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In Re: Hawaii State Asbestos Cases v. Crane Company

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII


September 26, 2011

IN RE: HAWAII STATE ASBESTOS CASES MINORU ARAKAKI AND KATHLEEN M. ARAKAKI, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
CRANE COMPANY, ETC., ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Leslie E. Kobayashi United States District Judge

This Document Applies To:

ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS IMO INDUSTRIES INC.'S AND WARREN PUMPS, LLC'S MOTIONS TO STAY AND DEFENDANT AIR & LIQUID SYSTEMS CORPORATION'S JOINDER

Before the Court are: Plaintiffs Minoru Arakaki and Kathleen M. Arakaki ("Plaintiffs") Motion to Remand, filed July 22, 2011 (dkt. no. 19); Defendant IMO Industries Inc.'s ("IMO") Motion to Stay All Proceedings Pending Decision on Transfer by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("IMO Motion to Stay"), filed August 4, 2011 (dkt. no. 47); Defendant Warren Pumps, LLC's ("Warren Pumps") motion with the same title ("Warren Pumps Motion to Stay"), also filed August 4, 2011 (dkt. no. 48); and Defendant Air & Liquid Systems Corporation, successor-by-merger to Buffalo Pumps, Inc. ("Buffalo") substantive joinder in the Warren Pumps Motion to Stay ("Buffalo Joinder"), filed August 11, 2011 (dkt. no. 60).

On August 8, 2011, Buffalo, Defendant Crane Company ("Crane"), Warren Pumps, and IMO each filed a memorandum in opposition to the Motion to Remand (dkt. nos. 52, 53, 57, 58). On August 11, 2011, Buffalo filed a joinder in Crane's, Warren Pump's, and IMO's memoranda in opposition (dkt. no. 61). On August 15, 2011, Plaintiffs filed a reply to each memorandum in opposition filed by Buffalo, Crane, IMO, and Warren Pumps (dkt. nos. 66-69). Plaintiffs filed a joint memorandum in opposition to both the IMO Motion to Stay and the Warren Pumps Motion to Stay on August 8, 2011 (dkt. no. 54). On August 15, 2011, IMO and Warren Pumps each filed a reply in support of its motion (dkt. nos. 64, 65).*fn1

These matters came on for hearing on August 29, 2011. Appearing on behalf of Plaintiffs were Gary Galiher, Esq., L. Richard DeRobertis, Esq., Diane Ono, Esq., Ilana Waxman, Esq., Todd Eddins, Esq., Michael Ragsdale, Esq., Scott Saiki, Esq., and Clarisse Kobashigawa, Esq. Appearing on behalf of IMO and Warren Pumps were Ewing Martin, III, Esq., and Bradford Chun, Esq.*fn2

Appearing on behalf of Crane were Lee Nakamura, Esq., and Joseph Kotowski, III, Esq. Appearing on behalf of Buffalo were Steven Hisaka, Esq., and James Scadden, Esq. Appearing on behalf of Ingersoll were John Lacy, Esq., and Corlis Chang, Esq. Appearing on behalf of Goulds was Christopher Goodwin, Esq.*fn3

After careful consideration of the motions, supporting and opposing memoranda, and the arguments of counsel, the IMO Motion to Stay, the Warren Pumps Motion to Stay, and Buffalo's Joinder are HEREBY GRANTED for the reasons set forth in this Court's Order Granting Defendant's Motion to Stay All Proceedings Pending a Decision on Transfer by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, filed in In re: Hawaii State Asbestos Cases (Nelson v. Crane Co., et al.), CV 11-00400 LEK-KSC, on September 26, 2011 (dkt. no. 95). The instant case, including Plaintiffs' Motion for Remand, is HEREBY STAYED until November 8, 2011.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Leslie E. Kobayashi

In re: HAWAII STATE ASBESTOS CASES; MINORU ARAKAKI, ET AL. v. CRANE COMPANY, ETC., ET AL;

CIVIL NO. 11-00449 LEK-BMK;

ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS IMO INDUSTRIES INC.'S AND WARREN PUMPS, LLC'S MOTIONS TO STAY AND DEFENDANT AIR & LIQUID SYSTEMS CORPORATION'S JOINDER


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