Category Archives: Oregon

Successor Liability Decision Reversed in Oregon Court of Appeals of Oregon, June 7, 2017

The plaintiff appealed the trial court’s granting of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment on successor liability. This suit involves the plaintiff’s exposure to asbestos from his work in Portland shipyards during the 1950s. The defendant moved for summary judgment on the ground that any of its liabilities “that may have existed prior to 1965 were transferred to another company” and, therefore, it could not be held liable for the alleged injuries suffered prior to that transfer. The plaintiff appealed this decision arguing that the…

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Product Identification of Pump or Internal Components Key to Inquiry Regarding Which Product Applied to Strict Product Liability Claims Under Oregon Law Court of Appeals of Oregon, April 20, 2016

The plaintiff alleged strict product liability, negligence, and loss of consortium against various defendants after her husband developed and died from mesothelioma. Defendant Warren Pumps was granted summary judgment, and plaintiff appealed. The court reversed and remanded. During his 20-year naval career, the decedent served on two aircraft carriers — the USS Boxer and the USS Hancock — working on and around various pumps. Warren sold 51 pumps that were installed on the USS Boxer and 51 pumps that were installed on the USS Hancock…

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