3M Can't Nix Pa. Suit Over Silica Exposure From Faulty Mask

Law360 (June 15, 2018, 7:38 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a trial against 3M Co. on claims that the company's respirators failed to protect a sheet metal worker, who now has a chronic lung disease, from exposure to dust and other particles while on the job.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo rejected arguments from 3M that the strict liability and negligence claims at issue in the case were doomed by a lack of evidence about the type of contaminants present at the sites where plaintiff John Rothenbecker spent during his years on the job.

"3M does not cite any authority...

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