Pa. Justices OK Test Cases In Gas Explosion Suit

Law360, Philadelphia (May 29, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT) -- In a split opinion Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a county judge did not err by severing four plaintiffs from 41 others for bellwether trials in a case seeking to hold defendants including Gulf Oil LP liable for a 1998 gasoline leak and explosion outside Philadelphia.

In a 5-1 decision, the justices found that the Superior Court had improperly ordered a new trial on behalf of all 45 plaintiffs in the case both by making assumptions about the possibility of prejudice stemming from the...
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