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(Mesothelioma Cancer News) – A railroad company is pursuing its case against a law firm it accuses of claims fraud. As reported by The National Law Journal, CSX Transportation Inc. is asking the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate its claim that Pittsburgh’s Robert Peirce & Associates violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Mark Behrens of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, is quoted in the report as stating of the railroad company’s appeal, “Win or lose, this type of case sends a strong message to the plaintiffs’ bar that this company will take an aggressive position in its litigation… If plaintiffs’ lawyers or the people they work with cross the line, there will be a price to pay. It could mean a judgment, or it could mean they will incur the same losses defendants incur regularly.”
Robert Peirce Jr. is further quoted as stating of the allegations against his firm, “There is no fraud… What they’re trying to do is send a message to any lawyers or doctors involved in nonmalignant asbestos cases that it is going to cost them money, and they will make it as difficult as possible which includes abusing the legal process.”