General Electric Company v. Davidson

Date: August 11, 2011

Texas Supreme Court VICTORY!

The NFIB Legal Center filed a brief in Texas Supreme Court to support a mandamus petition in an asbestos case brought by a Maine plaintiff who has no contacts at all with Texas. In the first opinion of its kind, a Texas asbestos multidistrict litigation judge said that the case should be heard in Texas because the federal court system is an inadequate forum. If allowed to stand, the order could result in a flood of nonresident cases into Texas unless defendants are willing to give up their right to remove the cases to federal court based on diversity-of-citizenship jurisdiction.

Status: DECIDED. Amicus brief filed on 04/10/07; the court ruled in favor of defendant General Electric Company on December 5, 2008.

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