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In re Asbestos Products Liability Litigation

United States District Court, Third Circuit

August 26, 2013

IN RE ASBESTOS PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION (No. VI)
v.
VARIOUS DEFENDANTS BARTEL, ET AL.

Certain cases on the 02-md-875 Maritime Docket (MARDOC), listed in the attached exhibits.

MEMORANDUM

EDUARDO C. ROBRENO, J.

I. INTRODUCTION .............................................. 2

II. LEGAL STANDARD ............................................6

A. Motions to Dismiss based on Lack of Personal Jurisdiction under Rule 12(b)(2).....................6

B. Motions to Dismiss based on Improper Service under Rule 4(h)............................................6

III. DISCUSSION ................................................7

A. Motions to Dismiss based on Lack of Personal Jurisdiction under Rule 12(b)(2).....................7

1. History.........................................7

2. Arguments by the Parties.......................10

3. Relevant Law, Application & Analysis...........13

i. Personal Jurisdiction over Non-Resident Defendants under Ohio Law......................13

a. There is no personal jurisdiction over defendants......................16

b. Defendants did not waive the personal jurisdiction defense........18

ii. MDL Court May Not Transfer Cases...........21

B. Motions to Dismiss based on Improper Service under Rule 4 ..............................................25

1. Arguments by the Parties.......................25

2. Relevant Law, Application & Analysis..........29

IV. CONCLUSION ...............................................31

I. INTRODUCTION

Before the Court are 565 motions to dismiss[1] in cases that are part of MDL 875, the consolidated asbestos products liability multidistrict litigation pending in the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The cases are on the MDL’s maritime docket (“MARDOC”).[2]

Beginning in the mid-1980’s, the Jaques Admiralty Law Firm[3] began filing cases in the Northern District of Ohio on behalf of merchant marines who were alleged to have been injured from exposure to asbestos-containing products located aboard commercial vessels. Named as defendants were manufacturers and suppliers of the accused products, and the shipowners themselves. Typically, each case named upwards of 100 defendants. Ultimately, by the year 2009, more than 50, 000 cases had been filed involving millions of claims against hundreds of defendants.

The cases initially progressed in the Northern District of Ohio under the superintendencey of Judge Thomas Lambros. Because the claims fell within the admiralty jurisdiction of the court, they were administratively assigned to a maritime docket, titled “MARDOC.” See In re Am. Captial Equip., LLC, 688 F.3d 145, 149 (3d Cir. 2012). In 1991, the cases were consolidated and transferred to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as part of MDL 875 and assigned to Judge Charles Weiner. Id. In May of 1996, Judge Weiner administratively dismissed the cases then pending, finding that the claimants had “‘provide[d] no real medical or exposure history, ’ and had been unable to do so for months.” Id. (quoting In re Asbestos Prods. Liab. Litig. (No. VI), No. 2 MDL 875, 1996 WL 239863, at *1-2 (E.D. Pa. May 2, 1996)).

The MDL Court, however, allowed that any asymptomatic case could be reactivated if a plaintiff became impaired and could produce satisfactory evidence of “an asbestos-related personal injury compensable under the law” and “probative evidence of exposure[.]” Id. (quoting In re Asbestos Prods. Liab. Litig. (No. VI), 1996 WL 239863, at *5). Judge Weiner continued to preside over the cases until his passing in 2005.

In 2005, Judge James Giles was designated to preside over MARDOC (along with the land docket in MDL 875), where he remained until his resignation from the bench in 2008.

In October, 2008, Judge Eduardo Robreno, the undersigned, was appointed to succeed Judge Giles, and he has presided over the MARDOC docket since that date.

Over at least the past 25 years, the MARDOC litigation has reached Dickensian proportions. Plaintiffs have passed away; memories have faded; corporations have filed for bankruptcy; the legislature has enacted new laws; lawyers have come and gone, and so have judicial officers. The one constant in this scenario is that the MARDOC docket has grown in numbers, complexity and scope.

Now, some 25 years later, the Court, with the assistance of counsel, is called upon to divine the meaning of less-than-pellucid orders entered long ago by prior courts, and to disentangle the parties from a web of procedural knots that have thwarted the progress of this litigation.

With this background in mind, the Court turns to the adjudication of important threshold issues. One, does the Court have personal jurisdiction over the defendants? Two, was service of process upon defendants improper?

For the reasons outlined below, the 418 motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction listed in Exhibit “A, ” attached, will be granted, and the defendants who filed the motions will be dismissed from the cases.

As to the 147 motions to dismiss due to improper service of process listed in Exhibit “B, ” attached, the motions will be denied.

II. LEGAL STANDARD

A. Motions to Dismiss based on Lack of Personal Jurisdiction under Rule 12(b)(2)

In considering a Rule 12(b)(2) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, “[t]here are specific analytical steps [the Court] must take in determining whether personal jurisdiction can be asserted over a nonresident defendant[, ]” and “Rule 4(e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure is the starting point.” Pennzoil Prods. Co. v. Colelli & Assoc., Inc., 149 F.3d 197, 200 (3d Cir. 1998) (citing Mellon Bank (East) PSFS, Nat. Ass’n v. Farino, 960 F.2d 1217, 1221 (3d Cir. 1992)). Rule 4(e) allows for personal jurisdiction over non-resident defendants to the extent authorized under the law of the state in which the district court sits. For purposes of a Rule 4(e) analysis in the present cases, the forum state in this case is Ohio.[4]

B. Motions to Dismiss based on Improper Service under Rule 4(h)

Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m), “[i]f a defendant is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed, ” then “the court . . . must dismiss the action without prejudice against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time. But if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure, the court must extend the time for service for an appropriate period.” The Third Circuit has interpreted this rule to mean that, even without good cause, the court can, in its discretion, provide additional time to cure rather than dismiss the defendants. Petrucelli v. Bohringer & Ratzinger, 46 F.3d 1298, 1305 (3d Cir. 1995).

III. DISCUSSION

A. Motions to Dismiss based on Lack of Personal Jurisdiction under Rule 12(b)(2)

1. History

Early in the litigation, and while the cases were pending in the Northern District of Ohio, the defendants in the case raised the issue of lack of personal jurisdiction. At an October 31, 1989 hearing held before Judge Lambros on the motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, Judge Lambros found that there was no personal jurisdiction over the approximately 100 shipowner defendants named on the complaints.[5] In doing so, Judge Lambros rejected plaintiffs’ counsel’s “national contacts” theory that, because maritime law strives to maintain uniformity throughout the country, a defendant who would be subject to jurisdiction in one United States jurisdiction should be subject to jurisdiction in any U.S. jurisdiction.[6]

At the same hearing, and crucial to the issues before the Court now, Judge Lambros stated that he would transfer the cases rather than grant the defendants’ motions to dismiss. In response, the defense counsel requested time to consult with their clients regarding whether the clients would want their cases transferred to other jurisdictions where personal jurisdiction may lie, or whether they would want to waive personal jurisdiction arguments and remain in Ohio. Judge Lambros allowed counsel time to do so.

At the next hearing, on November 21, 1989, defense counsel stated that their clients could not make the decision whether to agree to the transfer or waive personal jurisdiction until the court ruled on other pending motions. See Pls.’ Resp. in Opp., Exs. 5-1 & 5-2, Hr’g Tr. 2, Nov. 21, 1989, 02-md-875, ECF No. 2160-5 & 2160-6.

The day after that hearing, on November 22, 1989, the court issued Order No. 40, which directed plaintiffs to “report the choice of forum as to those cases which are the subject of the [forthcoming Order No. 41] transfer order[.]” See Order No. 40, Pls.’ Resp. in Opp., Ex. E at 1-2, 02-md-875, ECF No. 2129-7. Order No. 40 also provided that defendants who “wish to remain in [the Northern District of Ohio] need only file answers to the complaints.” Id.

