Garlock Wins Access To Asbestos Bankruptcies On Appeal

Law360, Wilmington (March 4, 2013, 9:02 PM EST) -- A Delaware federal judge on Friday opened up asbestos claim records from numerous bankruptcies to Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC, finding that a bankruptcy court "erred and abused its discretion" in denying access to the company.

In a 38-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark found that the sealed claim information submitted by lawyers for asbestos plaintiffs in the nine bankruptcies dating back to 2000 — including W.R. Grace & Co. and Armstrong World Industries Inc. — were, in fact, judicial records that need to be...
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