Jonathan Oberman, a professor who trains public defenders at Cardozo Law School, also scoffs at Vance’s reasoning. “There are conflicting stories from a witness?” he says. “Okay — then just apply the same standard to poor and low-income people and let them derive the same benefit.”
Law Prof’s Garlock Testimony Details Asbestos Lawyers’ Change in Strategy
By John O'Brien
February 23, 2015 Legal Newsline - CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The asbestos plaintiffs firms with the highest settlement averages in claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies achieved that by engaging in discovery abuse in the post-bankruptcy era of the litigation, a law professor told a bankruptcy court during the company’s proceeding.
Lester Brickman, an asbestos litigation scholar and professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law who recently testified before a House subcommittee about an asbestos claims transparency bill, submitted a memorandum to Judge George Hodges in April 2013.
The memo, which was recently unsealed, was submitted nine months before Hodges ruled plaintiffs lawyers had been manipulating the asbestos claim recovery system to maximize settlements and verdicts against gasket-maker Garlock.