Causation At Center Of Pennsylvania Asbestos Ruling

Law360, New York (December 9, 2016, 1:13 PM EST) -- On Nov. 22, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a 4-2 opinion in Rost v. Ford Motor Co., No. 56 EAP 2014, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 2638 (Pa. Nov. 22, 2016), in which the court purported to uphold and expand upon prior asbestos causation decisions set forth in Gregg v. V-J Auto Parts Co., 596 A.2d 274 (Pa. 2007), and Betz v. Pneumo Abex LLC, 44 A.3d 27 (Pa. 2010).

However, when juxtaposed against the dissents of Chief Justice Saylor — the author of both Gregg and Betz — and Justice Baer, it becomes evident that the majority opinion creates an additional...

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