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Ill. Court Retains Jurisdiction of Asbestos Complaint, Says Allegations in Complaint ‘Too Vague’ to Put Boeing on Notice

CHICAGO –– An Illinois federal court has retained jurisdiction over an asbestos complaint, opining that the plaintiff’s original complaint was “far too vague,” to provide unambiguous notice to Boeing that grounds for removal were available to it.

In the June 22 opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois rejected the plaintiff’s position that Boeing “should have pieced together from his filings that the products at issue were military planes ….”

“Until Boeing had information about the exact products that allegedly caused Plaintiff’s injury, it could not know whether those products had been manufactured for the U.S. ...

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