lakes, Units
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Hexion Specialty Still Facing Liability Actions

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bridgwater Resident's Death Linked to Exposure
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Workers Exposed to Asbestos at Kwinana Station
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Action v. CSX Filed on March 9 in Ill.
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Warren Case v. 22 Firms Filed in Jefferson Co.
ASBESTOS UPDATE: 3 Actions Filed on March 10 in St. Clair County

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ruling Allows Chubb to File Action v. Travelers
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Cases Filed in St. Clair Co.'s Docket
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bid to Continue Goldenberg Trial Filed March 3
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Weirton Plant Owner Fined for Cleanup Breaches
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Jackson to Pay $18.5T to Settle Safety Breaches

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Sept. 11 Ground Zero Workers Reach $657.5M Deal
ASBESTOS UPDATE: 2 Actions on Jackson Exposure Filed on March 18
ASBESTOS UPDATE: CMS Energy Cites $38Mil Liability for Abatement
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Markel Has $229.03M A&E Net Reserves at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Cases Ongoing v. Gorman-Rupp, 2 Units

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Stehman Case v. Ballantyne Settled on Dec. 2009
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Cases Still Ongoing v. Alcatel-Lucent
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Imperial Industries Unit Faces 11 Injury Claims
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Old Republic Cites $122MM for Claims at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Congoleum Has $5.24M 2009 Reorganization Charge

ASBESTOS UPDATE: Cases v. Met-Pro Corp. Surged to 106 at Jan. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Garlock Sealing, Anchor Party to Injury Actions
ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Ind. Faces 97,400 Open Actions at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: 16 Garlock Sealing Trials Commenced During 2009
ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Has 5 Pending Garlock Appeals at Dec. 31

ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Cites $79M New Settlement Payments in '09
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Garlock Records $238.6M for Coverage at Dec. 31
ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Completes Sale of Quincy Unit on March 1
ASBESTOS UPDATE: 2 Firms Fined $64.2T for Boston Cleanup Breach
ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Claims Filed v. Woodside in Australia

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AT&T INTERNET: July 1 Deadline to File DSL Speed Claims
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A proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action entitled
Robert Schmidt, et al. v. AT&T and SBC Internet Services, Inc.,
d/b/a AT&T Internet Services, Case No. CV 09 688788, pending in
the Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County Ohio. The lawsuit
alleges that AT&T breached its contracts with and defrauded some
of its customers by failing to deliver DSL Services to its
customers at the speeds promised.  AT&T strongly denies the
allegations, but has agreed to settle to avoid the burden and
cost of further litigation.  You are part of the lawsuit if you
are a current or former AT&T customer who purchased DSL Service
from AT&T in the U.S. after March 31, 1994.  The Court has not
decided whether or not to approve the Settlement.  

To participate in the settlement, claims must be submitted by
July 1, 2010.  Requests for exclusion from the class must be
filed by May 3, 2010.  Objections to the settlement must also be
filing by May 3, 2010.  The Court has scheduled a Final Approval
Hearing on June 1, 2010.  

More information about the settlement and claims process is
available at http://www.DSLSpeedSettlement.com/which is hosted  
by Rust Consulting.  

Class Counsel is:

          Patrick J. Perotti, Esq.
          DWORKEN & BERNSTEIN CO., L.P.A.
          60 South Park Place
          Painesville, OH 44077

Defense Counsel is:

          Kerin Kaminski, Esq.
          GIFFEN & KAMINSKI, LLC
          1300 E. Ninth St., Suite 1600
          Cleveland, OH 441144


BAR/BRI: Plaintiffs Lawyers Take Fee Request Back to the 9th Cir.
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Amanda Bronstad at The National Law Journal reports that
plaintiffs lawyers who obtained a $49 million settlement in an
antitrust class action against the parent company of BAR/BRI are
gearing up for another fight before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals -- this time, involving their attorney fees.

Class counsel McGuireWoods, which settled the litigation in 2007,
filed a notice of appeal on March 8 after U.S. District Judge
Manuel Real of the Central District of California eliminated all
the firm's attorney fees over an apparent conflict of interest.
Two other firms serving as class counsel, New York's Zwerling,
Schachter & Zwerling and Washington's Finkelstein Thompson, whose
fees the judge reduced, filed a separate appeal on March 15.

Another lawyer filed an appeal on March 9 on behalf of the estate
of Eliot Disner, the plaintiffs attorney who brought the original
case.

The settlement involved 300,000 class members who claimed to have
paid, on average, about $1,000 in overcharges for BAR/BRI's bar
examination review course on the ground that its parent company,
West Publishing Corp., conspired to monopolize the market in a
secret deal with Kaplan Inc., which sells preparatory courses for
the Law School Aptitude Test.

The appeals challenge Real's Feb. 3 finding that McGuireWoods
violated the California Rules of Professional Conduct by failing
to inform class members about an agreement that gave incentive
awards to five class representatives based on the value of the
settlement. "Under California law, in the absence of informed
written consent, the simultaneous representation of clients with
conflicting interest constitutes an automatic ethics violation
that results in the forfeiture of attorneys' fees," Real wrote.

Real found no conflicts or ethical lapses by Finkelstein Thompson
or Zwerling Schachter, but reduced their fees by 37 percent, to
about $1.6 million and $1.5 million, respectively, citing
"excessive fees and noncompensable work."

Real did grant expenses to the three firms: about $1.2 million to
Richmond, Va.-based McGuireWoods, $118,000 to Finkelstein
Thompson and $35,000 to Zwerling Schachter.

The appeals represent a potential second go-around before the 9th
Circuit in the case. Last year, the 9th Circuit upheld the
settlement but told Real to reconsider the award of attorney fees
to plaintiffs counsel. The appeals court concluded that counsel
on both sides of the case had created a "disturbing appearance of
impropriety" because of the incentive awards that "tied the
promised request to the ultimate recovery and in so doing, put
class counsel and the contracting class representatives into a
conflict position from day one."

The panel directed Real to consider the influence those payments
had on McGuireWoods, due $12 million in fees under the
settlement.

Sidney Kanazawa, a partner in the Los Angeles office of
McGuireWoods who represents his firm in its appeal, did not
respond to calls for comment on Monday.  In a motion for
reconsideration in February, he disputed Real's interpretation of
the 9th Circuit's ruling and called the apparent conflict
"harmless."

"The Ninth Circuit did not limit the remand for the sole purpose
of denying attorneys' fees to McGuireWoods, but rather explicitly
instructed this Court to review its previous fee award in light
of the Ninth Circuit opinion and California law," the motion
said.

Rosemary Rivas, a partner in the San Francisco office of
Finkelstein Thompson who represents her firm and Zwerling
Schachter in their appeal, did not return a call for comment. In
her motion for reconsideration, she asked Real to reinstate the
fees originally awarded to both firms because they played an
instrumental role in the ultimate approval of the settlement.

Real later took both motions off calendar.

Zareh A. Jaltorossian, a partner in the Los Angeles office of
Reed Smith who represents Sandra Disner, executor of the estate
of Eliot Disner and successor-in-interest to Disner and his
former firm, Disner Law Group, did not return a call for comment.

Disner brought the original suit in 2006. McGuireWoods inherited
the case after acquiring the firm Disner was working for at that
time, Van Etten Suzumoto & Becket, that same year. Disner, whom
McGuireWoods fired in 2007 after he objected to the BAR/BRI
settlement, died last year.


BOUCHARD TRANSPORTATION: Mass. Oil Spill Trial Gets Underway
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Becky W. Evans -- a freelance journalist who writes about
fisheries, environment and immigration for ThreeBeats at
http://www.threebeats.wordpress.com/-- reports that a lawyer  
representing Mattapoisett property owners opened his case against
Bouchard Transportation Co. on Tuesday by arguing that his
clients lost the special privilege of swimming, strolling and
sunbathing at their private beaches when a barge owned by the oil
transport company negligently ran aground and spilled up to
98,000 gallons of oil into Buzzards Bay in April 2003.

"That specialness came to a screeching halt when the defendant's
oil came ashore," said:

          Martin E. Levin, Esq.
          STERN, SHAPIRO, WEISSBERG & GARIN LLP
          90 Canal Street
          Boston, MA 02114-2022
          Telephone: 617-742-5800
          E-mail: mlevin@sswg.com

In his opening statement, Mr. Levin told the Plymouth County jury
that, despite cleanup activities, his clients "all experienced
lingering effects of the pollution. . . .  The oil was always on
their minds because you could never tell when it was there."

Mr. Levin promised to show why Bouchard should compensate
property owners for lost rental value, even if some of them never
rented their homes.

"It's an objective way to measure that damage done by oil that
should have never polluted those Mattapoisett shores," he said.

Bouchard's defense lawyer:

          Ronald W. Zdrojeski, Esq.
          ROBINSON & COLE LLP
          280 Trumbull Street
          Hartford, CT 06103-3597
          Telephone: 860-275-8200
          E-mail: rzdrojeski@rc.com

told the jury that Levin's method for calculating damages would
cause "eye-rubbing and head-scratching."

"We shouldn't have to pay for damages that don't exist or are
exaggerated," he said.

Bouchard spent "upwards of $36 million" on a comprehensive
cleanup of the Buzzards Bay shoreline that was overseen and
approved by federal, state and local officials, Mr. Zdrojeski
said.

"We relentlessly and arduously went out and found where the oil
was and we cleaned it up," he said.

None of the property owners was forced to leave their homes on
account of the oil spill, Mr. Zdrojeski said.

"This case is ultimately about use," he said. "They could still
sleep in their beds and cook in the kitchen."

The lawyers' opening statements launched the second day of civil
trial proceedings at Plymouth County Superior Court. The trial is
part of a class-action lawsuit filed against Bouchard by 1,100
Mattapoisett property owners who are seeking millions of dollars
in damages related to thick fuel oil that leaked from the B. No.
120 barge after it drifted off course and ruptured its hull on
submerged rocks identified in nautical charts.

Both Bouchard and the mate of the Tug Evening Tide, which was
pulling the barge, pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water
Act and killing 450 federally protected birds. Bouchard paid the
federal government $9 million in fines, while mate Franklin
Robert Hill served six months in federal prison.

Mr. Zdrojeski showed the nine-woman, six-man jury a handful of
black seaweed that he said some Mattapoisett residents had
mistaken for oil. He also displayed two melon-sized rocks, one
covered with black oil splatter and the other with what he called
"plain old black algae."

"Not everything they were seeing was oil," he said.

Mr. Levin shared an overhead slide featuring a Geographic
Information System map developed from Bouchard data that depicted
varying degrees of oil pollution along the Mattapoisett
shoreline.

"Some of the beaches were more heavily polluted than others, but
all of the properties were contaminated with some of that oil,"
he said.

Following opening statements, prosecutors called four witnesses
to testify before the jury. The witnesses included Erich
Gundlach, a coastal earth scientist with E-Tech International
Inc.; retired Mattapoisett Fire Chief Ronald Scott; Mark Maguire,
a GIS development manager with Tetra Tech Inc.; and Bradford
Chase, a Natick resident whose Mattapoisett property at 15
Seamarsh Way was contaminated by oil from the Bouchard spill.


CLASSMATES.COM: Inks $9.5 Mil. Sales Practice Suit Settlement
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Chloe Albanesius at PC Magazine reports that Classmates.com has
agreed to pay more than $9.5 million to settle a class-action
suit that accused the Web site of duping customers into signing
up for paid services. According to a filing in Seattle District
Court, Classmates.com has agreed to the settlement. Those hoping
for a large payout, though, will be disappointed: The maximum
amount people can collect is a check for $3.

The case dates back to October 2008, when San Diego-based Anthony
Michaels sued Classmates.com for lying in order to get him to pay
for a subscription. Michaels signed up for a free profile in 2007
and subsequently received e-mail alerts that said former
classmates were trying to find him.

Classmates.com would not reveal who was looking for him until he
signed up for a paid "gold membership" account, but when he did,
he quickly found out that none of his former classmates had
actually tried to contact him. Xavier Vasquez joined the suit in
December 2008.

Members who upgraded to a gold membership after Jan.1, 2007 (the
sub-class) as a result of misleading e-mails or links in their
inboxes are eligible to receive $3 in cash or a $2 credit toward
future Classmates.com services. People who upgraded before that -
dating back to October 30, 2004 - are eligible for the $2 credit.
Classmates.com estimates that the sub-class could include up to
3.16 million people. If more than 3.16 million members file
claims, though, that $3 payout will decrease.

Messrs. Michaels and Vasquez will receive $2,500 each.

Classmates.com has also agreed to pay up to $1.3 million to cover
attorney fees and costs, as well as the cost of notifying class
members.

If the settlement is approved, The Garden City Group will handle
the details.  They will contact all potential class members via
e-mail, and also take out an ad in The Wall Street Journal to
inform people of the settlement.


DIAMOND FOODS: Accused in Calif. Suit of Misleading Consumers
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Maria Dinzeo at Courthouse News Service reports that a federal
class action claims Diamond Foods makes misleading claims for the
health value of its walnuts.  The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration calls the walnuts "misbranded," and disputed
Diamond's claims that "the omega-3 in walnuts can help you get
the proper balance of fatty acids your body needs for promoting
heart health," according to the complaint.

Lead plaintiff Elliot Zeisel says the FDA found no evidence that
the omega-3 in walnuts actually reduces the risk of heart
disease.

Despite an FDA "warning letter" that Diamond's claims violate the
Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, Diamond refused to remove the false
and misleading statements from its labels, the class claims.

The class seeks restitution, costs and an injunction.  

A copy of the Complaint in Zeisel v. Diamond Foods, Inc., Case
No. 10-cv-01192 (N.D. Calif.), is available at:
     
     http://www.courthousenews.com/2010/03/24/Walnuts.pdf

The Plaintiff is represented by:
                          
          Janet Lindner Spielberg, Esq.
          LAW OFFICES OF JANET LINDNER SPIELBERG
          12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400
          Los Angeles, CA 90025
          Telephone: 310-392-8801

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          Michael D. Braun, Esq.
          BRAUN LAW GROUP, P.C.
          10680 West Pico Blvd., Suite 280
          Los Angeles, CA 90064
          Telephone: 310-836-6000


GAMMON GOLD: Believes Class Definition Limits Potential Liability
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Liezel Hill at Mining Weekly reports that the Ontario Superior
Court has certified a class action claim being brought against
miner Gammon Gold brought by investors who bought shares in a
2007 public offering.