A month later, on December 29, 1989, Judge Lambros issued Order No. 41. See Order No. 41, Pls.’ Resp. in Opp., Ex. F, 02-md-875, ECF No. 2129-8. Order No. 41 purported to initiate the process of transferring the cases in which he had found there was no personal jurisdiction. The order provided: “[Personal] [j]urisdictional motions of defendant shipowners were granted at the November 21, 1989 MARDOC conference[, ]” based on “the insufficiency of minimal state contacts to invoke in personam jurisdiction.” Id. All of the shipowners who were to be transferred were listed on Exhibit A to Order No. 41, and the relevant cases were listed on Exhibit B. The jurisdictions to which plaintiffs claimed defendants would be subject to personal jurisdiction were also listed on Exhibit B. All other defendants not listed in Exhibit “A” were to file answers. The answers filed were listed in Master Answer #1 and Master Answer #2, and specifically included a personal jurisdiction defense. Defendants asked the district court to certify the issue for interlocutory appeal. Judge Lambros never ruled on the motion. Ultimately, for no reason apparent on the record, Judge Lambros did not issue severance orders identifying which claims and defendants were being transferred as identified on Exhibits “A” and “B, ” or, if they were to be transferred, to which jurisdictions they were to be transferred. Therefore, although the cases were ordered “transferred, ” in reality, they were never transferred to other jurisdictions and remained on the docket of the Northern District of Ohio until they were transferred and consolidated into MDL 875 beginning in 1991.

Now, more than twenty years later, this Court is asked to decide: Did Judge Lambros find the court had no personal jurisdiction over the defendants? Were the orders conditional or preliminary? Did the defendants waive the defense of personal jurisdiction by filing answers?

2. Arguments by the Parties

There are two categories of defendants in the MARDOC cases who argue that there is no personal jurisdiction over them. First, there are defendants with no Ohio contacts. Second, there are defendants who have some contacts with Ohio that are unrelated to plaintiffs’ injuries.

As to the defendants with no Ohio contacts, plaintiffs no longer contend, as they did at first before Judge Lambros, that there is jurisdiction over these defendants under the “national contacts” or maritime jurisdiction theory. Rather, plaintiffs argue that these defendants waived or forfeited their personal jurisdiction defense when they filed answers based on Judge Lambros’ Orders -- to the extent that those defendants were in the cases during Judge Lambros’ superintendencey and were not brought into the cases later -- and/or when they subsequently participated in litigating these cases, either in the Northern District of Ohio or in the MDL Court.

Defendants counter that: First, that they filed answers pursuant to Judge Lambros’ Orders “under protest.” In other words, given that they were “ordered, ” they did not waive any defense voluntarily. They point to the answer filed wherein they specifically included the personal jurisdiction defense, thus preserving the defense. Further, they point out that, at the time, they asked for leave to file a motion for interlocutory appeal regarding the issue of personal jurisdiction that the district court never ruled on. Additionally, any participation that they have had in litigating these cases has been pursuant to court orders and not of their own volition. Therefore, defendants say, because there are no contacts with Ohio and they never waived or forfeited such a defense, there is no personal jurisdiction over them in these cases.

As to the defendants with some Ohio contacts, plaintiffs argue that Ohio recognizes general jurisdiction, and that any contacts the relevant defendants had with Ohio were so continuous and systematic that they are subject to jurisdiction in Ohio notwithstanding that their actions did not give rise to plaintiffs’ alleged injuries.

Defendants reply that, assuming that the defendants had contacts with Ohio which were “continuous and systematic, ” Ohio does not recognize general jurisdiction, and any actions the defendants took in the forum did not give rise to plaintiffs’ alleged injuries. Therefore, they are not subject to personal jurisdiction in Ohio, even if the defendants had some Ohio contacts.

In the alternative, plaintiffs argue that, even if the Court finds that there is no personal jurisdiction over all of the filing defendants, and that defendants never waived the defense, then the Court should transfer the cases to jurisdictions in which the defendants would be subject to personal jurisdiction in the interest of justice. Plaintiffs point to Lexecon Inc. v. Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, 523 U.S. 26 (1998), arguing that it does not prohibit an MDL Court from transferring a case to a district other than itself when it is in the interest of justice.

As to the availability of transfer, defendants counter that, under Lexecon, an MDL transferee court has no power to transfer cases to other districts or to itself, and thus the appropriate remedy is for the Court to grant their motions to dismiss. Defendants further argue that, even if the Court did have the power to transfer the cases, transfer would not be in the interest of justice. This is because, even after Judge Lambros had concluded that the Northern District of Ohio did not have jurisdiction over the defendants, plaintiffs continued to file new cases in that district.

3. Relevant Law, Application & Analysis

i. Personal Jurisdiction over Non-Resident Defendants under Ohio Law

Ohio’s long-arm statute is not coextensive with the federal Due Process Clause.[7] Conn v. Zakharov, 667 F.3d 705, 712 (6th Cir. 2012). Thus, “if jurisdiction is not proper under Ohio’s long-arm statute there is no need to perform a Due Process analysis because jurisdiction over the defendant cannot be found.” Id. at 713.

Under Ohio law, to determine whether the court has jurisdiction over a nonresidential defendant, the Court must determine: (1) whether the long-arm statute and the applicable rule of civil procedure confer jurisdiction and, if so, (2) whether the exercise of jurisdiction would deprive the nonresident defendant of the right to due process of law under the Fourteenth Amendment. Kauffman Racing Equip., L.L.C. v. Roberts, 930 N.E.2d 784, 790 (2010) (citing U.S. Sprint Commc’ns Co. Ltd. P’ship v. Mr. K’s Foods, Inc., 624 N.E.2d 1048 (1994)).

The Ohio long-arm statute lists nine categories of contacts with the forum that will create jurisdiction, but only if the cause of action arises from those contacts.[8] Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2307.382 (West 2013). Therefore, Ohio does not recognize general jurisdiction. As recently as 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit confirmed that “it is clear that under Ohio law, a court may exercise personal jurisdiction over a non-resident defendant only if specific jurisdiction can be found under one of the enumerated bases in Ohio’s long-arm statute.” Conn, 667 F.3d at 718.

Not only does Ohio “not appear to recognize general jurisdiction over non-resident defendants[, ]” but “to hold otherwise would come dangerously close to collapsing Ohio’s two-part jurisdictional inquiry into one, an outcome that the Ohio Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected.” Id. (citing Goldstein v. Christiansen, 638 N.E.2d 541, 545 & n.1 (Ohio 1994)).

a. There is no personal jurisdiction over defendants

First, as to the defendants who, all parties agree, never had any contacts with Ohio, there is no personal jurisdiction over them under Ohio law. Plaintiffs do not argue this fact.

Second, regarding the defendants who have some contacts with Ohio that are unrelated to plaintiffs’ alleged injuries, Ohio does not recognize general jurisdiction, and thus there is no personal jurisdiction over these defendants. Under Ohio law, to determine whether the court has jurisdiction over a nonresidential defendant, the Court must determine: (1) whether the long-arm statute and the applicable rule of civil procedure confer jurisdiction and, if so, (2) whether the exercise of jurisdiction would deprive the nonresident defendant of the right to due process of law under the Fourteenth Amendment. Roberts, 930 N.E.2d at 790.

Here, the inquiry stops at the first step, because Ohio’s long-arm statute does not confer jurisdiction. The statute lists nine categories of contacts with the forum that will create jurisdiction, see supra note 8, and plaintiffs’ alleged injuries must arise from those contacts, see Burnshire Dev., LLC v. Cliffs Reduced Iron Corp., 198 F. App’x 425, 432 (6th Cir. 2006). Plaintiffs’ complaints do not make any jurisdictional allegations about any of defendants’ specific activities that purportedly caused injury to plaintiffs. They do not identify how any of their claims arise from defendants’ limited contacts with Ohio. As these defendants’ contacts do not fall within the statutorily enumerated situations which give rise to personal jurisdiction, see Conn, 667 F.3d at 712, there is no personal jurisdiction over these defendants.[9]

b. Defendants did not waive the personal jurisdiction defense

Plaintiffs argue that the defendants with no Ohio contacts waived their right to raise the defense of personal jurisdiction. Defendants counter that they have not waived the defense, and that any participation in this ongoing litigation has been pursuant to court order.

