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Craig Liljestrand Authors Article on How a Routine Joinder of Big Tobacco May Become a Trend in Asbestos Cases

October 7, 2015

Craig T. Liljestrand, a Chicago-based partner in the Product Liability practice area at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, authored the article, "Routine Joinder Of Big Tobacco May Become Trend In Asbestos Cases," published by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on October 7, 2015. This article is part of Mr. Liljestrand's monthly column with the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin "Toxic Tort Talk."

The article discuses the court case, Stidham v. RJ. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 2015 WL 5076895 (Md. Ct. Spec. App., Aug. 27, 2015), where the Maryland Court of Special Appeals dismissed a plaintiff's appeal as moot, but provided some interesting guidance on the joinder of asbestos and tobacco defendants to the same case. Mr. Liljestrand explains in the article that the plaintiff filed his original lung cancer suit against numerous asbestos defendants, and later amended the complaint by adding several tobacco defendants. The tobacco defendants moved to dismiss the amended complaint. 

Read the full article, "Routine Joinder Of Big Tobacco May Become Trend In Asbestos Cases," on the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin website. Please note a subscription is required. 

Craig Liljestrand has extensive experience in the areas of toxic tort, products liability and environmental litigation. He is recognized for his litigation and trial skills in the areas of asbestos, silica, welding fumes, lead paint and occupational disease claims.  

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S based law firm with offices in 11 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the professional services sector—including representation of law firms and lawyers—and other highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance and the debt collection sector. Hinshaw also provides a series of closely coordinated litigation, business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes as well as governmental and public sector entities.

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