However, it did not certify the claim with regard to secondary
market purchases of securities or for people who bought
securities outside Canada, the company said.

Certification is a procedural step in the litigation and no
determination has been made of the merits of the claim, Gammon
said.

"We believe the court's decision not to certify the claim in
respect of secondary market purchases and in respect of those
purchasers who acquired securities outside Canada, significantly
reduces the  scale of any potential claim," CEO Rene Marion said.

Gammon "will continue to vigorously defend the matter", he said.

The class action suit alleges that the company's 2007 prospectus
contained inaccuracies with regard to production run rates.

Gammon produces precious metals from two mines in Mexico.


ROLLS-ROYCE: S.D. Ind. Declines to Certify Female Manager Class
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Jeff Swiatek at IndyStar.com reports that a judge has shut the
door on letting more female managers at Rolls-Royce's
Indianapolis operation join a lawsuit alleging gender
discrimination.

Randall, et. al. v. Rolls-Royce Corporation, et al., Case No.
06-cv-00860 (S.D. Ind.) (Barker, J.), was filed by two high-level
female managers at Rolls-Royce who say they were passed over for
promotions and paid less than their male counterparts.

Sally Randall and Rona Pepmeier wanted to open their lawsuit to
537 other female engineers and managers, but Judge Sarah Evans
Barker this month rejected the move, saying Mmes. Randall and
Pepmeier's work experiences aren't typical of the hundreds of
other women.

In addition, the judge wrote, Mmes. Randall and Pepmeier at times
during their careers participated in decisions about pay and
bonuses for the 537 other women, creating a conflict-of-interest
issue.

The judge also noted that the plaintiffs' own bias expert in the
case "found no evidence of disparities adverse to women" when he
analyzed total compensation for all of Rolls-Royce's female
managers as a group.

"Our clients are disappointed" with the ruling, said Kevin Betz,
Esq., a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

He wouldn't comment on their next step.

The judge suggested the two sides meet "forthwith" to discuss a
possible settlement of Mmes. Randall and Pepmeier's individual
claims.

The Plaintiffs are represented by:

          Kevin W. Betz, Esq.
          Sandra L. Blevins, Esq.
          Jamie A. Maddox, Esq.
          BETZ & ASSOCIATES
          One Indiana Square, Suite 1660
          Indianapolis, IN 46204
          Telephone: (317) 687-2222
          E-mail: kbetz@betzadvocates.com
                  sblevins@betzadvocates.com
                  jmaddox@betzadvocates.com

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          Thomas J. Henderson, Esq.
          HENDERSON LAW FIRM PLLC
          1666 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 310
          Washington, DC 20009
          Telephone: (202) 742-7447
          E-mail: tjh@hendersonfirm.net

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          Michael D. Lieder, Esq.
          SPRENGER & LANG PLLC
          1400 Eye Street, N.W., Suite 500
          Washington, DC 20005
          Telephone: (202) 772-1159
          E-mail: mlieder@sprengerlang.com

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          SANFORD WITTELS & HEISLER, LLP
          1666 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite 310
          Washington, DC 20009
          Telephone: (202) 742-7780

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          Felicia Medina, Esq.
          David Weissbord Sanford, Esq.
          SANFORD WITTELS & HEISLER LLP
          1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 310
          Washington, DC 20009
          Telephone: (202) 742-7780
          E-mail: fmedina@nydclaw.com
                  dsanford@nydclaw.com

Rolls-Royce is represented by:

          Hannesson Ignatius Murphy, Esq.
          Robert Anthony Prather, Esq.
          Shannon Marie Shaw, Esq.  
          BARNES & THORNBURG LLP
          11 South Meridian Street
          Indianapolis, IN 46204
          Telephone: (317) 231-7210
          E-mail: hmurphy@btlaw.com
                  tony.prather@btlaw.com
                  sshaw@btlaw.com

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          George A. Stohner, Esq.
          MORGAN LEWIS & BOCKIUS
          300 South Grand Avenue, 22nd Floor
          Los Angeles, CA 90071
          Telephone: (213) 612-1015
          E-mail: gstohner@morganlewis.com


TOYOTA MOTOR: Wash. & Ariz. Suits Seek Full Refunds for Autos
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Jon Hood at ConsumerAffairs.com reports that in the less than
three months since Toyota's reputation for safety imploded, the
company has been hit with dozens of class action lawsuits and
personal injury suits from angry owners.

But last week, a group of consumers took litigation against the
carmaker to a new level, demanding a full refund in separate
cases filed in Washington state and Arizona.

"When we talked with Toyota owners, they all voiced the same
desire -- to drive the car back to the lot, hand them the keys
and pick up a check," said Steve Berman, the lawyer handling the
cases. "Fortunately, we think the law allows for exactly that
solution, and we are asking the courts to make it happen."

Many of the class actions filed so far have focused on the
recall's devastating effect on resale values -- affected Toyotas
have lost between six and 15 percent of their total value since
the recall was announced in January. That plunge stands in
contrast to values for other brands of used cars, which have
actually increased in value. A number of suits against Toyota are
demanding a cash payment equal to the amount of the decline.

Mr. Berman, of Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shaprio, takes
issue with that relatively small-bore approach.

"I don't know of any parent who would be willing to put their
kids in a potentially unsafe car in exchange for a few hundred
bucks," he said.

A statement by Hagens Berman reiterates that stance, asserting
that Toyota "produced vehicles so profoundly flawed with safety
defects, and completely botched the recall process, that the only
remedy is for owners to return the cars to Toyota."

The suits are being brought on behalf of all residents of
Washington state and Arizona who own a recalled Toyota. The firm
said it expects to eventually file additional cases "in other
states across the country."

                     Plaintiffs seek revocation

The plaintiffs seek to revoke their acceptance of the sales
contract, and contend that Toyota breached its express warranty
"because the vehicles sold to Class Members were not fully
operational, safe, or reliable." The class also asserts that
"Toyota exacerbated the breach by failing to provide safe
automobiles after the problems were acknowledged."

Both suits allege breach of express warranty, breach of the
implied warranty of merchantability, unjust enrichment, and
violations of the warranty-governing Magnuson Moss Act. In
addition to a full refund, the plaintiffs are seeking
consequential damages, "including the costs associated with
purchasing safer vehicles," and an injunction prohibiting the
sale of cars with a propensity for sudden acceleration. In the
event that the full refund is not granted, the class is seeking
damages equal to the diminution in value as a result of the
defects.

The suits, if approved, would have a devastating economic effect
on an already-battered Toyota. The decreased-value suits alone
could put the carmaker on the hook for at least $3 billion.  A
San Diego court will decide next week whether to consolidate over
100 separate Toyota class-actions into a single case.


UNITED STATED: Judge's Rejection of 9/11 Settlement Questioned
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Mark Hamblett at the New York Law Journal reports that Judge
Alvin K. Hellerstein's rejection of a settlement between New York
City and some 10,000 plaintiffs who claimed to have suffered
respiratory ailments during the World Trade Center response and
cleanup has left the lawyers for the plaintiffs, the city and its
contractors who had spent almost two years negotiating the
settlement wondering what to do next.

The judge, addressing a courtroom packed with attorneys and
plaintiffs last Friday, called the $575 million to $657 million
settlement inadequate and potentially confusing to plaintiffs.

He acknowledged that "most settlements are private" and "the
judge has no part."

"This is different," Hellerstein said.  "This is 9/11.  This is a
case that has dominated my docket, and because of that, I have
the power of review."

The legal teams are now considering their options.  They can go
back to the bargaining table; proceed at full speed to trial on
12 "bellwether" cases selected by the parties and the judge; or
possibly file a petition for a writ of mandamus with the 2nd U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals, hoping a panel will order Hellerstein
to accept the settlement.

The last option is problematic, as it could tie up the already
marathon litigation even longer. Moreover, legal analysts on
Monday said there is no precedent on point for appellate review
of a judge's refusal to accept what he believes to be an
inadequate settlement in mass tort litigation.

Howard Erichson, who teaches complex litigation at Fordham
University School of Law, said only certain types of settlements
require judicial approval, such as class actions, settlements
involving minors and consent judgments where there is ongoing
judicial supervision.

"Outside of those special situations where you need a judge's
power to make it happen, I simply don't understand what gives the
judge the authority here," Erichson said.

Geoffrey P. Miller of New York University School of Law compares
the World Trade Center cases to the Vioxx product liability
litigation in New Orleans and the Zyprexa litigation before
Eastern District of New York Judge Jack B. Weinstein, which some
observers have called "quasi-class actions."

"The judge's authority to exercise this kind of review of the
settlement to protect the plaintiffs that you would see in a
class action, it's very controversial," Miller said. "I'm sure
the judge was acting out of the very best of intentions and
protecting the very vulnerable people who can't protect
themselves. However, the legal basis for the judge exercising
that kind of powerful equitable authority is questionable."

Hellerstein acknowledged Friday that he cannot force the city and
its contractors to settle.

"That's a matter of private conviction," he said. "All I can do
is schedule trials and rule according to the merits."

However, the judge made it clear last week he was going to take a
much more aggressive role in overseeing the settlement talks.

The first indication came March 15, four days before Friday's
hearing, when he issued an order saying the agreement "does not
provide for judicial supervision or appointment of the allocation
neutral (who will make the decision on what category individual
plaintiffs belong to for purposes of compensation) and the firm
and panel of physicians that will assist it."

The judge instructed the parties not to engage, or continue to
engage, people or firms for those positions without his approval.

Then, at Friday's hearing, Hellerstein said he wanted "judicial
control over the process, because that's what's fair."

"If I'm the judge, I can be reversed," he said. "If the parties
appoint someone, he's the dictator. We don't have dictators."

ATTORNEY FEES

The judge also said Friday he intended to cap plaintiffs
attorneys' fees below the 33 percent called for in contingency
contracts and said the fees "will" be paid out of the $1.1
billion World Trade Center captive insurance fund, the same fund
that will be paying the settlement.

There is little dispute that judges have broader authority in the
realm of attorney fees in mass tort cases.

Judge Eldon Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana capped
fees in the $4.85 billion Vioxx settlement at 32 percent, and
Judge Weinstein capped most fees at 35 percent in the $700
million Zyprexa settlement in Brooklyn.

Erichson said both Weinstein and Fallon "reviewed" the
settlements even though they were not class actions.

"I wondered how they could approve the settlements if they didn't
have the power to approve them, but I guess, if they are
approving them, it didn't seem to be a problem," he said.
"Getting the judge's blessing gave the lawyers some comfort they
weren't doing anything wrong."

While it is unclear whether Hellerstein has the authority to
reject the settlement, absent an appeal he still wields the gavel
and influence over a settlement with many moving parts, including
a short, 90-day window for plaintiffs to decide whether they want
to be included.

There is also the requirement that 95 percent of plaintiffs
approve the settlement in In re World Trade Center Disaster Site
Litigation, 21 MC 100, and the judge now has before him a series
of defense motions to dismiss many of the cases based on the
immunity granted to those acting in response to civic disasters.

Lead lawyers Paul Napoli, of Worby Groner & Napoli, Bern for the
plaintiffs, and James Tyrrell Jr., of Patton Boggs for the city,
declined comment Monday.


YELP! INC: Furniture Restorer Files Third Extortion Lawsuit
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Mark Hefflinger at Digital Media Wire reports that Yelp, the
provider of local restaurant and business reviews, is now the
target of a third class action lawsuit related to charges it
altered the reviews of businesses who declined to purchase
advertising on Yelp.com.

The new suit, filed by the owner of Renaissance Furniture
Restoration in San Francisco, charges that Yelp's reviews are not
"unbiased" as the company claims, since several positive reviews
were allegedly removed after it declined an ad sales pitch from
Yelp.

The two previous class action suits filed against Yelp make
largely similar claims, and today nine small businesses joined
the list of plaintiffs in one of the other suits.

Yelp co-founder and CEO wrote on the company's blog that the
lawsuits "are borne from a lack of understanding of how Yelp
works to provide customers with useful information about local
businesses and protect users from fake, or shill, reviews."

He adds that the company "will fight [the lawsuits] aggressively
and we believe we will win."


* Securities Class Action Settlements Were $3.8 Billion in 2009
---------------------------------------------------------------
According to Securities Class Action Settlements: 2009 Review and
Analysis, an annual report by Cornerstone Research, the value and
number of securities class action settlements increased in 2009
from 2008.  Securities class action settlements totaled $3.8
billion in 2009, a jump of more than 35 percent from 2008. The
study identifies a total of 103 settlements approved in 2009, up
slightly over the 97 settlements in 2008. The average settlement
value increased from $28 million for settlements in 2008 to $37
million for settlements in 2009. The largest industry
concentration among 2009 settled cases was in the financial
sector, but these settlements primarily were for case filings
with class periods ending prior to 2008. Securities case filings
related to the credit crisis in 2008, for the most part, are yet
to be resolved.

                              Commentary

Professor Joseph Grundfest, Director of the Stanford Law School
Securities Class Action Clearinghouse in cooperation with
Cornerstone Research, made the following observations about the
settlements report.

     * "The classic litigation risk factors continue to run true
       to form. If a lawsuit is prosecuted by a large public
       pension fund, involves a parallel SEC proceeding, and
       alleges accounting violations, then defendants can be
       expected to pay higher amounts."

     * "Because securities fraud litigation typically settles
       three to five years after the first complaint is filed,
       this year's settlement activity reflects lawsuits brought
       roughly between 2004 and 2006. Given litigation trends
       over those years, the 2009 settlement data are within the
       zone of expected settlements, and aren't much of a
       surprise."

Professor Laura Simmons of the College of William & Mary Mason
School of Business and Cornerstone Research Senior Advisor, made
the following observations.

     * "As we predicted last year, the decline in settlements
       that occurred in 2008 has proven to be temporary. Looking
       ahead, we anticipate that as cases brought in conjunction
       with the 2008 stock market decline and surrounding credit-
       crisis issues are resolved, settlements are likely to
       continue to increase both in number and value."

     * "While financial statement restatements reportedly have
       been declining in recent years, this trend has yet to be
       borne out in securities case settlements, as restatements
       were associated with 45 percent of cases settled in 2009
        (the highest proportion in more than a decade)."

                            Key Findings

     * The median settlement in 2009 was $8 million, unchanged
       from 2008. While this is lower than the inflation-adjusted
       median of $9.3 million in 2007, it is higher than the
       median for all cases settled from 1996 through 2008.

