IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
July 1, 2009
IN RE: AIR CRASH OVER MAKASSAR STRAIT, SULAWESI, INDONESIA, ON JANUARY 1, 2007
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Aspen Magistrate Mason
By Tanisha Spinner on Jun 17, 2009 Jun 17, 2009
UNITED STATES JUDICIAL PANEL on MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION
MDL No. 2037
Before the entire Panel*fn1
Common Defendant The Boeing Co. (Boeing) moves, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407, for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings of the three actions listed on Schedule A in the Northern District of California. The defendant's motion encompasses two actions in the Northern District of Illinois and one action in the Northern District of California.
Another common defendant, Honeywell International, Inc., supports the motion. Plaintiffs in the two Northern District of Illinois actions support centralization of their actions, but suggest the Northern District of Illinois as the transferee district.
After considering the argument of counsel, we find that these three actions involve common questions of fact, and that centralization under Section 1407 in the Northern District of Illinois will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of this litigation. All actions concern the cause or causes of the crash of a Boeing model 737-200 aircraft that disappeared from radar while flying from Surabay on the island of East Java, Indonesia, to Manado on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. On January 10, 2007, nine days after the aircraft disappeared, its wreckage was located on the high seas off the coast of Sulawesi. Centralization under Section 1407 will eliminate duplicative discovery, prevent inconsistent pretrial rulings, and conserve the resources of the parties, their counsel and the judiciary.
Either of the two suggested transferee districts, the Northern District of California or the Northern District of Illinois, would be an appropriate transferee forum for this litigation. At least one action is pending in each district, and no action is well progressed. Considerations of convenience and accessibility are comparable between the two metropolitan districts. On balance, we are persuaded that the Northern District of Illinois is preferable. Centralization in this district permits the Panel to effect the Section 1407 assignment to an experienced transferee judge who has not recently received such an assignment and who can steer this litigation on an expeditious course.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1407, the action listed on Schedule A and pending outside the Northern District of Illinois is transferred to the Northern District of Illinois and, with the consent of that court, assigned to the Honorable Marvin E. Aspen for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings with the actions listed on Schedule A and pending in that district.
PANEL ON MULTIDISTRICT LITIGATION
Acting Chairman J. Frederick Motz
John G. Heyburn II, Chairman Robert L. Miller, Jr.
Kathryn H. Vratil David R. Hansen
W. Royal Furgeson, Jr. Frank C. Damrell, Jr.
Northern District of California
Jimmy Lendo, et al. v. World Star Aviation, Ltd., et al., C.A. No. 3:09-359 09cv3815
Northern District of Illinois Sumini, et al. v. The Boeing Co., et al., C.A. No. 1:09-549 Frans Errain Wuisan, et al. v. The Boeing Co., et al., C.A. No. 1:09-556
Printed on 06/17/2009
Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation - Panel Service List for
MDL 2037 - IN RE: Air Crash Over Makassar Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia, on January 1,
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Docket: 2037 - Air Crash Over Makassar Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia - 1/1/07 For Open Cases
Docket: 2037 - IN RE: Air Crash Over Makassar Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia, on January 1, 2007 Status: Transferred on 06/17/2009 Transferee District: ILN Judge: Aspen, Marvin E. Printed on 06/17/2009
ATTORNEY - FIRM REPRESENTED PARTY(S)
