LEGEAUX v. BORG-WARNER CORPORATION

Civil Action No. 16-13773.

NOLAN LEGEAUX ET AL., SECTION I, v. BORG-WARNER CORPORATION, ET AL.

United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 28 U.S.C. § 1441
Cause: 28 U.S.C. § 1441 Petition for Removal - Asbestos Litigation
Nature of Suit: 368 P.I. : Asbestos
Source: PACER


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Nolan Legeaux, Plaintiff, represented by Alex S. Dunn, Jr. , Gori, Julian & Associates, P.C..

Nolan Legeaux, Plaintiff, represented by Matthew Scott Dillahunty , Ferrell Law Group, pro hac vice.

Susan Legeaux, Plaintiff, represented by Alex S. Dunn, Jr. , Gori, Julian & Associates, P.C. & Matthew Scott Dillahunty , Ferrell Law Group, pro hac vice.

CBS Corporation, Defendant, represented by John Joseph Hainkel, III , Frilot L.L.C., Angela M. Bowlin , Frilot L.L.C., James H. Brown, Jr. , Frilot L.L.C., Kelsey A. Eagan , Frilot L.L.C., Meredith K. Keenan , Frilot L.L.C. & Peter R. Tafaro , Frilot L.L.C..

CertainTeed Corporation Inc., Defendant, represented by Arthur Wendel Stout, III , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Barbara Bourgeois Ormsby , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Jason P. Franco , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Jennifer E. Adams , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP & William Claudy Harrison, Jr. , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

General Electric Company, Defendant, represented by John Joseph Hainkel, III , Frilot L.L.C., Angela M. Bowlin , Frilot L.L.C., James H. Brown, Jr. , Frilot L.L.C., Kelsey A. Eagan , Frilot L.L.C., Meredith K. Keenan , Frilot L.L.C. & Peter R. Tafaro , Frilot L.L.C..

Georgia-Pacific LLC, Defendant, represented by Gayla M. Moncla , Kean Miller, Alexandra E. Rossi , Kean Miller, Allison N. Benoit , Kean Miller, Anthony M. Williams , Kean Miller LLP, Barrye Panepinto Miyagi , Kean Miller, Gregory M. Anding , Kean Miller, Jay Morton Jalenak, Jr. , Kean Miller, Robert E. Dille , Kean Miller & Sarah W. Anderson , Kean Miller.

Genuine Parts Company, Defendant, represented by John Joseph Hainkel, III , Frilot L.L.C., Angela M. Bowlin , Frilot L.L.C., James H. Brown, Jr. , Frilot L.L.C., Kelsey A. Eagan , Frilot L.L.C., Magali Ann Puente-Martin , Frilot L.L.C., Meredith K. Keenan , Frilot L.L.C. & Peter R. Tafaro , Frilot L.L.C..

Goulds Pumps, Incorporated, Defendant, represented by Lauren Ann McCulloch , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Union Carbide Corporation, Defendant, represented by Deborah DeRoche Kuchler , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, Francis Xavier deBlanc, III , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, McGready Lewis Richeson , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, Melissa M. Desormeaux , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, Michael H. Abraham , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC & Milele N. St. Julien , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC.

Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Defendant, represented by Brian C. Bossier , Blue Williams, LLP, Christopher Thomas Grace, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Edwin A. Ellinghausen, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Erin Helen Boyd , Blue Williams, LLP, Laura M. Gillen , Blue Williams, LLP, Michelle A. Beaty , Blue Williams, LLP & Patrick Kevin Shockey , Blue Williams, LLP.

Puget Sound Commerce Center, Inc., Defendant, represented by Scott C. Seiler , Liskow & Lewis, Charles B. Wilmore , Liskow & Lewis, Patrick B. Reagin , Liskow & Lewis, Philip Dore , Liskow & Lewis & Tiffany L. Delery , Liskow & Lewis.

