Facebook Photos Kill Welder's Claims In MDL

Law360, New York (January 21, 2010, 4:50 PM EST) -- The federal judge overseeing the welding fume multidistrict litigation has dismissed a welder's product liability suit following defense lawyers' uncovering of photographs of him on Facebook racing motor boats despite his disability claims.

Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio issued an order Jan. 14 granting plaintiff Ernest Ray's voluntary motion to dismiss his case with prejudice.

Defense attorneys contend that Ray was forced to move to dismiss the suit after his disability claims were called into question....
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