High Court Says Railroad Law Bars State Asbestos Claims

Law360, New York (February 29, 2012, 4:26 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court held on Wednesday that the Locomotive Inspection Act bars state product liability tort claims over asbestos exposure, dismissing a railway worker's widow’s suit against Viad Corp and Railroad Friction Products Corp.

The high court’s majority ruling affirmed a Third Circuit decision finding that state law failure to warn and defective design claims brought by the wife of deceased railway worker George Corson were preempted by the LIA, a 1911 law that provides that a railroad carrier may only use a locomotive that...
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