Manufacturers Can't Dodge Ex-Navy Worker's Asbestos Suit

By Caroline Simson (February 12, 2015, 1:52 PM EST) -- An Arizona federal judge on Wednesday refused to allow nine manufacturers to escape the wrongful death suit of a former U.S. Navy worker who died after exposure to asbestos, finding the plaintiffs had adequately demonstrated causation and that the defendants weren't immune as military contractors.

U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton said that the testimony of plaintiff George Coulbourn prior to his 2013 death from mesothelioma that during his work in a U.S. Naval Shipyard in Virginia he had been exposed to asbestos dust and could identify the manufacturers of products he had worked with was sufficient to establish causation....

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