Williams Emtal Talc Settlement Fund

Industrial Talc Asbestos Settlement

Notice of Court Filing: Notice is given by the Settlement Trustee/Special Master that on December 15, 2021 a Special Master?s Report and Recommendation for Entry of a HIPAA Qualified Protective Order together with a proposed order has been filed with the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. A copy of these documents is available for downloading on the Settlement Document webpage or by clicking here.

The Final Approval Order of the Settlement was signed by Judge Brian R. Martinotti on 9/27/2021.

The Motion to Certify Class and Approval of Class Action Settlement by Kimberlee Williams was filed on August, 19, 2021.

The deadline for filing claims was March 16, 2021. New claims can no longer be accepted.

The Williams Emtal Talc Settlement Fund (?Settlement Fund?) was established in the Williams Class Action under a Settlement Agreement (?Settlement Agreement?) preliminarily approved by the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, ECF No. 623 on September 3, 2020. If and when the Settlement Agreement is finally approved by the Court following a Fairness Hearing currently scheduled for September 24, 2021, the Settlement Fund will be used to  pay compensation to eligible Settlement Class Members (Class Members)  who timely submit Claim Submissions in accordance with a Plan of Distribution (POD) approved by the Court.

The Settlement Fund?s proposed POD establishes the policies and procedures for submitting, receiving, reviewing and paying claims for asbestos personal injuries and other damages that were the subject of the claims asserted in the Williams Class Action. These procedures include the claim form and authorizations and the supporting documents that must be filed with the Settlement Fund as a Claim Submission.

*05/04/2022 - The Statistical Summary of Claim Adjudications has been posted to the Settlement Documents page.



The only way to get a payment 

To receive monetary benefits, you will need to timely submit a claim. However, if the Court approves the Settlement you will be bound by the terms and release contained in the Settlement even if you do not submit a claim, unless you exclude yourself as described below.  


Get no payment. 

This option allows you to pursue a lawsuit against defendant BASF, defendant Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and any of their co-defendants about the legal claims in this case. It also is the only option that allows you to ever be part of any other lawsuit against BASF or the other parties being released under the Settlement Agreement for any asbestos-related personal injury or wrongful death claim, whether the injury or claim is known or unknown, including any potential subsequent asbestos-related personal injury or wrongful death claim that may arise in the future.  


Write to the Court if you do not like the Settlement.  


Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.  


If you do nothing, you will remain in the Class Action as a Class Member and will not, in the future, be able to pursue any other lawsuit against BASF, Cahill or the other parties being released under the Settlement Agreement for any asbestos injury or wrongful death claim, known, unknown or potential, including any possible secondary disease or second asbestos injury claim that may arise in the future.  If you do not timely file a complete Claim Submission with the Administrator, you will not receive compensation. 

The deadline to file a Claim Submission Form  is January 15, 2020 and the deadline to submit all required supporting documents necessary to complete a claim (Document Submission Deadline) is February 19, 2021.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Class Membership Exclusion (opt-out) Deadline 

February 16, 2021

Claim Submission Deadline 

March 16, 2021

Claim Document Submission Deadline 

May 20, 2021

Objection and Intervention Submission Deadline  

February 16, 2021

Fairness Hearing 

September 24, 2021