United Oil Co. v. Parts Associates, Inc. case brief
United Oil Co. v. Parts Associates, Inc. case brief summary
227 F.R.D. 404 (Dist. M.D. 2005)
Plaintiff oil company brought an action
in indemnity and contribution against defendant dye manufacturer and
defendant brake cleaner distributor to recover the amount the oil
company paid in settlement of certain product liability claims.
Before the court were motions to compel discovery responses from both
CASE FACTS The underlying product liability claim
involved a person who allegedly developed liver disease as a result
of his exposure to certain chemicals. The theory of the contribution
and indemnity lawsuit was a failure to properly warn about the
dangers of liver damage from exposure to the dye manufacturer's red
and blue dyes and the distributor's brake cleaner. One of the primary
discovery issues was whether the dye manufacturer and brake cleaner
distributor had to respond to discovery seeking information
concerning any other claims or lawsuits involving similar issues.
court determined that the oil company successfully demonstrated the
relevance of such requests to its failure to warn claim.
limited the discovery to other claims involving alleged liver
However, the court did not limit the discovery to the exact
same product at issue in the product liability case.
court compelled responses with respect to claims regarding other
products containing the same chemical compounds.
The court reasoned
that such information was probative of what the manufacturer and
distributor knew or should have known about the liver toxicity of the
chemicals at issue.
CONCLUSION The court granted the oil company's
motions to compel in part and denied the motions in part.
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