Recently, Michael Shepard’s insights were featured in the Bloomberg Law article, “J&J Jury’s Cancer Verdict Ramps Up Pressure on Bankruptcy Vote.”

Claimants could see the verdict as a reason to try their own claims in front of a jury, Michael Shepard, a mesothelioma attorney at Shepard O’Donnell PC, said. Claimants in J&J and other asbestos bankruptcies might try to obtain the same relief from bankruptcy that allowed Valadez to get a jury trial, he said.

That would be a thorny issue for judges, who would be in a position to pick winners and losers, Shepard said. “Which ones do you choose?” he asked.

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