Shell Must Face 'Take-Home' Asbestos Suit, Calif. Court Says

Law360, New York (June 6, 2017, 7:03 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court has reversed itself and revived a lawsuit against Shell Oil Co. filed by a former employee's wife who alleges she contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos that accumulated on her husband's work clothing.

The decision by the Second Appellate District panel on Friday followed the state Supreme Court's December finding in Kesner v. Superior Court of California that employers can be held liable for injuries caused by secondhand asbestos exposure suffered by household members of employees. The panel, following the high court's "take-home" liability logic, said Shell owed plaintiff Wanda Beckering a duty of care to protect her from...

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