Paoli R.R. Yard PCB Litigation, In re

Decision Date23 November 1990
Docket NumberNos. 88-1973,s. 88-1973
Citation916 F.2d 829
Parties21 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,184, 31 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 486 In re PAOLI RAILROAD YARD PCB LITIGATION. BROWN, Christopher S. and Brown, Jacqueline Michell, h/w v. MONSANTO COMPANY, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ("SEPTA"), National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak"), and Consolidated Rail Corporation ("Conrail") v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, United States of America, Christopher Brown, Appellant. In re PAOLI RAILROAD, YARD PCB LITIGATION. BROWN, Cathlene v. MONSANTO COMPANY, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ("SEPTA"), National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak"), and Consolidated Rail Corporation ("CONRAIL") v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, United States of America, Cathlene Brown, Appellant. In re PAOLI RAILROAD YARD PCB LITIGATION. BROWN, Craig A. and Brown, Catherine D. h/w v. MONSANTO COMPANY, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ("SEPTA"), National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak"), and Consolidated Rail Corporation ("CONRAIL") v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, United States of America, Craig Brown, Appellant. In re PAOLI RAILROAD YARD PCB LITIGATION. BARBETTA, Margherita v. MONSANTO COMPANY, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ("SEPTA"), National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak"), and Consolidated Rail Corporation ("CONRAIL") v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, United States of America, Margherita Barbetta, Appellant. In re PAOLI RAILROAD YARD PCB LITIGATION. JOHNSON, Mary Retta v. MONSANTO COMPANY, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ("SEPTA"), National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak"), and Consolidated Rail Corporation ("CONRAIL") v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, United States of America, Mary Retta Johnson, Appellant. In re PAOLI RAILROAD YARD PCB LITIGATION. BROWN, Celeste v. MONSANTO COMPANY, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ("SEPTA"), National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak"), and Consolidated Rail Corporation ("CONRAIL") v. CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, United Stat
CourtU.S. Court of Appeals — Third Circuit

D. Bruce Hanes, Friedman and Hanes, Philadelphia, Pa., for Christopher Brown, Cathlene Brown, Craig Brown, Margherita Barbetta, Mary Retta Johnson, Celeste Brown, Clemmon L. Brown, Cloyd Brown, Curtis Brown, appellants.

James C. Sargent, Jr., Lamb, Windle & McErlane, P.C., West Chester, Pa., for William Reid, Jr., appellant.

Geoffrey L. Beauchamp, Wisler, Pearlstine, Talone, Craig & Garrity, Norristown, Pa., Kenneth Roos (argued), Joseph Donley, Kittredge, Kaufman & Donley, Philadelphia, Pa., for William Butler, Theresa Butler, Marvin L. Simpson, Allen K. Simpson, Karen R. Simpson, Donald E. Simpson and Bryan M. Jackson, appellants.

Charlotte E. Thomas, Arnold E. Cohen (argued), John H. Spelman, Andrew O. Schiff, Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg, Ellers & Weir, and Harold E. Kohn, Joseph C. Kohn, Kohn, Savett, Klein & Graf, Philadelphia, Pa., for Mabel Brown, Andre Williams, Sr., Helen V. Narcise, Mary Alice Knight, John and Patricia Ingram, Matthew and Bessie Cunningham, George Albert Burrell, Priscilla Etheridge, Wallace Darryl Cummins, K. Louise Jones, Charles W. Stanbach, appellants.

Michael H. Malin (argued), James D. Shomper, Jeanne Proko-Elkins, White and Williams, Philadelphia, Pa., for Monsanto Co., appell...

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