Not Your Product? Not Your Duty To Warn

Law360, New York (August 3, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT) -- The California Second District Court of Appeal’s May 22, 2012, decision in Fern Barker v. Hennessy Industries Inc., 206 Cal.App.4th 140 (2012), reaffirmed that California law does not impose a duty to warn about dangers of asbestos exposure arising from another manufacturer’s product.

In Barker, the Court of Appeal upheld the principle that manufacturers of asbestos-free machinery owe no duty to warn about the respiratory dangers posed by use of such machinery, even if and when used in conjunction with asbestos-based products.

This principle has recently...
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