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Racketeering lawsuit against Philadelphia asbestos firm refiled in Pennsylvania

Jessica Karmasek May 19, 2017, 11:49am

The Illinois-based industrial manufacturer, after having its lawsuit dismissed by an Illinois federal judge in March, has filed another lawsuit against Philadelphia-based Shein Law Center and attorney Benjamin P. Shein, claiming the firm “devised and implemented a scheme” to defraud JCI and others. JCI filed its complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania May 12.

Illinois judges: Racketeering lawsuits against asbestos lawyers belong elsewhere

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 31, 2017, 10:06am

Judges Amy St. Eve and John J. Tharp Jr., both of whom sit on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, each filed orders March 23 in John Crane Inc.’s lawsuits against Dallas asbestos firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC and Philadelphia-based Shein Law Center.

California federal judge dismisses Dallas asbestos firm’s lawsuit against John Crane Inc.

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 17, 2016, 11:48am

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in an order last week, said the plaintiffs, Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC, failed to file an amended complaint.

Company wants its lawsuits against asbestos attorneys to be consolidated; firm argues cases aren’t related

Jessica Karmasek Aug. 19, 2016, 10:33am

John Crane Inc. wants the two lawsuits it filed in early June, against Shein Law Center in Philadelphia and Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC in Dallas, to be heard before a single federal judge. Shein has filed an opposition to the request, along with a motion to dismiss the case against it altogether.

Asbestos firm files appeal in effort to dismiss racketeering case against it

John O'Brien Oct. 14, 2015, 10:48am

On Oct. 1, the Dallas firm Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett filed a notice to appeal a recent decision that denied the firm’s motion to dismiss the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against it. That suit, filed by former frequent asbestos defendant Garlock Sealing Technologies, alleges the firm hid evidence of their clients’ exposures to other asbestos products in order to drive up settlements and verdicts against Garlock.

Garlock seeking info from asbestos firms to boost racketeering claims

John O'Brien Oct. 2, 2015, 10:38am

Some asbestos law firms are being dragged into racketeering lawsuits against their colleagues. Now that a federal judge has affirmed its right to do so, Garlock Sealing Technologies recently issued subpoenas to 29 law firms, including Baron & Budd, Brayton Purcell and Williams Kherker Hart Boundas.