Law Prof Says Firms facing Garlock’s RICO Cases are the Progenies of Baron & Budd
By John O'Brien
February 24, 2015 Legal Newsline - Editor’s note: This article is part of a series examining evidence submitted in Garlock Sealing Technologies’ bankruptcy proceeding that was recently unsealed as a result of Legal Newsline’s legal challenge.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A law professor and asbestos litigation scholar testified in 2013 that the deception Garlock Sealing Technologies faced from plaintiffs attorneys traces its roots to the prominent firm Baron & Budd.
Lester Brickman, an asbestos litigation scholar and professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law who recently testified before a House subcommittee about an asbestos claims transparency bill, submitted a memorandum to Judge George Hodges in April 2013.
The memo, which came nine months before Hodges’ landmark decision decrying the practices of asbestos plaintiffs attorneys, was recently unsealed.