MDL Panel Won't Combine 'Toxic' Spray Foam Cases

Law360, New York (June 6, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday rejected an attempt to consolidate eight lawsuits alleging injuries and damages caused by various spray polyurethane foam insulation products installed on consumers' properties, saying the cases are too unique to decide as a group.

The spray foam litigation, which has cases in Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, has been compared to recent Chinese drywall cases, which were consolidated into an MDL in New Orleans before a settlement estimated at more than $1 billion was reached in February.

The spray foam plaintiffs filed a motion to consolidate the...

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