PHILADELPHIA (Aug. 5)—The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled it could not grant a request by U.S. auto makers to hear thousands of asbestos cases against them along with those against Federal-Mogul Corp. because the court does not have jurisdiction over personal injury lawsuits. Following the decision, which was filed Aug. 1, lawyers for the car makers requested a stay of the mandate in the federal court while they appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 3rd Circuit Court denied the request, however, returning the case to the state level, according to Anne Schwab, an associate at the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton L.L.P., which is representing several non-debtor asbestos co-defendants including Tenneco Automotive. The car makers "are pretty much stuck now," she said.
Auto makers unsuccessful in combining asbestos litigation with Federal-Mogul's
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