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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.

Hawaii appeals court says aggregate settlement amount in asbestos case was sufficient

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 31, 2017, 8:50am

A three-judge panel of the state’s Intermediate Court of Appeals, or ICA, ruled March 16 that the aggregate settlement amount provided was good enough, upholding the Circuit Court of the First Circuit’s Dec. 21, 2015 order.

With Obama's veto threat gone, asbestos 'double-dipping' bill reintroduced

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 13, 2017, 1:54pm

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican who serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, submitted the GOP-backed Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017, or H.R. 906, last week.

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.

Dallas asbestos firm argues it hasn’t failed to obey federal judge’s orders

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 4, 2016, 10:04am

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

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.

Federal judge agrees to stay RICO cases against asbestos plaintiffs firms

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 29, 2016, 12:39pm

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.