Limiting Liability For Replacement Parts

Law360, New York (January 18, 2012, 1:38 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court published its awaited decision in O’Neil v. Crane Co., Case No. S177401, addressing whether the manufacturer of a piece of machinery can be held liable for injuries alleged to have occurred as a result of exposure to asbestos from replacement parts added to or used in conjunction with the product after it left the custody and control of the manufacturer.

The court held that “a product manufacturer may not be held liable in strict liability or negligence for harm caused by another...
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