“Because the requirement of personal jurisdiction represents first of all an individual right, it can, like other such rights, be waived.” Ins. Corp. of Ireland, Ltd. v. Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee, 456 U.S. 694, 703 (1982). A party can waive its personal jurisdiction defense by, inter alia, failing to make the argument in a motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(h)(1)(B)(i), or by participating in the litigation and thereby taking advantage of the forum. Id.; see, e.g., In re Texas E. Transmission Corp. PCB Contamination Ins. Coverage Litig. , 15 F.3d 1230, 1236 (3d Cir. 1994) (“a party is deemed to have consented to personal jurisdiction if the party actually litigates the underlying merits or demonstrates a willingness to engage in extensive litigation in the forum.”); Reliable Tire Distribs., Inc. v. Kelly Springfield Tire Co., 623 F.Supp. 153, 155-56 (E.D. Pa. 1985) (“There are limits in the extent to which a defendant can actively litigate a case without waiving defenses of personal jurisdiction and improper venue”); Burton v. N. Dutchess Hosp., 106 F.R.D. 477, 480 (S.D.N.Y. 1985) (“It is well settled that lack of personal jurisdiction is a privileged defense that can be waived” by formal submission or by conduct). Here, defendants neither failed to raise the lack of personal jurisdiction timely nor participated in the litigation of their own volition.

First, as early as 1987, while the cases were still in the Northern District of Ohio, defendants raised the issue of lack of personal jurisdiction. See Order No. 41, Pls.’ Resp. in Opp., Ex. E at 1, 02-md-875, ECF No. 2129-7 (statement by Judge Lambros that there were insufficient “minimal state contacts to invoke in personam jurisdiction.”).

Additionally, in the MDL, Administrative Order No. 5 (“AO 5”), issued in 1995, denied without prejudice all outstanding motions to dismiss that were pending at the time AO 5 was entered, and suspended the filing of additional motions.[10]When this Court implemented AO 25 in 2011, again any pending motions to dismiss were denied without prejudice. At the same time, defendants again requested to have the Court decide the personal jurisdiction issue, but were ordered by the MDL Court to participate in the litigation prior to being given the chance to file the instant motions to dismiss. Additionally, Magistrate Judge Hey, ruling on behalf of the MDL 875 Court, issued orders on November 30, 2011 that denied other such motions without prejudice pursuant to AO 25.[11] Essentially, defendants are now, for the first time since 1989, being given the chance to argue the issue of personal jurisdiction before the Court.

Second, it is apparent from the record that despite filing answers, defendants did not intend to waive the defense.[12]In addition to including standard language about the personal jurisdiction defense, the answers included prefaces that specifically stated that defendants were filing the answers “under protest” pending review by the Court of Appeals of Judge Lambros’ decision to transfer rather than dismiss the cases. In seeking to comply with Judge Lambros’ orders, see Order No. 17, the defendants faced a Hobson’s choice: they could either have agreed to a transfer of the cases to another jurisdiction (and thus lost the ability to assert cross-claims against manufacturer defendants), or they could have chosen to remain in the Northern District of Ohio and lost the defense of lack of personal jurisdiction.

By filing answers which clearly identified the defense, see Fed.R.Civ.P. 8(b), while at the same time seeking interlocutory review of Judge Lambros’ order, defendants preserved and did not waive the defense.

ii. MDL Court May Not Transfer Cases Nor is transfer of the cases to other jurisdictions permissible. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), a district court “may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought or to any district or division to which all parties have consented” if it is in the interest of justice, for the convenience of the parties and witnesses.

However, in the MDL context, an MDL transferee court cannot transfer such a case by invoking Section 1404(a). Rather, section 1407 governs the mechanics of multidistrict litigation, and Section 1407(a) provides that, at the end of pretrial proceedings in the MDL transferee court, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) “shall” remand each case to the transferor court unless the case was previously terminated.[13]28 U.S.C. § 1407(a).

In a seminal case, the Supreme Court held that, after an MDL transferee court has concluded pretrial proceedings, the court cannot then transfer the case to itself for trial under Section 1407(a). Lexecon, 523 U.S. at 26. Rather, because Section 1407(a) employs the term “shall, ” it obligates the JPML –- and no other entity -- to either dismiss an MDL action following pretrial proceedings, or to remand the MDL case to its original transferor court when, “at the latest, . . . pretrial proceedings have run their course.” Id. at 34-35. The Supreme Court was sweeping in its language that nothing “can unsettle the straightforward language imposing the Panel’s responsibility to remand[.]”[14] Id. at 40.

It follows, therefore, that after an MDL transferee court has seen an MDL case through the pretrial phase, the MDL court can either rule on the dispute, or suggest to the JPML that it be remanded to the transferor court for trial. Succinctly put, Lexecon does not allow an MDL transferee court to transfer a case back to itself for trial; nor does Lexecon leave room for the MDL transferee court to transfer MDL cases to other districts directly. Id.

Plaintiffs cite to an unreported District of Nevada case for the proposition that while Lexecon prohibits the MDL transferee court from transferring a case to itself, the MDL court could transfer cases to other districts pursuant to the following statutes: 28 U.S.C. § 1631, [15] and/or 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a), [16] so long as the plaintiffs waive their right to a remand under Section 1407(a). In Re: W. States Wholesale Nat. Gas Antitrust Litig., MDL 1566, 2010 WL 2539728 (D. Nev. June 4, 2010).

The language upon which plaintiffs rely is dicta in that the Nevada court declined to transfer the case because Plaintiff had not “requested a transfer or even suggested the possibility of transfer” until the motion for reconsideration stage. Id. In any event, to the extent that plaintiffs claim that the holding in the case suggests that this Court is authorized to transfer plaintiffs’ cases, the Court disagrees with the conclusion that, under Lexecon, such a transfer would be permissible.[17]

Even if this Court were to find that transferring the MARDOC cases would not be contravening Lexecon, the Court would be required to find that good cause to transfer the cases existed. None is present.

Plaintiffs continued filing thousands of cases in the Northern District of Ohio after Judge Lambros stated in 1989 that the court did not have personal jurisdiction over the defendants. See, e.g., Stanifer v. Brannan, 564 F.3d 455, 457-61 (6th Cir. 2009) (affirming the district judge’s decision not to transfer because the plaintiff filed the case “without having the slightest reason to believe that he could obtain personal jurisdiction over the Defendants within this jurisdiction” and finding that, as a result, justice would not be served by a transfer). Being on notice that there was no personal jurisdiction over the defendants in the Northern District of Ohio, and having chosen to continue the litigation there, Plaintiffs cannot complain that it is now unjust for the motions to dismiss to be granted.[18]

Given that there is no personal jurisdiction over the defendants and that transfer to other districts is not permissible, the motions to dismiss will be granted.

B. Motions to Dismiss based on Improper Service under Rule 4

1. Arguments by the Parties

From the outset of the litigation, plaintiffs attempted service on defendants by mailing the service papers, return receipt requested, to defendants’ business addresses. The mailings were done by counsel.

Plaintiffs argue that they made service in these cases as directed by Judge Lambros under Ohio law, and that under Ohio law, they were permitted to serve original process upon defendants by counsel mailing the service papers (complaint and summons) to defendants at their business addresses. Plaintiffs claim that this type of service was considered effective by Judge Lambros, so long as plaintiffs could show the defendants had actual notice of the actions. Plaintiffs have provided signed green cards evidencing receipt by the defendants of the service papers.

Defendants reply that service by counsel (instead of by the Clerk of Court in the state court) is ineffective under Ohio law and that only the mailing of the service papers, certified mail, return receipt processed by the Clerk of Court is effective.

Two questions are raised by these arguments. One, does Ohio law permit plaintiffs to serve original process upon an out-of-state defendant by having counsel (and not the Clerk of Court) mail the service papers to defendant? Two, did Judge Lambros find that service of process conducted pursuant to state law would be considered effective provided plaintiff could show defendants had “actual notice” of the action?

