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Asbestos Litigation

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY ASBESTOS GENERAL ORDERS.

In approximately 1978 the Los Angeles Superior Court designated asbestos exposure litigation as “complex” and created a separate Asbestos Department to contain and manage pre-trial proceedings.

In 1996 the Asbestos Department closed and the asbestos personal injury cases were transferred to the Independent Calendar (I/C) courts at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse [Central].

In 2011 a Petition for Coordination was filed on behalf of the counties of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego. The Petition was granted and the cases of all three counties were coordinated into JCCP 4674 and assigned to Los Angeles County.

All asbestos matters originating in Los Angeles County are currently filed in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and then assigned to Department 324 at the Central Civil West Courthouse (CCW). Cases arising in Orange or San Diego are filed in their respective county. A petition for “add on” to the JCCP is then filed at CCW by one of the parties. The judge in Dept. 324 reviews and determines whether an “add on” is proper.

The management of the JCCP is controlled by orders that have been issued by Dept. 324. The current orders are posted on the Los Angeles Superior Court website. They are set forth under the tabs, Civil, Complex Courts, Asbestos.

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