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Treble damages requested against two lawyers in RICO asbestos fraud case

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Treble damages requested against two lawyers in RICO asbestos fraud case

Feb 7, 2013, 06:05 pm CST

CSX Transportation has asked a federal court to treble the damages a jury awarded the company in January in a case against two Pittsburgh plaintiff lawyers and a physician found liable for fraudulent claims in asbestos-related injury matters, according to a report by the West Virginia Record, a legal publication.

In the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization suit brought against the lawyers and doctor, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Western Virginia in December awarded CSX more than $429,000 in damages. The transportation company asks that the amount be tripled under RICO law, and for attorneys fees and costs of $10.7 million, according to the report.

CSX argued that the 11 cases of fraud were part of a broader pattern of conduct.

The defendants, attorneys Robert Pierce and Louis Raimond and radiologist Ray Harron have asked for the verdict to be set aside or for a new trial.

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