Ohio Civil Rule 4.3(B)(1), by way of Rule 4.1(A)(1)(a), allows service by certified mail, but the rule provides that the Clerk of Court shall perform the mailing. See Ohio Civ. P. 4.1(A)(1)(a) (providing that “[t]he clerk shall deliver a copy of the process and complaint or other document to be served to the United States Postal Service for mailing”).

In Piercey v. Miami Valley Ready-Mixed Pension Plan, 110 F.R.D. 294, 295 (S.D. Ohio 1986), the court addressed the issue of whether under Ohio law, service of process sent via certified mail by counsel rather than by the Clerk of Court is sufficient for purposes of entering default judgment. The court held that, despite the actual wording of the rule, “certified mail service by an attorney which otherwise complies with the federal and Ohio rules is valid in this Court” because such service would not: (1) affect the “probability that this method of service will effectuate notice[, ]” (2) nor “impair the cost-effectiveness or efficiency of such service”; and, (3) provided that certain safeguards were followed, would not undermine the “verification function of the clerk.” Id. at 296. Regarding these safeguards, the court concluded that, in order to prevent

abuse either in the use of certified mail service or in the pursuit of an entry of default based upon that type of service . . . [c]ounsel must file . . . (1) a copy of the cover letter to defendant, if any, which accompanied the Complaint and Summons; (2) an executed return of service, completed by the attorney; and (3) the signed green card, addressed to counsel, which accompanied the documents sent by certified mail, return receipt requested. Counsel must also prepare and file an affidavit to accompany these items. The affidavit must set forth (1) that the Complaint and Summons were sent, by counsel, to defendant by certified mail, return receipt requested; (2) the date that the documents were sent in this manner; and (3) that the green card was signed and mailed back to counsel.

Id. (emphasis added). These safeguards were required to protect the opposing party, at least in the context of a default judgment which were the circumstances in Piercey. The language that the Piercey court used in holding that the safeguards were necessary when counsel took on the role of the Clerk “either in the use of certified mail service or in the pursuit of an entry of default based upon that type of service” supports the position that the court intended these proofs to be filed whenever counsel, instead of the Clerk, effectuates service by certified mail.[19] Id. (emphasis added).

2. Relevant Law, Application & Analysis

Piercey stands for the general proposition that under Ohio Law, service of original process is effective when counsel mails the process papers required by the Ohio Rule 4.3(B)(1) to defendants provided that there is sufficient proof that verifies that through the mailing defendant received notice of the pending action.

Applying Piercey, and under the circumstances of this case, the court holds that service of original process here satisfies Ohio law provided that plaintiffs can produce sufficient proof which verifies and confirms that through the mailing of the process papers, defendant received notice of the pending action.

It is recognized that, in these cases, plaintiffs have not satisfied all of the requirements of Piercey for verification of service, i.e., they have not provided the cover letter to the defendant, and have not filed affidavits detailing the circumstances of the mailing. Plaintiffs claim, however, that they can produce the signed “green cards” evidencing the signed return receipt. Assuming that plaintiffs can so show, the question becomes, is the signed “green card” sufficient evidence of service to satisfy Ohio Law Rule 4.3(B)(1)?

The issue was previously addressed by Judge Lambros. On November 3, 1987, Judge Lambros held a hearing to discuss the general management issues to be addressed in MARDOC given the scope of the litigation. Thereafter he entered Order No. 17, [20] on November 28, 1987, which provided that if service was made pursuant to state law, “the return receipt of the registered mail would serve as proof of actual notice [to defendant].”[21]Under these circumstances, the court finds that a signed returned green card, evidencing receipt by defendant of the original process papers, serves as sufficient proof of service to satisfy the verification requirements of Ohio Rule 4.3(B)(1).[22]

Accordingly, the Motions to Dismiss for improper service will be denied.[23]

IV. CONCLUSION

For the reasons outlined above, the motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction listed in Exhibit “A, ” attached, will be granted, and the defendants who filed the motions will be dismissed from the cases.

As to the motions to dismiss due to improper service of process listed in Exhibit “B, ” attached, the motions will be denied.

An appropriate order follows.

EXHIBIT A

Case Number

Caption

Filed By

Doc. No.

02-875 Corresponding Entry for Motion

Corresponding Response Entry

09-30218

Labrache v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sheridan Co.

113

1989

2189

09-91137

Bartel (Clements) et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers Corp.

126

Not filed on 02-875

148

10-30068

Parrish v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

110

1957

2183

10-30539

Moreland v. A C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

92

1928

2182

10-30539

Moreland v. A C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

99

2037

2186

11-30089

Almeida v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

95

1976

2129

11-30092

Alvarez v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

78

2037

2186

11-30143

Berg v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

96

1956

2142

11-30210

Campagnini et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

110

Not filed on 02-875

141

11-30210

Campagnini et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

113

2037

2186

11-30245

Farrington v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

109

2037

2186

11-30246

Fasano et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Carriers Corporation

97

1941

117, 118, 2130

11-30246

Fasano et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

102

1957

2183

11-30246

Fasano et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Chemical Carriers Inc.

123

2021

2131

11-30246

Fasano et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

101

1956

2142

11-30251

Fernandez et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

74

1956

2142

11-30253

Fexer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sealift Inc.

140

1946

188, 2133

11-30253

Fexer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

153

Not filed on 02-875

190

11-30253

Fexer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Pacific Coast Transport Co.

150

1974

189, 2132

11-30253

Fexer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

154

2037

2186

11-30283

Gallegos et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

101

1976

2129

11-30283

Gallegos et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

103

1983

2177

11-30293

Gaskins et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

W.R. Chamberlain Co.

80

N/A - Filed by atty

102

11-30335

Davis et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

88

1928

2182

11-30335

Davis et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

93

2037

2186

11-30347

Dempster v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

86

Not filed on 02-875

110

11-30347

Dempster v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

87

2037

2186

11-30351

Dennis et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

127

1957

2183

11-30351

Dennis et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

129

Not filed on 02-875

150

11-30351

Dennis et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

131

2037

2186

11-30370

Gomes et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

116

Not filed on 02-875

145

11-30370

Gomes et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

112

1983

2177

11-30401

Hadwan v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sheridan Transportation Co.

115

1989

2189

11-30401

Hadwan v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Transoceanic Cable Ship Company, Inc.

117

1990

137

11-30401

Hadwan v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Ships, Inc.

106

1924

130, 2132

11-30411

Hardeman et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

115

1957

2183

11-30411

Hardeman et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

117

Not filed on 02-875

144

11-30411

Hardeman et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

120

2037

2186

11-30417

Hart et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

121

Not filed on 02-875

149

11-30417

Hart et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Amerada Hess Corp.

124

2037

2186

11-30432

Hernandez et al v. A-C Product Liabiility Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

129

1957

2183

11-30432

Hernandez et al v. A-C Product Liabiility Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

131

Not filed on 02-875

159

11-30447

Duhon et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

86

1957

2183

11-30447

Duhon et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Attransco

82

1928

2182

11-30447

Duhon et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Penn Attransco Corp.

113

2006

2184

11-30460

Elliott v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

113

1976

2129

11-30471

Everhart v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

108

1928

2182

11-30482

Martin v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

86

Not filed on 02-875

109

11-30485

Martinez v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

120

1957

2183

11-30485

Martinez v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

121

1976

2129

11-30485

Martinez v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers

125

Not filed on 02-875

150

11-30485

Martinez v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

127

2037

2186

11-30490

Mazone et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

79

1957

2183

11-30490

Mazone et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

80

1957

2183

11-30490

Mazone et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

77

1928

2182

11-30490

Mazone et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

85

2037

2186

11-30560

Bartel v. American President Lines Ltd., et al

Sheridan Transportation Co.

102

1989

2189

11-30560

Bartel v. American President Lines Ltd., et al

American President Lines Ltd.

100

1956

2142

11-30563

Norgan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

92

1957

2183

11-30608

Pasilong v. A-C Product Liabiility Trust et al

American Overseas Marine Corp.

