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. law firm with 450 attorneys located in 11 states and London. Founded in 1934, the firm has a national reputation for its insurance industry work, its representation of professionals and law firms, and its closely coordinated business advisory, transactional and litigation services. We serve clients ranging from emerging and middle-market businesses to Fortune 500 companies, as well as governmental and public sector clients.