CT Summary Judgment Wins Give Hope To Asbestos Defendants

Law360, New York (December 11, 2012, 1:33 PM EST) -- In two recent decisions — Mazzaia v. A.O. Smith Corp., No. CV-11-5029478 (Conn. Super. Ct. Nov. 26, 2012) and Selvidio v. Alfa Laval Inc., No. CV-11-6017088 (Conn. Super. Ct. Nov. 26, 2012) — the Connecticut Superior Court granted summary judgment to a general contractor on a plaintiff's asbestos product liability claims. Given that the court has very rarely granted summary judgment in recent asbestos cases, these decisions represent a sign of hope for defendants facing strict liability despite having neither manufactured nor sold asbestos-containing products....
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