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Asbestos Lawyers Accused of Racketeering Close to 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. During the Garlock bankruptcy proceedings, widespread abuse of evidence by personal injury lawyers was uncovered.

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EnPro, Garlock reach $480 million settlement on asbestos claims

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. During the Garlock bankruptcy proceedings, widespread abuse of evidence by personal injury lawyers was uncovered.

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Garlock Owner Touts $480M Deal to End Asbestos Claims

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. This action will permanently resolve claims and bring Garlock "full, complete and permanent relief from asbestos litigation," EnPro CEO Steve Macadam said. During the Garlock bankruptcy proceedings, evidence of widespread abuse of evidence by personal injury lawyers was found to have occurred.

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Second Company Accuses Asbestos Lawyers of Racketeering

Gasket maker John Crane Inc. has filed papers in bankruptcy court to join the racketeering case of Garlock Sealing Technologies against two asbestos personal injury law firms, Simon Greenstone in Dallas and Shein Law Center in Philadelphia. The federal bankruptcy judge in the Garlock case described the asbestos lawyers’ double-dipping filings as a process “infected by the manipulation of exposure evidence.” Both John Crane and Garlock faced litigation where plaintiffs’ asbestos lawyers were concealing exposure evidence during the trials.  

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Garlock postpones asbestos hearing

Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC agreed to a postponement of an asbestos hearing, originally scheduled for early January 2016, to late February. The delay, related to the Asbestos Claims Resolution Process, was requested to allow time for the future and current asbestos claimant representatives and Garlock to negotiate terms of the co-claims resolution process.

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Garlock Disputes Fee Request of Adviser for Asbestos Committee

Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC argued Nov. 16, 2015 that a request for compensation by the asbestos claimants' financial committee should be reduced by more than $104,000 on the basis that some of the work was excessive or unnecessary.

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Garlock seeking info from asbestos firms to boost racketeering claims

Following U.S. District Judge Graham Mullen’s approval, Garlock Sealing Technologies has issued subpoenas to 29 law firms, including Baron & Budd, Simon Greenstone, Stanley-Iola, and Waters & Kraus. Garlock is seeking to use the records to establish a pattern of racketeering on the part of Belluck & Fox. Judge Mullen noted that the discovery requests are broad, but added so is the alleged fraud.

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Some Plan Negotiations in Garlock Case Will Remain Confidential, Judge Says

A North Carolina federal bankruptcy judge ruled Sept. 23, 2015 that negotiations between asbestos claimants and Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC after Jan. 16 on a debtor reorganization plan will remain confidential.

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Judge denies asbestos firms' motions to dismiss racketeering cases against them

A federal judge ruled that racketeering charges against asbestos plaintiffs' law firms will proceed. Judge Graham Mullen noted that the bankruptcy court found evidence consistent with Garlock's claims when it reviewed a number of asbestos cases.

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Judge Allows Garlock to Seek Evidence of Fraud, RICO Violations

A North Carolina federal judge will allow Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC to obtain information from 24 asbestos bankruptcy trusts as it seeks to show a pattern of racketeering by plaintiffs' attorneys.

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