Plaintiffs firms vie for lead roles in Ohio derailment lawsuits

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By Clark Mindock (Reuters) – Rival groups of plaintiffs lawyers are vying for lead roles in nearly two dozen lawsuits against railway company Norfolk Southern over last month’s train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, each proposing their own plan to steer the cases. The two groups on Wednesday presented their bids to U.S. District Judge Benita Yalonda Pearson in Youngstown, who is presiding over the cases. One plan proposed a coalition of non-Ohio class action firms to take the lead, while the other would split leadership between national and Ohio-based attorneys. Under the first proposal, N…

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