     * Estimated "plaintiff-style" damages for all cases settled
       in 2009 averaged $2.7 billion, a 35 percent increase,

       adjusted for inflation, over the average for 2008
       settlements.

     * Inflation-adjusted median Disclosure Dollar Loss-the
       dollar value decrease in the defendant firm's market
       capitalization at the end of the class period-for cases
       settled in 2009 was approximately $140 million, an
       increase of nearly 15 percent over the inflation-adjusted
       median for 2008.

     * Institutional investors continued to participate actively
       in post-Reform Act securities class actions and served as
       lead plaintiffs in nearly 65 percent of 2009 settlements.
       
     * Cases involving public pensions as lead plaintiffs were
       associated with significantly higher settlements.

     * Approximately 45 percent of 2009 settlements involved
       companion derivative actions, slightly higher than the 40
       percent in 2008. Derivative actions tended to be
       associated with larger class actions and significantly
       higher settlement amounts.

     * Alleged violations of Generally Accepted Accounting
       Principles (GAAP) were included in more than 65 percent of
       settled cases in 2009. Cases with GAAP allegations had
       larger settlement amounts and a higher percentage of
       estimated damages compared with cases not involving
       accounting allegations.

     * The Ninth Circuit (California/Alaska/Arizona/Hawaii/Idaho/
       Montana/Nevada/Oregon/ Washington) had the highest number
       of settled cases in 2009 with 28 settlements, followed by
       the Second Circuit (New York/Connecticut/Vermont) with 22
       cases settled.

The full text of the Securities Class Action Settlements: 2009
Review and Analysis report is available at the Cornerstone
Research Web site at http://securities.cornerstone.com/and the  
Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse Web
site at http://securities.stanford.edu/

                   About Cornerstone Research

Cornerstone Research -- http://www.cornerstone.com/-- provides  
economic and financial consulting and expert testimony and
cosponsors the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action
Clearinghouse.


                       Asbestos Litigation


ASBESTOS UPDATE: AIG Records $3.236B Gross Liability at Dec. 31
---------------------------------------------------------------
American International Group, Inc.'s gross asbestos liability for
unpaid claims and claims adjustment expense was US$3.236 billion
during the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$3.443
billion during the year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's net asbestos liability for unpaid claims and claims
adjustment expense was US$1.151 billion during the year ended
Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$1.2 billion during the year ended
Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's gross IBNR (incurred but not reported) liability
relating to asbestos claims was US$2.233 billion at Dec. 31,
2009, compared with US$2.550 billion during the year ended Dec.
31, 2008.

The Company's net IBNR liability relating to asbestos claims was
US$934 billion at Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$1.038 billion
at Dec. 31, 2008.

Headquartered in New York, American International Group, Inc. is
an insurance firm. It provides insurance property/casualty and
specialty insurance to commercial, institutional, and individual
customers in the U.S. Overseas, the Company provides reinsurance,
life insurance and retirement services, asset management, and
financial services (including financing commercial aircraft
leasing) in more than 120 countries.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: American Int'l. Records 5,417 Claims at Dec. 31
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American International Group, Inc. recorded 5,417 asbestos claims
as of Dec. 31, 2009, compared with 5,780 asbestos claims as of
Dec. 31, 2008.

During the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, the Company recorded 615
claims opened during the year, 243 claims settled during the
year, and 735 claims dismissed or otherwise resolved.

During the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, the Company recorded 639
claims opened during the year, 219 claims settled during the
year, and 1,203 claims dismissed or otherwise resolved.

The Company's gross asbestos survival ratio was 4.7 years during
the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared with 5.2 years during the
year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's net asbestos survival ratio was 3.7 years during
the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared with 3.7 years during the
year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

Headquartered in New York, American International Group, Inc. is
an insurance firm. It provides insurance property/casualty and
specialty insurance to commercial, institutional, and individual
customers in the U.S. Overseas, the Company provides reinsurance,
life insurance and retirement services, asset management, and
financial services (including financing commercial aircraft
leasing) in more than 120 countries.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Pfizer's Quigley Unit Still Faces Injury Claims
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Pfizer Inc.'s Quigley Company, Inc. unit, which was acquired in
1968 and sold small amounts of products containing asbestos until
the early 1970s, continues to be party to asbestos-related
lawsuits.

In September 2004, the Company and Quigley took steps intended to
resolve all pending and future claims against the Company and
Quigley in which the claimants allege personal injury from
exposure to Quigley products containing asbestos, silica or mixed
dust. The Company recorded a charge of US$369 million before-tax
(US$229 million after-tax) in the third quarter of 2004 in
connection with these matters.

In September 2004, Quigley filed a petition in the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York seeking
reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. In
March 2005, Quigley filed a reorganization plan in the Bankruptcy
Court that needed the approval of both the Bankruptcy Court and
the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
after receipt of the vote of 75 percent of the claimants.

In connection with that filing, the Company entered into
settlement agreements with lawyers representing more than 80
percent of the individuals with claims related to Quigley
products against Quigley and the Company. The agreements provide
for a total of US$430 million in payments, of which US$215
million became due in December 2005 and is being paid to
claimants upon receipt by the Company of certain required
documentation from each of the claimants.

The reorganization plan provided for the establishment of a Trust
for the payment of all remaining pending claims as well as any
future claims alleging injury from exposure to Quigley products.

As certified by the balloting agent in May 2006, more than 75
percent of Quigley's claimants holding claims that represented
more than two-thirds in value of claims against Quigley voted to
accept Quigley's plan of reorganization. In August 2006, in
reviewing the voting tabulation methodology, the Bankruptcy Court
ruled that certain votes that accepted the plan were not
predicated upon the actual value of the claim. As a result, the
reorganization plan was not accepted.

In June 2007, Quigley filed an amended plan of reorganization
that was intended to address the Bankruptcy Court's concerns
regarding the voting tabulation methodology. In February 2008,
the Bankruptcy Court authorized Quigley to solicit its amended
reorganization plan for acceptance by claimants.

According to the official report filed with the court by the
balloting agent in July 2008, the requisite number of votes was
cast in favor of the amended plan of reorganization. The
Bankruptcy Court held a confirmation hearing, which concluded in
December 2009, at which objections to the plan's confirmation
were presented.

Briefing on legal issues related to the confirmation hearing will
conclude in February 2010, and thereafter the Bankruptcy Court
will determine whether to approve the plan. If approved by the
claimants and the courts, the amended reorganization plan will
result in a permanent injunction directing all pending and future
claims alleging personal injury from exposure to Quigley products
to the Trust.

Under the amended reorganization plan, the Company will
contribute to the Trust US$405 million through a note as well as
approximately US$100 million in cash and insurance, and will
forgive a US$76 million secured loan to Quigley.

In addition, the Company entered into an agreement with the
representative of future claimants that provides for the
contribution to the Trust of an additional amount with a present
value of US$88.4 million.

In a separately negotiated transaction with an insurance company
in August 2004, the Company agreed to a settlement related to
certain insurance coverage that provides for payments to the
Company over a 10-year period of amounts totaling US$405 million.

Headquartered in New York, Pfizer Inc. is a research-based,
global biopharmaceutical company. Its diversified global health
care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small
molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products
and many of the world's best-known consumer health care products.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: American Optical Facing 100T Claims at Dec. 31
---------------------------------------------------------------
Pfizer Inc. says that, as of Dec. 31, 2009, about 100,000 claims
naming American Optical Corporation and other defendants were
pending in various federal and state courts seeking damages for
alleged personal injury from exposure to asbestos and other
allegedly hazardous materials.

As of Dec. 31, 2008, about 104,000 claims naming American Optical
and numerous other defendants were pending in various federal and
state courts seeking damages for alleged personal injury from
exposure to asbestos and other hazardous materials. (Class Action
Reporter, March 20, 2009)

Between 1967 and 1982, Warner-Lambert owned American Optical,
which manufactured and sold respiratory protective devices and
asbestos safety clothing.

In connection with the sale of American Optical in 1982, Warner-
Lambert agreed to indemnify the purchaser for certain
liabilities, including certain asbestos-related and other claims.

Warner-Lambert is actively engaged in the defense of, and will
continue to explore various means to resolve, these claims.
Several of the insurance carriers that provided coverage for the
American Optical asbestos and other allegedly hazardous materials
claims have denied coverage.

Warner-Lambert believes that these carriers' position is without
merit and is pursuing legal proceedings against such carriers.

Headquartered in New York, Pfizer Inc. is a research-based,
global biopharmaceutical company. Its diversified global health
care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small
molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products
and many of the world's best-known consumer health care products.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Gibsonburg Actions Still Ongoing v. Pfizer Inc.
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Numerous lawsuits are pending against Pfizer Inc. in various
federal and state courts seeking damages for alleged personal
injury from exposure to products containing asbestos and other
allegedly hazardous materials sold by Gibsonburg Lime Products
Company.

Gibsonburg was acquired by the Company in the 1960s and sold
small amounts of products containing asbestos until the early
1970s.

There also are a small number of lawsuits pending in various
federal and state courts seeking damages for alleged exposure to
asbestos in facilities owned or formerly owned by the Company or
its subsidiaries.

Headquartered in New York, Pfizer Inc. is a research-based,
global biopharmaceutical company. Its diversified global health
care portfolio includes human and animal biologic and small
molecule medicines and vaccines, as well as nutritional products
and many of the world's best-known consumer health care products.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Crown Cork Facing 50,000 Open Claims at Dec. 31
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Crown Holdings, Inc.'s subsidiary, Crown Cork & Seal Company,
Inc., had 50,000 asbestos claims outstanding at the end of 2009,
according to the Company's annual report filed on March 1, 2010
with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Crown Cork is one of many defendants in a substantial number of
lawsuits filed throughout the United States by persons alleging
bodily injury as a result of exposure to asbestos. These claims
arose from the insulation operations of a U.S. company, the
majority of whose stock Crown Cork purchased in 1963. About 90
days after the stock purchase, this U.S. company sold its
insulation assets and was later merged into Crown Cork.

Prior to 1998, amounts paid to asbestos claimants were covered by
a fund made available to Crown Cork under a 1985 settlement with
carriers insuring Crown Cork through 1976, when Crown Cork became
self-insured. The fund was depleted in 1998 and the Company has
no remaining coverage for asbestos-related costs.

Crown Cork received 2,000 new claims during 2009, 3,000 new
claims during 2008, and 4,000 new claims during 2007. Crown Cork
settled or dismissed 2,000 claims during 2009, 3,000 claims
during 2008, and 4,000 claims during 2007.

The outstanding claims at Dec. 31, 2009 exclude 33,000 pending
claims involving plaintiffs who allege that they are, or were,
maritime workers subject to exposure to asbestos, but whose
claims the Company believes will not have a material effect on
the Company's consolidated results of operations, financial
position or cash flow. The outstanding claims at Dec. 31, 2009
also exclude about 19,000 inactive claims.

Of the 50,000 claims outstanding at the end of 2009, about 96
percent were filed by plaintiffs who do not claim a specific
amount of damages or claim a minimum amount as established by
court rules relating to jurisdiction; about two percent were
filed by plaintiffs who claim damages of less than US$5 million;
about two percent were filed by plaintiffs who claim damages from
US$5 million to less than US$100 million (91 percent of whom
claim damages from US$10 million to less than US$25 million) and
three were filed by plaintiffs who claim damages ranging from
US$162 million to US$185 million.

The Company recorded pre-tax charges of US$55 million during
2009, US$25 million during 2008 and US$29 million during 2007 to
increase its accrual. The Company made asbestos-related payments
of US$26 million during 2009, US$25 during 2008 and US$26 during
2007.

The Company settled claims totaling US$17 million during 2009,
US$15 million during 2008 and US$15 million during 2007. The
Company had outstanding accruals of US$230 million during 2009,
US$201 during 2008 and US$201 million during 2007.

The Company estimates that its probable and estimable asbestos
liability for pending and future asbestos claims and related
legal costs is US$230 million at the end of 2009, including
US$174 million for unasserted claims and US$1 million for
committed settlements that will be paid in 2010.

Historically (1977-2009), Crown Cork estimates that about one-
quarter of all asbestos-related claims made against it have been
asserted by claimants who claim first exposure to asbestos after
1964.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Crown Holdings, Inc. designs,
manufactures and sells packaging products for consumer goods. The
Company's primary products include steel and aluminum cans for
food, beverage, household and other consumer products and metal
vacuum closures and caps.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Lawsuits Still Ongoing v. Crown Court in Texas
---------------------------------------------------------------
Crown Holdings, Inc.'s subsidiary, Crown Cork & Seal Company,
Inc., is still involved in asbestos-related lawsuits in Texas
courts.

In June 2003, the state of Texas enacted legislation that limits
the asbestos-related liabilities in Texas courts of companies
like Crown Cork that allegedly incurred these liabilities because
they are successors by corporate merger to companies that had
been involved with asbestos. The Texas legislation, which applies
to future claims and pending claims, caps asbestos-related
liabilities at the total gross value of the predecessor's assets
adjusted for inflation.

Crown Cork has paid significantly more for asbestos-related
claims than the total adjusted value of its predecessor's assets.

In May 2006, the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals upheld a grant
of summary judgment to Crown Cork and upheld the state
constitutionality of the statute (Barbara Robinson v. Crown Cork
& Seal Company, Inc., No. 14-04-00658-CV, Fourteenth Court of
Appeals, Tex.). The Appeals Court decision has been appealed by
the plaintiff to the Texas Supreme Court.

A favorable ruling for summary judgment in an asbestos case
pending against Crown Cork in the district court of Travis
County, Texas (in Re Rosemarie Satterfield as Representative of
the Estate of Jerrold Braley Deceased v. Crown Cork & Seal
Company, Inc., No. 03-04-00518-CV, Texas Court of Appeals, Third
District, at Austin) has been reversed on appeal on state
constitutional grounds due to retroactive application of the
statute.

Although the Company said it believes that the Texas legislation
is constitutional, there can be no assurance that the legislation
will be upheld by the Texas Supreme Court on appeal.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Crown Holdings, Inc. designs,
manufactures and sells packaging products for consumer goods. The
Company's primary products include steel and aluminum cans for
food, beverage, household and other consumer products and metal
vacuum closures and caps.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Suits Still Ongoing v. Crown Cork in Pa. Courts
----------------------------------------------------------------
Crown Holdings, Inc.'s subsidiary, Crown Cork & Seal Company, is
still involved in asbestos-related lawsuits in Pennsylvania
courts.

