No. 83-2378. Summary Calendar.

726 F.2d 259 (1984)

Raul ROSALES, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. HONDA MOTOR COMPANY, LTD., Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

March 9, 1984.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Weir & Alvarado, Warren Weir, San Antonio, Tex., for plaintiff-appellant.

Jack D. Maroney, Wayne Prescott, Jan Soifer, Austin, Tex., for defendant-appellee.

Before CLARK, Chief Judge, TATE and HIGGINBOTHAM, Circuit Judges.

TATE, Circuit Judge:

The question to be decided is whether, in a diversity case, a federal district court is authorized within its discretion under Fed.R.Civ.P. 42(b) to order a bifurcated trial on the issues of liability and damages, despite an alleged state-law policy applicable in state courts that in personal injury cases the issues are so intertwined that such bifurcated trials are impermissible. We hold that this mode of trying a dispute in federal court, specifically...

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