Judge dismisses discovery motion in asbestos trusts suit

20 Sep 2017 by under News

whistleblower reward justice 375x210 100x100 Judge dismisses discovery motion in asbestos trusts suitA Salt Lake City-based judge dismissed a motion last week that was filed on behalf of a number of states after trusts failed to answer discovery requests in a suit alleging they are mismanaging funds, according to Forbes.

The news source reports the asbestos trusts and the lawyers who oversee them used the landmark U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction ruling as one of their arguments “and that looks to have been crucial to the decision to dismiss.” The recent Supreme Court ruling bars plaintiffs from suing in a state in which they have little or no connection, and three of the trusts named in the complaint are based in Delaware and one is based in .

The complaint that was dismissed aimed to force the trusts to respond to discovery requests, and the dismissal means they no longer are required to produce that evidence. The state now has 30 days from the date of dismissal to file an appeal of the decision. “It is my understanding that the judge has not yet entered an order, but we will consider our options once the order is entered,” Dan Burton of the Utah Attorney General’s office told Legal Newsline last week.

Asbestos trusts were created by more than 60 companies to handle claims concerning occupational asbestos exposure. Asbestos was once used in a variety of construction, manufacturing and industrial processes through the 1990s, but is now known to be a carcinogen linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma. Forbes reports the trusts have paid out roughly $17 billion since 2008.

 

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