The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals brought to life a fraud case against a BASF SE unit and a NY-based law firm, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, who defended it for years regarding the asbestos litigation --- reversing a lower court judge who shot down the supposed class action.
The plaintiffs, those representing alleged asbestos victims, said that Cahill and Cahill have gathered and destroyed or kept evidence hidden of products contaminated with asbestos made by Engelhard, BASF’s predecessor, to evade any legal actions and enforced swift settlements.
The decision from the 3rd Circuit has left BASF and Cahill to shield itself from a likely class action that accuses the firm of fabricating the harmful material, then preventing victims from having their day in court.
Plaintiffs alleged the defendants of taking part in a scheme targeted at the integrity of the judicial process which includes destruction of evidence.
New attorneys for BASF discovered and created a group of old documents, which allegedly has been stored in a Cahill facility. Such documents led to the alleged class action.