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La. Court Says Avondale Failed to Prove Nexus Between Defendant’s Actions Under Color of Federal Office and Asbestos Claims

NEW ORLEANS –– A Louisiana federal court has remanded an asbestos action after determining that Avondale Industries had failed to establish that existence of a necessary causal nexus between the defendant’s actions under color of a federal office and the plaintiffs’ claims.

In the Aug. 4 opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana opined that, as such, removal was improper and the case must be remanded for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

Plaintiff Robert Templet Sr. asserted the underlying claims, contending that he was exposed to asbestos-containing products while employed at Avondale Industries Inc. Templet said ...

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