In December 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted
legislation that limits the asbestos-related liabilities of
Pennsylvania corporations that are successors by corporate merger
to companies involved with asbestos. The legislation limits the
successor's liability for asbestos to the acquired company's
asset value adjusted for inflation.

Crown Cork has paid significantly more for asbestos-related
claims than the acquired company's adjusted asset value. In
November 2004, the legislation was amended to address a
Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision (Ieropoli v. AC&S
Corporation, et. al., No. 117 EM 2002), which held that the
statute violated the Pennsylvania Constitution due to retroactive
application.

On Feb. 6, 2009, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed, due
to the plaintiff's lack of standing, the Philadelphia Court of
Common Pleas' dismissal of three cases against Crown Cork raising
federal and state constitutional challenges to the amended
statute (Stea v. A.W. Chesterton, Inc., et. al, No. 2956 EDA
2006). The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has accepted an appeal of
the decision.

The Company cautions that the limitations of the statute, as
amended, are subject to litigation and may not be upheld. Adverse
rulings in cases challenging the constitutionality of the
Pennsylvania statute could have a material impact on the Company.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Crown Holdings, Inc. designs,
manufactures and sells packaging products for consumer goods. The
Company's primary products include steel and aluminum cans for
food, beverage, household and other consumer products and metal
vacuum closures and caps.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: General Cable Facing 34,451 Lawsuits at Dec. 31
----------------------------------------------------------------
General Cable Corporation, as of Dec. 31, 2009, was a defendant
in 34,451 asbestos-related lawsuits, according to the Company's
annual report filed on March 1, 2010 with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission.

The Company has been a defendant in asbestos litigation for about
20 years.

Also, 33,325 of these lawsuits have been brought on behalf of
plaintiffs by a single admiralty law firm (MARDOC) and seek
unspecified damages. Plaintiffs in the MARDOC cases generally
allege that they formerly worked in the maritime industry and
sustained asbestos-related injuries from products that General
Cable ceased manufacturing in the mid-1970s.

The MARDOC cases are managed and supervised by a federal judge in
the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
by reason of a transfer by the judicial panel on Multidistrict
Litigation.

In the MARDOC cases in the MDL, the District Court in May 1996
dismissed all pending cases filed without prejudice and placed
them on an inactive administrative docket. To reinstate a MARDOC
case from the inactive docket, plaintiffs' counsel must show that
the plaintiff not only suffered from a recognized asbestos-
related injury, but also must produce specific product
identification evidence to proceed against an individual
defendant.

During 2009 the District Court identified about 230 cases in
which plaintiffs were to identify defendants against whom they
could proceed. The Company was not identified by plaintiffs in
any of the aforementioned cases.

With regards to the 1,126 remaining non-maritime cases, the
Company has aggressively defended these cases based upon either
lack of product identification as to the Company manufactured
asbestos-containing product and/or lack of exposure to asbestos
dust from the use of General Cable product. In the last 20 years,
the Company has had no cases proceed to verdict. In many of the
cases, the Company was dismissed as a defendant before trial for
lack of product identification.

For cases outside the MDL as of Dec. 31, 2009, Plaintiffs have
asserted monetary damages in about 278 cases. In 135 of these
cases, plaintiffs allege only damages in excess of some dollar
amount (about US$233,000 per plaintiff); in these cases there are
no claims for specific dollar amounts requested as to any
defendant.

In 138 other cases pending in state and federal district courts
(outside the MDL), plaintiffs seek about US$276 million in
damages from as many as 110 defendants. In five cases, plaintiffs
have asserted damages related to the Company in the amount of
US$2.1 million. In addition, in relation to these 278 cases,
there are claims of US$112 million in punitive damages from all
of the defendants. However, many of the plaintiffs in these cases
allege non-malignant injuries.

To date, the Company has resolved the claims of about 11,395
plaintiffs. The cumulative average settlement through December
31, 2009 has been about US$575 per case. However, the average
settlements paid to resolve litigation in 2009 and 2008 have
increased significantly above that amount as the mix of cases
currently being listed for trial in state courts and those which
may be listed in the future, which may need to be resolved,
involve more serious asbestos related injuries.

The Company had accrued on its balance sheet, on a gross basis, a
liability of US$5.1 million as of Dec. 31, 2009 and US$5 million
as of Dec. 31, 2008 for asbestos-related claims and had recorded
insurance recoveries of about US$500,000.

The net amount of US$4.6 million as of Dec. 31, 2009 (US$4.5
million as of Dec. 31, 2008) represents the Company's best
estimate in order to cover resolution of future asbestos-related
claims.

Headquartered in Highland Heights, Ky., General Cable Corporation
develops, designs, manufactures, markets, distributes and
installs copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable
products.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: XL Capital Cites $252M Unpaid Losses at Dec. 31
----------------------------------------------------------------
XL Capital Ltd's gross unpaid losses and loss expenses for
asbestos exposure claims were US$252,885,000 during the year
ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$281,992,000 during the year
ended Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's net unpaid losses and loss expenses for asbestos
exposure claims were US$100,922,000 during the year ended Dec.
31, 2009, compared with US$111,860,000 during the year ended Dec.
31, 2008.

Incurred but not reported losses for asbestos and environmental
exposures, net of reinsurance, was US$68.5 million in 2009,
US$73.5 million in 2008 and US$73.1 million in 2007.

The Company had 1,437 open claim files for potential asbestos
exposures as of Dec. 31, 2009, compared with 1,546 open claim
files as of Dec. 31, 2008.

At Dec. 31, 2009, the Company had 221 new claims reported and 330
claims resolved. At Dec. 31, 2008, the Company had 257 new claims
reported and 427 claims resolved.

Headquartered in Bermuda, XL Capital Ltd is a global insurance
and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and
specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional
firms, insurance companies and other enterprises on a worldwide
basis.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Injury Lawsuits Still Ongoing v. Teledyne Tech.
----------------------------------------------------------------
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated has been joined, among a
number of defendants (often over 100), in lawsuits alleging
injury or death as a result of exposure to asbestos.

The Company has not incurred material liabilities in connection
with these lawsuits. The filings typically do not identify any of
its products as a source of asbestos exposure, and the Company
has been dismissed from cases for lack of product identification,
but only after some defense costs have been incurred.

Also, because of the prominent "Teledyne" name, the Company may
be mistakenly joined in lawsuits involving a company or business
that was not assumed by us as part of its 1999 spin-off.

Certain gas generators manufactured by Teledyne Energy Systems,
Inc. contain a sealed, wetted asbestos component.

Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Teledyne Technologies
Incorporated provides sophisticated electronic components and
subsystems, instrumentation and communications products,
including defense electronics, monitoring and control
instrumentation, harsh environment interconnect products, data
acquisition and communications equipment, and components and
subsystems for wireless and satellite communications.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Georgia-Pacific Still Party to Injury Lawsuits
---------------------------------------------------------------
BlueLinx Holdings Inc. says that Georgia-Pacific is a defendant
in suits brought in various courts around the nation by
plaintiffs who allege that they have suffered personal injury as
a result of exposure to products containing asbestos.

These suits allege a variety of lung and other diseases based on
alleged exposure to products previously manufactured by Georgia-
Pacific.

Prior to May 7, 2004, certain of the Company's assets were owned
by the distribution division of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. The
Division commenced operations in 1954 with 13 warehouses
primarily used as an outlet for Georgia-Pacific's plywood. On May
7, 2004, Georgia-Pacific sold the assets of the Division to ABP,
which subsequently merged into BlueLinx Holdings Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, BlueLinx Holdings Inc., operating
through its wholly owned subsidiary, BlueLinx Corporation,
distributes building products in the United States. As of Jan. 2,
2010, the Company distributed more than 10,000 products to about
11,500 customers through its network of more than 70 warehouses
and third-party operated warehouses.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Quaker Chem. Unit Still Facing Exposure Actions
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An inactive subsidiary of Quaker Chemical Corporation that was
acquired in 1978 and sold certain products containing asbestos,
primarily on an installed basis, is among the defendants in
numerous lawsuits alleging injury due to exposure to asbestos.

The subsidiary discontinued operations in 1991 and has no
remaining assets other than the proceeds from insurance
settlements received. To date, the majority of these claims have
been disposed of without payment and there have been no adverse
judgments against the subsidiary.

It is currently projected that the subsidiary's total liability
over the next 50 years for these claims is about US$8,500,000
(excluding costs of defense).

Although the Company has also been named as a defendant in
certain of these cases, no claims have been actively pursued
against the Company, and the Company has not contributed to the
defense or settlement of any of these cases pursued against the
subsidiary.

These cases were handled by the subsidiary's primary and excess
insurers who had agreed in 1997 to pay all defense costs and be
responsible for all damages assessed against the subsidiary
arising out of existing and future asbestos claims up to the
aggregate limits of the policies.

A significant portion of this primary insurance coverage was
provided by an insurer that is now insolvent, and the other
primary insurers have asserted that the aggregate limits of their
policies have been exhausted.

The subsidiary has challenged the applicability of these limits
to the claims being brought against the subsidiary. In response
to this challenge, two of the three carriers entered into
separate settlement and release agreements with the subsidiary in
late 2005 and in the first quarter of 2007 for US$15 million and
US$20 million, respectively.

The payments under the latest settlement and release agreement
are structured to be received over a four-year period with annual
installments of US$5 million, the first of which was received
early in the second quarter of 2007, the second of which was
received in the first quarter of 2008 and the third of which was
received in the first quarter of 2009.

During the third quarter of 2007, the subsidiary and the
remaining primary insurance carrier entered into a Claim Handling
and Funding Agreement, under which the carrier will pay 27
percent of defense and indemnity costs incurred by or on behalf
of the subsidiary in connection with asbestos bodily injury
claims for a minimum of five years beginning July 1, 2007.

At the end of the term of the agreement, the subsidiary may
choose to again pursue its claim against this insurer regarding
the application of the policy limits.

Headquartered in Conshohocken, Pa., Quaker Chemical Corporation
develops, produces, and sells formulated chemical specialty
products for various heavy industrial and manufacturing
applications and, in addition, offers and markets chemical
management services.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Cincinnati Fin'l. Cites $114MM Reserves in 2009
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Cincinnati Financial Corporation carried US$118 million of net
loss and loss expense reserves for asbestos and environmental
claims as of year-end 2009, compared with US$114 million for such
claims as of year-end 2008.

These amounts constitute 3.2 percent in 2009 and 3.3 percent in
2008 of total loss and loss expense reserves as of these year-end
dates.

The Company said it believes its exposure to asbestos and
environmental claims is limited, largely because its reinsurance
retention was US$500,000 or below prior to 1987. The Company also
predominantly was a personal lines company in the 1960s and 1970s
when asbestos and pollution exclusions were not widely used.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, commercial lines grew as a
percentage of the Company's overall business and its exposure to
asbestos and environmental claims grew accordingly. Moreover,
since 2002, the Company has revised policy terms where permitted
by state regulation to limit its exposure to mold claims
prospectively and further reduce its exposure to other
environmental claims generally.

Headquartered in Fairfield, Ohio, Cincinnati Financial
Corporation's main business is property casualty insurance
marketed through independent insurance agents in 37 states. At
year-end 2009, the Company employed 4,170 associates, with 2,965
headquarters associates providing support to 1,205 field
associates.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Watts Water Facing 105 Actions in Miss., Calif.
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Watts Water Technologies, Inc. is defending about 105 lawsuits in
different jurisdictions, with the greatest number filed in
Mississippi and California state courts, alleging injury or death
as a result of exposure to asbestos.

The complaints in these cases typically name a large number of
defendants and do not identify any particular Watts products as a
source of asbestos exposure.

To date, the Company has obtained a dismissal in every case
before it has reached trial because discovery has failed to yield
evidence of substantial exposure to any Watts products.

Headquartered in North Andover, Mass., Watts Water Technologies,
Inc. is a global manufacturer of products and systems focused on
the control, conservation and quality of water and the comfort
and safety of the people using it.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Hercules Offshore Still Party to Aaron Lawsuit
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Hercules Offshore, Inc. continues to be involved in the asbestos
lawsuit styled Robert E. Aaron et al. vs. Phillips 66 Company et
al. Circuit Court, Second Judicial District, Jones County, Miss.

The Company assumed the Aaron action in connection with its
acquisition of TODCO.

This is the case used to refer to several cases that have been
filed in the Circuit Courts of the State of Mississippi involving
768 persons that allege personal injury or whose heirs claim
their deaths arose out of asbestos exposure in the course of
their employment by the defendants between 1965 and 2002.

The complaints name as defendants certain of TODCO's subsidiaries
and certain subsidiaries of TODCO's former parent to whom TODCO
may owe indemnity. The complaints also name other unaffiliated
defendant companies, including companies that allegedly
manufactured drilling related products containing asbestos that
are the subject of the complaints. The number of unaffiliated
defendant companies involved in each complaint ranges from about
20 to 70.

The complaints allege that the defendant drilling contractors
used asbestos-containing products in offshore drilling
operations, land based drilling operations and in drilling
structures, drilling rigs, vessels and other equipment and assert
claims based on negligence and strict liability, and claims
authorized under the Jones Act. The plaintiffs seek awards of
unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

All of these cases were assigned to a special master who has
approved a form of questionnaire to be completed by plaintiffs so
that claims made would be properly served against specific
defendants.

About 700 questionnaires were returned and the remaining
plaintiffs, who did not submit a questionnaire reply, have had
their suits dismissed without prejudice. Of the respondents,
about 100 shared periods of employment by TODCO and its former
parent which could lead to claims against either company, even
though many of these plaintiffs did not state in their
questionnaire answers that the employment actually involved
exposure to asbestos.

After providing the questionnaire, each plaintiff was further
required to file a separate and individual amended complaint
naming those defendants against whom they had a direct claim as
identified in the questionnaire answers. Defendants not
identified in the amended complaints were dismissed from the
plaintiffs' litigation. To date, three plaintiffs named TODCO as
a defendant in their amended complaints.

It is possible that some of the plaintiffs who have filed amended
complaints and have not named TODCO as a defendant may attempt to
add TODCO as a defendant in the future when case discovery begins
and greater attention is given to each individual plaintiff's
employment background. The Company continues to monitor a small
group of these other cases.

