In 1991, when the federal courts decided to transfer all pending asbestos cases to Senior U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner in Philadelphia, it seemed that a global settlement might one day be possible.

Now, nine years later, that massive settlement has been rejected by higher courts, and some plaintiffs’ lawyers are clamoring to get their asbestos cases out of Weiner’s court and back to their home districts for trial.

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