The End Of Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Claims?

Law360, New York (August 26, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT) -- To the surprise of many, asbestos litigation still overwhelms civil dockets in numerous jurisdictions throughout the country. Contributing to the litigation’s survival is the expansion of the class of asbestos plaintiffs in recent years to increasingly include “household members” (e.g., spouses, children or grandchildren) of persons who worked with or around asbestos-containing products.

These “secondary” or “household” exposure cases typically allege that the plaintiffs were exposed to asbestos dust on the work clothing of an occupationally exposed relative. In some cases, the relative did not even...
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