Judge Bats Down Document Request In Urethane Case

Law360, New York (January 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation involving an alleged antitrust conspiracy in the urethane market has denied the defendants' request to force the intervening plaintiffs to turn over scores of documents in the long-standing competition case.

On Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Waxse rejected the motion to compel put forth by polyether polyol defendants BASF Corp., Dow Chemical, Huntsman International and others, maintaining that the request submitted is too broad under the Federal Rules of Evidence.

The request, according to Judge Waxse, “violates Rule 34's...
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