California Judge Finds Release Of Asbestos Claims Too Broad Under FELA

(September 25, 2015, 12:13 PM EDT) -- OAKLAND, Calif. — A settlement’s general references to unrelated asbestos injuries failed to adequately notify and inform the plaintiff under Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) standards, a California judge held in excluding the agreement Sept. 24 (Emerson v. Allied Packing & Supply Inc., et al., No. RG13 698637, Calif. Super., Alameda Co.).

(Opinion available. Document #01-151007-006Z.)

Jeffrey Emerson filed suit in Texas state court in 1995 against Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and Union Pacific Corp. related to an injury he suffered while moving a coupler. The...
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