Graul, Christopher W. => Phone: (312) 794-7300 Fax: (773) 929-2771 Email: email@example.com RIBBECK LAW CHARTERED Dewi (Co-Per./Rep./Est.-Dina Oktarina), Rusmala*; Fauziah (Per./Rep./Est.-Daniel Herry Lensun), 505 North Lake Shore Drive R.A. Nur*; Hasan (Per./Rep./Est.-Ririn J. Butolo), Maryam*; Kaurouw (Per./Rep./Est.-Vira Jinny), Suite 102 Marthen*; Lendo (Per./Rep./Est.-Benny), Jimmy*; Sidik (Co-Per./Rep./Est.-Dina Oktarina), Chicago, IL 60611 Muhammad*; Simanungkalit (Attorney in Fact for the Est.-Ratih Sekarsari), Fredi K.*; Tombokan
(Per./Rep./Est.-Herry Sudaryono), Frangky Donny*; Tontey (Per./Rep./Est.-Christina Agata Patricia), Barry Rudolf*; Tumurang (Per./Rep./Est.-Yunekee), Semuel*
Kendrick, Allison => Phone: (206) 359-8647 Fax: (206) 359-9647 Email: Akendrick@perkinscoie.com PERKINS COIE LLP Boeing Co. (The)* 1201 Third Avenue Suite 4800 Seattle, WA 98101
LaCien, Brian => Phone: (312) 236-9381 Fax: (312) 236-0920 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org POWER ROGERS & SMITH PC Brata (Per./Rep./Est.-Verawati Chatarina), T.A.*; Hankodo (Per./Rep./Est.-Rendy Christian),
70 West Madison Street Charles*; Karwur (Per./Rep./Est.-Flonia Monica Assa), Ellen T.*; Kusumaningtyas 55th Floor (Per./Rep./Est.-Susetua Budi), R.R. Anggraeni*; Lale (Per./Rep./Est.-Daniel Lalel, Nontje Chicago, IL 60602-4212 Tumbelaka), Denny*; Lendo (Per./Rep./Est.-Yohanes Benyamin), Sacre*; Momongan
(Per./Rep./Est.-Jolly Willem, Sheysita Turangan), Abraham*; Moningka (Per./Rep./Est.-Maria J. Toliu, Ignati Gatuwati, Stephanus Gatuwati), Fransiska*; Paulus (Per./Rep./Est.-Dessy Katerina), Yensen*; Proborini (Per./Rep./Est.-Bambang Supriyanto), Endah*; Sasipare (Per./Rep./Est.-Petra Sels Rumpia), Trint Je*; Sriwati (Per./Rep./Est.-Nining Iriyani), Ety*; Tarigan (Per./Rep./Est.-Vittorio Buyung Putranto), Dicky Firman*; Tombokan (Per./Rep./Est.-Hari Sudaryono), Inneke*; Warih (Per./Rep./Ests.-Ariston Setyo Widodo, Elisabeth Feri Jrihanday Ani, Fransiska Romana Sri Hartni, Leonardo Pramatya Ardana & Jrolfilus Rikesa Arnata), Hendricus Handono*; Wuisan (Per./Rep./Ests.-Riane Esther, Fadjar Jonah Efraim, Gary Joan Efraim, Gerald Gabrial Efraim,lenn, Yenuda Efraim), Frans Efrain*; Zulfia (Per./Rep./Est.-Captain Refri Agustian Widodo), Sh*
Susina, Mark S. => Phone: (312) 345-0700 Fax: (312) 345-9860 Email: Msusina@amm-law.com ADLER MURPHY & MCQUILLEN Honeywell International, Inc.* One North La Salle Street Suite 2300 Chicago, IL 60602
Westerberg, Gary W. => Phone: (312) 443-0245 Fax: (312) 896-6245 Email: email@example.com LOCKE LORD BISSELL & LIDDELL LLP Triton Aviation Business Services Holdings, LLC*; Triton Aviation Finance*; Triton Aviation 111 South Wacker Drive International, LLC*; Triton Aviation Investments, LLC*; Triton Aviation Ireland, Ltd.*; Triton Chicago, IL 60606-4410 Aviation Services*; Triton Aviation, Ltd. dba Triton Aviation Ireland, Ltd.*; Wells Fargo & Co.*;
Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, N.A.*; World Star Aviation Services, Inc.*; World Star Aviation, Ltd.*
Wisner, Floyd A. => Phone: (630) 513-9434 Fax: (630) 510-6287 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WISNER LAW FIRM Abdullah (Speicial Adm./Est.-Maya Ismawati), Slamet; Batubara (Special Adm./Est.-David, Inggrid, 934 South 4th Street Milka & Matthew), Esther; Budiasa (Special Adm./Est.-Made DWI Diastari & Komanga Pradina St. Charles, IL 60174 Anggari), Nyoman; Fauzia (Special Adm./Est.-Daniel henry Lenzun), R.A. Nur; Kaurow (Special Adm./Ests.-Joppy E.L. Wantania, Mary E., Cindy E.M.Wantania, Elnny M.Y. Wantania, FiJini & Melva G. Wantania), Dr. Ferry; Mamoto (Special Adm./Est.-Wiesye Walintukan), Irene; Mariesta (Special Adm./Est.-Yoga Sasonta), Ketthy; Muskitta (Speical Adm./Est.-Sintje Kalalo), Christian J.; Sulistyowati (Special Adm./Est.-Novi Indrayanto), Ninik DWI; Sumini (Special Adm./Est.-Ratih Sekarsari); Sutedja (Special Adm./Est.-Dessy Katerina Paulus), Hendry Warsito; Tontey (Special Adm./-Christina Agatha Patricia), Barry R.
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