High Court To Mull Asbestos Liability Under Maritime Law

Law360 (May 14, 2018, 5:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a precedential Third Circuit decision holding that companies can be held liable under maritime law for asbestos-related injuries if a manufacturer could have reasonably foreseen asbestos would be later added to its product.

The high court will review the Third Circuit’s October decision in two consolidated lawsuits brought by former U.S. Navy veterans, now deceased, alleging they developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos on ships during their service. As customary, the justices didn’t indicate why they had chosen to hear the case.

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