Judge Creates $21M Fund for Welding Fumes Plaintiffs
A U.S. District Judge set up a fund for a $21.5 million settlement in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) over welding fumes that are allegedly hazardous.
Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley created the Welding Fume Resolution Fund and appointed a fund administrator with the power to determine how the money should be dispersed, according to Law360 (subscription required).
The MDL plaintiffs claimed that they developed permanent brain damage after inhaling dangerous fumes that contained manganese from welding rods. They further contend that the defendants were aware or should have been aware that the welding rods were not safe and that they actively hid the problem and failed to warn the plaintiffs.
At the time the agreement was reached early this year, nearly 100 lawsuits were pending in the MDL and an additional 700 or so were pending in other state or federal courts, according to Law360.
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