Grant of Summary Judgment Reversed as to Friction Product Manufacturers/Sellers

Court of Appeals of Iowa, August 31, 2022   

Plaintiffs Mary and Paul Fankhauser filed a lawsuit against multiple defendants, including Honeywell International Inc. and Pneumo Abex LLC, alleging that Paul’s mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos-containing products while employed by the Iowa Department of Transportation between 1968 and 2006.   

Honeywell sold asbestos-containing brake linings and brake blocks. Abex manufactured and sold asbestos-containing friction materials and clutch facings. 

Honeywell and Abex filed motions for summary judgment, claiming that Iowa Code section 686B.7(5) “limits …

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