The case of the day is Hamilton v. American President Lines Ltd. (E.D. Pa. 2012), one of the thousands of cases that are part of the multi-district litigation on asbestos product liability. As with many MDLs, it’s difficult to decipher the docket. Neil Hamilton is one of the plaintiffs asserting claims under the Jones Act and general maritime law against shipowners and others. Hamilton is a US national residing in France. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010, and his lawyers noticed his deposition in order to preserve his testimony because his health had significantly declined; they also sought appointment of a commissioner to take the deposition. The deposition was to be taken in Mr. Hamilton’s home. The shipowners objected to the deposition on…

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