Vigor Industrial LLC, Defendant, represented by Scott C. Seiler , Liskow & Lewis, Charles B. Wilmore , Liskow & Lewis, Patrick B. Reagin , Liskow & Lewis, Philip Dore , Liskow & Lewis & Tiffany L. Delery , Liskow & Lewis.

Vigor Shipyards, Inc., Defendant, represented by Scott C. Seiler , Liskow & Lewis, Charles B. Wilmore , Liskow & Lewis, Patrick B. Reagin , Liskow & Lewis, Philip Dore , Liskow & Lewis & Tiffany L. Delery , Liskow & Lewis.

BorgWarner Morse TEC LLC, Defendant, represented by Christopher O. Massenburg , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Bradley Adam Hays , Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP, Jeanette Seraile-Riggins , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Kevin R. Sloan , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Meaghan M. Donovan , Manion Gaynor & Manning, LLP & Meghan B. Senter , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP.

Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Third Party Plaintiff, represented by Brian C. Bossier , Blue Williams, LLP, Christopher Thomas Grace, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Edwin A. Ellinghausen, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Erin Helen Boyd , Blue Williams, LLP, Laura M. Gillen , Blue Williams, LLP, Michelle A. Beaty , Blue Williams, LLP & Patrick Kevin Shockey , Blue Williams, LLP.

Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Cross Claimant, represented by Brian C. Bossier , Blue Williams, LLP, Christopher Thomas Grace, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Edwin A. Ellinghausen, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Erin Helen Boyd , Blue Williams, LLP, Laura M. Gillen , Blue Williams, LLP, Michelle A. Beaty , Blue Williams, LLP & Patrick Kevin Shockey , Blue Williams, LLP.

Huntington Ingalls, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Brian C. Bossier , Blue Williams, LLP, Christopher Thomas Grace, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Edwin A. Ellinghausen, III , Blue Williams, LLP, Erin Helen Boyd , Blue Williams, LLP, Laura M. Gillen , Blue Williams, LLP, Michelle A. Beaty , Blue Williams, LLP & Patrick Kevin Shockey , Blue Williams, LLP.

BorgWarner Morse TEC LLC, Cross Defendant, represented by Christopher O. Massenburg , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Bradley Adam Hays , Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP, Jeanette Seraile-Riggins , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Kevin R. Sloan , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Meaghan M. Donovan , Manion Gaynor & Manning, LLP & Meghan B. Senter , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP.

CBS Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by John Joseph Hainkel, III , Frilot L.L.C., Angela M. Bowlin , Frilot L.L.C., James H. Brown, Jr. , Frilot L.L.C., Kelsey A. Eagan , Frilot L.L.C., Meredith K. Keenan , Frilot L.L.C. & Peter R. Tafaro , Frilot L.L.C..

CertainTeed Corporation Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Arthur Wendel Stout, III , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Barbara Bourgeois Ormsby , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Jason P. Franco , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, Jennifer E. Adams , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP & William Claudy Harrison, Jr. , Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

Gardner Denver, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Kaye N. Courington , Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC, Daniel Rolando Estrada , Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC & James Matthew Matherne , Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC.

General Electric Company, Cross Defendant, represented by John Joseph Hainkel, III , Frilot L.L.C., Angela M. Bowlin , Frilot L.L.C., James H. Brown, Jr. , Frilot L.L.C., Kelsey A. Eagan , Frilot L.L.C., Meredith K. Keenan , Frilot L.L.C. & Peter R. Tafaro , Frilot L.L.C..

Genuine Parts Company, Cross Defendant, represented by John Joseph Hainkel, III , Frilot L.L.C., Angela M. Bowlin , Frilot L.L.C., James H. Brown, Jr. , Frilot L.L.C., Kelsey A. Eagan , Frilot L.L.C., Magali Ann Puente-Martin , Frilot L.L.C., Meredith K. Keenan , Frilot L.L.C. & Peter R. Tafaro , Frilot L.L.C..

