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9th Circ. Overturns WR Grace Witness Ban

Law360 (March 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has vacated an order that effectively banned 34 witnesses from the W.R. Grace & Co. criminal trial alleging the bankrupt chemical maker concealed from the public the possibility of asbestos exposure from its Libby, Mont., mine.

On Friday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana vacated a Feb. 13 order that would have excluded 34 witnesses from court proceedings, per a directive issued that day from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Per the appellate court's order,...
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