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NY High Court Says Honeywell Must Face Toxic Exposure Suit

Law360 (June 11, 2019, 8:38 PM EDT) -- New York’s highest court on Tuesday revived a suit accusing Honeywell of causing a worker’s cancer death due to exposure to toxic “coke oven” emissions, saying the company failed to prove the coke ovens aren’t products for purposes of a products liability claim.

In a 4-2 ruling, the New York Court of Appeals reversed an Appellate Division decision to toss claims in a suit accusing a Honeywell International Inc. predecessor company, Allied Chemical Corp., of causing the lung cancer death of Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker Donald R. Terwilliger by exposing him to toxic emissions from industrial coke ovens that Allied’s Wilputte...

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