The Company has not determined which entity would be responsible
for such claims under the Master Separation Agreement between
TODCO and its former parent.

Headquartered in Houston, Hercules Offshore, Inc. provides
shallow-water drilling and marine services to the oil and natural
gas exploration and production industry globally. The Company
provides these services to national oil and gas companies, major
integrated energy companies and independent oil and natural gas
operators.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ameren, Units Face 75 Pending Suits at Dec. 31
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Ameren Corporation and its subsidiaries faced 75 asbestos-related
lawsuits as of Dec. 31, 2009, according to the Company's annual
report filed on Feb. 26, 2010 with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission.

The Company and its subsidiaries: Union Electric Company (UE),
Central Illinois Public Service Company (CIPS), Ameren Energy
Generating Company (Genco), Central Illinois Light Company
(CILCO) and Illinois Power Company (IP) have been named in a
number of lawsuits filed by plaintiffs claiming varying degrees
of injury from asbestos exposure. Most have been filed in the
Circuit Court of Madison County, Ill.

The total number of defendants named in each case is significant;
as many as 192 parties are named in some pending cases and as few
as six in others. However, in the cases that were pending as of
Dec. 31, 2009, the average number of parties were 71.

The claims filed against the Company, UE, CIPS, Genco, CILCO and
IP allege injury from asbestos exposure during the plaintiffs'
activities at our present or former electric generating plants.
Former CIPS plants are now owned by Genco, and former CILCO
plants are now owned by AmerenEnergy Resources Generating Company
(AERG). Most of IP's plants were transferred to a former parent
subsidiary prior to the Company's acquisition of IP.

As a part of the transfer of ownership of the CIPS and CILCO
generating plants, CIPS and CILCO have contractually agreed to
indemnify Genco and AERG, respectively, for liabilities
associated with asbestos-related claims arising from activities
prior to the transfer.

As of Dec. 31, 2009, nine asbestos-related lawsuits were pending
against Electric Energy, Inc. (EEI). The general liability
insurance maintained by EEI provides coverage with respect to
liabilities arising from asbestos-related claims.

At Dec. 31, 2009, the Company (US$14 million), UE (US$4 million),
CIPS (US$3 million), CILCO (US$2 million) and IP (US$5 million)
had liabilities recorded to represent their best estimate of
their obligations related to asbestos claims.

IP has a tariff rider to recover the costs of asbestos-related
litigation claims, subject to the following terms: 90 percent of
cash expenditures in excess of the amount included in base
electric rates are recovered by IP from a trust fund established
by IP. At Dec. 31, 2009, the trust fund balance was about US$23
million, including accumulated interest.

If cash expenditures are less than the amount in base rates, IP
will contribute 90 percent of the difference to the fund. Once
the trust fund is depleted, 90 percent of allowed cash
expenditures in excess of base rates will be recovered through
charges assessed to customers under the tariff rider.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Ameren Corporation distributes
electricity to 2.4 million customers and natural gas to almost
one million customers in Missouri and Illinois through utility
subsidiaries AmerenUE, AmerenCIPS, AmerenCILCO, and AmerenIP.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: General Re Cites $1.74B Reserves for A&E Claims
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Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.'s subsidiary, General Re Corporation,
had gross reserves for asbestos and environmental matters of
US$1.738 billion as of Dec. 31, 2009.

Overall industry-wide loss experience data and informed judgment
are used when internal loss data is of limited reliability, such
as in setting the estimates for mass tort, asbestos and hazardous
waste. Unpaid mass tort reserves at Dec. 31, 2009 were about
US$1.7 billion gross and US$1.3 billion net of reinsurance. Those
reserves were about US$1.8 billion gross and US$1.2 billion net
of reinsurance as of Dec. 31, 2008.

Mass tort net claims paid were about US$87 million in 2009. In
2009, ultimate loss estimates for asbestos and environmental
claims were increased by US$83 million.

In addition to the previously described methodologies, the
Company considers "survival ratios" based on net claim payments
in recent years versus net unpaid losses as a rough guide to
reserve adequacy. The survival ratio based on claims payments
made over the last three years was about 14.5 years as of Dec.
31, 2009.

The insurance industry's comparable survival ratio for asbestos
and pollution reserves was about eight years.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebr., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a
holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in a number of
diverse business activities. The most important of these are
insurance businesses conducted on both a primary basis and a
reinsurance basis.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Berkshire Has $10.6Bil A&E, Injury Liabilities
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Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.'s liabilities for environmental,
asbestos and latent injury claims and claims expenses net of
reinsurance recoverables were about US$10.6 billion at Dec. 31,
2009 and US$10.7 billion at Dec. 31, 2008.

These liabilities included about US$9.1 billion at Dec. 31, 2009
and US$9.2 billion at Dec. 31, 2008 of liabilities assumed under
retroactive reinsurance contracts. Liabilities arising from
retroactive contracts with exposure to claims of this nature are
generally subject to aggregate policy limits.

In 2007, the Company entered into a reinsurance agreement with
Equitas, a London based entity established to reinsure and manage
the 1992 and prior years' non-life insurance and reinsurance
liabilities of the Names or Underwriters at Lloyd's of London.

Under the agreement as amended, the Company has agreed to provide
up to US$7 billion of reinsurance to Equitas in excess of its
undiscounted loss and allocated loss adjustment expense reserves
as of March 31, 2006. The agreement requires that the Company pay
all claims and related costs that arise from the underlying
insurance and reinsurance contracts of Equitas, subject to the
aforementioned excess limit of indemnification.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebr., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a
holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in a number of
diverse business activities. The most important of these are
insurance businesses conducted on both a primary basis and a
reinsurance basis.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Argo Cites $122.7M Gross A&E Reserve at Dec. 31
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Argo Group International Holdings, Inc.'s gross loss reserves for
asbestos and environmental claims amounted to US$122.7 million as
of Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$143.3 million as of Dec. 31,
2008.

The Company's net loss reserves for A&E claims amounted to US$93
million as of Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$125.4 million as of
Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company, through its subsidiary Argonaut Insurance Company,
is exposed to asbestos liability at the primary level through
claims filed against its direct insureds, as well as through its
position as a reinsurer of other primary carriers.

Argonaut Insurance Company has direct liability arising primarily
from policies issued from the 1960s to the early 1980s which pre-
dated policy contract wording that excluded asbestos exposure.
The majority of the direct policies were issued on behalf of
small contractors or construction companies.

Argonaut Insurance Company also assumed risk as a reinsurer,
primarily for the period from 1970 to 1975, a portion of which
was assumed from the London market. Argonaut Insurance Company
also reinsured risks on policies written by domestic carriers.

Such reinsurance typically provided coverage for limits attaching
at a relatively high level which are payable only after other
layers of reinsurance are exhausted. Some of the claims now being
filed on policies reinsured by Argonaut Insurance Company are on
behalf of claimants who may have been exposed at some time to
asbestos incorporated into buildings they occupied, but have no
apparent medical problems resulting from such exposure.

Additionally, lawsuits are being brought against businesses that
were not directly involved in the manufacture or installation of
materials containing asbestos.

Headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda, Argo Group International
Holdings, Ltd. is an international underwriter of specialty
insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty
market.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Argo Group Records 3,431 Open Claims at Dec. 31
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Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. recorded 3,431 asbestos
and environmental claims during the year ended Dec. 31, 2009,
compared with 4,409 claims during the year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

During the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, the Company recorded 1,633
A&E claims closed during the year and 655 claims opened during
the year. During the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, the Company
recorded 1,335 claims closed during the year and 527 claims
opened during the year.

Settlement of litigation in the second quarter of 2009 pertaining
to a single asbestos case accounted for 138 of the 157 direct
claims that were established in 2009. New claims in the
reinsurance assumed categories are primarily the result of the
Company typically providing coverage for higher limits which are
payable only after other layers of reinsurance are exhausted.
Additionally, there tend to be long delays in the ceding
companies reporting claims to the reinsurers.

Total gross payments for A&E claims amounted to US$51 million
during the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$22.8
million during the year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

Headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda, Argo Group International
Holdings, Ltd. is an international underwriter of specialty
insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty
market.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: 955 Actions Pending v. TriMas Corp. at Dec. 31
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TriMas Corporation, as of Dec. 31, 2009, was a party to about 955
pending cases involving an aggregate of about 7,816 claimants
alleging personal injury from exposure to asbestos containing
materials.

These materials were formerly used in gaskets (both encapsulated
and otherwise) manufactured or distributed by certain of the
Company's subsidiaries for use primarily in the petrochemical
refining and exploration industries.

During the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2009, the Company recorded
586 claims filed, 254 claims settled, and 40 claims settled. The
average settlement amount per claim was US$4,644 and the total
defense costs were US$2,652,000.

During the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2008, the Company recorded
723 claims filed, 2,668 claims dismissed, and 75 claims settled.
The average settlement amount per claim was US$1,813 and the
total defense costs were US$3,448,000.

In addition, the Company acquired various companies to distribute
its products that had distributed gaskets of other manufacturers
prior to acquisition.

Of the 7,816 claims pending at Dec. 31, 2009, about 96 set forth
specific amounts of damages (other than those stating the
statutory minimum or maximum). About 71 of the 96 claims sought
between US$1 million and US$5 million in total damages (which
includes compensatory and punitive damages), about 21 sought
between US$5 million and US$10 million in total damages (which
includes compensatory and punitive damages) and four sought over
US$10 million in total damages (which includes compensatory and
punitive damages).

Solely with respect to compensatory damages, about 74 of the 96
claims sought between US$50,000 and US$600,000, about 18 sought
between US$1 million and US$5 million and four sought over US$5
million. Solely with respect to punitive damages, about 71 of the
96 claims sought between US$0 and US$2.5 million, about 20 sought
between US$2.5 million and US$5 million and five sought over US$5
million. In addition, relatively few of the claims have reached
the discovery stage and even fewer claims have gone past the
discovery stage.

Total settlement costs (exclusive of defense costs) for all such
cases, some of which were filed over 20 years ago, have been
about US$5.4 million. To date, about 50 percent of the Company's
costs related to settlement and defense of asbestos litigation
have been covered by its primary insurance.

Effective Feb. 14, 2006, the Company entered into a coverage-in-
place agreement with its first level excess carriers regarding
the coverage to be provided to the Company for asbestos-related
claims when the primary insurance is exhausted.

Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., TriMas Corporation
manufactures and distributes products for commercial, industrial
and consumer markets.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Injury Actions Still Ongoing v. Baldor Electric
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Baldor Electric Company is named as a defendant in lawsuits
alleging personal injury as a result of exposure to asbestos that
was allegedly used in certain components of its products many
years ago.

Currently, there are hundreds of claimants in lawsuits that name
the Company as a defendant, together with hundreds of other
companies.

The great bulk of the complaints, however, do not identify any of
the Company's products or specify which of these claimants, if
any, were exposed to asbestos attributable to the Company's
products; and past experience has shown that the vast majority of
the claimants will never identify any of its products.

Headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., Baldor Electric Company
markets, designs, and manufactures industrial electric motors,
mechanical power transmission products, drives, and generators,
currently supplying over 10,000 customers in more than 200
industries.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Liability Lawsuits Still Ongoing v. VWR Funding
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VWR Funding, Inc. continues to be party to litigation resulting
from the alleged prior distribution of products containing
asbestos by certain of the Company's predecessors or acquired
companies.

No other asbestos-related matters were disclosed in the Company's
annual report filed on March 15, 2010 with the U.S. Securities
and Exchange Commission.

Headquartered in West Chester, Pa., VWR Funding, Inc. provides
distribution services to a highly fragmented supply chain by
offering products from manufacturers to a large number of
customers. Products the Company distributes include chemicals,
glassware, equipment, instruments, protective clothing,
production supplies and other assorted laboratory products.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: NYMAGIC Cites $46.7MM for A&E Claims at Dec. 31
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NYMAGIC, INC.'s gross reserves for asbestos/environmental
policies amounted to US$46.7 million at Dec. 31, 2009, compared
with US$48.8 million at Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's ceded reserves for A&E policies amounted to US$36.4
million at Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$37.3 million at Dec.
31, 2008.

The Company's net loss and loss adjustment expense reserves for
A&E policies amounted to US$10.3 million at Dec. 31, 2009,
compared with US$11.5 million at Dec. 31, 2008.

During the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, the Company noted 85 A&E
claims reported, 123 claims settled/dismissed or otherwise
resolved and 329 claims pending.

During the year ended Dec. 31, 2008, the Company noted 88 A&E
claims reported, 105 claims settled/dismissed or otherwise
resolved and 367 claims pending.

Headquartered in New York, NYMAGIC, INC. is a holding company
that owns and operates insurance companies, risk bearing entities
and insurance underwriters and managers.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Allegheny Still Has 861 W.Va. Claims at Dec. 31
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Allegheny Energy, Inc.'s total number of claims alleging exposure
to asbestos was 861 in West Virginia and four in Pennsylvania, as
of Dec. 31, 2009.

Allegheny's Distribution Companies (Monongahela Power Company,
The Potomac Edison Company, and West Penn Power Company) have
been named as defendants, along with multiple other defendants,
in pending asbestos cases alleging bodily injury involving
multiple plaintiffs and multiple sites.

These suits have been brought mostly by seasonal contractors'
employees and do not involve allegations of the manufacture, sale
or distribution of asbestos-containing products by the Company.
These asbestos suits arise out of historical operations and are
related to the installation and removal of asbestos-containing
materials at the Company's generation facilities.

The Company's historical operations were insured by various
foreign and domestic insurers, including Lloyd's of London.
Asbestos-related litigation expenses have to date been reimbursed
in full by recoveries from these historical insurers, and the
Company said it believes that it has sufficient insurance to
respond fully to the asbestos suits.

Certain insurers, however, have contested their obligations to
pay for the future defense and settlement costs relating to the
asbestos suits.

The Company is currently involved in two asbestos and
environmental insurance-related actions:

-- Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London et al. v. Allegheny
   Energy, Inc. et al., Case No. 21-C-03-16733 (Washington
   County, Md.) and

-- Monongahela Power Company et al. v. Certain Underwriters at
   Lloyd's London and London Market Companies, et al., Civil
   Action No. 03-C-281 (Monongalia County, W.Va.).

The Company and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company resolved their
dispute and, therefore, Civil Action No. 07-3168-BLS was
voluntarily dismissed. The parties seek a declaration of coverage
under the policies for asbestos-related and environmental claims.

