The Michigan Supreme Court recently issued an order barring the consolidation of asbestos cases for settlement or trial.

The Court’s four-to-three decision requires lower courts to hear asbestos cases individually, prohibiting the “bundling” of cases, according to the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). The result of the decision is that very serious cases will not be used as leverage to settle less serious cases. Currently, there are more than 25,000 asbestos-related lawsuits pending in Michigan. There has not been an asbestos case trial verdict in the state since 1999.

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