"At this juncture, no assurances can be given as to when civil trials can be resumed, and if so, whether a further suspension due to public health developments will be necessary," wrote San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg. "Accordingly, it would seem to be an optimal time for the parties to initiate or renew an exploration of possible settlement or some other form of alternative dispute resolution."
Former South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Joan Toal insisted that depositions and hearings continue in the asbestos cases, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. "Discovery in these cases may be less convenient than the norm," she wrote. "Inconvenience, in comparison to delaying justice in not just these cases, but the ones that come after, is not a valid basis to stop discovery."