A Duty To Warn — For The Other Manufacturer's Product?

Law360, New York (May 18, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT) -- A recent decision from a California appellate court may have handed plaintiffs a victory after a string of decisions limiting the tort liability of manufacturers to products that they actually manufactured.

In Shields v. Hennessy Industries Inc., the appellate court permitted a claim to proceed against the manufacturer of a brake-arcing machine under the theory that the machine was designed for the purpose of grinding asbestos-containing brake linings and caused plaintiffs to inhale asbestos fibers. (Cal. Ct. App. Apr. 13, 2012)

This decision pursues a narrow...
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