Thirty-one years ago, life was perfect. Alan and I watched the sunset as we finalized our wedding arrangements for April 28th. That night, I smiled as I thought about Alan lifting my wedding veil over my eyes, embracing me, and beginning our new life together. Our time together was cut grievously short.
In the insular world of civil litigation, watershed events usually arrive on an installment plan, trickling in at the pace of... well, at the pace of civil litigation. Yet, sometimes disruption arrives quickly, like last week's landmark settlement agreement between a North Carolina gasket maker called Garlock Sealing Technologies and asbestos victims' attorneys.