If you're a maritime plaintiff and are unimpaired mere pleural thickening won't save your asbestos claim.

For those new to the business it was for years the case that asbestos plaintiffs could bring personal injury claims without having to prove that they were injured by exposure to asbestos. It was among the "special rules" many courts crafted for asbestos claims. Another such rule was that a plaintiff didn't have to prove that a defendant's asbestos-containing product actually (or even probably) caused his pleural thickening. The result was the spectacle of Cimino in which hundreds of unimpaired plaintiffs with pleural plaques would recover $558,900 apiece.

Could it be that the end of the "elephantine morass" is at last in sight?