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Schnader Successful in Motions to Dismiss Case in Air France Suit in the U.S.

On June 16, 2011 by Schnader in Aviation

On June 16, 2011, Law360 noted Jonathan M. Stern of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP as counsel to Motorola Inc. and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. in the article “Air France Plaintiffs Lose Latest Bid to Keep Suit in U.S.” The article reported that a California federal judge on June 15, 2011 reaffirmed a decision finding that the multidistrict litigation brought in response to the deadly 2009 Societe Air France crash could not be maintained in the U.S., rejecting the plaintiffs’ bid to revive the tort litigation by dropping the French defendants. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer granted the motion of eight U.S. component part manufacturers to dismiss two re-filed suits alleging that the companies were partially liable for Air France Flight 447’s crash into the Atlantic Ocean that left no survivors and denied the plaintiffs’ request to reconsider an earlier order dismissing the multidistrict litigation on forum non conveniens grounds. The case is In re: Air Crash Over the Mid-Atlantic on June 1, 2009, case number 3:10-md-02144, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.