Ford Can't Duck Worker's Overseas Asbestos Exposure Suit

Law360, New York (March 2, 2015, 5:11 PM EST) -- A New York appellate court has ruled that Ford Motor Co. must face a former mechanic’s suit claiming his exposure to asbestos in Ireland lead to his mesothelioma, with the panel citing Ford's "substantial role" in the design of auto parts distributed by its U.K. subsidiary.

The appellate panel dismissed Ford's U.K. subsidiary Ford Motor Co. Ltd. from the case for lack of jurisdiction, but said in a ruling Thursday that there were "issues of fact" about whether Ford USA can be held liable in the case brought by plaintiff Raymond Finerty, a U.S. resident who claimed his work in Ireland...

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