INDIANA SUPREME COURT DENIES REHEARING – RIGHTS OF INDIANA RESIDENTS TO SUE ASBESTOS PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS OFFICIALLY RESTORED
As previously blogged, on March 2, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court restored the rights of Indiana residents to pursue lawsuits against manufacturers of asbestos products. However, on April 1, 2016, the Defendants in those cases asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision. The Defendants were joined by the Attorney General of the State of Indiana, which regrettably chose to appear for the first time and side with the economic interests of out-of-state corporations over the rights of Indiana citizens. The AG also requested that if the Court upheld its March 2nd opinion that the present statute is unconstitutional and the Court should delay enforcement of its opinion for one year to allow the Indiana Legislature to consider enacting law to clarify the intent of the statute.
George & Farinas, representing Mary Geyman and Larry and Loa Myers, argued the Court should deny the Defendants’ and AG’s requests for rehearing. On April 28th, the Supreme Court determined there was no basis to reconsider its March 2nd opinion or delay its enforcement. With the April 28th Order, the Supreme Court’s March 2nd pronouncement became official. Indiana’s statute of repose can no longer bar claims against manufacturers of asbestos products and other inherently dangerous products.
For decades, George & Farinas attorneys fought for the rights of Indiana citizens against corporations that exposed them to deadly asbestos and other dangerous products. Now, these corporations will no longer be immunized from their conduct in this State. G&F is honored to represent the Myers and Geyman families, as well as countless other Indiana workers and families and believe that just treatment of our Indiana citizens has been restored with respect to this issue.