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March 18, 2014

Ford Wants Access to Garlock Documents

Back in January, a judge issued a major decision in the Garlock bankruptcy case that found plaintiffs submitted misleading facts to win larger asbestos injury awards. Now, Ford Motor Company is asking for access to the records from that case in the hopes of proving that it also paid inflated settlements, Law 360 reports.

“Ford, like Garlock, resolved a number of those same asbestos claims and did so in reliance upon similar misrepresentations of asbestos exposures and asbestos trust claims,” the company said. “However, the evidence upon which this court found systematic misrepresentations remains under seal. The court’s continued seal is preventing Ford access to information it needs to adequately investigate the nature of potential frauds.”

In the Garlock case, the judge predicted that “it appears certain that more extensive discovery would show more extensive abuse.” Ford wants a chance to find out.

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