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U.S. Supreme Court to consider federal preemption in asbestos suit

USA - June 10 2011 On June 6, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kurns et al. v. Railroad Friction Products Corp., et al., No. 10-879, to consider whether the Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA) (formerly the Boiler Inspection Act) preempts state-law claims arising from workplace exposure to asbestos while working on railroad parts.

Allyson N. Ho, Steven A. Luxton, Haley Pfeifer.

U.S. Supreme Court: investors can seek class action status without proving loss causation

USA - June 8 2011 In Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co., 563 U.S. __ (June 6, 2011), the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a split in the lower courts as to whether securities fraud plaintiffs must prove loss causation to obtain class certification, ruling in a unanimous opinion that such proof is not a prerequisite to obtaining class certification in a securities fraud case.

Allyson N. Ho, J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., Karen Pieslak Pohlmann, Scott T. Schutte, Marc J. Sonnenfeld.