In the past 10 years, Pennsylvania’s appellate judges have begun to apply two apparently conflicting standards when reviewing trial courts’ summary judgment awards, an asbestos plaintiffs lawyer told justices of the state Supreme Court Tuesday.

Richard Myers of Paul Reich & Myers in Philadelphia, who has been the plaintiffs attorney in both Summers v. CertainTeed Corp. and Nybeck v. Union Carbide Corp., told the justices that “trial is not a four-letter word” and that “summary judgment is the exception and not the rule.”

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