83

1959

106, 2127

11-30608

Pasilong v. A-C Product Liabiility Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

89

2037

2186

11-30609

Paul et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

131

1957

2183

11-30609

Paul et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

132

Not filed on 02-875

159

11-30609

Paul et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

136

Not filed on 02-875

160

11-30609

Paul et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

Attransco, Inc.

124

1928

2182

11-30609

Paul et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

American President Lines Ltd.

130

1956

2142

11-30609

Paul et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

Third Attransco Tanker Corp.

168

2013

2185

11-30614

Pender et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

96

Not filed on 02-875

115

11-30614

Pender et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

97

2037

2186

11-30615

Perdikis v. A-C Products Liability Trust et al

Ocean Carriers Corp.

108

1941

132, 134, 2130

11-30615

Perdikis v. A-C Products Liability Trust et al

American Overseas Marine Corp.

115

1959

133, 2127

11-30615

Perdikis v. A-C Products Liability Trust et al

Sheridan Transportation Co.

117

1989

2189

11-30615

Perdikis v. A-C Products Liability Trust et al

Ocean Chemical Transport

138

2022

2131

11-30617

Bartel(Hopkins), et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

101

1957

2183

11-30617

Bartel(Hopkins), et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

102

1957

2183

11-30617

Bartel(Hopkins), et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

106

Not filed on 02-875

133

11-30617

Bartel(Hopkins), et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

108

2037

2186

11-30617

Bartel(Hopkins), et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Penn Attransco Corp.

142

2006

2184

11-30626

Hutchinson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Carriers Corporation

98

1941

130, 2130

11-30626

Hutchinson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Liberty Maritime Corporation

104

1918

129, 2128

11-30626

Hutchinson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Overseas Marine Corp.

110

1959

128, 2127

11-30650

Johnson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

141

1976

2129

11-30650

Johnson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

145

Not filed on 02-875

173

11-30650

Johnson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

147

2037

2186

11-30667

Jordan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

124

1957

2183

11-30667

Jordan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

126

1976

2129

11-30667

Jordan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

130

Not filed on 02-875

163

11-30667

Jordan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

131

2037

2186

11-30681

Kissen et al v. A-C Product Liabilty Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

95

Not filed on 02-875

119

11-30681

Kissen et al v. A-C Product Liabilty Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

96

2037

2186

11-30699

Larson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Transoceanic Cable Ship Company, Inc.

125

1990

170

11-30699

Larson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Chemical Transport

159

2022

2131

11-30699

Larson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Ships, Inc.

109

1924

153, 2132

11-30699

Larson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

119

1956

2142

11-30782

Tojino v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

97

1957

2183

11-30782

Tojino v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

100

Not filed on 02-875

117

11-30790

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Pacific Coast Transport Co.

106

1974

125, 2132

11-30807

Velazquez et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

108

Not filed on 02-875

127

11-30807

Velazquez et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Attransco, Inc.

95

1928

2182

11-30823

Ware et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

92

1957

2183

11-30823

Ware et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

87

1928

2182

11-30845

Williams et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

102

2037

2186

11-30863

Worsley et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Hess Shipping Corporation

185

2035

2187

11-30863

Worsley et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

150

Not filed on 02-875

175

11-30863

Worsley et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

144

1956

2142

11-30894

Pittaway v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

113

1976

2129

11-30894

Pittaway v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

114

Not filed on 02-875

138

11-30894

Pittaway v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

115

2037

2186

11-30928

Riddick v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

111

1957

2183

11-30928

Riddick v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Attransco

107

1928

2182

11-30946

Rose et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

94

2037

2186

11-30961

Rodgers et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

110

Not filed on 02-875

138

11-30961

Rodgers et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

109

2037

2186

11-30990

Shaw v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Attransco, Inc.

94

1928

2182

11-31006

Skinner et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American President Lines Ltd.

76

1956

2142

11-31006

Skinner et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Pacific Coast Transport Co.

77

1974

96, 2131

11-31010

Smith et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Energy Transportation Corp.

105

N/A - Filed by atty

156

11-31010

Smith et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Carriers Corporation

106

1941

154, 2130

11-31010

Smith et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Ships, Inc.

110

1924

153, 2132

11-31025

Arceneaux et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

113

1957

2183

11-31026

Arespe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

108

1957

2183

11-31026

Arespe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

118

2037

2186

11-31027

Artis v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

116

Not filed on 02-875

151

11-31030

Boden et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

116

1957

2183

11-31030

Boden et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Pacific Coast Transport Co.

119

1974

147, 2132

11-31056

Catacalos et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

American Trading & Production Corp.

90

1957

2183

11-31057

Cintron v. A-C Product Liability Trust

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

138

Not filed on 02-875

164

11-31057

Cintron v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Attransco, Inc.

128

1928

2182

11-31070

Schroeder et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

American Hawaiian S.S. Lines

97

N/A - Filed by atty

122

11-31070

Schroeder et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Weyerhaeuser

101

1962

2143, 124

11-31070

Schroeder et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

American President Lines Ltd.

100

1956

2142

11-31088

Trahan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

134

Not filed on 02-875

159

11-31088

Trahan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Attransco, Inc.

124

1928

2182

11-31088

Trahan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

133

2037

2186

11-31152

Resendez et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

101

Not filed on 02-875

128

11-31218

Cruz v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

99

1956

2142

11-31218

Cruz v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

101

2037

2186

11-31226

Hartwell et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

117

1957

2183

11-31226

Hartwell et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

123

Not filed on 02-875

153

11-31226

Hartwell et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

125

2037

2186

11-31227

Potts et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

79

1957

2183

11-31227

Potts et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

80

1976

2129

11-31227

Potts et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

82

2037

2186

11-31245

Hoisington et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

68

1928

2182

11-31272

Bright et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

92

1956

2142

11-31288

Avakian et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

106

Not filed on 02-875

127

11-31354

Monteiro et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

91

1983

2177

11-31365

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

114

Not filed on 02-875

140

11-31486

Edwards v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

124

Not filed on 02-875

151

11-31496

Fowler et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

140

Not filed on 02-875

173

11-31496

Fowler et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

143

2037

2186

11-31509

Gilliam v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

92

1928

2182

11-31527

Hardy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Carriers Corporation

107

1941

135, 137, 2130

11-31527

Hardy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Overseas Marine Corp.

116

1959

134, 2127

11-31527

Hardy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Chemical Transport

140

2022

2131

11-31527

Hardy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Ocean Ships, Inc.

110

1924

136, 2132

11-31528

Harmond et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

88

1957

2183

11-31528

Harmond et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

96

2037

2186

11-31558

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

95

Not filed on 02-875

118

11-31561

Koep et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Weyerhaeuser

116

1962

2143, 135

11-31561

Koep et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Transoceanic Cable Ship Company, Inc.

120

1990

143

11-31561

Koep et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

114

1956

2142

11-31567

Lett et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

84

2037

2186

11-31585

Mccall v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

88

1957

2183

11-31587

Mcchristian v. A-C Products Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

103

1957

2183

11-31587

Mcchristian v. A-C Products Liability Trust et al

Attransco

99

1928

2182

11-31589

Mcdonald et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

109

1956

2142

11-31622

Jewell et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

84

1957

2183

11-31623

Costello et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

79

1957

2183

11-31669

Stratton v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al.

Amerada Hess Corp.

142

2037

2186

11-31717

Johnson v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

92

2037

2186

11-31737

Pagliango et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

93

Not filed on 02-875

116

11-31737

Pagliango et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Standard Fruit & Ss Co.

