Hennessy Stems Tide Of Calif. Asbestos Losses

Law360, New York (May 24, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court affirmed Tuesday that Hennessy Industries Inc. is not liable for injuries allegedly caused by company machinery that released asbestos from car brake parts, countering a string of recent decisions on the matter and potentially narrowing their applicability.

A two-judge majority upheld a lower court's summary judgment ruling in favor of the car parts machinery maker. The family of Richard Barker, a mechanic who died from asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer in December 2008, filed a wrongful death complaint against Hennessy, leveling negligence,...
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