Calif. Court Revives 5 Hennessy Asbestos Suits

Law360, New York (May 1, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court bucked a recent string of rulings in favor of companies accused of making a product involved in the release of asbestos from another product, reversing the dismissal of five suits against Hennessy Industries Inc. in an opinion published Monday.

The plaintiffs in the consolidated suits — either mechanics, ironworkers or pipefitters — claimed Hennessy designed a machine to be used exclusively for the shaping of brake linings, made by other companies, that contained asbestos. The operation of the machine caused asbestos fibers to...
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