Respirator Makers Dodge Worker's Asbestos Claims

Law360, New York (December 16, 2010, 1:48 PM EST) -- A Washington state appeals court has ruled that respirator manufacturers had no duty to warn a tool worker that he could be exposed to asbestos dust while cleaning their products at a Seattle shipyard.

The State of Washington Court of Appeals, Division II, on Tuesday ruled that a trial court should have granted summary judgment to American Optical Corp., Mine Safety Appliances Co. and North Safety Products USA because the companies had no duty to warn workers about the dangers of asbestos, a product that the...
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