Current Matter

Talc Supplier Bankruptcy Case

Gilbert LLP builds on its long experience recovering insurance in mass-tort bankruptcy cases in the Chapter 11 proceeding filed by Imerys Talc America, Inc. (and related companies), a primary supplier of talc to Johnson & Johnson.  In June, 2019, Gilbert was retained as special insurance counsel to the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Imerys is facing thousands of lawsuits alleging its products caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, 2019.  Debtors allege that there may be billions of dollars of insurance available to pay these claims, but insurers have disputed their obligations.  The ability to recover this insurance will be a significant factor in the ultimate ability of any resulting trust to pay the claims of the individuals injured by Imerys.

Gilbert’s specific experience in this area—recovering contested insurance in the context of a mass-tort bankruptcy case—led the Imerys Tort Claimants Committee to select Gilbert as its insurance counsel. Our skill at the intersection of these disciplines uniquely positions Gilbert to add value by evaluating, preserving, and recovering the insurance in the context of the Imerys proceedings.