Nos. 99-16183, 99-16200, 99-16204, 99-16206, 99-16210 to 99-16212, 99-16218 to 99-16222, 99-16248 to 99-16256, 99-16265 and 99-16269, 99-16272 to 99-16276, 99-16280 to 99-16285, 99-16288 to 99-16292, 99-16297 to 99-16299, 99-16303, 99-16304, 99-16306, 99-16307, 99-16349, 99-16350, 99-16352, 99-16353, 99-16355, 99-16357, 99-16360, 99-16361, 99-16363, 99-16369, 99-16386 to 99-16390, 99-16392, 99-16394, 99-16395, 99-16398 to 99-16400, 99-16402, 99-16404, 99-16406, 99-16415, 99-16416, 99-16420 to 99-16432, 99-16434, 99-16435, 99-16445 to 99-16447, 99-16449, 99-16450, 99-16454 to 99-16457, 99-16459 to 99-16465, 99-16474 to 99-16477, 99-16481 to 99-16483, 99-16485 to 99-16488, 99-16505 to 99-16515, 99-16517 to 99-16520, 99-16536, 99-16537, 99-16540, 99-16541, 99-16543 to 99-16546, 99-16548, 99-16549, 99-16551 to 99-16553, 99-16557, 99-16559, 99-16561 to 99-16564, 99-16566, 99-16569, 99-16570, 99-16572, 99-16574, 99-16577, 99-16593 to 99-16597, 99-16599 to 99-16603, 99-16618, 99-16620, 99-16621, 99-16623, 99-16624, 99-16627, 99-16628, 99-16637, 99-16639, 99-16640, 99-16641, 99-16648, 99-16650, and 99-16651 to 99-16657.

265 F.3d 861 (2001)

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United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed September 10, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jay Lawrence Friedheim, Honolulu, Hawaii, for the plaintiffs-appellants.

Nenad Krek, Carlsmith Ball Wichman Murray Case Mukai & Ichiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, for the defendants-appellees.

Before: SCHROEDER, Chief Judge, WALLACE, TALLMAN, Circuit Judges.

SCHROEDER, Chief Judge:

This is a consolidated appeal involving 174 separate but virtually identical civil actions which were filed in the district court by seamen who formerly worked aboard the S.S. Independence, the S.S. Constitution, or both ships. Each plaintiff claims to have been exposed to asbestos in the course of employment on board the vessels. None of these plaintiffs has been diagnosed with any asbestos-related medical condition. Plaintiffs...

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