Headquartered in Greensburg, Pa., Allegheny Energy, Inc. is an
integrated energy business that owns and operates electric
generation facilities and delivers electric services to customers
in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. Its
operations are organized into two business segments: the Merchant
Generation segment and the Regulated Operations segment.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Deere & Co. Still Subject to Liability Actions
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Deere & Company is still subject to unresolved legal actions,
which include asbestos-related liability actions.

No other asbestos-related matters were disclosed in the Company's
quarterly report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission on March 1, 2010.

Headquartered in Moline, Ill., Deere & Company makes farm
equipment and produces construction, forestry, industrial, and
lawn care equipment. The Company makes 60 percent of its sales in
North America.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: State Auto Fin'l. Cites $2Mil for Claims in '09
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State Auto Financial Corporation has asbestos reserves of US$2
million in 2009.

Asbestos reserves decreased US$1.4 million from 2008.

The Company's asbestos reserves were US$3.4 million for the
fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2008. (Class Action Reporter, March
20, 2009)

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, State Auto Financial Corporation
is primarily engaged in writing both personal and business lines
of insurance.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Lawsuits Ongoing v. Great Lakes, Units
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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation and its former subsidiary,
NATCO Limited Partnership, are still party to pending asbestos-
related lawsuits.

The Company, or NATCO, is named as a defendant in about 264
lawsuits, the majority of which were filed between 1989 and 2000.
In these lawsuits, the plaintiffs allege personal injury,
primarily pleural abnormality or asbestosis, from exposure to
asbestos on the Company's vessels.

Most of these lawsuits have been filed in the Northern District
of Ohio and a few in the Eastern District of Michigan. All of the
cases filed against the Company prior to 1996 were
administratively dismissed in May 1996 and any cases filed since
that time have similarly been administratively transferred to the
inactive docket.

Plaintiffs in these cases could seek to reinstate the cases at a
future date without being barred by the statute of limitations.
By order dated Oct. 29, 2009, however, the presiding judge
reactivated 512 lawsuits in an effort to clean out the
administrative docket and has stated that he intends to
reactivate about 250 cases each month.

Five of the cases reactivated to date name the Company as a
defendant. Of these five cases, one of the plaintiffs has elected
not to pursue his claims.

The remaining four cases are proceeding through the discovery
process.

Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Corporation provides dredging services in the East, West and Gulf
Coasts of the United States and worldwide. The Company also owns
a majority interest in NASDI, a demolition services provider
located in the Boston area. The Company operates in two
reportable segments: dredging and demolition.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Hexion Specialty Still Facing Liability Actions
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Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. continues to be involved in
various product liability, personal injury, and other legal
proceedings, including actions that allege harm caused by
products the Company has allegedly made or used, containing
asbestos.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
produces thermosetting resins, or thermosets, and produces
adhesive and structural resins and coatings.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bridgwater Resident's Death Linked to Exposure
---------------------------------------------------------------
An inquest at the Bridgwater Town Hall in Bridgwater, Somerset,
England, heard that the death of 72-year-old Geoffrey Matthews
was related to workplace exposure the asbestos, the Weston &
Somerset Mercury reports.

During the inquest, coroner Michael Rose read a letter from Mr.
Matthews. A postmortem report was also read out, which said Mr.
Matthews' medical cause of death was malignant mesothelioma.

The letter explained how Mr. Matthews had worked for heating
engineering companies, councils and the Ministry of Defence
during the 1950s and 1960s.

The letter read, "I was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November
2008. I worked for Ealing Borough Council and for heating
engineers in Ealing and Basingstoke. I also spent time working
for the Ministry of Defence in army training camps taking out the
old insulation and taking asbestos from old boilers. I did other
work mixing asbestos with water and putting it in pipes."

Mr. Rose gave a detailed history of the former employment Mr.
Matthews and concluded that this would have contributed to his
illness.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Workers Exposed to Asbestos at Kwinana Station
---------------------------------------------------------------
The State Opposition of Western Australia says workers at the
Kwinana power station have been allegedly exposed to asbestos,
ABC News reports.

Workers at the Verve-operated plant were sent home on paid leave
after asbestos was detected at a demolition site on March 23,
2010.

The Opposition Leader Eric Ripper says if the power station is
contaminated, the health of the workers is at risk. Worksafe says
Verve followed the correct procedures after the discovery of the
asbestos.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Action v. CSX Filed on March 9 in Ill.
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Glenn A. Williams, Richard D. Cocke, Vincente E. Leal, Ronald
Kidd, Melvin Denhart, Jesus Zavala and Pascual Santiago, on March
9, 2010, filed an asbestos-related suit against CSX
Transportation Inc. in Madison County Circuit Court, Ill., The
Madison St. Clair Record reports.

The plaintiffs' work for CSX ranged from 1959 until 2008.
Throughout their careers, the plaintiffs claim they worked around
asbestos-containing products, sand, coal, rock, granite, iron,
aluminum, bauxite, carbon black, coke and other products
transported by CSX.

According to the suit, because of their exposure to the
materials, the plaintiffs developed pneumoconiosis, asbestosis
and other health condition that have caused them to experience a
diminished quality of life and reduced life expectancy.

The plaintiffs seek a judgment of at least US$100,000 each, plus
other relief the court deems just.

Daniel R. Francis, Esq., of Francis Law Firm in St. Louis will be
representing them in Case No. 10-L-252.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Warren Case v. 22 Firms Filed in Jefferson Co.
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George Warren filed an asbestos lawsuit against 22 defendant
corporations in Jefferson County District Court, Tex., The
Southeast Texas Record reports.

Mr. Warren claims he was diagnosed with asbestos-related disease
after working from 1948 until 1979 as an electrician's helper,
pipe cutter, welder, painter, operator, foreman and laborer.

Defending companies named in the complaint include A.O. Smith
Corp., American Cyanamid Company, American Optical Corp., Ametek
Inc., CBS Corp., Certainteed Corp., Chevron, Cleaver Brooks,
Cytec Industries, Dana Companies, Garlock Sealing Technologies,
Goodrich Corp., Greene Tweed and Co., Honeywell International,
Huntsman Petrochemical Corp., Ingersoll-Rand Co., John Crane,
Owens-Illinois, Texaco, Union Oil Company of California and
Unocal Corp.

In the lawsuit, Mr. Warren seeks actual and exemplary damages,
plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest and other relief to
which he may be entitled.

Bryan O. Blevins Jr., Esq., and Aaryn K. Giblin, Esq., of Provost
and Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Tex., will represent Mr.
Warren.

Case No. E186-167 has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd
District Court.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: 3 Actions Filed on March 10 in St. Clair County
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Three asbestos lawsuits, on March 10, 2010, were filed in St.
Clair County District Court, Ill., The Madison St. Clair Record
reports.

John Weir filed the sixth St. Clair County Circuit Court asbestos
suit of 2010 while James and Susan Keller filed the seventh and
Susan and Kenneth Brock filed the eighth.

In their complaint, the Kellers allege nine defendant companies
caused Mr. Keller to develop pleural plaques after his exposure
to asbestos-containing products throughout his career.

Mr. Keller worked as a lifeguard at a YMCA from 1969 until 1971;
as an assistant team manager at Roadway Express until 1977; as an
assistant terminal manager in 1978; as a laborer, estimator and
vice president at James A. Keller Inc. from 1969 until 1994; and
as the vice president and owner of Grayhawk from 1994 until now,
according to the complaint.

According to the Brocks' complaint filed against 10 defending
companies, Mrs. Brock developed lung cancer after her work as a
kitchen server at Lutheran Hospital from 1966 until 1969, as a
packer and assembler at General Electric Co. from 1969 until
1974, as a machine operator at Harvester from 1976 until 1981, as
a painter at Rosener Decorating from 1983 until 1986, as a truck
driver and loader at Purolator Courier from 1986 until 1989, as a
package handler and courier at Fed Ex from 1989 until 1997, as a
driver for Statewide Medical from 1998 until 1999 and as a truck
driver from 1999 until 2007.

In Mr. Weir's complaint against 13 defendant companies, he claims
to have developed lung cancer after his work for the U.S. Army
from 1973 until 1974, as a boiler builder at Mike Russo Plumbing
in the 1970s, as a worker coating pipes with asbestos for
Weinstein in the 1970s and as an insulator at J.A. Croson from
1984 until 1986.

In their six-count suit, the Kellers seek a judgment of more than
US$200,000 and compensatory damages of more than US$100,000, plus
other relief the court deems just. They also seek unspecified
punitive damages in an amount sufficient to deter the defendants
from similar conduct in the future.

In their 10-count complaint, the Brocks seek a judgment of more
than US$100,000, compensatory damages of more than US$100,000,
unspecified punitive damages in an amount sufficient to deter the
defendants from similar conduct in the future, more than
US$150,000 in punitive and exemplary damages and more than
US$150,000 in economic damages, plus other relief the court deems
just.

In his five-count complaint, Mr. Weir seeks compensatory damages
of more than US$100,000, punitive damages in an amount sufficient
to deter the defendants from similar conduct in the future,
punitive and exemplary damages of more than US$100,000 and a
judgment of more than US$50,000, plus other relief the court
deems just.

Randy L. Gori, Esq., and Barry Julian, Esq., of Gori, Julian and
Associates in Edwardsville, Ill., will be representing all the
plaintiffs in Case Nos. 10-L-111, 10-L-112, and 10-L-113.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Ruling Allows Chubb to File Action v. Travelers
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The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, on March 22, 2010, ruled that
Chubb Indemnity Insurance Co. can sue Travelers Insurance Cos.
for allegedly concealing a policyholder's asbestos problems,
despite an agreement protecting Travelers from future asbestos
lawsuits, Business Insurance reports.

The Appeals Court reversed rulings by a district court and
bankruptcy court related to Travelers' involvement with Johns
Manville Corp., a Denver insulation manufacturer.

Manville filed for bankruptcy in 1982. To deal with the potential
asbestos claims, a federal bankruptcy court judge in 1986
approved a unique settlement creating the Manville Personal
Injury Settlement Trust to settle asbestos claims.

Under the agreement, Manville's liability insurers contributed
hundreds of millions of dollars to the trust in exchange for
immunity from future claims related to Manville's liability
insurance policies. Travelers had been Manville's primary
liability insurer until 1976.

In 2001, new plaintiffs sued Travelers, not for Manville's
behavior but for the insurer's own alleged wrongdoing, accusing
the insurer of conspiring with the Company to hide the harmful
effects of asbestos from the public.

One of the plaintiffs was Chubb, which faced its own claims as an
asbestos industry liability insurer but was not a part of that
1986 agreement.

Travelers settled with many of the new plaintiffs in 2004, paying
US$500 million in exchange for an order from the bankruptcy court
that the original 1986 agreement barred these future lawsuits.

In 2008, the 2nd Circuit Appeals Court rejected that order,
arguing the bankruptcy court did not have authority to bar future
lawsuits unrelated to the insurance policies of the bankrupt
Manville estate.

In June 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the appeals
court, ruling that asbestos claimants and others who were a part
of the 1986 agreement had their chance to challenge that
agreement long ago.

However, the Appeals Court found that Chubb, as opposed to
asbestos victims and other claimants, was not a part of the 1986
agreement and therefore had a right to challenge the bankruptcy
court's ruling.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Cases Filed in St. Clair Co.'s Docket
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Recent asbestos lawsuit filings sparked a revival of the little-
known and infrequently St. Clair County, Ill., asbestos docket,
The Madison St. Clair Record reports.

Swansea attorney Judy Cates, Esq., has teamed with the Chicago
law firm of Cooney and Conway, in filing four mesothelioma-
related asbestos suits on the same day in 2010, alleging claims
against defendants like A.W. Chesterton Co., Bondex and John
Crane, Inc.

Other attorneys have made recent asbestos claims in St. Clair
County, including Randy Gori, Esq., of Edwardsville, Ill. Mr.
Gori, whose firm has brought asbestos cases into Madison County's
asbestos court, has filed at least one asbestos case in St. Clair
County in 2010.

In Mr. Gori's newest St. Clair County case, clients Aubrey and
Olive Roach claim Mr. Roach developed cancer from working with
asbestos products during his time as an army mechanic in the
1940s.

From 2004 to 2007 there were 61 asbestos cases filed in St. Clair
County, compared to more than 1,200 in Madison County during the
same period of time. Of the years analyzed in St. Clair County,
2006 had the most filings at 25. There were 22 cases filed in
2005.

None were filed in 2008 and a single one was filed in 2007,
according to records from the St. Clair County Circuit Clerk's
Office.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien handled all of the
asbestos cases from 2005 to 2009. The 2010 filings have so far
been assigned to St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Bid to Continue Goldenberg Trial Filed March 3
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Frances Choat, acting as administrator of her husband, Marlin
Choat's estate, filed a motion on March 3, 2010 to continue her
April 5, 2010 trial against various law firms including the
Hopkins Goldenberg law firm, The Madison St. Clair Record
reports.

Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian is set to hear
arguments on the motion on April 1, 2010 at 9 a.m.

Mrs. Choat is suing the Hopkins Goldenberg law firm, John
Hopkins, Esq., Mark Goldenberg, Esq., William Miller, Esq.,
Elizabeth Heller, Esq., and David Antognoli, Esq. The law firm of
Goldenberg, Miller, Heller & Antognoli P.C. is also named as a
defendant in the suit.

Mrs. Choat alleged that the attorneys failed to pursue a claim
against the makers and distributors of asbestos products on her
husband's behalf and then allowed the statute of limitations to
lapse.

The suit names several defendants who are also being sued by a
different asbestos widow, Judy Buckles. Mrs. Buckles' suit is
pending before Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder.
Judge Crowder denied a move in the Buckles case to bring attorney
John Simmons, Esq., and his law firm back into the case after he
and the firm were granted summary judgment five years ago.

In the Choat suit, Mrs. Choat alleges that after Mr. Choat died
from complications of pulmonary fibrosis in 1999, she retained
the Hopkins Goldenberg firm to pursue a lawsuit. She claims
nothing happened and the claims have since lapsed. The suit seeks
damages in excess of US$50,000.

The defendants deny Mrs. Choat's charges in their answer. They
claim that Mr. Choat's medical records did not show evidence of
an asbestos connection to his work in the 1960s at Dow Chemical
Company's Madison County plant as a finisher.

They also argued that Mrs. Choat has not sought to off-set her
damages by registering in Madison County's Asbestos Deferred
Registry.

