Employers Only Liable For Workers’ Asbestos Ills: Calif. Court

Law360, New York (May 22, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Monday found that employers are not responsible for secondary exposure to asbestos of employees’ family members, finding such a standard could expose employers to potentially “infinite” liability to a wide range of plaintiffs.

A three-judge panel noted also that property owners are responsible for maintaining a safe environment only on their own premises, and overturned a lower court’s award of $40,000 to a California woman who allegedly contracted mesothelioma after washing clothing contaminated when her family members worked at a Ford...
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