On November 18, 2019, Ted Roberts was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article that discussed the Baltimore court system's plan to reduce the backlog of asbestos litigation. Baltimore's courts have almost 30,000 asbestos cases pending, far more than there are in court systems in the rest of the country.
This attempt has faced pushback from plaintiff's lawyers, including the law office of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, who has filed 83% of all new asbestos cases in the state this year. Instead, opponents of the plan are asking the Maryland legislature to allow them to consolidate cases, as they did in the 1990s.
In rebuttal to that request, companies and defense attorneys say that consolidating cases allows weaker cases to be lumped in with stronger ones and actually encourages more cases to be filed. Therefore, they argue that the cases need to continue to proceed on their own, so that they can each be evaluated on their individual merits. In support of this position, Mr. Roberts is quoted as saying, "All we ask for is the evidence. Prove your case, that's all we ask."