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March 6, 2014

Angelos Plan to Combine Asbestos Suits Fails

A Baltimore judge rejected a plan by the Angelos law firm that would have consolidated more than 10,000 asbestos-related claims, calling the proposal “entirely too vague and unsupported to inspire confidence.”

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Angelos’ firm argued that Baltimore courts’ policy, which prioritizes the cases of the sickest plaintiffs, leaves many clients little chance of getting their cases heard. The firm wanted to consolidate many such cases — using a small group of plaintiffs to stand in for many others, obtaining jury verdicts and then using those verdicts to more rapidly deal with the remaining cases.

But ILR president Lisa Rickard called the plan a bald-faced ploy to force en masse settlements. “Judge Glynn was right to reject Peter Angelos’ outrageous attempt to consolidate thousands of asbestos cases in one trial,” she said in a statement.

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