Pfizer Dodges Asbestos Suit Over Ex-Unit's Product

Law360, New York (January 13, 2015, 9:10 PM EST) -- Pfizer Inc. on Monday persuaded a federal judge in Washington state to dismiss a wrongful death suit brought against it by the estate of a man who died of mesothelioma allegedly caused by his exposure to asbestos-containing products made by a bankrupt former unit. 

U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan granted Pfizer's motion for summary judgment and dismissed the suit by the estate of James Olson, who allegedly developed mesothelioma through exposure to Insulag, an asbestos-containing insulation product made by its bankrupt former subsidiary Quigley Co.

Judge Bryan followed in the footsteps of U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly, who ruled in a...

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