STORY FROM: Benzene & Emerging Toxic Torts Litigation

Ind. Federal Court Refuses to Issue Lone Pine Order in Groundwater Contamination Suit

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –– An Indiana federal court has rejected a defendant’s effort to institute a Lone Pine order in a groundwater contamination suit, finding that the defendant had failed to show that the plaintiffs could not present sufficient medical causation to support their claims.

In the Jan. 25 order, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana opined that other procedural mechanisms –– such as summary judgment motions, the class certification process, Daubert motions, and in limine motions –– were more appropriate in the underlying proceedings.

The putative class action was filed against Johnson Controls Inc. ...

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