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Globalization Aids Plaintiffs In Cross-Border Litigation

Soon after Air France Flight 358 crashed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport in August, Mary Sciavo of Motley Rice, the U.S. firm that made its reputation representing plaintiffs in asbestos litigation, showed up in Toronto making a considerable splash on local television with her comments on the airline's liability.

Within three days of the crash, Toronto's Will Barristers had filed suit against Air France in Ontario Superior Court. The Motley Rice Web site has "Motley Rice and co-counsel Will Barristers" as the plaintiffs' lawyers.

Although trading between the U.S. and Canada has been a significant feature of both economies, globalization has forced Canadian companies to move beyond their domestic roots to establish themselves internationally--with a large number expanding to the U.S. As they do so, these companies are becoming targets in American litigation.

"Globalization means that corporations' malfeasance transcend national borders," says Joel Rochon, a name partner at Rochon Genova. "It's time for the plaintiffs' bar to address this."

Attorney in Chicago" for failing to show "proper respect" for Richter, the court's appointee.

As if that wasn't fractious enough, even Hollinger's insurers got caught in the cross-border shenanigans.


Julius Melnitzer

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