Georgine v. Amchem Products, Inc.
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
157 F.R.D. 246 (1994)
Georgine, along with tens of thousands of other individuals, (collectively, plaintiffs) filed lawsuits across the nation against Amchem Products, Inc., and a number of other companies (collectively, defendants) related to injuries and wrongful deaths suffered from exposure to asbestos. The Center for Claims Resolution (CCR) represented 20 defendants. The Multi-District Litigation Panel consolidated the lawsuits for coordinated pretrial proceedings and review of proposed settlement agreements. CCR proposed to settle all of the cases, as well as any future asbestos-related litigation, for a select class of litigants. Law firms and attorneys representing the select class (Class Counsel) signed an agreement requiring them to advise any future clients that the provisions of the settlement agreement were binding upon them. The district court reviewed the fairness of the proposed settlement agreement and heard arguments from a number of litigants from the proposed class claiming they were not adequately represented.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Reed, J.)
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