Wash. Ruling May Expand Liability For Asbestos Injuries

Law360, New York (August 13, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT) -- Washington's highest state court ruled Thursday that makers of respirators designed to prevent asbestos exposure can be held liable for failing to warn of the contaminant's risks, a decision that opens up safety product manufacturers to more lawsuits over asbestos-related injuries, experts say.

The Washington Supreme Court overturned an appeals court's granting of summary judgment to a group of respirator manufacturers in a suit brought by Leo Macias, who allegedly developed mesothelioma as a result of cleaning respirators worn by shipyard workers to filter out asbestos,...
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