Assessing The Component Parts Doctrine Defense

Law360, New York (July 16, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT) -- In recent years, with decades of litigation under their belts and scores of insolvent manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos products left in their wake, the plaintiffs bar has attempted to expand the traditional notion of strict liability for design defect and duty-to-warn claims and turned their search for solvent defendants to even more tangential parties.

After achieving some modicum of success persuading California courts to expand the net of liability, there now appears to be a change in the wind in favor of equipment manufacturers whose...
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