The Role Of Manufacturers' Duties In Asbestos Litigation

Law360, New York (July 23, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT) -- The Florida court of appeals in June 2012 reversed a $6.6 million judgment for the plaintiff in an asbestos case, raising interesting issues of the law on design and warning defects. See Union Carbide Corp. v. Aubin, No. 3D10-1982 (3d DCA 6/20/12).

Plaintiff Aubin worked construction and alleged he routinely handled and was otherwise exposed to joint compounds and ceiling textures that contained asbestos. He contracted mesothelioma and sued.

At trial, plaintiff presented studies linking defendant's product to a higher degree of danger with respect to...
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