March 16, 2020

The Montana Supreme Court recently entered a unanimous opinion in our cases against BNSF.

The Montana Supreme Court affirmed the Asbestos Court by holding that “BNSF’s handling of asbestos under the facts presented here constitutes an abnormally dangerous activity for which BNSF is strictly liable.”

Here are some articles from the Daily Interlake and the Flathead Beacon on the decision:

Daily Interlake Article: Supreme Court rules BNSF ‘strictly liable’ for asbestos injury claims

Flathead Beacon Article: Montana Supreme Court: BNSF Not Shielded from Liability in Libby Asbestos Cases

The Montana Suprem...

May 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce the addition of Jinnifer Jeresek Mariman to MHSL.

Jinnifer was born and raised in Libby, Montana and attended Montana State University on a women’s basketball scholarship. After graduation, Jinnifer served as a legislative assistant for Senator Max Baucus in Washington, D.C. Being raised in Libby, Montana and seeing first-hand the impacts of asbestos on her hometown inspired Jinnifer to attend law school.

During law school she served as the head law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon, prosecuting federal misdemeanors. Upon graduation, Jinnifer began...

January 18, 2018

Some victims of asbestos-related disease have until Feb. 25 for final chance to pursue claims against W.R. Grace


More than three decades ago, the lawsuits against W.R. Grace & Co. began cropping up with relative obscurity, brought by former miners and their families who were exposed to the asbestos-laced vermiculite mined in Libby.

People were dying. And as that trend became clear in the mid-1980s, the first of many lawsuits asserted that company officials ignored warnings by state agencies to clean up the contaminated vermicul...

January 8, 2018


January 07, 2018 at 6:15 pm | By LYNNETTE HINTZE Daily Inter Lake

People who were diagnosed with Libby asbestos-related disease prior to Feb. 25, 2015, have until Feb. 25 this year to file a claim against W.R. Grace & Co. as part of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings.

A personal injury trust was set up with a three-year time frame as part of the Grace bankruptcy proceedings to handle personal injury claims, according to Roger Sullivan, an attorney with the Kalispell law firm McGarvey, Heberling, Sullivan & Lacey, which represents a majority of Libby...

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Montana Supreme Court finds BNSF is not Shielded from Liability for Libby Asbestos Cases

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