85

1934

115, 2134

11-31748

Taman v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

115

1957

2183

11-31748

Taman v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

119

Not filed on 02-875

149

11-31748

Taman v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

118

2037

2186

11-31809

Fields v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

137

1957

2183

11-31809

Fields v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

140

Not filed on 02-875

163

11-31809

Fields v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

128

1928

2182

11-31809

Fields v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

138

1983

2177

11-31823

Williams et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

103

1957

2183

11-31823

Williams et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

97

1928

2182

11-31823

Williams et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

105

2037

2186

11-31828

Briggs et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

166

1957

2183

11-31828

Briggs et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

170

Not filed on 02-875

202

11-31837

Wilcox et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

141

Not filed on 02-875

163

11-31853

Perez et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Hawaiian S.S. Lines

109

N/A - Filed by atty

142, 143

11-31853

Perez et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

116

1956

2142

11-31853

Perez et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

120

2037

2186

11-31855

Highsmith et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

99

1957

2183

11-31858

Marks et al v. Fibreboard Corporation et al

American President Lines Ltd.

98

1956

2142

11-31861

Marrero et al v. Fibreboard Corporation et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

84

2037

2186

11-31864

Dallas et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Hess Shipping Corporation

119

2035

2187

11-31868

Greasham et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Attransco

102

1928

2182

11-31868

Greasham et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

108

2037

2186

11-31871

Laware et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

69

1957

2183

11-31871

Laware et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

68

1928

2182

11-31871

Laware et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Penn Attransco Corp.

94

2006

2184

11-31876

Greer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

98

1957

2183

11-31876

Greer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

99

1976

2129

11-31876

Greer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

94

1928

2182

11-31876

Greer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

100

1983

2177

11-31876

Greer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

102

2037

2186

11-31879

Johnson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

115

1957

2183

11-31879

Johnson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Overseas Marine Corp.

116

1959

144, 2127

11-31879

Johnson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

120

Not filed on 02-875

145

11-31879

Johnson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

122

2037

2186

11-31880

Manuel et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

115

Not filed on 02-875

135

11-31888

Gordon et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

118

1957

2183

11-31888

Gordon et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

121

Not filed on 02-875

148

11-31900

Gilyard v. A-C Product Liabilty Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

100

2037

2186

11-31901

Hooten et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

119

1957

2183

11-31901

Hooten et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

121

Not filed on 02-875

158

11-31901

Hooten et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

124

2037

2186

11-31912

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

112

Not filed on 02-875

141

11-31912

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

100

1928

2182

11-31912

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

113

2037

2186

11-31912

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Penn Attransco Corp.

152

2006

2184

11-31916

Groover et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

109

1957

2183

11-31916

Groover et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Attransco

105

1928

2182

11-31919

Dew et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

112

Not filed on 02-875

136

11-31919

Dew et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

105

1928

2182

11-31928

Reber et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

80

1957

2183

11-31928

Reber et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

81

1976

2129

11-31928

Reber et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

82

1983

2177

11-31934

De La Fuente et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

103

1957

2183

11-31934

De La Fuente et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

First Attransco Tanker Corp.

139

2001

141

11-31934

De La Fuente et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

108

Not filed on 02-875

129

11-31934

De La Fuente et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Attransco

97

1928

2182

11-31944

Taylor et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

98

1976

2129

11-31944

Taylor et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

102

Not filed on 02-875

125

11-32017

Gonzalez v. A-C Product Laibility Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

109

2037

2186

11-32030

Twohig v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

101

2037

2186

11-32033

Duarte v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

128

1976

2129

11-32033

Duarte v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

120

1928

2182

11-32033

Duarte v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Martha's Vineyard And Nantucket

123

1917

149, 2135

11-32033

Duarte v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

131

2037

2186

11-32041

Sodders v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

92

1957

2183

11-32041

Sodders v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

91

1956

2142

11-32044

Thompson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

97

2037

2186

11-32061

Bruhl, et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

100

1957

2183

11-32061

Bruhl, et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

101

1976

2129

11-32061

Bruhl, et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

103

Not filed on 02-875

127

11-32061

Bruhl, et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

105

2037

2186

11-32064

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

98

Not filed on 02-875

122

11-32064

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

88

1928

2182

11-32064

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Penn Attransco Corp.

131

2006

2184

11-32065

Thomas v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

113

1957

2183

11-32065

Thomas v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

114

1976

2129

11-32065

Thomas v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

124

Not filed on 02-875

154

11-32065

Thomas v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

122

2037

2186

11-32071

Donnell v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

81

1928

2182

11-32071

Donnell v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

95

2037

2186

11-32085

Lane et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

89

1928

2182

11-32136

Bagby et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

121

Not filed on 02-875

151

11-32137

Clemmons et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

102

1976

2129

11-32137

Clemmons et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Weyerhaeuser

103

1962

2143, 118

11-32137

Clemmons et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

101

1956

2142

11-32142

Whalen et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

88

Not filed on 02-875

112

11-32154

Macqueston v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

70

1957

2183

11-32174

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

74

2037

2186

11-32177

Sullivan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

106

Not filed on 02-875

128

11-32185

Manuel et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

106

1957

2183

11-32185

Manuel et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

111

Not filed on 02-875

141

11-32186

Davis et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

100

2037

2186

11-32199

Wynne et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Weyerhaeuser

71

1962

2143, 83

11-32232

Worthy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

127

1957

2183

11-32232

Worthy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

125

1956

2142

11-32232

Worthy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

131

2037

2186

11-32247

Guyton et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

131

Not filed on 02-875

156

11-32255

Ferrari v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

119

2037

2186

11-32278

Suits v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

115

Not filed on 02-875

144

11-32278

Suits v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

108

1983

2177

11-32292

Da Costa et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

123

1976

2129

11-32292

Da Costa et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

126

Not filed on 02-875

158

11-32292

Da Costa et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

124

1983

2177

11-32293

Orchard et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

101

1957

2183

11-32293

Orchard et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Attransco, Inc.

94

1928

2182

11-32293

Orchard et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

108

2037

2186

11-32309

Wilson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

83

2037

2186

11-32318

Larsen et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

108

1957

2183

11-32346

Henry v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

87

Not filed on 02-875

111

11-32369

Martell v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

90

Not filed on 02-875

107

11-32371

Haas et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

87

Not filed on 02-875

109

11-32376

Elliott et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

91

Not filed on 02-875

107

11-32391

Richardson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

125

1957

2183

11-32391

Richardson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Transoceanic Cable Ship Company, Inc.

131

1990

154

11-32391

Richardson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

128

2037

2186

11-32560

Steptoe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

107

1957

2183

11-32560

Steptoe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Attransco, Inc.

102

1928

2182

11-32579

Bourbon et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

67

2037

2186

11-32594

Woods et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

115

Not filed on 02-875

147

11-32598

Guidry et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

81

1957

2183

11-32601

Ingebretsen v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

90

1956

2142

11-32601

Ingebretsen v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Pacific Coast Transport Co.

92

1974

118, 2132

11-32653

Grossman et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

97

Not filed on 02-875

124

11-32658

Hardy et al v. American Eagle Tanker et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

120

1957

2183

11-32658

Hardy et al v. American Eagle Tanker et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

121

1983

2177

11-32658

Hardy et al v. American Eagle Tanker et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

124

2037

2186

11-32660

Brown et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

100

1957

2183

11-32665

Jones et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

84

1976

2129

11-32665

Jones et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

85

1983

2177

11-32665

Jones et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

91

2037

2186

11-32673

Odom et al v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

85

1928

2182

11-32673

Odom et al v. Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

92

2037

2186

11-32679

Bise et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

108

1957

2183

11-32679

Bise et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

112

Not filed on 02-875

146

11-32679

Bise et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

110

1983

2177

11-32679

Bise et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

116

2037

2186

11-32702

Hammons et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

78

1957

2183

11-32737

Reed et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

99

Not filed on 02-875

116

11-32737

Reed et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Attransco, Incorporated

91

1928

2182

11-32764

Todd et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

96

2037

2186

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

137

1957

2183

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

140

1976

2129

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Attransco, Inc.

129

1928

2182

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

American President Lines Ltd.

138

1956

2142

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

142

1983

2177

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

147

Not filed on 02-875

180

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

148

2037

2186

11-32798

Passmore et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

115

1957

2183

11-32798

Passmore et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Attransco, Inc.

