Judge: Service Proper, Jurisdiction Exists In Case Originating In Virgin Islands

(September 22, 2015, 10:03 AM EDT) -- PHILADELPHIA — Affidavit testimony that a plaintiff conducted service of process in compliance with Virgin Islands law but that the records are hopelessly lost or destroyed suffices for personal jurisdiction, a federal judge in Pennsylvania held Aug. 31 (Edward C. Cowart v. Foster Wheeler Co., et al., No. MDL 875, 11-45885, E.D. Pa.).

(Opinion available. Document #01-150923-013Z.)

Edward Cowart filed suit in 1993 against numerous companies whose conduct allegedly exposed him to asbestos.

In 2011, the action was consolidated in the federal maritime asbestos litigation in...
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