Pa. Justices Snub Appeal Of Axed $14.5M Asbestos Verdict

Law360, Philadelphia (June 22, 2017, 4:10 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday it would not hear an appeal of a decision axing a $14.5 million asbestos verdict on grounds that a trial judge improperly admitted expert testimony stating that every exposure to the carcinogen must be considered a cause of mesothelioma.

The move leaves standing an en banc ruling from the state's Superior Court granting a new trial to Lincoln Electric Co., Crane Co. and Hobart Brothers Co. based on recent legal precedent in Pennsylvania rejecting the so-called "any breath" theory of exposure in asbestos cases.

The justices did not comment on the case in issuing their...

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