5th Circ. Ships Chinese Drywall MDL Defamation Suit To Calif.

Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that a defamation suit brought by a Louisiana Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation steering committee against a company whose employee purportedly called them “hypocrites” belongs in California, where the parties fought a related court battle.

A unanimous appeals panel determined that the committee’s suit against litigation support company Cataphora Inc. and it’s technology counsel Roger Chadderdon for defamation and interference with prospective advantage does not belong in Louisiana and ordered the case shipped to California.

The parties litigated a breach of...
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