Lawsuit sent back to local court Judge rules that Emerson Electric, is a 'significant' local defendant and that the 'principal injuries' allegedly occurred in Mo.

From LDR Staff

A federal judge has ordered a class action lawsuit against a local manufacturer to be remanded back to Laclede County Circuit Court.

Judge Gary Fenner of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri granted a motion of Independence law firm Humphrey, Farrington and McClain, which represents Michael Moore of Richland and Paula Robertson of Lebanon. Moore and Robertson are suing Copeland Scroll Compressors Inc. and several other companies for alleged negligence that led to several sick employees.

Despite there being companies named in the lawsuit with operations outside Missouri, Fenner agreed with the plaintiff’s assertion that the case all under the “local-controversy exception.” The judge ruled that at least one of the defendants, namely Copeland’s parent company, Emerson Electric, is a “significant” local defendant and that the “principal injuries” allegedly occurred in Missouri, “depriving the court of subject-matter jurisdiction,” Fenner wrote.

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