Georgia-Pacific LLC, Cross Defendant, represented by Gayla M. Moncla , Kean Miller, Alexandra E. Rossi , Kean Miller, Allison N. Benoit , Kean Miller, Anthony M. Williams , Kean Miller LLP, Barrye Panepinto Miyagi , Kean Miller, Gregory M. Anding , Kean Miller, Jay Morton Jalenak, Jr. , Kean Miller, Robert E. Dille , Kean Miller & Sarah W. Anderson , Kean Miller.

Goulds Pumps, Incorporated, Cross Defendant, represented by Lauren Ann McCulloch , Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Puget Sound Commerce Center, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Scott C. Seiler , Liskow & Lewis, Charles B. Wilmore , Liskow & Lewis, Patrick B. Reagin , Liskow & Lewis, Philip Dore , Liskow & Lewis & Tiffany L. Delery , Liskow & Lewis.

Union Carbide Corporation, Cross Defendant, represented by Deborah DeRoche Kuchler , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, Francis Xavier deBlanc, III , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, McGready Lewis Richeson , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, Melissa M. Desormeaux , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC, Michael H. Abraham , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC & Milele N. St. Julien , Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC.

Vigor Industrial LLC, Cross Defendant, represented by Scott C. Seiler , Liskow & Lewis, Charles B. Wilmore , Liskow & Lewis, Patrick B. Reagin , Liskow & Lewis, Philip Dore , Liskow & Lewis & Tiffany L. Delery , Liskow & Lewis.

Vigor Shipyards, Inc., Cross Defendant, represented by Scott C. Seiler , Liskow & Lewis, Charles B. Wilmore , Liskow & Lewis, Patrick B. Reagin , Liskow & Lewis, Philip Dore , Liskow & Lewis & Tiffany L. Delery , Liskow & Lewis.

BorgWarner Morse TEC LLC, Third Party Plaintiff, represented by Christopher O. Massenburg , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Bradley Adam Hays , Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP, Jeanette Seraile-Riggins , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Kevin R. Sloan , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP, Meaghan M. Donovan , Manion Gaynor & Manning, LLP & Meghan B. Senter , Manion Gaynor Manning LLP.


ORDER AND REASONS

LANCE M. AFRICK, District Judge.

Defendant BorgWarner Morse TEC LLC has filed a motion1 for partial dismissal pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. BorgWarner asks the Court to dismiss the plaintiffs' claims for pre-death loss of consortium, punitive damages, and attorney's fees, and to dismiss any claims asserted under the theories of market share liability, enterprise liability, and/or concert of actions.

The motion is substantively identical to a previous motion to dismiss filed by defendant Huntington Ingalls, Inc. which was granted by the Court. Although BorgWarner's motion was filed as an opposed motion, as with Huntington Ingalls's motion the plaintiffs have not filed an opposition. Further, plaintiffs failed to file anything into the record with respect to this motion notwithstanding that the Court's law clerk left a voicemail on plaintiffs' counsel's machine directing him to either file an opposition to the motion or a statement of no opposition.

Plaintiff's counsel's conduct has delayed the disposition of this matter and increased costs for all parties. It has also resulted in this case consuming a disproportionate amount of the Court's time. Accordingly, in order to deter further non-compliance with deadlines, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and the local rules, as well as to "secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination" of this action, Fed. R. Civ. P. 1, plaintiffs' counsel are CAUTIONED that a further disregard for deadlines and Court directives may result in sanctions or other reprimands. See, e.g., Fed. R. Civ. P. 16; Fed. R. Civ. P. 37.

For the reasons set forth in this Court's previous order and reasons,2

IT IS ORDERED that the motion for partial dismissal is GRANTED and that all of plaintiffs' claims against BorgWarner for pre-death loss of consortium, market share liability, enterprise liability, concert of action, punitive damages, and attorneys' fees are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.

FootNotes


1. R. Doc. No. 92.
2. R. Doc. No. 79.

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