Co. Has Duty To Asbestos Worker's Family, Va. Court Finds

Law360 (October 11, 2018, 9:00 PM EDT) -- Employers do owe a duty to family members of workers who may face exposure to asbestos through the workers’ clothing, the Virginia Supreme Court said Thursday in deciding a certified question sent from Virginia federal court.

The court's majority agreed with plaintiff Wesley Quisenberry in his suit against Huntington Ingalls Inc. over his mother’s death from mesothelioma, saying Wanda Quisenberry was within reach of Huntington’s conduct when her father came home from working at the shipyard with asbestos fibers on his clothes.

The Virginia Supreme Court has previously held that duty can arise from any situation where time and space line...

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