Asbestos: Still Crazy After All These Years . . .

After decades of litigation, state courts have large numbers of asbestos cases on their dockets. When dockets ballooned thanks to “hyper-management strategies,” such as mass consolidations of dissimilar cases, courts turned to individual or cluster (small groupings) case management. If tighter, focused case management is the most efficient way for courts to control such a large, longstanding problem, how does it work? Case management programs from five local courts are compared with additional case management suggestions for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

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Jeff Trueman