John Hopkins moved to dismiss Mrs. Choat's claims in March 2007,
citing a number of continued case management conferences at which
the plaintiff did not appear as proof of lack of prosecution.
Judge Matoesian denied the motion to dismiss.

William Schooley, Esq., of Collinsville, Ill., represents Mrs.
Choat.

John Papa, Esq., of Granite City, Ill., and Daniel Konicek, Esq.,
of Chicago, represent the defendants. Mr. Papa and Mr. Konicek
also represent several defendants in the Buckles suit.

The Choat case is Case No. 05-L-718.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Weirton Plant Owner Fined for Cleanup Breaches
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Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and the Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency have reached an agreement with the current
owner and operator of the former Weirton Steel facility in
Steubenville, Ohio, as well as the contractors the owner hired,
regarding asbestos violations, according to an Ohio Attorney
General press release dated March 23, 2010.

The defendants, Arthur David Sugar Sr., John S. Evan and their
respective companies, have agreed to a preliminary injunctive
order requiring the asbestos waste at the facility to be cleaned
in accordance with Ohio law by September 2010.

Mr. Cordray said, "This agreement is a positive step forward in
addressing the safety and health hazards posed to the local
community by these violations."

Mr. Sugar, of New Middletown, Ohio, currently owns the former
site of the Weirton Steel facility, located at 200 Slack St. in
Steubenville.

In 2007, Mr. Sugar contracted with Mr. Evan, of Poland, Ohio, and
his company for a large asbestos removal in connection with the
demolition and renovation of buildings at the former steel mill
site. Ohio EPA cited Mr. Sugar and Mr. Evan for violations of
Ohio environmental law, including failing to follow the
requirements for the removal and disposal of the asbestos-
containing waste materials.

A complaint was filed against Mr. Sugar and Mr. Evan in the
Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas on March 10, 2010. It also
names as defendants the companies owned by Mr. Sugar, which
include Dave Sugar Excavating, Honey Creek Contracting,
Excavation Technologies and ADS Leasing Corp. Howland Company,
owned by Mr. Evan, was also named as a defendant.

A preliminary injunctive order was issued and filed by Judge
Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. on March 19, 2010.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Jackson to Pay $18.5T to Settle Safety Breaches
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Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S.
Burack, of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
(DES), announce that the Grafton County Superior Court approved a
settlement between the State and the defendant, Lee Jackson, to
resolve violations of the State's asbestos management and control
regulations, according to a New Hampshire AG press release dated
March 16, 2010.

The settlement imposes a US$18,500 penalty on Mr. Jackson, about
US$5,000 of which will be paid to the State and US$13,500 of
which will be permanently suspended if Mr. Jackson does not
violate the settlement or State asbestos management and control
regulations again within two years of the entry of the settlement
agreement.

In its lawsuit, the State alleged that Mr. Jackson violated the
Asbestos Management and Control Act (RSA Chapter 141-E) and State
asbestos regulations by demolishing buildings in Bath,
Whitefield, and Hebron without conducting pre-demolition
inspections for asbestos-containing materials (ACM), and without
notifying the Department of Environmental Services at least 10
days prior to beginning the demolitions.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Sept. 11 Ground Zero Workers Reach $657.5M Deal
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Lawyers in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
New York completed a US$657.5 million settlement agreement on the
10,000 plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against the City of New
York for exposing first responders and aid workers to hazardous
materials after the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11,
2001, Asbestos.Net reports.

The settlement has been agreed to be made available to the 10,000
plus citizens of New York who claim to have suffered heath
problems as a result of their efforts in the recovery and clean
up of Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks there.

The settlement amount will be divided between the plaintiffs
based on numerous factors like proximity to the site, severity of
illnesses diagnosed, time of diagnoses, pre-existing conditions,
age of victim, and smoking history. Each individual, based on the
merit and conditions of their health will receive anywhere from
thousands of dollars to more than US$1 million.

In the years since 9/11 thousands of New York firefighters,
police officers, emergency workers, and construction employees
have filed lawsuits against over 90 defendants, including the
City of New York, and the private corporations hired to remove
debris from Ground Zero.

The plaintiffs claim that as a result of improper safety
practices, and lack of safety equipment their health condition
has suffered. The conditions they are suffering from are many,
and range from asthma and other respiratory diseases to
aggressive rare cancers such as lung, and esophageal.

Many people are still unaware of the hazardous materials that
have been found at Ground Zero as a result of the damage done by
the Twin Towers collapse. Asbestos and other harmful construction
materials were used in the building's construction during the
1970s, and when the towers collapsed all those materials were
pulverized into airborne microbes; which were breathed in by
every individual there for weeks and months.  


ASBESTOS UPDATE: 2 Actions on Jackson Exposure Filed on March 18
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Two lawsuits filed on March 18, 2010 allege that workers and
visitors have been exposed to airborne asbestos at the Jackson
County Courthouse in Kansas City, Mo., for more than 20 years,
KansasCity.com reports.

The two suits filed in Jackson County Circuit Court allege that
since at least 1983, dust containing asbestos fibers has been
released into the air inside the building at 415 E. 12th St.

Plaintiffs' attorney, Louis Accurso, Esq., said, "There have been
significant accumulations of asbestos dust in and around the
heating and air-conditioning systems at the courthouse for a
number of years."

Mr. Accurso is representing longtime courthouse employee Nancy R.
Lopez, who in April 2009 was diagnosed with a form of cancer that
is caused by asbestos exposure, according to the suit.

The second suit seeks class-action status on behalf of courthouse
visitors, employees and members of their families who may have
been exposed to asbestos from 1983 to the present. Mr. Accurso
and Edward Robertson Jr., Esq., represent the plaintiffs in the
class action. Besides Jackson County, the suits were filed
against Kansas City-based U.S. Engineering Co.

According to the suits, U.S. Engineering has done renovation,
demolition and maintenance projects at the courthouse for more
than 30 years.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: CMS Energy Cites $38Mil Liability for Abatement
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CMS Energy Corporation's asset retirement obligation liability
for asbestos abatement amounted to US$38 million as of Dec. 31,
2009, compared with US$36 million as of Dec. 31, 2008.

Headquartered in Jackson, Mich., CMS Energy Corporation's
utility, Consumers Energy, has a generating capacity of 9,600 MW
(primarily fossil-fueled) and distributes electricity and natural
gas to about 3.5 million customers in Michigan.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Markel Has $229.03M A&E Net Reserves at Dec. 31
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Markel Corporation's net reserves for asbestos and environmental
losses and loss adjustment expenses amounted to US$229,030,000
during the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$238,271,000
during the year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's gross reserves for A&E losses and LAE amounted to
US$382,108,000 during the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, compared with
US$393,173,000 during the year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's exposure to A&E claims results from policies
written by acquired insurance operations before their
acquisitions by the Company. Its exposure to A&E claims
originated from umbrella, excess and commercial general liability
(CGL) insurance policies and assumed reinsurance contracts that
were written on an occurrence basis from the 1970s to mid-1980s.

Exposure also originated from claims-made policies that were
designed to cover environmental risks provided that all other
terms and conditions of the policy were met.

A&E claims include property damage and clean-up costs related to
pollution, as well as personal injury allegedly arising from
exposure to hazardous materials. After 1986, the Company began
underwriting CGL coverage with pollution exclusions, and in some
lines of business the Company began using a claims-made form.
These changes significantly reduced the Company's exposure to
future A&E claims on post-1986 business.

Net reserves for reported claims and net incurred but not
reported reserves for A&E exposures were US$133.8 million at Dec.
31, 2009 and US$95.2 million at Dec. 31, 2008. Inception-to-date
net paid losses and loss adjustment expenses for A&E related
exposures totaled US$343.1 million at Dec. 31, 2009, which
includes US$63.9 million of litigation-related expense.

Headquartered in Glen Allen, Va., Markel Corporation markets and
underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to various
niche markets. The Company competes in three segments of the
specialty insurance marketplace: the Excess and Surplus Lines,
the Specialty Admitted and the London markets.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Cases Ongoing v. Gorman-Rupp, 2 Units
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The Gorman-Rupp Company and two of its subsidiaries remain drawn
into asbestos-related this mass-scaled litigation, typically as
one of hundreds of co-defendants in a particular proceeding.

For more than 10 years, numerous business entities in the pump
and fluid-handling industries, as well as a multitude of
companies in many other industries, have been targeted in a
series of lawsuits in several jurisdictions by various
individuals seeking redress to claimed injury as a result of the
entities' alleged use of asbestos in their products.

The vast majority of these cases are against Patterson Pump
Company. The allegations in the lawsuits involving the Company
and its subsidiaries are vague, general and speculative, and most
cases have not advanced beyond the early stage of discovery.

In certain situations, the plaintiffs have voluntarily dismissed
the Company and its subsidiaries from some of the lawsuits after
the plaintiffs have acknowledged that there is no basis for their
claims. In other situations, the Company and its subsidiaries
have been dismissed from some of the lawsuits as a result of
court rulings in favor of motions to dismiss and motions for
summary judgment.

In 32 cases, the Company and its subsidiaries have entered into
nominal economic settlements recommended and paid for by
insurers, coupled with dismissal of the lawsuits.

Insurers of the Company have engaged legal counsel to represent
the Company and its subsidiaries and to protect their interests.

Headquartered in Mansfield, Ohio, The Gorman-Rupp Company
designs, manufactures and sells pumps and related equipment (pump
and motor controls) for use in water, wastewater, construction,
industrial, petroleum, original equipment, agriculture, fire
protection, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC),
military and other liquid-handling applications.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Stehman Case v. Ballantyne Settled on Dec. 2009
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Ballantyne Strong, Inc., during December 2009, settled an
asbestos case entitled Larry C. Stehman and Leila Stehman v.
Asbestos Corporation, Limited and Ballantyne of Omaha, Inc.
individually and as successor in interest to Strong
International, Strong Electric Corporation and Century Projector
Corporation, et al.

The case was filed in the Superior Court of the State of
California, County of San Francisco.

The settlement, including legal fees resulted in charges of
US$400,000 during the year ended Dec. 31, 2009, according to the
Company's annual report filed on March 23, 2010 with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebr., Ballantyne Strong, Inc. is a
manufacturer, distributor and service provider to the theatre
exhibition industry on a worldwide basis. The Company also
designs, develops, manufactures and distributes lighting systems
to the worldwide entertainment lighting industry.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Cases Still Ongoing v. Alcatel-Lucent
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Alcatel-Lucent is a defendant in lawsuits, including commercial
disputes, claims regarding intellectual property, customer
financing, product discontinuance, asbestos claims, labor,
employment and benefit claims and others.

No other asbestos-related matters were disclosed in the Company's
annual report, on Form 20-F, filed on March 23, 2010 with the
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Headquartered in Paris, Alcatel-Lucent provides products,
solutions, and transformation services offerings that enable
service providers, enterprises, governments and strategic
industries (such as transportation or energy) worldwide, to
deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-
users.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Imperial Industries Unit Faces 11 Injury Claims
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Imperial Industries, Inc.'s subsidiary, Premix-Marbletite
Manufacturing Co., is a defendant together with non-affiliated
parties, in 11 asbestos claims (seven of which include the
Company as a defendant), according to the Company's annual report
filed on March 19, 2010 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission.

The claims allege bodily injury due to exposure to asbestos
contained in products manufactured in excess of 30 years ago.

The Company has identified at least 10 of its prior insurance
carriers including both primary and excess/umbrella liability
carriers that have provided liability coverage to the Company,
including potential coverage for alleged injuries relating to
asbestos exposure.

Several of these insurance carriers are providing a defense to
Premix and the Company under a reservation of rights in all of
these asbestos cases.

Certain of these underlying insurance carriers have denied
coverage to Premix and the Company on the basis that certain
exclusions preclude coverage and/or that their policies have been
exhausted.

In June 2009, one such carrier filed suit in Miami-Dade Circuit
Court against Premix and the Company, wherein the carrier seeks a
declaration from the Court that its insurance policies do not
provide coverage for the asbestos claims against Premix and the
Company. The carrier also asserts a claim for reimbursement of
defense costs and indemnity payments that it voluntarily made on
the Company's behalf in prior asbestos claims.

Premix and the Company have filed a counter claim against the
carrier for breach of contract, and asserted claims for damages
and attorneys' fees as a result of the carrier's unlawful denial
of coverage. Nevertheless, until this suit has been resolved, and
as a result of the positions taken by certain other carriers, the
"underlying coverage layer" at this time has been exhausted, and
the "umbrella/excess carrier group" has assumed the defense and
indemnity of the pending asbestos claims under a reservation of
rights.

Notwithstanding the positions asserted by these few carriers and
pending declaratory judgment action, the Company said it
believes, when considering that the Company and Premix have
substantial umbrella/excess coverage for these claims, that
Premix and the Company have more than adequate insurance coverage
for these asbestos claims and such policies are not subject to
self-insured retentions.

Headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla., Imperial Industries, Inc.
is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of building
materials to building materials dealers and others located
primarily in Florida, and to a lesser extent, other states in the
Southeastern United States.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Old Republic Cites $122MM for Claims at Dec. 31
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Old Republic International Corporation's gross asbestos-related
claim and loss adjustment expense reserves amounted to US$122
million as of Dec. 31, 2009, compared with US$133.1 million as of
Dec. 31, 2008.

The Company's net asbestos-related claim and LAE reserves
amounted to US$103.5 million as of Dec. 31, 2009, compared with
US$108.6 million as of Dec. 31, 2008.

Headquartered in Chicago, Old Republic International Corporation
is engaged in the single business of insurance underwriting. It
conducts its operations through a number of regulated insurance
company subsidiaries organized into three major segments, namely,
its General (property and liability insurance), Mortgage
Guaranty, and Title Insurance Groups.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Congoleum Has $5.24M 2009 Reorganization Charge
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Congoleum Corporation's asbestos-related reorganization charges
were US$5,244,000 during the three months and year ended Dec. 31,
2009, according to a Company report, on Form 8-K, filed on March
16, 2010 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company's asbestos-related litigation charges were
US$11,491,000 during the year ended Dec. 31, 2008.

Headquartered in Mercerville, N.J., Congoleum Corporation
manufactures resilient flooring, serving both residential and
commercial markets. Its sheet, tile and plank products are
available in a wide variety of designs and colors, and are used
in remodeling, manufactured housing, new construction and
commercial applications.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Cases v. Met-Pro Corp. Surged to 106 at Jan. 31
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A total of 106 asbestos cases were pending against Met-Pro
Corporation as of Jan. 31, 2010, compared with 53 pending cases
as of Jan. 31, 2009.

