INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 30, 2000)—The judge in charge of 62 consolidated Ford Motor Co.-Bridgestone/Firestone Inc. tire-related lawsuits has placed a stay on discovery in the cases.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana stopped all further discovery "until case management plans have been made, unless persuasive, exigent circumstances demand otherwise."
The judge issued her order to stop the deposition of BFS Chairman and CEO John Lampe in one of the consolidated lawsuits. Stating that Mr. Lampe´s evidence would "overlap substantially if he were deposed substantially in each case," she ruled that deposing Mr. Lampe piecemeal "threatens to undermine the purpose of multi-district litigation."
Judge Barker was assigned the cases Oct. 24 by the Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation.