UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
November 1, 2006
MATTHEW HERBERT, PLAINTIFF
GENERAL MOTORS CORP, ET AL., DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Kosik
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
In their brief opposing plaintiff's motion to substitute guardians for the plaintiff, the Takata defendants claim the requested substitution may result in improper issue preclusion claims by plaintiff, which, in turn, will be a prejudicial impediment to the defense litigating the extent of plaintiff's injuries. There is some tactical sense to this if issue preclusion is intended. If issue preclusion is not implicated because of plaintiff's adjudication as an incompetent occurred without defendant's participation, we see less of a problem.
We request plaintiff's reply as well as any other authority defendants may wish to submit. I am also concerned how the competency adjudication is going to impact on plaintiff as a witness either in his own case or as a witness called by the defense.
Edwin M. Kosik United States District Judge
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