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Judge Tosses Welding Fume Suits Against Caterpillar

Law360 (October 31, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A judge has thrown out all cases against heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar Inc. in the multidistrict welding fume litigation, saying there is insufficient evidence to conclude it conspired with the other defendants to hurt the plaintiffs.

In a decision filed Tuesday, Judge Kathleen McDonald O'Malley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio dismissed all of the cases against the company.

The plaintiffs in the cases allege they inhaled fumes containing manganese from welding rods and that the manganese caused them to develop permanent...
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Case Information

Case Title

In re: Welding Fume Products Liability Litigation

Case Number



Ohio Northern

Nature of Suit

Personal Inj. Prod. Liability


Kathleen M. O'Malley

Date Filed

June 24, 2003

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