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Hayden v. 3M Co.

Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Fourth Circuit

February 3, 2017

THOMAS H. HAYDEN AND JACQUELINE S. HAYDEN
v.
3M COMPANY, ET AL.

         ON APPLICATION FOR WRITS DIRECTED TO CIVIL DISTRICT COURT, ORLEANS PARISH NO. 2015-03732, DIVISION "E" Honorable Clare Jupiter, Judge.

         ON REMAND FROM LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT.

          Mickey P. Landry Frank J. Swarr Philip C. Hoffinan Matthew C. Clark LANDRY & SWARR, L.L.C., AND Charles W. Branham, III, Pro Hac Vice Lisa W. Shirley DEAN OMAR BRANHAM, LLP., COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFFS/RELATORS.

          Deborah D. Kuchler Monique M. Weiner Janika D. Polk Lee B. Ziffer Amber B. Barlow, KUCHLER POLK SCHELL WEINER & RICHARDSON, LLC. COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/RESPONDENT/FORD MOTOR COMPANY

          Patrick J. O'Cain Deidre C. McGlinchey Jose L. Barro MCGLINCHEY STAFFORD, PLLC, COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/RESPONDENT/CNH AMERICA LLC.

          Robert E. Barkley, Jr. Mark P. Seyler Thomas E. Schwab BARKLEY & THOMPSON, L.C., COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/RESONDENT/EATON CORPORATION.

          Kay B. Baxter Forrest Ren Wilkes Georgia Noble Ainsworth Ashley Armour Edwards Margaret Adams Casey M. James Dempsey COSMICH SIMMONS & BROWN, PLLC., COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/RESPONDENT/NAVISTAR, INC.

          William C. Harrison Jennifer E. Adams A. Wendell Stout, III Barbara B. Ormsby Jason P. Franco DEUTSCH KERRIGAN, L.L.P., AND Richard M. Wyner, Pro Hac Vice David S. Norris, Pro Hac Vice GOODWIN PROCTER LLP., COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/RESPONDENT/DANA COMPANIES, LLC.

          Eric Shuman Sarah E. McMillan MCGLINCHEY STAFFORD, PLLC, AND Jack R. Reiter, Pro Hac Vice GRAY ROBINSON, P.A., COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/RESPONDENT/HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.

          John J. Hainkel, III Angela M. Bowlin James H. Brown, Jr. Magali A. Puente-Martin Peter R. Tafaro Kelsey A. Eagan Kelly L. Long FRILOT L.L.C., COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT RESPONDENT/FOSTER WHEELER LLC.

          Court composed of Judge Dennis R. Bagneris, Sr., Judge Roland L. Belsome, Judge Marion F. Edwards, Pro Tempore.

          ROLAND L. BELSOME JUDGE.

         In preparation for trial on this mesothelioma case, the plaintiff served trial subpoenas on numerous defendant corporations for the in-court appearance of a corporate representative at trial. The defendant corporations filed motions to quash the subpoenas. The trial court granted the motions to quash as to the corporations that were not domiciled in Louisiana. The plaintiff filed an application for supervisory writs to this Court, which was denied in a 2-1 decision.[1] Thereafter, the plaintiff filed a writ application in the Louisiana Supreme Court.

         Subsequently, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued orders remanding the matter to this Court for briefing, oral argument, and full opinion.[2]

         On remand, the sole issue to be determined is whether Louisiana subpoena power extends to nonresident parties participating in litigation in Louisiana courts.[3]

         The limitations on subpoena power are set forth in La. C.C.P. art. 1352, which reads:

A witness, whether a party or not, who resides or is employed in this state may be subpoenaed to attend a trial or hearing wherever held in this state. No subpoena shall issue to compel the attendance of such a witness who resides and is employed outside the parish and more than twenty-five miles from the courthouse where the trial or hearing ...

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