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Calif. High Court Creates Take-Home Asbestos Liability

Law360, Los Angeles (December 1, 2016, 11:01 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court on Thursday held that employers can be held liable for injuries caused by secondhand asbestos exposure suffered by the household members of employees exposed to the material, ruling employers have a duty to prevent their workers from carrying asbestos home with them. 

In a 39-page unanimous ruling, the state’s seven-member high court held that it is appropriate to expand the general duty of care that employers have to keep their employees safe from foreseeable harm to include bearing liability when members of the employees’ households suffered repeated, prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers originating with the employer. The...

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