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In re Asbestos Litigation

Supreme Court of Montana

July 26, 2018

IN RE ASBESTOS LITIGATION, Consolidated Cases.

          Roger M. Sullivan (Attorney) 345 1st Avenue E MT Allan M. McGarvey (Attorney) 345 1st Avenue East Jon L. Heberling (Attorney) 345 First Ave E Kalispell MT 59901

          John F. Lacey (Attorney) Ethan Aubrey Welder (Attorney) Dustin Alan Richard Leftridge (Attorney) 345 First Avenue East Jeffrey R. Kuchel (Attorney) Danielle A.R. Coffman (Attorney) Gary M. Zadick (Attorney) Gerry P. Fagan (Attorney) G. Patrick HagEstad (Attorney) Rachel Hendershot Parkin (Attorney)

          Kirk D. Evenson (Attorney) Mark Andrew Thieszen (Attorney) Patrick M. Sullivan (Attorney) Jennifer Marie Studebaker (Attorney) Joshua Alexander Leggett (Attorney)

          Vernon M. McFarland (Attorney) Jean Elizabeth Faure (Attorney) Jason Trinity Holden (Attorney) Jean Elizabeth Faure (Attorney) Jason Trinity Holden (Attorney) Chad E. Adams (Attorney) Katie Rose Ranta (Attorney) John Patrick Davis (Attorney) Stephen Dolan Bell (Attorney) Dan R. Larsen (Attorney)

          Peter L. Helland (Attorney) Kelly Gallinger (Attorney) Charles J. Seifert (Attorney) Robert J. Phillips (Attorney) Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP Emma Laughlin Mediak (Attorney) Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP Daniel Jordan Auerbach (Attorney) Leo Sean Ward (Attorney) Robert B. Pfennigs (Attorney)

          Rick A. Regh (Attorney) Mark Trevor Wilson (Attorney) Robert M. Murdo (Attorney) Murry Warhank (Attorney) Ben A. Snipes (Attorney) Mark M. Kovacich (Attorney) Ross Thomas Johnson (Attorney) Randy J. Cox (Attorney) Zachary Aaron Franz (Attorney) M. Covey Morris (Attorney) Tabor Center

          Robert J. Sullivan (Attorney) Dale R. Cockrell (Attorney) Vaughn A. Crawford (Attorney) SNELL & WILMER, L.L.P. Tracy H. Fowler (Attorney) Martin S. King (Attorney) Maxon R. Davis (Attorney) Tom L. Lewis (Attorney) Keith Edward Ekstrom (Attorney) William Rossbach (Attorney) Kennedy C. Ramos (Attorney)

          Edward J. Longosz (Attorney) Chad M. Knight (Attorney) Anthony Michael Nicastro (Attorney) Nadia Hafeez Patrick (Attorney) Kevin A. Twidwell (Attorney) Jinnifer Jeresek Mariman (Attorney) John Eric Bohyer (Attorney) Ryan T. Heuwinkel (Attorney) Stephanie A. Hollar (Attorney) Michael Crill (Other)

          Michael D. Plachy (Attorney) Conor A. Flanigan (Attorney) Fredric A. Bremseth (Attorney) Walter G. Watkins (Attorney) Jason Eric Pepe (Attorney) Peter A. Moir (Attorney)

          ORDER

          AMY POEHLING EDDY JUDGE

         This matter came before the Court on July 24-25, 2018, for a two-day evidentiary hearing on Plaintiff Jason McDonald's Motion for Deferred Docket. The Court heard testimony from numerous witnesses, including Dr. Brad Black, who is the Medical Director and CEO of the Center for Asbestos Related Disease ("CARD Clinic"), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Asbestos Related Disease Foundation ("CARD Foundation").

         In 2002, the CARD Clinic was established in Libby, Montana, in response to raised awareness of widespread asbestos exposure. Since then, the CARD Clinic's stated goal has been to provide long-term screening, health monitoring, disease diagnosis, and counseling to people exposed to Libby Amphibole asbestos. The CARD Clinic also assists in asbestos-related disease research. Since its establishment, the CARD Clinic has screened approximately 5,700 people for asbestos-related disease; and, it continues to actively follow the status of 7,700 patients.

         Established in 2008, the CARD Foundation is a separate nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization from the CARD Clinic. The CARD Foundation accepts monetary donations on behalf of the CARD Clinic. With no employees, the CARD Foundation is operated solely by a volunteer board. In 2017, the CARD Foundation raised about $13,000 for the CARD Clinic.

         The Libby asbestos litigation represents some of the most complicated and long-standing litigation known in Montana. The claims of over 2,100 individuals have been consolidated under the authority of the Asbestos Claims Court. Some of these individuals were exposed to asbestos over 50 years ago, some more recently. The CARD Clinic initially ...


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