3rd Circ. Tosses 44 Asbestos Claims V. WR Grace

Law360, New York (March 13, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has thrown out 44 claims against bankrupt chemical company W.R. Grace & Co. for asbestos-related property damage, affirming a lower court's decision that they were filed too late.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday upheld a district court ruling that disallowed claims from 44 plaintiffs, many of them hospitals, that were either undated or filed after W.R. Grace's bar date.

Beset by thousands of personal injury claims, W. R. Grace filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in April 2001....
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