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In re Asbestos Litigation

Supreme Court of Montana

January 9, 2018

IN RE ASBESTOS LITIGATION, Consolidated Cases.

          ORDER SETTING INITIAL CONFERENCE THIS DOCUMENT RELATES TO ALL CASES

          Amy Eddy, Asbestos Claims Court Judge.

         These consolidated cases are hereby set for an Initial Conference on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., at the Montana State Capitol, Room 303.

         I. APPLICABILITY:

         Prior to entry of a comprehensive scheduling order governing all further proceedings in this case, the provisions of this Order shall govern the practice and procedure of the following individual actions:

A. Those that were specifically identified and consolidated before this Court by the Order Establishing the Asbestos Claims Court and Consolidating Cases, filed November 29, 2017;
B. All subsequent cases for which a Notice of Appearance was filed pursuant to the Order Establishing the Asbestos Claims Court and Consolidating Cases, filed November 29, 2017; and
C. All asbestos related "tag-along" actions that are later filed in, remanded to, or transferred to this Court.

         II. AGENDA FOR INITIAL CONFERENCE:

         Matters relating to pretrial and discovery proceedings in these cases will be addressed at the Initial Conference. Counsel are expected to familiarize themselves with the Manual for Complex Litigation, Fourth (MCL) and be prepared at the conference to suggest procedures that will facilitate the expeditious, economical and just resolution of these cases. The following items will constitute a tentative agenda:

A. Identification of lead counsel;
B. Maintenance of master file identifying consolidated cases;
C. Establish initial service list of counsel;
D. Proposed prioritization of cases based on injury ...

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