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Sailors' Supreme Court Win Buoys Hopes For Tort Victims

Law360 (March 20, 2019, 5:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to sailors who claim they developed mesothelioma in a decision that potentially broadens the liability of manufacturers of so-called bare metal products to which other companies later added asbestos.

The high court charted a middle ground in reaching its conclusion that a manufacturer has a duty to warn when its product needs another part and the manufacturer knows that part is likely to be dangerous, rejecting the approaches put forth by both the sailors and the manufacturers. While the Supreme Court limited its ruling to maritime law, attorneys said the court’s reasoning could extend outside that...

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