Alcoa Can't Escape Worker's Fibrosis Claims, Panel Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (March 24, 2014, 8:56 PM ET) -- A California appeals court ruled Friday that Alcoa Inc. and other suppliers could be held liable for a metal worker’s pulmonary fibrosis allegedly caused by their raw materials, finding that a theory that protects suppliers from liability did not apply when the materials were used as intended.

Justice Nora M. Manella, writing for a unanimous panel, disagreed with another California appeals court’s interpretation of the so-called “component parts” doctrine. That theory says raw material suppliers cannot be held liable for injuries caused by finished products that...
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