Anderson et al v. Ford Motor Company et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION and ORDER granting in part 393 Motion in Limine; granting in part 397 Motion in Limine; granting in part 419 Motion in Limine; granting in part 433 Motion in Limine. Signed by Judge Ted Stewart on 9/9/2014. (blh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
ORDER GRANTING IN PART
DEFENDANTS’ MOTIONS IN LIMINE
TO EXCLUDE IRRELEVANT PRODUCT
FORD MOTOR COMPANY., et al,
Case No. 2:06-CV-741 TS
District Judge Ted Stewart
This matter is before the Court on Defendant Flowserve Corporation’s (f/k/a Durco
International, Inc.) Motion in Limine to Exclude Irrelevant Product Catalogs (Docket No. 393),
Defendant Crane Co.’s Motion in Limine to Exclude Irrelevant Product Catalogs (Docket No.
397), Defendant Goulds Pumps, Inc.’s Motion in Limine to Exclude Irrelevant Product Catalogs
(Docket No. 419), and Defendant York International Corporation’s Motion in Limine to Exclude
Irrelevant Product Catalogs (Docket No. 433). For the reasons set forth below, the Court will
grant Defendants’ Motions in part.
Defendants anticipate that Plaintiff may seek to introduce Defendants’ product catalogs
that depict and describe Defendants’ products. 1 Defendants argue that the only relevant products
are those to which Plaintiff was exposed and, if there is no evidence that Plaintiff was exposed to
the products depicted in product catalogs, then such catalogs are irrelevant. 2 Plaintiff contends
that the product catalogs are relevant because they provide evidence that Defendants knew their
Docket No. 397, at 2.
products would require replacement of parts containing asbestos and that Defendants profited
from the sale of replacement parts containing asbestos. 3 Plaintiff also alleges the catalogs
demonstrate a method in which Defendants could have communicated with consumers the
known dangers of asbestos containing products. 4
Federal Rule of Evidence 401 defines relevant evidence as evidence that “has any
tendency to make a fact more or less probable than it would be without the evidence; and . . . the
fact is of consequence in determining the action.” 5 Federal Rules of Evidence 402 and 403 limit
admissible evidence to relevant evidence that has probative value not substantially outweighed
by the danger of unfair prejudice, confusing the issues, misleading the jury, causing undue delay,
wasting time, or needlessly presenting cumulative evidence. 6
The Court will not allow Plaintiff or Defendants to introduce any irrelevant evidence.
Similarly, the Court will not allow evidence when the probative value of such evidence is
substantially outweighed by unfair prejudice or any other concern articulated in Rule 403.
Plaintiff has not alleged that the product catalogs in question depict the products to which
Plaintiff was exposed. The Court intends only to allow product catalogs that depict the products
to which Plaintiff was exposed and will limit the admission of such catalogs to only those
portions that depict relevant products. However, if at trial, Plaintiff is able to demonstrate the
relevance of catalogs that do not depict products to which Plaintiff was exposed, the Court will
determine whether to admit such catalogs into evidence at that time.
Docket 463, at 2.
Fed. R. Evid. 401.
Fed. R. Evid. 402, 403.
It is therefore
ORDERED that Defendants’ Motions in Limine to Exclude Irrelevant Product Catalogs
(Docket Nos. 393, 397, 419, 433) are GRANTED IN PART as set forth above.
DATED this 9th day of September, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge
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