Supreme court rejects asbestos lawsuit against three companies

Finally its a sigh of relief for three corporate bodies as they get rid of asbestos charges. The Supreme Court of Texas has released three companies from asbestos lawsuit. The three companies are General Electric, Warren Pumps and Ingersoll-Rand.

They held that District Judge Mark Davidson of Houston, responsible for asbestos cases statewide, improperly kept jurisdiction of a suit the late Austin Richards of Maine filed.

The lawsuit was filed by Gwendolyn Richards widow of an employee, who died of asbestos exposure. Her husband worked for more than 30 years as a mason at a paper mill in Maine.

The plaintiff argued that if the suit was filed in Maine state court, defendants would remove it to federal court and transfer it to a federal multidistrict judge.At a hearing, Judge Davidson asked defendants if they would agree not to remove the suit to federal court if he granted the motion.

At a hearing, Judge Davidson asked defendants if they would agree not to remove the suit to federal court if he granted the motion.Several defendants said they would not waive their removal rights.

Davidson denied the motion, writing that he might have decided differently if they had waived their right of removal. Defendants asked him to reconsider. After another hearing, he set aside his previous ruling and denied the motion without stating a reason.General Electric, Warren Pumps and Ingersoll-Rand sought mandamus relief at the Supreme Court.

Source:The Southeastern Texas Record

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