Raytheon Beryllium Suppliers Must Face Suit: 1st Circ.

Law360, New York (August 20, 2009, 7:06 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has allowed a suit filed by a former Raytheon Co. plant worker and her family to proceed against three beryllium manufacturers who allegedly supplied the defense company with products containing the hazardous metal that caused the employee's chronic beryllium disease.

In an opinion released Thursday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit dismissed the “sophisticated user” defense advanced by Brush Wellman Inc., American Beryllia Corp. and Hardric Laboratories Inc. and found that sufficient controversy existed over when the limitations period...
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