WILMINGTON, Del. (Feb 11)—A federal bankruptcy judge has denied bids by several car and truck manufacturers to consolidate their friction products-related asbestos cases with Federal-Mogul Corp.'s. In making his decision, the judge reasoned that he did not have jurisdiction over the cases. The cases of the Big 3 and several international car makers were remanded back to their respective state courts, and the judge in the case plans to remand others back to their original courts as well, said attorney Chris MeisenKothen. Reuters reported that lawyers for the Big 3 plan to appeal the decision, but MeisenKothen said bankruptcy laws do not allow remand orders to be appealed. Appeals would likely be based on something procedural, he said. Dave Wilks, an attorney for several truck companies and seven of the transplant auto makers, said his clients have not yet made a decision about appealing.
Judge rejects auto makers' bids to consolidate asbestos claims with Federal-Mogul's
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