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.
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.
Judge Consuelo B. Marshall for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a one-page order last week, asking Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC to show cause why its case against John Crane Inc. over the company’s allegations of racketeering shouldn’t be dismissed for failure to prosecute.
Company wants its lawsuits against asbestos attorneys to be consolidated; firm argues cases aren’t related
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.
On Monday, Judge Graham Mullen granted Garlock Sealing Technologies’ motion for stay, pointing to the pending consideration of the company’s consensual plan of reorganization. Garlock reached an agreement on the principal terms of a plan this month. Also Monday, John Crane Inc., in light of the settlement, withdrew its motion to intervene in one of the racketeering lawsuits.