Most of the cases as of Jan. 31, 2010 were pending in New York,
North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi.

A total of 97 asbestos cases were pending against the Company as
of Oct. 31, 2009, compared with 55 cases pending as of Jan. 31,
2009. (Class Action Reporter, Dec. 11, 2009)

Beginning in 2002, the Company began to be named in asbestos-
related lawsuits filed against a large number of industrial
companies including, in particular, those in the pump and fluid
handling industries.

The Company has been dismissed from or settled a large number of
these cases. The sum total of all payments through Jan. 31, 2010
to settle cases involving asbestos-related claims was US$540,000,
all of which has been paid by the Company's insurers including
legal expenses, except for corporate counsel expenses, with an
average cost per settled claim, excluding legal fees, of about
US$32,000.

During the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2010, about 77 new cases
were filed against the Company, and the Company was dismissed
from 22 cases and settled two cases.

Most of the pending cases have not advanced beyond the early
stages of discovery, although a number of cases are on schedules
leading to, or are scheduled for trial.

Headquartered in Harleysville, Pa., Met-Pro Corporation
manufactures and sells product recovery and pollution control
equipment for purification of air and liquids, fluid handling
equipment for corrosive, abrasive and high temperature liquids,
and filtration and purification products.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Garlock Sealing, Anchor Party to Injury Actions
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EnPro Industries, Inc.'s subsidiaries, primarily Garlock Sealing
Technologies LLC and The Anchor Packing Company, are among a
large number of defendants in actions filed in various states by
plaintiffs alleging injury or death as a result of exposure to
asbestos fibers.

Among the many products at issue in these actions are industrial
sealing products, including gaskets and packing products. The
damages claimed vary from action to action, and in some cases
plaintiffs seek both compensatory and punitive damages.

To date, neither Garlock nor Anchor has been required to pay any
punitive damage awards, although there can be no assurance that
they will not be required to do so in the future. Liability for
compensatory damages has historically been allocated among
responsible defendants.

Since the first asbestos-related lawsuits were filed against
Garlock in 1975, Garlock and Anchor have processed more than
900,000 asbestos claims to conclusion (including judgments,
settlements and dismissals) and, together with their insurers,
have paid over US$1.4 billion in settlements and judgments and
over US$400 million in fees and expenses.

Anchor is an inactive and insolvent indirect subsidiary of Coltec
Industries Inc. There is no remaining insurance coverage
available to Anchor. Anchor has no remaining assets and has not
committed to settle any actions since 1998. As cases reach the
trial stage, Anchor is typically dismissed without payment.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., EnPro Industries, Inc. produces
sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings,
compressor systems and components, diesel and dual-fuel engines
and other engineered products for use in critical applications by
industries worldwide.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Ind. Faces 97,400 Open Actions at Dec. 31
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Of the 97,400 open asbestos-related cases filed against EnPro
Industries, Inc. at Dec. 31, 2009, the Company is aware of about
5,200 that involve claimants alleging mesothelioma, according to
the Company's annual report filed on March 3, 2010 with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission.

At Sept. 30, 2009, the Company faced about 97,400 open asbestos
cases, of which it was aware of about 5,300 that involve
claimants alleging mesothelioma.

The number of new actions filed against the Company's
subsidiaries in 2009 (4,400) was about 20 percent lower than the
number filed in 2008 (5,500) and 2007 (5,200).

The number filed against the subsidiaries in each of the three
years was much lower than the number filed in the peak filing
year, 2003, when 44,700 new claims were filed.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., EnPro Industries, Inc. produces
sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings,
compressor systems and components, diesel and dual-fuel engines
and other engineered products for use in critical applications by
industries worldwide.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: 16 Garlock Sealing Trials Commenced During 2009
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EnPro Industries, Inc.'s subsidiary, Garlock Sealing Technologies
LLC, in 2009, began 16 asbestos-related trials involving 18
plaintiffs, according to the Company's annual report filed on
March 3, 2010 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Garlock prevailed in six mesothelioma trials, receiving defense
verdicts in its favor from three juries, in South Carolina,
Kentucky and Pennsylvania, dismissals in its favor from judges in
California and Pennsylvania trials, and a US$0 share (after set-
offs) of a US$700,000 jury verdict in a second South Carolina
mesothelioma case.

Adverse verdicts were rendered against Garlock in two
mesothelioma cases: a second Kentucky case, where the jury
awarded the plaintiff US$2.1 million and Garlock's share was
US$525,000; and a New York City case, where the jury awarded the
plaintiff US$8 million and Garlock's apportioned two percent
share was US$160,000. Garlock has since settled the New York
case, and the Kentucky verdict has been appealed.

The remaining eight lawsuits in which Garlock began trial
involved 10 plaintiffs in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts
and Florida. All of them settled during trial before the juries
reached a verdict.

One of the settlements resolved a Philadelphia trial involving
two mesothelioma plaintiffs. The lawsuit was tried under
Philadelphia's "reverse bifurcation" process. In reverse
bifurcation, the jury assesses damages in the first phase and
then considers liability in a second phase.

In phase 1, the Philadelphia jury determined that each plaintiff
had suffered US$8.5 million in damages. During phase 2, before
the jury determined the liability of specific defendants and
apportioned the liability among them, Garlock resolved both cases
as part of a settlement of several hundred claims.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., EnPro Industries, Inc. produces
sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings,
compressor systems and components, diesel and dual-fuel engines
and other engineered products for use in critical applications by
industries worldwide.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Has 5 Pending Garlock Appeals at Dec. 31
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EnPro Industries, Inc. says that, at Dec. 31, 2009, five Garlock
Sealing Technologies LLC asbestos appeals were pending from
adverse verdicts totaling US$2.7 million, up from US$2.2 million
at Dec. 31, 2008 and US$1.4 million at Dec. 31, 2007.

Garlock has historically enjoyed success in a majority of its
appeals. The Company said it believes that Garlock will continue
to be successful in the appellate process.

In June 2007, the New York Court of Appeals, in a unanimous
decision, overturned a US$800,000 verdict that was entered
against Garlock in 2004, granting a new trial.

In some cases, appeals require the provision of security in the
form of appeal bonds, potentially in amounts greater than the
verdicts. The Company is required to provide cash collateral or
letters of credit to secure the full amount of the bonds, which
can restrict the use of a significant amount of the Company's
cash for the periods of such appeals.

At Dec. 31, 2009, the Company had about US$3.3 million of appeal
bonds secured by letters of credit rather than cash collateral.
This amount securing appeal bonds compares to US$1.7 million at
Dec. 31, 2008 and US$1.1 million at Dec. 31, 2007.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., EnPro Industries, Inc. produces
sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings,
compressor systems and components, diesel and dual-fuel engines
and other engineered products for use in critical applications by
industries worldwide.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Cites $79M New Settlement Payments in '09
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EnPro Industries, Inc. says that new asbestos-related settlement
payments continued to decline in 2007 through 2009, totaling
US$88 million in 2007, US$83 million in 2008 and US$79 million in
2009.

The Company's new asbestos-related settlement commitments in the
first nine months of 2009 were US$67.2 million, up from US$53.9
million in the first nine months of 2008. (Class Action Reporter,
Nov. 27, 2009)

Garlock settles and disposes of actions on a regular basis.
Garlock's historical settlement strategy was to settle only cases
in advanced stages of litigation. In 1999 and 2000, however,
Garlock employed a more aggressive settlement strategy. The
purpose of this strategy was to achieve a permanent reduction in
the number of overall asbestos claims through the settlement of a
large number of claims, including some early-stage claims and
some claims not yet filed as lawsuits.

Due to this short-term aggressive settlement strategy and a
significant overall increase in claims filings, the settlement
amounts paid in those years and several subsequent years were
greater than the amounts paid in any year prior to 1999.

In 2001, Garlock resumed its historical settlement strategy and
focused on reducing settlement payments to match insurance
recoveries. As a result, Garlock reduced new settlement payments
from US$143 million in 2001 to US$120 million in 2002 and US$107
million in 2003.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., EnPro Industries, Inc. produces
sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings,
compressor systems and components, diesel and dual-fuel engines
and other engineered products for use in critical applications by
industries worldwide.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Garlock Records $238.6M for Coverage at Dec. 31
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EnPro Industries, Inc. says that, at Dec. 31, 2009, subsidiary
Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC had available US$238.6 million
of asbestos insurance and trust coverage that the Company
believes will be available to cover current and future asbestos
claims and certain expense payments.

In addition, the Company said it believes that Garlock may also
recover some additional insurance from insolvent carriers over
time. Garlock collected about US$1 million in 2009, US$100,000 in
2008 and US$1 million in 2007 from insolvent carriers.

Of the US$238.6 million of collectible insurance and trust
assets, the Company considers US$235.2 million (99 percent) to be
of high quality because (a) the insurance policies are written or
guaranteed by U.S.-based carriers whose credit rating by S&P is
investment grade (BBB) or better, and whose AM Best rating is
excellent (A-) or better, or (b) in the form of cash or liquid
investments held in insurance trusts resulting from commutation
agreements.

The Company considers US$3.4 million (one percent) to be of
moderate quality because the insurance policies are written with
various London market carriers.

Of the US$238.6 million, about US$183.3 million is allocated to
claims that have been paid by Garlock and submitted to its
insurance companies for reimbursement and the remainder is
allocated to pending and estimated future claims as described
later in this section.

Arrangements with Garlock's insurance carriers limit the amount
of insurance proceeds that Garlock is entitled to receive in any
one year.

Based on these arrangements, which include settlement agreements
in place with most of the carriers involved, the Company
anticipates that Garlock's remaining solvent insurance will be
collected during the period 2010 through 2018 in about the
following annual amounts: 2010 - US$67 million; 2011 - US$39
million; 2012 - US$30 million; 2013 - US$24 million; 2014 through
2016 - US$20 million per year; and 2017 and 2018 - US$12 million
per year.

The Company collected about US$70 million of insurance in 2009.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., EnPro Industries, Inc. produces
sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings,
compressor systems and components, diesel and dual-fuel engines
and other engineered products for use in critical applications by
industries worldwide.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: EnPro Completes Sale of Quincy Unit on March 1
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EnPro Industries, Inc., on March 1, 2010, completed the
previously announced sale of its Quincy Compressor business unit,
other than the equity interests in Kunshan Q-Tech Air Systems
Technologies Ltd., its operation in China (Q-Tech), under aa
Purchase Agreement dated as of Dec. 18, 2009 with Fulcrum
Acquisition LLC and Atlas Copco (China) Investment Company Ltd.,
subsidiaries of Atlas Copco AB (Buyers).

Under the Purchase Agreement, the Company retained, and has
agreed to indemnify the Buyers from, certain liabilities,
including liabilities related to asbestos claims and specified
environmental liabilities, union pension and existing retiree
benefit liabilities, and governmental actions and specified legal
proceedings.

Completion of the sale to the Buyers of 100 percent of the equity
interests in Q-Tech is pending receipt of necessary regulatory
authorizations in China.

The aggregate base purchase price for the assets sold on March 1,
2010 was about US$184.2 million in cash and the assumption of
certain liabilities of the Quincy Compressor business unit, and
an additional about US$5.8 million is payable in cash upon the
closing of the sale of Q-Tech (or at Dec. 18, 2010 if the sale of
Q-Tech is not completed by that date).

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., EnPro Industries, Inc. produces
sealing products, metal polymer and filament wound bearings,
compressor systems and components, diesel and dual-fuel engines
and other engineered products for use in critical applications by
industries worldwide.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: 2 Firms Fined $64.2T for Boston Cleanup Breach
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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has
penalized two local companies a total of US$64,200 for asbestos
removal and disposal violations at a South Boston site, according
to a MassDEP press release dated March 24, 2010.

MassDEP assessed Trinity Green Development, LLC of Milton a
US$32,100 fine as a result of numerous asbestos removal and
disposal violations found during an inspection at 518 East Sixth
Street, South Boston. Trinity owned this former elementary school
building, which was being redeveloped into residential units in
2008.

MassDEP also issued a separate US$32,100 penalty to Cleanouts
Inc., the trash removal company that was found to be responsible
for the asbestos violations at the South Boston redevelopment
project. Cleanouts Inc., based in South Boston, was issued a
unilateral penalty after repeated attempts to negotiate a consent
order with the company failed.

As a result of a complaint, MassDEP inspected the property on
Jan. 18, 2008, and found an improper demolition operation had
commenced with dry, loose asbestos-containing debris scattered
throughout the site.

The required notification to MassDEP had not been submitted for
this asbestos removal, the work area had not been sealed and the
asbestos-containing material was improperly disposed.

Richard Chalpin, director of MassDEP's Northeast Regional Office
in Wilmington, Mass., said, "Asbestos needs to be removed and
disposed properly, not haphazardly, because rip-skip-dump tactics
like this can cause fibers to become airborne and present a clear
health hazard if inhaled."

Trinity has agreed to pay US$15,000 of the penalty and MassDEP
has agreed to suspend the remaining US$17,100 provided there are
no additional violations for a period of one year.


ASBESTOS UPDATE: Exposure Claims Filed v. Woodside in Australia
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Australian Customs is checking union claims that Woodside
Petroleum Ltd. has illegally tried to import asbestos to Western
Australia for the second time in three weeks, WA News reports.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state secretary Steve
McCartney said Australian Customs officers on March 24, 201
boarded a ship off Karratha carrying foreign-made asbestos
gaskets bound for Woodside's Pluto liquefied natural gas project.

The claim follows another incident earlier in March 2010 where a
New Zealand vessel attempted to import asbestos contained in
packaging material for the project.

Mr. McCartney said Woodside had held a "crisis meeting" with the
contractor responsible for importing the equipment, Foster
Wheeler/Worley. He has demanded that the ship be immediately
turned around from Australian waters.

Mr. McCartney said workers at Karratha's "moth wharf" had noticed
the asbestos gaskets on the ship, and called the union which
demanded Woodside test the material. He said the Company had
engaged specialist environmental cleaners to decontaminate the
ship.

On March 25, 2010, Maritime Union of Australia state secretary
Chris Cain raised the specter of industrial action if Woodside
failed to curb the attempted asbestos importation.

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