110

1928

2182

11-32813

Rumph et al v. Amercargo Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

88

2037

2186

11-32827

Miller v. A. P. Green Industries, Inc. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

108

1957

2183

11-32827

Miller v. A. P. Green Industries, Inc. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

113

Not filed on 02-875

140

11-32859

Collins v. Albatross Steamship Co. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

73

2037

2186

11-32861

Wells et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

86

1928

2182

11-32883

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

92

2037

2186

11-32901

Kennedy et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

100

1957

2183

11-32901

Kennedy et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

105

2037

2186

11-32909

Cook et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

108

1957

2183

11-32909

Cook et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

110

1983

2177

11-32943

Bruce et al v. Luckenbach International Corp. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

118

1957

2183

11-32976

Moody et al v. American Oil Co. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

124

Not filed on 02-875

148

11-32984

Kempton et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

116

1957

2183

11-33009

Rodriquez-Dias et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

124

1957

2183

11-33009

Rodriquez-Dias et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

128

Not filed on 02-875

152

11-33009

Rodriquez-Dias et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

129

2037

2186

11-33034

Daniels et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Attransco, Incorporated

94

1928

2182

11-33043

Brathwaite et al v. American Foreign Lines et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

119

1957

2183

11-33043

Brathwaite et al v. American Foreign Lines et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

111

1928

2182

11-33047

Gillikin et al v. Alcoa et al

Weyerhaeuser

119

1962

2143, 140

11-33047

Gillikin et al v. Alcoa et al

American President Lines Ltd.

116

1956

2142

11-33116

Biasi et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

83

Not filed on 02-875

110

11-33141

Yglesias et al v. Amerada Hess Corp. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

88

1957

2183

11-33141

Yglesias et al v. Amerada Hess Corp. et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

83

1928

2182

11-33141

Yglesias et al v. Amerada Hess Corp. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

91

2037

2186

11-33155

Price et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

124

1957

2183

11-33155

Price et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

128

Not filed on 02-875

158

11-33155

Price et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American President Lines Ltd.

125

1956

2142

11-33165

Sutherland v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

142

Not filed on 02-875

168

11-33173

Ferrell v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

94

2037

2186

11-33182

Hadsock v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

93

1928

2182

11-33182

Hadsock v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

107

2037

2186

11-33182

Hadsock v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Third Attransco Tanker Corp.

132

2013

2185

11-33240

Linscomb et al v. Albatross Steamship Co. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

88

1957

2183

11-33240

Linscomb et al v. Albatross Steamship Co. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

91

2037

2186

11-33273

King et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

80

2037

2186

11-33294

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

78

2037

2186

11-33310

Creighton v. Acands, Inc. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

56

1957

2183

11-33310

Creighton v. Acands, Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

58

2037

2186

11-33363

Glover Et. Al. v. Foster Wheeler Company Et. Al.

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

86

Not filed on 02-875

106

11-33363

Glover Et. Al. v. Foster Wheeler Company Et. Al.

Amerada Hess Corp.

88

2037

2186

11-33457

Artis et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

98

Not filed on 02-875

124

11-33458

Trumpe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

106

Not filed on 02-875

125

11-33470

Watson v. Westchester Marine Inc. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

84

1957

2183

11-33470

Watson v. Westchester Marine Inc. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

87

Not filed on 02-875

110

11-33470

Watson v. Westchester Marine Inc. et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

78

1928

2182

11-33478

Grant et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Weyerhaeuser

95

1962

2143, 108

11-33478

Grant et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

93

1956

2142

11-33487

Allen v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

112

1976

2129

11-33487

Allen v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

115

Not filed on 02-875

147

11-33487

Allen v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

104

1928

2182

11-33487

Allen v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

114

1983

2177

11-33487

Allen v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

120

2037

2186

11-33499

Branch et al v. American Export Isbrandtsen et al

Mystic Steamship Corporation

88

1976

2129

11-33499

Branch et al v. American Export Isbrandtsen et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

83

1928

2182

11-33499

Branch et al v. American Export Isbrandtsen et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

89

1983

2177

11-33499

Branch et al v. American Export Isbrandtsen et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

91

Not filed on 02-875

121

11-33506

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American President Lines Ltd.

72

1956

2142

11-33516

Smith et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

103

N/A - Filed by atty

150

11-33516

Smith et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

115

2037

2186

11-33520

Hansen v. Acands, Inc. et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

62

1957

2183

11-33520

Hansen v. Acands, Inc. et al

Weyerhaeuser

66

1962

2143, 86

11-33520

Hansen v. Acands, Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

67

2037

2186

11-33566

Marsonek et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

86

Not filed on 02-875

107

11-33566

Marsonek et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

87

2037

2186

11-33579

Scott et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

73

1957

2183

11-33593

Osborne v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Eastern Gas & Fuel

76

1983

2177

11-33620

Darling et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

116

Not filed on 02-875

151

11-33620

Darling et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

122

2037

2186

11-33623

Damon, Sr. v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading & Production Corp.

89

1957

2183

11-33705

Scott v. Amerada Hess Corp. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

103

2037

2186

11-33773

Francisco O. Torres et al v. Amerada Hess Corp. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

101

2037

2186

11-33773

Torres et al v. Amerada Hess Corp. et al

Attransco

97

1928

2182

11-33797

Menendez et al v. American Export Lines Inc. et al

Attransco

77

1928

2182

11-33797

Menendez et al v. American Export Lines Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

85

2037

2186

11-33799

Preston et al v. A C S Industries, Inc. et al

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

90

Not filed on 02-875

121

11-33799

Preston et al v. A C S Industries, Inc. et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

91

2037

2186

11-33850

Clark et al v. Amoco Shipping Co. et al

Victory Carriers Inc.

83

49

102

11-33872

Washington et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

69

1928

2182

11-33937

Smith v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

American Trading Transp. Co.

107

1928

2182

11-33937

Smith v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Amerada Hess Corp.

115

2037

2186

11-41832

Christopher v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Amerada Hess Corp.

69

2037

2186

11-55427

Mcdougall v. Foster Wheeler Company

Amerada Hess Corp.

73

2037

2186

11-55853

Ramirez v. A-C Product Liability Trust

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

89

Not filed on 02-875

112

11-55853

Ramirez v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Amerada Hess Corp.

90

2037

2186

11-56823

Bradwell et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

American Trading & Production Corp.

71

1957

2183

11-56823

Bradwell et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Mystic Steamship Corporation

72

1976

2129

11-56823

Bradwell et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

73

Not filed on 02-875

104

11-56823

Bradwell et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Amerada Hess Corp.

77

2037

2186

11-56886

Renfro Sr. et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Amerada Hess Corp.

80

2037

2186

11-58359

Kirkland v. A-C Product Liability Trust

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

112

Not filed on 02-875

137

11-58359

Kirkland v. A-C Product Liability Trust

American Trading Transp. Co.

103

1928

2182

11-58359

Kirkland v. A-C Product Liability Trust

American President Lines Ltd.

109

1956

2142

11-58643

Alexander et al v. Foster Wheeler Company

National Bulk Carriers, Inc.

75

Not filed on 02-875

95

11-58643

Alexander et al v. Foster Wheeler Company

Eastern Gas & Fuel

73

1983

2177

11-58643

Alexander et al v. Foster Wheeler Company

Amerada Hess Corp.

77

2037

2186

EXHIBIT B

Case Number

Caption

Filed By

Doc. No.

02-875 Corresponding Entry for Motion

Corresponding Response Entry

09-30270

Vetsikas v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Arco Arco Marine Inc. Arco Transportion Atlantic Richfield Co.

113

Not filed on 02-875

2061

09-30303

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company Atlantic Richfield Co.

145

Not filed on 02-875

2061

09-91137

Bartel (Clements) et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

131

Not filed on 02-875

2061

09-91201

Peebles (Lofton) et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Richfield Co.

102

Not filed on 02-875

2061

10-30028

Perna v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Arco Arco Marine Inc. Arco Transportion Atlantic Richfield Co.

82

Not filed on 02-875

2061

10-30040

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

110

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30132

Batura v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Arco Marine Inc. Arco Transportion Atlantic Richfield Co.

