A New Era For Pa. Asbestos Litigation

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously found that plaintiffs cannot rely on the theory that "every breath" is a substantial contributing factor in causing an asbestos-related disease in an asbestos case involving friction exposures, i.e., brakes and clutches.

The May 23, 2012, ruling in Diana K. Betz v. Pneumo Abex LLC (Simikian) overturns the en banc decision of the state Superior Court, which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found to be based on an "unduly cramped perspective."

While the Superior Court of Pennsylvania concluded that the "every breath"...
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