Honeywell Can't Avoid Trial On Widow's Asbestos Claims

By Brandon Lowrey (April 4, 2016, 11:03 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal judge on Monday kept alive negligence claims against Honeywell International Inc. brought by the widow of a former gas station employee who developed mesothelioma after working with asbestos-containing brakes, saying a jury should resolve whether the company's product warning labels were adequate.

However, U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Eagles said plaintiff Susan Elizabeth Smith can't pursue her fraud and punitive damages claims against Honeywell, the successor of the prodict's manufacturer Bendix Corp.

"Here, Ms. Smith has not made a forecast of sufficient evidence of willful and wanton conduct," the judge said in her order partially granting Honeywell's...

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