Appellate Court Affirms in Part, Remands Trial Court’s Ruling Regarding Mask Manufacturer’s Negligence

Court of Appeals of Washington, Division One, May 9, 2022

In January 2020, the plaintiff, Larry Roemmich, sued 3M, among others, for product liability and negligence based on his diagnosis of mesothelioma, which he alleged was a result of his exposure to asbestos. The plaintiff worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard from 1968 to 1995 and alleged he was exposed to asbestos and asbestos-containing products as part of his work from 1968 until the early 1980s. The plaintiff wore 3M 8710 masks from 1972 until …

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Lube Oil Purifier Manufacturer Successful on Motion to Dismiss Based on Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division; April 11, 2022

The plaintiffs, George Lishman and Vicki Lishman filed a complaint on January 26, 2021 against Alfa Laval Inc., (“defendant” or “Alfa Laval”) in addition to other defendants, alleging that Mr. Lishman developed mesothelioma resulting from exposure to the defendants’ asbestos-containing products. Mr. Lishman was a life-long Illinois resident. Alfa Laval is a New Jersey corporation with its principal place of business in Virginia, and serves as successor-in-interest to the Sharples …

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Employer Defendant Successful on Summary Judgment, Except for Claims of Take-Home Exposure

The plaintiff, Callen Cortez, was diagnosed with mesothelioma on June 2, 2020. On July 1, 2020, he filed an asbestos-related lawsuit against Avondale and approximately thirty-four other defendants, alleging that he contracted mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during his employment with various companies, including Avondale, as well as take-home exposure resulting from his brother’s work with various companies, including Avondale.

Avondale filed a motion for summary judgment alleging that the plaintiff’s claims against it should be dismissed because they are preempted by …

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Electric Product Manufacturer Successful on Summary Judgment After Court Finds No Evidence of Exposure to Defendant’s Products

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, March 14, 2022               

The plaintiff, Marsha Roussell, filed an asbestos-related lawsuit alleging that she was secondarily exposed to asbestos via work performed by her father, Asward Theriot, and her uncle, Tracy Theriot, which caused her to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Plaintiff alleged her father and uncle worked with products manufactured by defendant ViacomCBS, Inc., f/k/a CBS Corporation, f/k/a Viacom Inc., successor by merger to CBS Corporation, f/k/a Westinghouse Electric Corporation while employed at Avondale Shipyard at …

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Navy Submarine Manufacturer Successfully Removes Case to Federal Court Under Federal Officer Removal Statute

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, January 31, 2022

In this matter, plaintiff Michael Moore served in the Navy working as an electronics technician aboard the USS Francis Scott Key from 1965 to 1969. He alleged that he was exposed to asbestos during the construction of the submarine, and sued Electric Boat Corporation, the federal contractor that built the submarine, among other defendants.

The Electric Boat shipyard operated “in accordance with government contracts, in conformance with military specifications, and under Navy oversight.” The …

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Court Finds Issue of Fact Present, Denies Floor Tile Manufacturer’s Motion to Reargue

Supreme Court of New York, New York County; January 18, 2022

In this matter, the plaintiff filed an asbestos-related personal injury action against defendant American Biltrite alleging that the decedent was exposed to asbestos from working with American Biltrite floor tiles. American Biltrite moved for summary judgment to dismiss the action, and the motion was denied. American Biltritethen moved to reargue the decision denying its motion.

To begin, CPLR 2221(d)(2) permits a party to move for leave to reargue a decision upon a showing that …

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Joint Compound Manufacturer’s Motion for Summary Judgment Denied Despite Expert Support

Supreme Court of New York, New York County; January 14, 2022

In this asbestos-related action, defendant Dykes Lumber Company, Inc., filed a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to establish that he was exposed to asbestos from joint compound sold by Dykes Lumber or, alternatively, that there was insufficient evidence to establish specific causation. Dykes Lumber argued that the plaintiff’s deposition testimony was insufficient to identify any of the products Dykes Lumber sold, and further, that any exposure the plaintiff had …

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Plaintiff Failed to Provide Evidence That Insulation Manufacturer Caused Mesothelioma, Summary Judgment Affirmed

Court of Appeals of Washington, Division One; January 24, 2022

The decedent, Duane Hickson, filed an asbestos-related lawsuit alleging he was exposed to asbestos when he worked as a pipefitter throughout his life, including at the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Cherry Point Refinery. In April 2019, the decedent was diagnosed with mesothelioma and subsequently passed away on February 6, 2020.

ARCO moved for summary judgment, alleging that the plaintiff failed to demonstrate that the decedent had been exposed to asbestos at Cherry Point, that there …

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Default Judgment Vacated by Plaintiff’s Failure to Serve Amended Complaint

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, January 7, 2022

The plaintiff Rhonda J. Gorton filed this asbestos-related lawsuit on behalf of her husband, the decedent Thomas Gorton, alleging the decedent contracted mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos-containing products. The defendant Warren Pumps did not respond to the complaint or otherwise have counsel enter an appearance on its behalf. On or about March 6, 2018, the decedent passed away. On July 9, 2018, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint alleging …

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Premises Defendant Appeal Unsuccessful, Verdict Upheld

Court of Appeals of Washington, Division One, December 14, 2021

From the mid-1950s until 1988, ExxonMobil operated a refinery in Ferndale, Washington. In 1979, Northwestern Industrial Maintenance (NWIM) contracted with Mobil to perform maintenance jobs at the Mobil refinery in Ferndale. NWIM employed the decedent, Warren Wright, as a working foreman at the Ferndale facility. The decedent was diagnosed with mesothelioma, and died in September 2015. In January 2018, the plaintiff filed a wrongful death suit individually and on behalf of the decedent’s estate, alleging …

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