Judge Tosses Welding Fume Suits Against Caterpillar

Law360, New York (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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