Report: GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire Civil Cases To Be Heard In Federal Court

The Associated Press reports: "A federal judge ruled Monday that civil suits stemming from The Station nightclub fire will be heard in federal court.

"U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux said the court will exercise jurisdiction under a federal law that gives the federal court system authority in cases involving an accident in which at least 75 people died and a defendant resides in a different state than where the accident occurred.

"Lagueux's decision also indicated the court intends to consolidate all nightclub fire lawsuits for the discovery phase of the trial, in which lawyers for both sides exchange information. One lawyer involved in the litigation said because of the complexity of the cases, they are unlikely to remain consolidated for trial.

"At least four suits have already been filed in the courts in Rhode Island, and others have been filed in Connecticut and Massachusetts. All have been on hold while Lagueux considered the issue of jurisdiction. More suits are expected.

"In the past, Lagueux has indicated he probably will ask the U.S. Court of Appeals to review his decision."

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).