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In the mean time, "Friends of the court", or Amici, have requested to enter the case with Amicus brief's in support of the polluters. Plaintiff's have objected to this, because the coalition of potential polluters have nothing to add, their arguments are totally politically motivated, and have no relevance to the review of a procedural issue in the appeals court. Some of the Amici included in this list are:
The Product Liability Advisory Council, The Defense Research Institute, The Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, The United States Chamber of Commerce, The American Tort Reform Association, The Chlorine Chemistry Council, and the National Association of Manufacturers.
It does seem odd that they should have a say in whether Judge Borrello erred in certifying us a class action. Like everything else seems these days, it's not about the people anymore. It's all about big business. To hell with the people.
This is my take on what is happening. I am certainly no lawyer, and try to keep up with these briefs as best I can. Stay tuned, we should hear more soon.....
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