101

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30186

Brown v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Sinclair Refining Company

96

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30210

Campagnini et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

119

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30253

Fexer et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

160

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30283

Gallegos et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

109

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30322

Cutting et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Arco Arco Marine Inc. Arco Transportion Atlantic Richfield Co.

86

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30332

Davis et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co. Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

120

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30347

Dempster v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

92

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30370

Gomes et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Conoco Marine Corp. Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

122

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30394

Guillory et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

124

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30411

Hardeman et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Sinclair Oil Company

125

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30417

Hart et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

128

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30432

Hernandez et al v. A-C Product Liabiility Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

137

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30443

Holmes et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

96

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30460

Elliott v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Conoco Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

119

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30463

Enfinger v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

92

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30464

English et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Concoo Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

97

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30482

Martin v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

90

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30485

Martinez v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

130

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30491

Mccabe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Richfield Oil Corporation

113

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30506

Mcgee v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

91

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30509

Mckaig v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Alantic Refining Company

100

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30601

Palys v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Arco Arco Marine Inc.

104

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30608

Pasilong v. A-C Product Liabiility Trust et al

Atlantic Richfield Co.

92

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30609

Paul et al v. Foster Wheeler Co. et al

Sinclair Refining Company

140

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30617

Bartel(Hopkins), et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

114

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30650

Johnson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

152

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30667

Jordan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

139

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30699

Larson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Richfield Oil Corporation

129

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30754

Stigler v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Corp.

138

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30788

Truesdell et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

118

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30827

Waters et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

101

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30835

Welty et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Richfield Oil Corporation

93

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30863

Worsley et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

154

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30893

Pires v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Arco Marine Inc.

107

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30909

Quinones et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company

77

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30916

Raines et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Sinclair Refining Company

80

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30941

Miller et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

115

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-30961

Rodgers et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Pocahantas Steamship Company

115

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31010

Smith et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

134

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31014

Smith v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Corp.

112

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31025

Arceneaux et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

120

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31026

Arespe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

122

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31027

Artis v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

125

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31030

Boden et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

125

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31047

Carlson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

89

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31056

Catacalos et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Sinclair Refining Company

96

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31088

Trahan et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

138

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31105

Woodson et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

94

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31152

Resendez et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

106

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31198

Flores v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Pocahantas Steamship Company

86

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31226

Hartwell et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

130

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31286

Fruge et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Continental Steamship Co. Sinclair Refining Company

103

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31308

Mcdade v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

69

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31365

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company Harcon S.S. Co., Inc. Sinclair Refining Company

122

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31496

Fowler et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co. Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

149

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31497

Freeman et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

117

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31528

Harmond et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

100

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31558

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

100

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31669

Stratton v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al.

Sinclair Refining Company

146

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31728

Guy et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

89

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31734

Atson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

99

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31748

Taman v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Sinclair Refining Company

124

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31828

Briggs et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Richfield Oil Corporation

178

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31837

Wilcox et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

144

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31853

Perez et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company

124

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31855

Highsmith et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

105

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31864

Dallas et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

94

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31879

Johnson et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

127

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31888

Gordon et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

127

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31901

Hooten et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co. Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

130

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31912

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

119

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31919

Dew et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

118

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31925

Evans et al v. A-C Product Liabilty Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

98

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31928

Reber et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company

90

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-31944

Taylor et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

105

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32033

Duarte v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

134

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32039

Franklin v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

114

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32064

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Corp.

102

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32065

Thomas v. A-C Product Liability Trust, et al

Sinclair Refining Company

129

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32133

Hawkins et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

87

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32136

Bagby et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

131

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32177

Sullivan et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

110

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32185

Manuel et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Harcon S.S. Co., Inc. Sinclair Refining Company

118

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32186

Davis et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

104

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32232

Worthy v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Richfield Co.

135

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32247

Guyton et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

136

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32278

Suits v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Harcon S.S. Co., Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

119

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32292

Da Costa et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company Pocahantas Steamship Co.

135

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32293

Orchard et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

113

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32309

Wilson et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company

86

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32316

Sutliff et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

87

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32335

Dianna et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

89

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32346

Henry v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

92

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32360

Bartel v. American Oil Co., Et. Al.

Sinclair Refining Company

116

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32381

Bell et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

99

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32391

Richardson v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

133

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32478

Lachappelle v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

130

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32560

Steptoe et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

116

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32592

Molitor et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

97

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32594

Woods et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

120

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32601

Ingebretsen v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Western Hemisphere Corp.

100

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32653

Grossman et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

104

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32658

Hardy et al v. American Eagle Tanker et al

Pocahantas Steamship Company Pocahantas Fuel Company, Inc.

128

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32660

Brown et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Harcon S.S. Co., Inc. Sinclair Refining Company

110

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32679

Bise et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

123

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32764

Todd et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Atlantic Refining Company Sinclair Refining Company

99

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32774

Schroeder et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Sinclair Refining Company

153

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32827

Miller v. A. P. Green Industries, Inc. et al

Sinclair Refining Company

118

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32883

Miller v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

96

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32884

Keys v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Arco Marine Inc.

80

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32901

Kennedy et al v. AC Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

108

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32909

Cook et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Conoco Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Refining Company

116

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32943

Bruce et al v. Luckenbach International Corp. et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company

124

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-32984

Kempton et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Conoco Inc. Conoco Oil Continental Steamship Co. Sinclair Refining Company

123

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33009

Rodriquez-Dias et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

132

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33043

Brathwaite et al v. American Foreign Lines et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company

125

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33116

Biasi et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Continental Oil Company Harcon S.S. Co., Inc.

92

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33155

Price et al v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Richfield Oil Corporation

133

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33165

Sutherland v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

145

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33169

Fernandez v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Atlantic Richfield Co.

79

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33173

Ferrell v. Foster Wheeler Company et al

Sinclair Refining Company

98

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33240

Linscomb et al v. Albatross Steamship Co. et al

Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

94

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33296

Miller v. Sinclair Refining Company et al

Sinclair Refining Company

44

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33334

Meade et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

108

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33371

Van Winkle et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Pocahantas Steamship Company

91

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33457

Artis et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Sinclair Refining Company

106

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33470

Watson v. Westchester Marine Inc. et al

Sinclair Refining Company

91

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33499

Branch et al v. American Export Isbrandtsen et al

Conoco Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company

100

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33516

Smith et al v. Acands, Inc. et al

Atlantic Refining Company Conoco Oil Co. Conoco Inc. Continental Seamship Co. Harcon S.S. Co., Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company

122

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33520

Hansen v. Acands, Inc. et al

Sinclair Navigation Company Sinclair Refining Company

71

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33593

Osborne v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Pocahantas Steamship Company

80

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33594

Whitfield v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Atlantic Refining Company

75

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33620

Darling et al v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Conoco Inc. Continental Steamship Co.

128

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33623

Damon, Sr. v. A-C Product Liability Trust et al

Continental Oil Company Pocahantas Fuel Company, Inc.

97

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33637

Prather et al v. United States Lines Inc. Reorganization Trust et al

Sinclair Oil Corp.

93

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-33799

Preston et al v. A C S Industries, Inc. et al

Continental Oil Company Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

97

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-37937

Daly v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Atlantic Richfield Co. BP Corporation N.A. Sinclair Oil Corp. Sinclair Refining Company

89

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-55853

Ramirez v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Sinclair Refining Company

93

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-56823

Bradwell et al v. AC Product Liability Trust

Conoco Inc. Continental Oil Company Pocahantas Steamship Company Sinclair Oil Company Sinclair Refining Company

83

Not filed on 02-875

2061

11-58359

Kirkland v. A-C Product Liability Trust

Sinclair Refining Company

117

Not filed on 02-875

2061

ORDER

AND NOW, this 26th day of August, 2013, for the reasons set forth in the accompanying Memorandum Opinion, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:

(1) The motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction listed in Exhibit “A, ” attached, are GRANTED, and the defendants who filed the motions are DISMISSED from the cases; and

(2) The motions to dismiss due to improper service of process listed in Exhibit “B, ” attached, are DENIED.

AND IT IS SO ORDERED.


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