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Goldberg Kohn Attorney Ron Barliant Comments on Order for Travelers to Pay Over $500 Million in Asbestos Case

July 24, 2014

On July 22 the 2nd U.S. Circuit  Court of Appeals in New York ordered the reinstatement of a 2011 ruling that Travelers make payments required under a 2004 agreement, plus $65 million of interest.

"Obviously, we're gratified," said Ronald Barliant, a partner at Goldberg Kohn in Chicago who represents about 1,600 claimants. "Payments should have been made five years ago."

The long-running dispute stems from asbestos claims that pushed Johns-Manville into bankruptcy. The company, which Travelers insured, was the nation's largest supplier of raw asbestos and a manufacturer of asbestos-containing products for more than 30 years.

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