John Crane Says Law Firm's Arguments For Dismissal Don't Hold Water

John Crane Inc. filed a brief Nov. 11, 2016 arguing that Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett has no basis for its motions asking the Illinois federal court to dismiss various claims John Crane Inc. filed against it.


Reforms needed to help rein in unscrupulous attorneys' actions

Unscrupulous attorneys need to be policed, a Washington Examiner Editorial observes. Examples include the recent Garlock Sealing Technologies case in which plaintiffs' lawyers were caught manipulating evidence in asbestos claims, as well as former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's quid pro quo agreement with an asbestos researcher that involved state grants and kickbacks.


2 Plaintiffs Firms Hit With New Asbestos Racketeering Suits

John Crane Inc. filed racketeering charges against two asbestos plaintiffs’ firms on June 6, 2016, saying they created false exposure histories for their clients and defrauded the manufacturer in asbestos litigation. The named firms for the RICO charges are Shein Law Center Ltd. and Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC. 


Garlock Creditors Cleared to Vote on Asbestos Settlement

Judge J. Craig Whitley of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Charlotte, N.C., approved conditionally Garlock's chapter 11 plan outline on June 22, 2016. The Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy trust is expected to have approximately $480 million in funds.


John Crane Inc. RICO complaint against Shein Law Center and Benjamin P. Shein

RICO complaint filed on June 6, 2016 by John Crane Inc. against Shein Law Center and Benjamin P. Shein, alleging concealment and manipulation of evidence and fraud.   


John Crane Inc. RICO complaint against Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett

RICO complaint filed on June 6, 2016 by John Crane Inc. against Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC and Jeffrey Simon and David Greenstone, alleging concealment and manipulation of evidence and fraud.   


Despite Garlock Settlement, Asbestos Lawyers Can’t Shake Racketeering Claims Yet

Some asbestos personal injury lawyers who eluded federal racketeering charges when the parent of Garlock Sealing Technologies settled its asbestos liability claims are back in the soup, as John Crane Inc. filed RICO charges against the Shein Law and Simon Greenstone firms on June 6, 2016.  JCI previously had sought to join the Garlock RICO suits. The JCI filings in a U.S. District Court in Illinois say the law firms systematically misrepresented and concealed evidence and committed fraud. (The two JCI complaints can be seen in this website’s Resource Center).


N.C. Federal Court Stays RICO Actions against Asbestos Plaintiff Firms in Light of Garlock Bankruptcy Deal

A federal judge in western North Carolina has placed a stay on four RICO lawsuits filed by Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC against plaintiffs' firms. The lawsuits will be settled pending a final order on the plan for Garlock's parent company, EnPro Industries Inc., to place $480 million into an asbestos bankruptcy trust to cover all current and future asbestos claims.


In Asbestos Bankruptcy Settlement, Conflicts and Racketeering Clouds Loom

The Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC case is leaving a legacy, including allegations of racketeering against high-profile law firms, which author Sara Warner says have created a "real scandal." The Garlock case has exposed widespread and rampant abuse of the asbestos bankruptcy and litigation systems by plaintiffs' attorneys.


Garlock asbestos bankruptcy settlement

EnPro Industries, the owner of Garlock Sealing Technologies, reportedly has reached an agreement with representatives of current and future asbestos personal injury claimants. The company will commit $480 million into a bankruptcy trust. 



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